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 ^_^
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?
It seems to be a growing trend lately that whenever a financial company goes belly up, governments are more than happy to bail them out - using our tax dollars too!! Since when has capitalism been about this? In my personal opinion this too nanny state, and from an extremely slanted view it’s approaching socialism.
If I started “Marks Fruit and Vege Shop” tomorrow and a year later it went belly up, following trends I shouldn’t have to worry - the government will bail my company out because I was too dumb to see the over-saturation of fruit and vege shops in the market. Any investment involves risk, it’s up to the individuals making the investment to manage the risk and invest wisely (be it in a finance company or a business venture).
Do you go ask the government for money when you lose all your money gambling at the casino? (Well I suppose to some extent state welfare gives you a safety net) but essentially: If you gamble with your money be prepaired to manage the risk and if you lose it, it’s your problem.
Adding to this, it only seems to be big finance companies that governments are willing to bail out, when smaller ones go under the investors lose everything – but if it’s a big one, by jove we better help them out?.... It should be all or nothing… Personally I’ll go with the nothing option thank you. Call it economic natural selection if you will….
What do you think?