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  1. I have a Cremina 67 lever machine for sale. I did a complete strip down and restoration which took about 3 months to complete. The asbestos was removed from the boiler and the whole machine was thoroughly cleaned. I have the original PF handle with double basket and steam wand but have upgraded these to modern equivalents. The pressure stat, power light, power cable and all seals have been replaced. It is a fully functional, reliable machine with a tiny (10.5" x 7.5") footprint and is very well made weighing in at 8 kilos. I'm looking for £1000.00 and am happy to deliver up to 200 miles from Edinburgh. Buyer would need to arrange/deal with insurance for delivery over a greater distance. Photos of work done can be found here;
  2. For anyone with a Cremina, if you don't know it already, here's an interesting thread: http://www.home-barista.com/levers/olympia-cremina-temperature-study-part-1-t19388.html [there's 4 parts I think] So the question is, what grouphead temps do you normally aim for? T.
  3. Background: Having noticed slight, then increasingly prominent water leak from the top of the group I decided to replace the piston seals. Once I removed the piston and saw what colour it was I thought ok, I'll clean and do all the seals on the group. Then I thought hmmm maybe I ought to do the seals in the steam valve too....and a new steam arm wouldn't hurt either... so to cut a long story short, I've ended up striping this machine right back to the frame and built it back up over the last couple of months. Once it was all back together and I first switched it on there was a leak from the inside at the back of the steam valve. I replaced the recommended 'upgrade' plastic washer with a brass crush washer and that solved it straight away although there was quite a bit of water in the machine. Stripped down the power switch, dried off, cleaned and put back together then moped up remaining water and made a very acceptable espresso. Next morning I switched the machine on, waited for it to warm up then almost finished pulling a shot when there was a bang and a blue flash (the power light remained on). Obviously I switched off and after testing the components with a metre it looks like the 'ready light' bulb and Pressurestat no longer work. I have ordered these parts but don't want a repeat - my guess is the water shorted out the light and took the Pstat with it. I followed the 'Olympia Cremina Electical Troubleshooting Guide' on the Orphanespresso site which was useful although I'm not getting expected readings from the element. Any advice from someone who actually understands electrics would be good. Al
  4. Hi, I have a Caffarex that's in desperate need of a new gasket but finding them in the UK seems quite difficult. I have some sheets of silicon so I'm going to make my own. Does anyone happen to know the dimensions for the portafilter gasket on an Olympia Express 49mm group? Particularly, I'm after the gasket thickness as I can measure the diameter from the existing rock-hard one. Many thanks! Roy
  5. Hi all- I need to get the boiler in my Olympia Club cleaned (inside) and the asbestos on the outside removed. Can anyone recommend a servicer, preferably in the Surrey/London area? TIA!
  6. In 10 days time Caffe Culture opens its doors at Olympia. (June 23-25) Registration is free at http://www.caffeculture.com/ The World Barista Championship will also be held over this period, with the best barista from each of the 50 countries being represented, competing to become World Barista Champion 2010. There are still volunteer spaces available - click here for information I hope to meet many of you there.
  7. As I'm moving over to the L1 in the next few weeks I need to a) generate monies b) pass on the Cremina to a loving fan Here's some photos: Condition is mint, but it is indeed a bit grubby as I haven't cleaned it yet after pushing the L1 onto the counter (will make sure it's all nice and clean before it's sold and shipped). Comes with a naked PF: http://www.werkstatt-kunst.de/Siebtraeger-fuer-die-Olympia-Cremina-Espresso-Maschine two baskets (standard and deeper one) and the OE spare parts kit: http://www.orphanespresso.com/Olympia-Cremina-Model-67-Full-Rebuild-Gasket-Seal-Set_p_3031.html Mind you this has been converted to 230VAC (not by me), I can also throw in a Silvia steam wand if someone is interested in doing a swap out and a tamper base to match the Cremina baskets. Price: £1000 I'd prefer collection in Surrey / Dorking area but can potentially pack for shipping (I'm open to cover reasonable shipping costs within mainland UK). Cheers, T.
  8. I bought a Cremina 2002 from this forum a couple of years ago, and have been enjoying it very much since then. I use it for one espresso daily, sometimes a bit more. In 2 years, I've had to replace some wiring (which was dodgy when I bought it), and the power switch (because the light stopped working). I also replaced the pressure sensor, which was dodgy. Other than that, I've taken the shower screen out every couple of months and cleaned and relubed the insides of the group head. Today, for the first time in ages, I had to do some maintenance. The group head gasket had cracked, so I had to replace it. When I look back on that list of maintenance, it actually seems like quite a lot, and I'm not very skilled with my hands. I find myself wondering if there's anything out there that needs even less maintenance. There are other reasons to love the Cremina (small footprint, manual lever makes me feel connected), but perhaps there's something else I should consider. Any thoughts?
  9. I'm selling my 1983 Olympia Maxi-Matic coffee machine £700 Great condition, I replaced the heating element and all seals a couple of years ago, it works great and produces seriously good coffee! 220v See here for some videos of it working... The ON switch light doesn’t work but I have included a replacement I bought direct from Olympia but never got round to fitting. Comes with a double shot portafilter basket and correct size tamper. I have plenty more photos Any questions please feel free to ask.
  10. For sale is a 2003 Olympia Cremina. It has had three owners from new: Reiss Gunson when he was distributor for Olympia in the UK (pre-Londinium), me, wintoid of this forum, and then me again. It has been a working machine so is not cosmetically perfect e.g. the Cremina lettering on the frontplate has worn, the graphite grey of the casing has some variation in colour, there is some superficial surface scratching to the chrome on the top plate and to the edge of the casing where it meets the top plate. But that does not detract at all from its performance. If you know about Creminas you know that they last a lifetime - if you don't check out the multitude of posts on Home Barista. I bought this back off wintoid having owned it previously, but my routine just doesn't justify keeping it as I'm not based in one place and most days just have a quick cup first thing before I leave for work. The Cremina will certainly do that - it only takes around 10 mins to come to temperature and you can flush or circulate boiler water to preheat the group - but I just don't like owning kit that I don't use properly. It's a stunning piece of engineering and a real pleasure to use - having had a few levers, none has come close to the precision in lever action that really makes you feel as though you're an integral part of the shot. A couple of things to point out: 1) the boiler cap is Orphan Espresso (the original picked up a crack somewhere along the way) and this version doesn't have a vac breaker so you do have to bleed false pressure which to me has been no big deal. You can get OEM boiler caps from Cerini. 2) The pressure stat has a wider band than it used to which probably means it could do with replacing. I bought a replacement Mater but haven't got round to installing it as it hasn't bothered me. I replaced the p'stat years ago on this machine and IIRC it's a quick and easy job. 3) I replaced the piston seals a couple of months back with OEM parts from Cerini and the piston is working smoothly with a tight seal. Bits and pieces: 4x baskets (1x double original, 1x single original, 2x double Elektra for updosing) Original funnel for filling the boiler Original knock box 1x original 4 hole steam tip, 2x single hole steam tips Reg Barber tamper - custom fit from Londinium OE dosing funnel 2x milk jugs (if you want them) Portafilter stand (from HG-One I believe) Ball-end hex key for group head Lever pin lube I'm asking £1,000 (no offers) which I think is something of a bargain. The only reason I'm setting the price so low is that wintoid let it go to me for that so it only seems fair to pass it on for the same amount. It's more important to me that it goes to a good home and a new owner who will really appreciate it. Currently the machine is in Margate which is where I am at weekends, but I can bring it up to London for weekday evening viewing/collection. You may just need to wait for the transit, although I go back and forth most weekends. At this point I'd rather not ship. Any questions please do ask.
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