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Vintage Itallian Espresso Machine

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Kilroy, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
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    Kilroy
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    from Orange, Ca

    I'm an espresso nut... Long story short, I've been looking for a vintage lever-action espresso machine for years, but never found one I could afford... A few months ago, my wife found this at a yard sale for $20 and snagged it for me...
    It's a late '60s LaPavoni Europiccola. It was basically pristine but the top group seal was leaking and the original hammer tone paint was coming off.
    So I blew it completely apart, replaced all the seals, repainted and re polished it.

    It's beautiful and makes a great cup of coffee to boot...
     

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  2. Truck64
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    For $20 that's a steal, most likely those cost a lot when new.
     
  3. Casey Riley
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    Casey Riley

    I would have been all over that for $20. Good score.
     
  4. VANDENPLAS
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    895631A6-C204-454F-A8FA-8740B55E1AA6.jpeg Piston espresso maker for $20 bucks !!!!

    Best coffe you can have !
    I still use the stove top one, good strong brew, shot of cognac in it .... great way to start your day!
     
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  5. Kilroy
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    Kilroy
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    Yep, I used one of those for years, but the seals tend to be crap and I got tired of changing them.

    This one was a nutty deal... Or steal... I actually feel a little bad about it, but my Wife assures me the lady was just happy it went to a good home... She was quite 'comfortable' and selling it didn't seem to be about the money...
    She said it was her Italian Mother's and she made a cup of espresso every morning with it until she passed.

    I had been looking for one in the $500 range, and had no luck. At least not one that wouldn't need multiple parts replaced.

    I have a Pasquini semi-auto I bought off CL in Austin, that this replaces and I paid $400 for that one and thought it was a steal. But Austin loves it's coffee, so those prices are a little elevated.
     
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  6. VANDENPLAS
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    FC38C795-CCF2-471C-8806-9E04E58A6A04.jpeg
    Vittorio Arduino
    My brother had one of these in his restaurant.
    Believe it or not $25000 dollars new !
    All hammered copper and brass.
    It is a work of art.

    I have a seico superautomatica as well
    Put beans on one side and water in the other, set your grind and get a coffee.
    Works great.
    Needs the boiler replaced, back to the stovetop.
    It takes up a lot or counter space.
    The Italian bakeries usually have the flat gaskets for the stove top model
    I buy them 5 at a time
    Usually good for a year.

    I’m a certified coffee junkie.
     
  7. Kilroy
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    Kilroy
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    from Orange, Ca

    Thought I already replied to this... Guess I didn't hit post.
    That's a thing of beauty. There have been some truly beautiful espresso machines throughout the decades. Most of them are way out of my price range.
    Counter space is a huge issue... We had one of the full auto Saeco's at work for a while. I can't say I was super impressed, but then again, I wasn't able to tune it. It broke down a lot.
    I like the stove top coffee maker. Maybe I had a bad casting or something. Seals just didn't last. Easy enough to change and find, but it was a huge mess when they went out, and getting a good cup of coffee out of them was a challenge.
    That said, the coffee out of those little Bialetti stove top makers is way better than 90% of the coffee like drinks you can get out there on the streets.
     
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  8. Chebby belair
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    Chebby belair
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    from Australia

    Love this stuff
     
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  9. VANDENPLAS
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    My seico machine is at least 15 years old.
    Seico got bought out by some one s few years ago, supposedly the quality of the machine went up. But the quality of the brew went down.

    Mines had the boiler replaced twice. Ow needs it again, and a few other small parts.
    It works very well if you use good beans and distilled water.
    My problem is I keep it in all day, and use Tap water in it.... and I don’t descale it on a regular basis.


    Yes , I’m an equipment asshole !! Lol
     

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