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  1. Mick H

    Coffee car

    Smart car passion converted into a mobile coffee business with fracino duel fuel two group machine. Smart car passion '53 reg 49K, MOT until Oct 2019, recently serviced Fracino duel fuel with two group barista machine, capable of 240 cups per hour. Machine has had a recent descale. Also included; - fracino grinder - sink with tap and 70L fresh water tank - inverter, water pump £6500 - no offers
  2. Hello together I'm from Switzerland. Coffee and cycling are my hobbies. As a sideline, I enjoy running a coffee shop. On my gas-powered machine (similar to Fracino Retro FCL1) the boiler pressure is controlled by this GICAR gas pressostat (first picture). The pressure is regulated with the upper hexagon screw, the height of the lower flame (only to maintain the pressure) with a slotted screw (second picture). I assume the screws work according to the needle valve principle. My questions: - When I turn these control screws it smells like gas. Could it be that the O-ring
  3. Having upgraded to an LR, this has to go. Purchased new in Feb 2015, has been used with nothing but Volvic, regularly cleaned and flushed, average of around 4 drinks per day. It's in good condition, with the expected marring on the top due to cups living there, and some small scratches on the right hand side that are pretty subtle, you can see one of them in the reflection of the black PF handle. A whole bunch of accessories included: Wood handled bottomless PF (drilled out to be actually bottomless, as opposed to the stock Fracino open bottom) Wood handled single spou
  4. Hi guys- my Fracino notifies me when the water level is low with that annoying beeping noise. However over the last few weeks it's just been going off even when the water is filled to the max. I've tried moving and pressing down on the fixed water tank (I know that there's a mm size connection or something beneath the tank) which turns off the bleeper, but as soon as I release pressure the bleeper goes off and it obviously cuts the element. I've called Fracino and they said it's definitely the connection. I've opened my machine a few times in the past and there's no scale build up whatsoever-
  5. Unexpectedly, the group on my twin boiler Fracino Piccino stopped producing hot water yesterday. I searched online advice and suspected I may have induced an air lock - although I wasn't convinced.... Today, I took it apart and, with the power on but no chassis (being very careful too!) I checked the flow of electricity from the mains input through to the group boiler. It's worth noting that Fracino have loads of excellent PDFs online, including a comprehensive parts list and wiring diagram. I found two thermostats on the boiler, they should both have live current going through them and term
  6. After a bottomless portafilter that will fit a fracino cherub so would fit most standard e61 groups
  7. Hi, I thought people might be interested in this project as it's really showcased some of the friendly and helpful people on this forum. A few weeks ago, @bill.hester put an add in the For Sale section for his 2010 Fracino Piccino at £50 as for parts/repair. I believe the brew water was only lukewarm indicating an issue somewhere. It seemed like a bargain so I agreed to pick it up the next day. Bill was an absolute gent to deal with and couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you! I knew nothing about the Piccino other than it was a dual boiler model and parts were readily availabl
  8. Can anyone offer some advice please? I picked up this lovely machine (Classico/Ariete) from the forum last year, and have had nothing but fun, trying to ‘learn’ the basics and craft! Over the last couple of days, I noticed a feint hissing coming from inside. I thought it may be the pressure release valve, so opened up expecting to do a little manipulation to relieve, or to remove and clean up (assuming the o ring may be buggered). The PRV looked great and was working well, so looked around the other side and saw the image attached (mineral build up?). Couldn’t see any steam,
  9. wilton

    Hiya

    Hi! I spent a bit of time using this forum as a source of useful answers to questions other people had already asked. Then I got a mystery Fracino bargain/disaster for £100 off eBay and registered to ask for help getting it working, but I couldn't work out how to post in the Fracino section. Maybe an etiquette thing? Speaking of which, is there an etiquette/rules guide for newbies? I feel like there must be but I can't seem to find it. Oh, and I ended up getting my ancient Little Gem working anyway with the help of Sue at Fracino, who was really great. So if you ever read
  10. Hi, Flojet seems to be the most popular water pump - have I got this right or can anyone recommend another brand of pump? Thanks for your time, much appreciated.
  11. Fracino Heavenly SOLD To pair with this I have an Innova branded i1 grinder. This is the same as the Ascaso model of the same name, my assumption would be that Innova make products for Ascaso. Please note this is NOT the cheaper i1 mini. 54mm burrs in good condition, super fine worm gear adjustment, and on demand grinding with a timer press-switch. Super convenient. I have a knock draw which can be included too. Condition - there's a crack at the back of the grind chute, this has been there since my purchase and hasn't progressed. Otherwise all in good working order.
  12. I'm selling my coffee gear as follows: SOLD - Fracino Cherub - SOLD Mazzer SJ - bought second hand from this forum also in 2013. The Mazzer doser handle return spring snapped a few years ago and I've never replaced it. Collection from Lancaster but happy to deliver to reasonable distance Northwest. PRICE REDUCTION: £160 for the grinder, which is advertised elsewhere. The Fracino Cherub in the photograph is now sold
  13. Hi All, Looking for a Dual Boiler machine, missed out on the Sage the other day and want something similar. Willing to pay more for something higher end if available, but for price perspective, lets say £400+ (I appreciate this is lower end, but as I said am willing to pay more if someone says they have something nice.) I'm willing to travel for a good machine, but geography is dependant. I live in Hereford for location. Or would **POSSIBLY** consider courier, if the package was wrapped like a mummy. I'm open to suggestions, but want something in good condition, well ser
  14. Hey guys, Thinking of upgrading from Gaggia Classic and would like your opinion on the below machines: Fracino Piccino - 550 euro although I think I could get it to 450 euro: https://www.adverts.ie/business-stock/fracino-piccino-coffee-machine/13852744 Little Gem Fracino - 500 euro and probably could also get it down to 450 euro: https://www.adverts.ie/other-business-office/little-gem-fracino-coffee-machine/14044323 Can't find too much info about both of them and how they compare to each other. Piccino is pretty much brand new and has been only on one exhibition; Little
  15. Hello everyone, After buying an ex army Land Rover last year, I have finally finished converting it into a Gourmet Coffee Bar, but I'm really not so great on the power front, so needing some advice! I have a Fracino CON2ELPG, which in the future I will be running on LPG, but for this summer I shall be powering the Machine with a generator. The Element rating is 2.85kw, and pump is roughly 150 watts. The rest of my equipment, grinders etc, will be battery and inverted operated so that's not a problem. So what maximum & continuous wattage would I need from the gene? Would I get away wi
  16. Hi all, Help needed to get my posting numbers up to be able to view the for sale section! Current set up is Rancillo Rocky and Gaggia Classic, but now looking to upgrade the Classic. Was planning to buy a new Fracino Piccino, but the dual boiler is not really relevant as I always black coffee and only steam milk for the occasional guest Wife won't let me stretch to a Fraccino Cherub this time, so after reduced my expectations to a Quick Mill Carola, I have dropped the budget to £500 for a new Quick Mill Silvano (tickling my fancy due to the PID). I'd like to see what
  17. Just a small topic to show all the pr0n nakedness of a Fracino Cherub being cleaned, stripped and rebuild to restore it to some form of glory I asked here for some recommendations for cleaning products in order to get this moving, but frankly I wan't to try the coffee from it as is at the moment! For that reason, last night I just had a wee look inside the case and taken a few bits off to see how they were faring. Below, credit goes to Puly Caff, plus for the brass shower head a citric acid paste, applied with a finger. Next are portafilters, although, they already had
  18. Hello all, My machine broke down this week. I believe its a faulty element, no continuity across it and the ECU is still providing power to it. I've seen a few places online supplying them, I assume its good practice to replace the element gasket at the same time? Is it as straight forward as it seems? I'd like to thoroughly descale the boiler while I've got direct access to it, any tips for descaling through the element hole? Ha! Thanks!
  19. For sale is my Fracino Cherub espresso machine + Eureka Mignon grinder, with a few extras, all for £600. Hoping to sell as all items together at this stage, but if there is no interest in the full package after a week or so I’ll consider splitting the cherub and the grinder. Collection or local delivery only at this stage - the machine is in Fife (near Dunfermline), and I work near Glasgow. The Cherub I bought the machine from michaelg (forum member) in December 2014, and I believe he bought the machine from shrink (also a forum member), who originally purchased
  20. The Fracino Piccino is a dual boiler machine, one boiler for coffee and one to provide steam. Made in Birmingham and are very well built and are very well regarded. This machine is very small and compact, barely larger than a Gaggia Classic, it will fit on most kitchen work tops. It is a definite and worthwhile improvement from the SBDU (Single Boiler dual Use) machines such as the Gaggia Classic or the Rancilio Silvia. Tank fed, does not need to be plumbed in. Because the brew boiler uses a bimetallic thermostat to regulate temperature, it suffers from the same drawback of impre
  21. Hiya coffee people, I'm David, Dave if you like. From Liverpool, I'm a carpenter but i also like to get involved with car mechanics even engine rebuilds, so i thought getting my head around my Fracino cherub would be a doddle. After bringing brew pressure down from 13 to 10bar i'm still not getting a crema on my shots. Although every improvement that i have read on here (bst filter, longer warm up, pre infusion) have all benefited me i still only have a wispy bit of crema coloured liquid. But the coffee i drink now is better than before finding this site. So thanks people and i look forward to
  22. Hi, just seen this on Ebay might be of interest to someone. With 3 days to go it is at £211 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fracino-Cherub-commercial-grade-espresso-coffee-machine-/161775151388?hash=item25aa8ce91c
  23. Hi. I've been hoping to upgrade my espresso machine from a Silvia to a hx machine for a while now and I'd sort of decided on a Fracino Ariete but looking around there are lot's of better looking options if I bump over the £1000 mark but other than looks is there a solid improvement in the cup or in the build quality if I pay the premium? Ariete pro's ( purely in my opinion ) 1. Acceptable aesthetics 2. Uk made. 3. Very good price at less than £800 4. Easily available parts 5. Most metal parts like panels and pipes are made in-house and most breakable things like pumps are o
  24. I've ended up with a spare 2 hole tip by way of a series of events. if anyone would like it, tell me a funny joke. Funniest joke by midnight tonight gets it may the funniest man win
  25. Hi, I am in the market for a Fracino Cherub if anyone is selling one please! My budget is circa £350.
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