My friend Vince gave me this (very) broken Espresso Machine last Saturday.
He said he believed it to be dropped at his work and whoever did it wouldn't own up to it. I gave it a test and sure enough... coffee leaked out of everywhere else but the nozzle.
When removing top cover, I noticed a couple of floating bits of plastic inside that should latch onto the chassis were broken off (the black plastic had turned white from sheering) coffee had spilled out into the machine and was sitting on the circuit boards (including the 240v power in) I quickly turned to removing these boards, cleaning, drying out and coating in a moisture protecting spray.
The hoses for both the steam wand and the espresso were blocked and had caused them to rupture under pressure.
The following set of pictures document my fixing of the machine.
On Sunday afternoon I had my friend and Coffee Aficionado, Matt over for his professional opinion on the machine now it has been restored to working condition... his response:
"The F50 is basically a suped-up home espresso machine with some serious advantages. It has an internal conical burr grinder (way better than the blades on a spice-mill), total one-button operation for espresso, no messy grinds coating your benchtop, and no portafilter to tamp or empty wet grounds out of. The steam production is what you'd expect from any thermoblock machine. It includes an auto-frother attachment which completes the super-automatic package. All in all it's a great machine for someone who has no budget for making great coffee at home and would rather drink freshly-ground over instant shit."
Overall i'm pretty pleased with this little machine The down side (debatable) is i'm going to be drinking a lot more coffee now!
Future upgrade ideas:
- Planning on making an adapter for the steam wand to pump milk into it automatically.
- Once the above works, do a CNC-style etcher that runs on GCode.
Any more ideas?