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April 1979... La Pavoni europiccola hot chocolate edition.

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Where do I start....

 

Well after the lever day I’ve had this urge to have my own. I’ve always wondered about lever machine, but since that day I’ve been on the hunt daily.

 

Finally one came up that looked like a perfect candidate for a mini refurb.

 

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The description was that it was working, but on its way back from its service, the box was dropped and the steam valve got kinked over, and so it was being sold as spares. I had fully prepared myself for a duff machine with the intent of doing whatever I could to bring it back to life.

 

Speaking to [mention=2844]coffeechap[/mention] about the machine, I found he was watching it too. So we worked out a bit of a deal between ourselves. He ended up getting the machine, and after a few tweaks and the seal of approval from Dave, it is now in my hands.

 

So after a knackering day of building decking (aka child saver) I thought I’d get the kids to bed and spend the evening with the Pavoni. I’d done some prep work and ordered up a group seal kit so I was ready to go.

 

I’ll admit in the excitement I didn’t take enough photos. So the strip and rebuild is pretty scarce.

 

Had some decent scale in there anyway when checked. Also the piston seals had firmed up, but not totally shot.

 

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786c53bf0f85de7ab46bad80779e421d.jpg

 

So basically I used that severe formic acid descaler to get it all cleared out. Didn’t need long, only around 15 mins. Had to do it a couple of times to get the rest from the elements.

 

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Then I moved onto the group head and just gave the piston sleeve a quick scrub over with some fine wet and dry

 

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The piston had to receive the[mention=12284]jimbojohn55[/mention] treatment though. It was 11pm by then but I had to head down the workshop to fire up the buffing wheels. Would’ve been rude not to

 

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New seals, bit of grease and new screen, and were ready to go back on.

 

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What a beautiful machine these are. So proud to finally own one, and especially one that is as old as it it. As for the colour, I quite like how it looks. May just give it a buff up and keep the natural look. We will see.

 

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So after the mini refurb it fired up lovely and gets up to temp quicker than I imagined.

 

Time to make coffee.... oh crap.... I don’t have a tamper to fit. Me of all people

 

 

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Congratulations 😁 what a beauty - and looking so hApPY after her refurb 😁 😁 

I have to admit to being a tad envious 🤔

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Congratulations what a beauty - and looking so hApPY after her refurb  
I have to admit to being a tad envious 


I think I’m more pleased about being able to navigate the forum to add the thread haha.

Fixing it is one thing, making the coffee is another haha


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I think I’m more pleased about being able to navigate the forum to add the thread haha.

Fixing it is one thing, making the coffee is another haha


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Ha!
Now up and running, it's only a matter of a tousand shots or so getting to grips with it

Congrats to this beaut mate
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Ha!
Now up and running, it's only a matter of a tousand shots or so getting to grips with it

Congrats to this beaut mate


Thanks mate. I’m excited for sure. Just need to make a tamper tomorrow at some point if I get chance.


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Loving the machine and the irony!

I look forward to hearing how you fare when you start brewing with it.

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Ve ve suvivius.... /E37s/ Eazytamp / tupperware pot / completely healthy relationship with coffee (and bank manager).

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34 minutes ago, igm45 said:

Loving the machine and the irony!

I look forward to hearing how you fare when you start brewing with it.

Hopefully better than my other half has done with mine. First time using it and she burnt her arm.. :classic_rolleyes:

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Input: 'Terranovered’ Versalab M3 + Mahlkonig EK43 Turkish burrs + Niche

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Ah ,I knew I had seen it before ,I had it on my watch list 😀...  well done and enjoy .... 

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I was impressed with how good the chrome was on this machine, plus the minor declared damage was nothing  in the end. Enjoy getting to grips with the lovely peacock!

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AKA Toffee chips

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I was impressed with how good the chrome was on this machine, plus the minor declared damage was nothing  in the end. Enjoy getting to grips with the lovely peacock!
peacock, that's my cue!
can't wait to get a certain milk jug so there'll be funny la(tte) Pavoni art we can excel in. Maybe we should set up the [2019 la Peacock Lever Championship]...@MildredM ?!
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Well.... that was different.

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I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed it. Lots and lots of learning ahead of me.


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noice!
did you also steam the milk with it?
Got great texture mate... how many holes in the tip?

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noice!
did you also steam the milk with it?
Got great texture mate... how many holes in the tip?


Yeah the milk was done with this too. It was borderline to be honest. Not great and very lucky to get art.

I think it’s a 3-hole. I’ll have to check. I didn’t bring the thing back up to pressure after the shot so it might be better next time.


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First Class Joey, love to see older machines restored and brought back to life! Best of luck with her!

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On 27/05/2019 at 10:20, joey24dirt said:

 


I think I’m more pleased about being able to navigate the forum to add the thread haha.
 

 

Can you now go add it all again in the Lever Forum please!

I have been looking all over for it to get my fix just now 🤔

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Can you now go add it all again in the Lever Forum please!
I have been looking all over for it to get my fix just now 


Oh what?! I’ve dumped it in the wrong place haha


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Oh what?! I’ve dumped it in the wrong place haha


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Oh go on then, if I must. I will take it off your hands !!


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Well I’m smitten. Just had a little play about. Had the most lovely espresso followed up by a tasty flat white.

I learnt from my previous milk steaming attempt, and got myself way better results.

I definitely still need to refine my methods a little bit, but I’ll get there.

Clearly the Simonelli is feeling threatened, it decided to clog its waste line and it flooded the kitchen a little bit haha.

This machine is forcing me to think about what kit I have at home now. Do I dare let me big stuff go?!

This beautiful little thing, teamed up with the niche is producing coffee I would happily drink all day.


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remarkable little blighters, glad its living up to expectations 😎

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keep calm and grind flat

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remarkable little blighters, glad its living up to expectations


It’s far exceeded them to be honest. I’m just trying to decide if I’m ready to move the bigger kit on.




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one in the workshop and one in the kitchen - sorted

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keep calm and grind flat

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On 27/05/2019 at 11:15, joey24dirt said:

 

Where do I start....

 

Well after the lever day I’ve had this urge to have my own. I’ve always wondered about lever machine, but since that day I’ve been on the hunt daily.

 

Finally one came up that looked like a perfect candidate for a mini refurb.

 

5e371da38505b82f09d392f3c87d98a7.jpg

 

The description was that it was working, but on its way back from its service, the box was dropped and the steam valve got kinked over, and so it was being sold as spares. I had fully prepared myself for a duff machine with the intent of doing whatever I could to bring it back to life.

 

Speaking to [mention=2844]coffeechap[/mention] about the machine, I found he was watching it too. So we worked out a bit of a deal between ourselves. He ended up getting the machine, and after a few tweaks and the seal of approval from Dave, it is now in my hands.

 

So after a knackering day of building decking (aka child saver) I thought I’d get the kids to bed and spend the evening with the Pavoni. I’d done some prep work and ordered up a group seal kit so I was ready to go.

 

I’ll admit in the excitement I didn’t take enough photos. So the strip and rebuild is pretty scarce.

 

Had some decent scale in there anyway when checked. Also the piston seals had firmed up, but not totally shot.

 

93142d4d0f41035471570d1d95a094fe.jpg

786c53bf0f85de7ab46bad80779e421d.jpg

 

So basically I used that severe formic acid descaler to get it all cleared out. Didn’t need long, only around 15 mins. Had to do it a couple of times to get the rest from the elements.

 

b7cd12bb3034f65b7e5ae6140d36a3f7.jpg

6e9060eb4f0882255dad3bbab69cfa91.jpg

 

Then I moved onto the group head and just gave the piston sleeve a quick scrub over with some fine wet and dry

 

d73a9ec345abac917be98617b0663daa.jpg

 

The piston had to receive the[mention=12284]jimbojohn55[/mention] treatment though. It was 11pm by then but I had to head down the workshop to fire up the buffing wheels. Would’ve been rude not to

 

fdbc1881181d54896a1b389d81f94fc3.jpg

 

New seals, bit of grease and new screen, and were ready to go back on.

 

af60dff20c7fd74e2e3999343dfefad5.jpg

 

What a beautiful machine these are. So proud to finally own one, and especially one that is as old as it it. As for the colour, I quite like how it looks. May just give it a buff up and keep the natural look. We will see.

 

60393de654ceb7b12b3aaa39270f5015.jpg

 

So after the mini refurb it fired up lovely and gets up to temp quicker than I imagined.

 

Time to make coffee.... oh crap.... I don’t have a tamper to fit. Me of all people emoji23.pngemoji85.pngemoji106.png

 

 

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Great looking machine. I'm new to all this but really do fancy a lever machine (even though I've no idea how they work!!).

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one in the workshop and one in the kitchen - sorted


There’s no more room in the workshop haha


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