06-22-2017, 05:02 PM
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La Pavoni Europiccola. Vintage preferred.

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 06-26-2017, 05:40 PM
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I have had a Rancilio Silvia for about 20 years. I've had minor repairs done on it and replaced the steam wand, but it is a great,very durable machine that makes great espressos and cappuccinos. They taste wonderful after a great shave with Proraso soap and an Omega brush--the complete Italian experience.

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 08-14-2017, 07:30 AM
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If steam in not required a VAM or Caravel by Arrarex is extremely easy to use, clean and maintain. These are simple yet brilliant engineered machines giving excellent results in the cup.

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 10-01-2017, 04:00 PM
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I keep telling everyone to try the bialetti brikka.  It makes great espresso if you use italian style beans (medium roast), is small, inexpensive, and really easy to use.

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 10-02-2017, 10:39 AM
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Bialetti Brikka is a moka pot, not an espresso maker - even if I love the coffee my moka pot makes. Cold dead hands would be involved before I give it up.

As far as I can tell the major differences are in the pressure used to force the water through the grounds. Real espresso should be brewed at at least 9 bar (130.53 psi / 900 kPa / 265.80 inHg), while the moka pot brews at a paltry 1.5 bar (21.76 psi / 150 Kpa / 44.30 inHg). Household espresso machines usually work around 20 bar (290.08 psi / 2000 kPa / 590.67 inHg). If you get your moka pot up to 20 bar, you'll have shrapnel flying around the kitchen.

Moka pots are awesome. So are proper espresso machines. Wish I had room in my kitchen for both.

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 10-02-2017, 11:07 AM
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Hans do you mean something like this.
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 10-02-2017, 11:44 AM
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Great setup!

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 10-02-2017, 11:55 AM
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Awesome setup... someone is serious about coffee Biggrin

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