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  1. I am going back to basics, back to the LaPavoni Europiccola. 90% of the time I make coffee for myself. It varies what I drink so the steam arm is needed. I can't afford to go big again so this seems to be the right machine for me. However as I only make a handful of drinks should I also look at a manual Espresso grinder too? How long do they take when grinding beans for a double? I think a nice hand grinder would be good as it would also complement the Europiccolas simplicity. I would like advice and pointers. I have a month or two to think on it so within reason price (hopefully) won't be to much of a limiting factor. What is out there these days. What would you recommend? Thanks
  2. Hi guys, thought I'd share some pics of my home brew bar I've just finished building. It's taken me a ridiculously long time to actually build a bar, until now the machine stood on a side table with everything exposed. The work surface is solid walnut; I use a Flojet pump and Everpure Claris filter. I've included an undermount sink and a stainless steel water tap. The unit has Zurfiz Ultra Gloss Cream doors with Hettich soft close hinges and Hettich glide drawer boxes. The espresso machine is a restored La Pavoni P67 lever rebuilt by my good friend and South African Barista Champ Craig Charity. I have since fitted some Cape Ironwood handles and levers made by Jay Smit. I use a Simonelli MDX grinder for espresso. I love Aeropress in the mornings and use a Baratza Virtuoso grinder and Bonavita Gooseneck with temperature control. You can see the rebuild here http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/la-pavoni-p67-rebuild-t18850.html Jay Smit does custom handles and tampers, a link to his website: http://www.jvice.com/pages/coffee.html
  3. Hi all, I had a G106 for a little while about 2 years ago, used it for a bit, then it got a bit poorly and then I sold it to @coffeechap. I'm getting another one this week, and I've made a promise to not let it get poorly/neglected this time round. Are there any tests or anything I should look out for once it arrives that I can address to ensure it gets the care and attention that it deserves from day one? Thanks in advance!
  4. hi guys, first post here. I've decided to go for a new Europiccola, and have seen them going at about GBP380 on some websites (my espresso, caffeeitalia), though have read here on the poor reputation of both. Wonder if anyone can advise on what's the best place to buy a new europiccola? the machine is a lot cheaper in Europe by the look fo it, any chance of a European shipping deal? apologies in advance if this has already been covered by other posts..
  5. Hi all, I descaled the machine using puly baby descaler on Saturday. I left the solution in the water tank for about 30 mins then lifted the machine and poured the solution down the sink. I swilled a few bits of scale out too. Since this, the gauge has been stuck at 0.4 bar - even when off! The machine still works, steams, gets up to temp & makes coffee but the gauge seems to have developed this particular problem. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
  6. It's time to sell my beloved Gaggia 'Tin Man' which is fairly identical to the La Pavoni Professional and uses pretty much the same parts as the Professional. Rumour has it they're made in the same factory and it is equivalent to a millenium/post millenium Pavoni being made after the year 2000. Overall it is in very good condition and shines up well! Included is a naked portafilter which I made myself - it's not to the same standard as a shop-bought item but for a home-made effort it does the job - I have also added a temp strip to the grouphead. I have also fitted a single-hole tip to the steam arm, this is one of the best upgrades you can do to these machines as the standard tip has 3 holes and is extremely difficult to manage. The machine was descaled a couple of months ago and hardly used since. There is no structural rust or rot under the drip tray - there's a speck of surface rust but that'll probably come away with a bit of elbow grease. The basket included is a double basket In the spirit of honesty, here are a few negligble points to note There are a couple of marks to the chromed boiler which are pictured. Due to the location of these I think its where milk has splashed onto the boiler and hasn't been cleaned off by the previous owner. When I bought the machine earlier this year, the dial for the pressure gauge was loose and had become detached from the gauge. I have since misplaced this, however between 10pm - 11pm on the gauge is around the right pressure for the machine (around 1 bar I think). A new gauge is readily available online and simply screws in. I noticed whilst cleaning it this evening that the plastic clip that attaches the base to the chassis has come loose. Again, it seems fine as it is and it's still attached to the chassis with the screw that goes into the area under the drip tray, but if the new owner wanted to, a new base is approximately £8 online I would prefer collection as these items are delicate. I won't rule out packaging up as secure as I can and posting, but I can't accept any responsibility for damage in transit i'm afraid. On the plus side, if collecting i'll demo the machine and make you a drink! I am looking for £330 collected from South Oxfordshire. I would have thought postage via Parcelforce would be around £15 but please bear in mind that this is not preferred and I can't accept liability for damage so the buyer bears the risk of this. More pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ycE53dzkHFDmQQv99
  7. Hi all, I have a La Pavoni Europiccola for sale. Excellent condition, I would be keeping this but I have a Gaggia G106 (Same as a La Pavoni Pro). Excellent condition externally and internally - pictures to follow. Descaled this evening and she is getting up to temperature nice and quick, lovely smooth lever action, pressure relief valve works as it should. I can also provide a rather old (but working OK) single holed steam tip if taken for the asking price - this is a necessary upgrade on these machines as the standard 3-holed tip is a nightmare to work with! £250 collected from South Oxfordshire. Happy to show working, although I don't have a tamper for this machine (49mm I believe) and i'm more than happy to feed you with a coffee or two courtesy of my own lever machine. I can post, but these lovely machines are very delicate and postage is at your own risk. I will package up well as I would expect to receive it but ultimately, if it's damaged in transit then I can't be liable sadly.
  8. Hi all, Have recently picked up a very, very clean Europiccola. Has high/low switches, sight glass is protected by metal and is obviously pre-millenium. Any indicators on working out the age? No dates inside or underneath either...
  9. Ok got the Bodum working and its great, a major step forward......build quality of machine is amazing also the auto feature actually works flawlessly compared to every other one I've seen in action, steaming is fast and commercial quality. Now for the review on taste a beautiful shot plenty of crema and sweet tasting and complex....I would gladly have paid the £400 price tag for a new one and this has been used for less than 20 cups before being packed away by the original owners and you can tell!! not a scratch ding or dent to mar this beautiful machine....I'm in love
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