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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. After 2 years and having just recievd a la pavoni from Coffeechap, I need to sell my piccino. It's like new with the wear and tear signs being on top the machine where I would keep cups. Average use is 2 cups a day. Comes with Single basket Double basket x 2 Blank basket Naked pf Original pf No mods have been performed. Ideally looking for pick from Finsbury park area as don't have original box and its heavy. Asking price £350.
  6. One to watch as it's just starting out. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151340198125?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Ian
  7. £375 delivered I dropped my guard and the dreaded upgraditis hit me quite unexpectedly, now my trusty Piccino, chrome with black side panels is surplus , it's too good to relegate to the shed with the Gaggia baby so here it is for sale. I bought the Piccino Nov 2012, me and SWMBO have 2 drinks per day, reduce that by the fact that for 4 months of the year we are not here and that gives you some idea of it's usage. The water in Yorkshire is as soft as a fairies' fart so descaling is never an issue. It is a fantastic machine, compact for a double boiler, nice looking and as t
  8. after speaking to a couple members. ive just joined btw. narrowed my first real machine to a v3 or gagg class, and a piccino, wud like to know peoples thoughts on these and what grinders they recommend to go with these. thanks. all advice or help appreciated thank you
  9. I have been considering upgrading from my trusty Gaggia lately but am a bit unsure of what the other options are. I mostly drink straight espresso but make the occasional milk drink at the weekends, usually for the misses, and when guests come over. I considered the Silvia but dismissed it as not really enough of an upgrade from the Gaggia. Then I read about Fracino and their Cherub and Piccino machines. These appear to be really interesting propositions and seem good value for money. I love the look of the Cherub but wonder whether a HX machine is really for me or whether a dou
  10. Hello everyone, my name is Steve, and I'm a coffee-holic. I've been reading these forums for some time now, and thought I better sign up and get involved in the community. Myself and my good lady have been the proud owners of a Magimix R500 Robot Cafe bean to cup machine for the past five years or so, but it's now starting to show some signs of age so we're looking to replace it with something a bit more engineered, from metals rather than plastics, and will give us a superb cup of coffee. I like the look of the new Fracino Piccino so interested to hear from anyone who has played wit
  11. 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
  12. Hi, I recently got a Fracino Piccino from the for sale section in these forums. I'd like to strip it down, give it a full service and upgrade any parts that can be done. I know my way around a Gaggia Classic pretty well, but was wondering if anyone had any advice in terms of where to buy parts/what the best upgrades are. Fracino's website doesn't have a parts shop anymore, it just links you to an email address. I've found this website for parts https://www.espressounderground.co.uk/Fracino-Coffee-machine-Spare-Parts-s/1961.htm but I'm not sure how to identify which if any fit the Picc
  13. 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.
  14. My modest set up which I am thoroughly enjoying. Fracino Piccino, with Eureka Mignon Grinder.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hi all, My first proper contribution to the website. There'll no doubt be some rambling, and possibly incorrect terminology, but hopefully some useful information/pics will follow... After seeing Andy's (coffeebean) offer for the Fracino Piccino, a bit of umming and ahhing and a few emails later saw me putting an order in with him at The Coffee Bean. Firstly, I have to say Andy was excellent and really easy to deal with and left me a happy customer, following up the purchase to see how I was getting on with the new machine. Unfortunately, due to the wonderful pressures of being
  20. 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!
  21. [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)
  22. 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​
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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