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Old 08-17-2014, 04:20 PM
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I bought an old Elektra Lever activated espresso maker on eBay and got it a week ago. After descaling it (It was completely full of hard water deposits) and adjusting the pressure stat I've got it idling at the right temperature. I bought some freshly roasted beans, played with the grind and pulled a really good shot. Everyone who has seen it is fascinated with it. They have no idea what it is.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:32 AM
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How very steampunk.

I am just now introducing myself to the world of coffee, trying to kick a 20-year diet soda habit. I'm still vacillating over what kind of coffee maker to buy, so looking at that, it's So Very Arcane...
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:30 AM
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It's very simple to maintain compared to other pump machines. You just have seals that can replaced and a piston that needs to be lubricated every so often. But it's a little more touchy. A good grinder is a must. Once you have your coffee grind dialed in, it makes a hell of an espresso or latte. It's 10 times better than what you get at Starbucks.
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holy crap dude. one look at that, and everyone knows you take your coffee experience seriously!
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Very cool! I gotta get me one of those.
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Beautiful machine, Maristo! We had on old lever-operated Gaggia in my cafe, ages ago; I loved the control afforded by a lever, producing espressos in a wide spectrum between extremely short and very long. I am envious.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:31 AM
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A used La Pavoni lever machine can be had for a few hundred dollars on ebay. There is always a few for sale. All of them seem to hold their value in the used market so if you want to sell you aren't going to take a big hit.
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