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Topic: homeroast digest, Vol 1 #5603 - 24 msgs (12 msgs / 309 lines)
1) From: freemaya
Have tried, as a total novice, to read and decipher all of these entries
for the past week or so. Fifteen years ago I was invited to a breakfast
on a very large sailboat off the coast of Yucatan....the coffee served
told me in no uncertain terms, that in my 50 years of life (then) I had
only experienced wet cardboard in my cup.
Today I went shopping for another air popcorn popper (have one I got
last week from Goodwill for $5.00 - burned some mexican green and
undercooked same 2nd try - but it was fun - third try gave me a
drinkable cup, but not what I remember from Yucatan )....well, there is
this little resale shop run by a Catholic Nun who everyone in town
(Fairhope, Al) adores that only opens 3 days a week. I am looking for
coffee stuff....afterall, I have on hand 8 -1/2 # bags of greens from
Sweet Maria's! Not that I know what in hell to do with them! anyway,
first thing I see is a 2 cup stove top aluminum (uhoh) espresso thing,
you know with water on bottom? anyway down the way is this huge
Stainless steel contraption that had a sign on it saying: "capochina
machine $5.00" - and since today was 1/2 price everything I only had to
pay $2.50 for it....paid $2.00 for the stove top 2 cuppa piece of junk!
came home wrote down info from plate on side and googled  what it said:
OLYMPIA  (symbol on side with a circle around a + sign over letter s)
110V   1000W   60HZ
Ser. 9130370 
Apparently it is worth more than I paid, so much so I will have to
return it to Sister Julie. If any of you have any ideas how I can help
her with this, please let me know. Sure I would love to have this but I
cant... how can Sister get top $ for such a machine? (She and her
vounteers build homes for the needy) - I heated water in it. seems ok,
over 190 degrees - the inside (drop-in) basket/filter missing (is that
the "puck" I hear so much about?), It is an older model without the
thermometer on the face as the 2002 model shows...I will return it to
her next week, would love to be able to give her some solid advice...as
I said I am a complete novice to the coffee world, but love the thought
of being able to someday understand what in hell you guys are talking
about AND to be able to again taste what I tasted so many years ago
..... God Bless, Skip

2) From: Lynne Biziewski
eBay, eBay...eBAY!
I've only sold a few things on eBay, others are more versed - I'd help all I
can, and maybe others can offer some help too.
It really isn't hard to list & sell stuff on it - you could do it for her &
donate the money to her. But IF she, or someone else in her convent, or the
one of the volunteers, is tech savvy (hey, some nuns are now, out of
necessity), they could probably get more money for the needy this way.
On 3/15/07, Skip  wrote:

3) From: Brett Mason
Skip, you are very gracious!  I would recommend eBay...  Could make a
nice jump start for a few hundred at least....
Where exactly is this located?
On 3/15/07, Skip  wrote:

4) From: Brett Mason
There are three on eBay right now... check them out for an idea...
On 3/15/07, Brett Mason  wrote:

5) From: Michael Dhabolt
You should be out buying lottery tickets!  The Olympia is a superb small
lever machine.
Mike (just plain)

6) From: raymanowen
Skip, do yourself and Sister Julie the biggest favor by learning all you can
about coffee roasting and espresso brewing with the Olympia Cremina when you
get it all together. Then, just think- you could conduct seminars and
cupping sessions at the little shop!
As it is, I don't think it is in shape to do any brewing. There probably
aren't many people there that could use it at all, even in brand new shape.
So you hang on to it and learn the machine.
Then schedule the demonstrations, maybe on a monthly basis.
Pay Sister back that way- otherwise you'd be consigning the neat machine to
the junk heap. Don't let that happen!!
As you said, "...it is worth more than I paid, so much so I will have to
return it to Sister Julie. If any of you have any ideas how I can help her
with this, please let me know."
Reread what I said- It will take some searching online and work on your
part. If you don't restore it, nobody will and it will never be worth a
thing to anybody. $2.50 would almost be a rip-off for just so much shiny
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 3/15/07, Skip  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

7) From: raymanowen
"Where exactly is [Fairhope, AL] located?"
I did a quick online search [I reread Skip's post, plus mapquest] - It's
On 3/15/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

8) From: Tom Ulmer
While the Olympia is probably worth more than $2.50, if I recall how to read
the serial number correctly, it is 37 years old. Replacement parts are not
cheap and to get top dollar it needs to be refurbished. If you feel like you
took advantage, I suggest you donate another $100 and take your chances with
the old guy.

9) From: MichaelB
The serial number indicates this is a 1991 machine. Not old at all for an
Olympia Cremina. I have a 1985 machine that I bought new and have been using
daily for over 20 years. Looking at it you would swear it is brand new.
It will last forever. And no worries about upgrade fever since there is
nothing better - as long as you don't need more than a handful of espressos
at any one time.
If this machine is in any kind of working order, as Skip indicates it
is, it could fetch more than $1000. Even if in not good shape there is a
very high interest in used machines and he will get a hefty price. New
Creminas were over $2000 last year and just went up in price to over $3000
this year.
I think Skip's intinct to get top dollar for it for Sister Julie is truly
admirable and sounds like the best course of action under the circumstances.
Go for it Skip, and let us know if we can help...
On 3/16/07, Tom Ulmer  wrote:

10) From: jim gundlach
    Sounds like you only need the basket.   But it seems to have a  
very unique basket size and without a basket it is useless.   
www.espressoparts.com carries the gasket but not the basket.  Maybe  
one of the owners of this machine would have a parts list and the  
manufacture's address?
       Pecan Jim
       Also in Alabama.
On Mar 15, 2007, at 10:20 PM, Skip wrote:

11) From: raymanowen
Actually, I just took a little trip on wings of Silicon and 3.3v [Googled
"Olympia Cremina repair parts"] to the following URL:
 (I guess the Cremina 67 is the
machine of interest to you, Skip)
Keep it, Fix it, Love it, Learn it, Demo it. Many seem to be missing that
basket- ~$20. They have sold for as little as $3.00 at yard sales- missing
the basket. People that learn 'em love 'em.
On rereading my post, I originally thought "Fairhope, ALaska," espresso
baristas might be a rare breed. Then Mapquest sent me across the bay from
Mobile for Fairhope, ALabama
On 3/17/07, jim gundlach  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

12) From: Angelo
Since Skip said it doesn't have the thermostat on the front, I'm 
assuming it's the older model that I have. I've seen them on ebay for 
up to $700. To me that's crazy, but that's because I paid something 
like $35 for one and $50 for another, which I sold to a friend...I 
think you would be better off selling it on ebay and donating the 
cash to the good sister. If you give it back to her, she may just put 
it back out for $5, again...
If you go to this 
site, http://www.home-barista.com/forums/lever-espresso-machines-f33.html, 
you will be able to get a better idea of the machine and be able to 
ask questions about it.
It does make a nice cup of espresso....

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