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About TonyFiorini

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    Aberdeen, Scotland
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    Coffee, classic cars, holidays (home in Umbria)
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    Joiner (Self employed), Coffee shop owner.

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  1. If you can get a hold of one, the Gaggia MDF is a good, simple machine that does its job well, 90% of spares are inexpensive and any tweeks or repairs are within the capabilities of any diy'er. There are quite a few serviceable secondhand ones to be had, there's even a VERY tidy looking example on, dare I say it, EBAY, £75 obo!...plus shipping from Italy. Make the seller a daft offer, you never know 😉
  2. Been there done that I'm afraid. Stripped it down within the first few days of lockdown, managed to get the side panels done two days before, looking back I should have taken a few before and after pics. My old San Marco SM90 (1988) is getting the same treatment once we return to some sort of normality, at the moment it's a sort of Austin Allegro beige and brown combination 😁.
  3. Exactly what it is Andy. Runs the same way the old household gas boilers used to, a simple gas valve and piezo igniter and a drilled pipe below the cylinder. It takes a lot longer to get up to pressure from cold when on the gas, but heats the cup warmer a lot better than when on electric, you just need to remember to use it in a well ventilated area. There have been dual fuel coffee machines since the early '50s as far as I can gather. Some of the early Gaggia and Faema models are highly collectable, beautiful machines tho.
  4. With great difficulty! 😄. With an empty boiler it still weighs around 70kg, don't make them like that anymore. Definitely a very cautious 2 man lift.
  5. Thank goodness for the gas option, I do think it's rather powerful for the domestic circuitry. I can start her off on electric and once the anti-vac valve shuts I flick over onto gas.
  6. Its info plate states 2700 watts, 220v since it was originally shipped over from Italy, although I've been told the change to UK 240v doesn't make any real difference. Being a 2 group means a smaller boiler and element I guess, still thirsty enough to make the meter whizz away for a while.
  7. Using an old flojet pump and a 19 litre water cooler bottle! Working well, although switching on the boiler to 2 makes the lights dim a bit and the meter downstairs blinks like crazy 😁. I find she runs nicely on butane although heats the office to around 35°c. Pulls amazing shots though 👍.
  8. Took the love of my life home to strip her down...!!🤣, needed a good bit of resto. My early '90s Rancilio z11 2 group lever, the lockdown has given me the opportunity to take the old girl home and give her a spruce up. The pipework and boiler were stripped out and descaled, frame steam cleaned and touched up where necessary, gas pipework resealed and tested, new piezo igniter, stainless rebrushed, new group head seals and the side panels refinished in a deep red metallic powder coat. Unfortunately the boss lady says she's too big for the kitchen, now currently resides in my home office,
  9. How freshly roasted are the beans Daniel? There can be a thing such as too fresh, the beans need a few days to rest and degas. There are a few articles on the subject.
  10. Hi Zeak, I'm probably way late in putting in my comments. Definitely agree with mctrials23, distribution is key (a distribution tool is a must, Motta or similar quality) but also make sure the grind is consistent. I see that it's a Gaggia classic that you're working with, a good machine that's capable of great results. Let us know how you get on 👍
  11. Whether this is purely down to the beans I'm working my way through at the moment or it's something I'm missing when grinding, tamping, etc, I don't know. I have a restored Rancilio Z11 Lever, coupled with a San Marco SM90 grinder, this would be used in the shop but at the moment, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's set up at home. Every grind, every shot has been spot on, no matter what beans/roasts/blends were run through. Last week I bought in some small batches of rather nice/rather expensive beans (Cuban, Nicaraguan Java and Colombian) from a local roaster, I ran these throu
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