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  1. Just found this looking some something else http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fracino-Piccino-Espresso-Machine-/292292792466?hash=item440e021092:g:fw8AAOSwRsZZ1OHv
  2. Only a minor leak but still a leak! The tube from the little chrome/shiny fitting is leaking when the machine is turned on. It has started to rust the base panel under the pump so I need to stop it. Can the fitting be tightened or does it need replacing? Looks like something I can do myself or am I being foolish? Any help appreciated CAn't get rid of the sideways photo ~ sorry!
  3. 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
  4. getting a Piccino are they ok ?
  5. Would you recommend your machine for someone wanting to make milk based drinks thanks
  6. Hi, I've been looking into buying a Piccino, but could someone please advise on how easy (or more likely difficult) these machines are to clean and maintain? So far from reading, there is no difinitive answer on how to descale Fracino machines, other than sending them back to manufacturer. And as a complete novice, how do I properly look at a second hand machine before buying to see that it has been properly cleaned and cared for? Thanks in advance!
  7. Guys, I've been weighing up my options for a decent espresso machine for a long time and various Fracino models have been on my radar (see my thread re: the Cherub from some weeks ago). I see the Piccino on sale at the site below for £499, and my question is, is this good value for money at this price point? Is an ex-demo machine a sensible choice? I'm on friendly terms with a chap who runs a small artisan coffee place in Cardiff and he advised never to buy a second-hand coffee machine... http://www.myespresso.co.uk/product/fracino-my-espresso-piccino-dual-brass-boiler-espresso-machine
  8. NOW SOLD - thanks! My first foray into espresso making. I bought this Piccino used in March of this year. It was an office machine that had been rarely used & in fact had sat in a girl's flat unused for the past year or so after the office closed. I collected it by car from London, so no packaging available I'm afraid. It has green metal sides, which I think costs about £50 extra than the regular black version. It's in excellent condition as, hopefully, my photos will show. It came with only a double portafilter & basket. I have since purchased a Faema naked portafilter &
  9. It is time for my Fracino Piccino to go to a new home. Built Jan 2013, its just had its group seal and water filter replaced. I have another brand new group seal and some unused water filters to go with the machine. I have run it on bottled water. Looking for £320 collected (Jct 10 M4 nr Reading) or plus carriage at cost​
  10. I bought this in mid January from Nisbets for the bargain price of £400 brand new, but upgraditis has struck hard and I’m wishing I’d spent more to start with. It’s a capable dual boiler machine and makes a decent shot. I’ve never used the steamer, and have made 3 shots max with it, 5 or 6 days a week. It’s been fed Volvic, and cleaned, backflushed, Espazollad regularly. Im after £325 for it, collection only, in South Yorkshire. lucy poems by william wordsworth analysis
  11. I have a 9 month old Piccino which is only used for 2-3 coffees per day; I always use Volvic water. When I switch it on in the morning it goes through a filing and heating process, then it vents steam from a valve behind where the steam wand joins the upper part of the machine. This can last from 1 to 5 minutes before it clicks off and all is well. Over time this steaming time is getting longer. Any suggestions of what is wrong and how to fix it. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  12. Hi all, Further to my Bianca upgrade post, putting my faithful Piccino up for sale. She'd make a good first dual boiler machine for someone I reckon. Bought on 28/03/2012, she's not quite hit the 8 mark. Mechanically, there are no issues although the steam wand nossle could do with a new bit of ptfe tape and the steam wand itself can leak a little when cooling. I recently replaced the group gasket with a new cafelat silicone one and a new shower screen. Perhaps pulled three shots with the new ones. I had the machine fully serviced by Esspressotechno a few years back an
  13. Chaps Switched on my Piccino today and left it to warm up but..... No heat or pressure at all in the steam side of the house :-( All the normal lights come on and the group head gets hot - and water flows But the pressure dial doesn't move at all. and the is no sign of anything on the steaming side. Everything seemed OK when I switch did off (last Sunday). Is there any reset button or any safety cutout gizmo for the steam boiler? Any help greatly appreciated.
  14. My Piccino coffee machine has lot's of steam coming out of a valve near the on/off switch and the pressure gauge does not move very much at all. Does anyone know what might cause this and how to fix it? I am not sure if it is safe to descale it as it is still in warranty. I have cleaned the filter which was clogged up but it still has not made it better. Grateful for any advice. Thank you! Mark
  15. Hi all, After lurking for a little while, and reading your informative and helpful posts, I went ahead and bought a piccino. Just had my first cup, and very impressed. Have moved up from a Gaggia Classic which seems to have developed problems, and the difference is notable. No crema on the first try, but I think that is due to the grinder. I think I need to set the grind finer to get the full benefit. using Whittards Santos and Java beans, which I have been drinking forever, so I think the next steps may be a new grinder to get a finer grind, and some different beans to experiment.
  16. My modest set up which I am thoroughly enjoying. Fracino Piccino, with Eureka Mignon Grinder.
  17. Hi, I am having problems getting consistent microfoam with the steam tip on my Piccino machine. It is the standard 2 hole variety. Sometimes I get good results other times the milk is way too thin. I have been using this machine for quite a while now and don't regard myself a novice anymore. Any help would be appreciated. I only tend to steam milk for two coffees.
  18. [ATTACH]27839[/ATTACH][ATTACH]27840[/ATTACH] As per other thread - I have the following for sale: 1 x Black handled Naked portafilter handle - fits Gaggia classic and Fracino Piccino - plus possibly others - £15 - sold to rws 1 x wooden handled "two spout" portafilter handle - fits Gaggia classic and Fracino Piccino - plus possibly others - £25 Postage at cost https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?39076-PF-handles-Naked-and-double-spout-(Wooden-handle)
  19. 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
  20. Mods please remove if unsuitable. I was going to buy but decided to upgrade existing kit instead. I thought I'd share as might suit someone: https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/fracino-piccino-coffee-machine/1218462126 No connection to the vendor.
  21. 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
  22. Hi Does anyone have a PDF of the proper* Piccino User Manual they could send me please? I thought I remembered a thread where someone confirmed they had one - but can't find it :-( * by proper I mean a User Manual that tells you how to do things "inside" not just the two page glossy that tells you it is pretty and comes in lots of colours! Mine is playing up a bit - intermittently it isn't pumping much water through (barely a slow drip).... Which makes for measuring shots etc very difficult. I thought for several shots that my grind was way too fine it was taking so long
  23. Andyw

    Piccino?

    Hi all, looking for a machine and can spend around £700. I have reluctantly dismissed the heavenly and cherub as they are just too big (for some reason all the cupboards in my kitchen are very low, leaving only one space!) I am pretty keen on fracino as I like the idea of british made, so have arrived at the piccino. Anyone know any reason this is not a good idea? (I know about the de scaling thing). Or does anyone have any suggestions for an alternative for about the same money? (Seem to be about £650) I have thought about the quick mill silvano and expobar office pulsar, or maybe
  24. i serviced my piccino recently and was wanting to double check that the pressure gauge tube and steam arm tube are back on the right connection. one goes onto the 90 deg quick release elbow and the other goes into the straight quick release connector. both these are on the steam boiler. thanks
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