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Faema Due Smart - what's next?

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So, I've picked up a Faema Due for an absolute song - the usual cafe closing down story. It came with 2 double basket PFs and a single.


So far I've:

  • taken the sides and top off so I could take lots of photos (here)
  • wired it to a 32A switch
  • plumbed in mains water and waste


It fires up, seems to be getting up to pressure, and is already making much better espresso than my old Delonghi dual-thermostat jobby.

The steam wand is a bit spluttery, but I'm working on it.


I've sourced and ordered:

  • new shower screens
  • new seals
  • a blind basket for backflushing
  • some cleaning solution
  • a bottomless PF because why not
  • a cleaning brush


Having found it for a bargain, I'm really keen not to accidentally kill it, and still a bit suspicious that there could be something wrong with it.


Is there anything obvious I've missed? What should I do next?


Specific questions:

How often should I flush the heads with water? (my old Delonghi recommended a descale every 200 cups)

How often with solution?

What are visible signs of gunk in the boiler?

If there is gunk in the boiler, how should I proceed?

Anyone else with an "automatic" machine - how have you set up your presets?


EDIT: Almost forgot, it appears to be missing a switch/light that has something to do with the cup tray. That tray gets good and hot just from the boiler, so what's the switch/light for?

Thanks in advance for any tips or advice!


PS: Yes, that's a Mazzer Super Jolly in the photos. Again, it seems to be working fine. I'll get to it at some point.

Edited by jymbob

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* The cup tray will have a heater plate attached to it: It's to enable the cups on the tray to be heated up quicker from a "cold startup". You don't need it for domestic use....

* If the machine came from a hard water area, the HX circuits should be descaled; and maybe the boiler as well (remove safety valve, siphon off water & look inside).

* The drinkabilty of the water from the hot water tap will indicate how gunky the boiler is !

* Youtube is your friend for stuff like programming touchpads.


PS Servicing these lever steam/hot water valves is a pain !

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