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Hi there. James in Derbyshire here. Why have I joined? Well, I decided I needed to upgrade my old little Delonghi toy to something proper, so I started lurking to figure out what to go for. Now, due to some sharp eBay skills, I'm the proud owner of a Faema Smart Due and a Mazzer SJ, so I know I'm in over my head! Stay tuned for more adventures from Jymbob's Kitchen
I’m getting a bit of an urge to mess about with another machine. Currently watching one on the bay so will be keeping an eye on it, but also wondered if any of you folk had some knackered machines stashed. Let me know what you’ve got if anything. Cheers
So, I've picked up a Faema Due for an absolute song - the usual cafe closing down story. It came with 2 double basket PFs and a single. So far I've: taken the sides and top off so I could take lots of photos (here) wired it to a 32A switch plumbed in mains water and waste It fires up, seems to be getting up to pressure, and is already making much better espresso than my old Delonghi dual-thermostat jobby. The steam wand is a bit spluttery, but I'm working on it. I've sourced and ordered: new shower screens new seals a blind basket for backflushing some cleaning solution a bottomless PF because why not a cleaning brush Having found it for a bargain, I'm really keen not to accidentally kill it, and still a bit suspicious that there could be something wrong with it. Is there anything obvious I've missed? What should I do next? Specific questions: How often should I flush the heads with water? (my old Delonghi recommended a descale every 200 cups) How often with solution? What are visible signs of gunk in the boiler? If there is gunk in the boiler, how should I proceed? Anyone else with an "automatic" machine - how have you set up your presets? EDIT: Almost forgot, it appears to be missing a switch/light that has something to do with the cup tray. That tray gets good and hot just from the boiler, so what's the switch/light for? Thanks in advance for any tips or advice! PS: Yes, that's a Mazzer Super Jolly in the photos. Again, it seems to be working fine. I'll get to it at some point.