So, for the love of coffee, my fierce mistress, I got myself an ex-commercial espresso machine from a Coffee Roaster friend of mine:
It's a Spanish-made EXPOBAR with a single e61 grouphead, boiler with pressure stat, heatexchange and a built in burr grinder with doser. It's actually a pretty awesomely spec'd machine. I have no idea what model it is, and i can't find any reference to it on the internet, which is kind of rare. So this post will hopefully also serve to give this machine the web presence it deserves!
Obviously it's a machine that requires plumbing in, so after a trip to MasterTrade in Wellington (and $150 later) I had all the parts i needed to plumb it in.
ProTip #1: Before removing the braided hose leading to the supply pipe, it would help to turn the water mains off first... that is unless you are a hippo and enjoy wallowing in water ^_^ - it'll look something like this:
So, connect it all together and what have you got?!:
ProTip #2: Tighten it all really really well to make the rubber seals in the braided hoses serve their purpose, otherwise you'll end up with a leak, something like this:
So that's the supply done, we also need to connect up the waste water...
And now some shots of accessories, and some of the first extractions i did:
Since taking these above photos, i went into Moore Wilson on Tory Street and found some nice looking cups and saucers:
That's about all I have for now, feel free to comment and ask questions as you please ^_^