My just short of 2 yo Premium has blown it's second pressure gauge. Not willing, unless absolutely necessary, to wait another week (admittedly, reasonable for transport trans-continental) to fix it AGAIN (yes, you may read frustration in the comment for a $1600 piece of equipment to keep blowing the same pieces time after time). Any engineer types out there that can advise if there is a heavier duty replacement that might be found locally (live in an area of over a million with moderate resources)? What the heck do I ask for and where best to look? No problem with installation - have still retained the directions from last time. Replacing the brew pressure gauge not the boiler gauge. Thanks!
Oh my goodness - Well I have two thoughts for you... 1. Sorry you're dealing with this frustration. I have an old german sportscar, and sometimes the fun things bring frustration too.... 2. You asked the right place - I don't know the answer, but with the Mikes, Rays, Eddie's, Las's, and others, you are definitely in the correct neighborhood.... Sipping a Costa Rica Dota from my Melitta Clarity, and loving it... Brett On 7/22/07, Cj. Aberte wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
--Apple-Mail-39-645751268 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed When my Livia blew its first pressurestat (under warranty), Cafe West/ Baratza sent me a replacement and talked me through installing it on the phone. If you already know how to install it, I would go to Espressoparts NW--chances are, they probably have the same brand of gauge you blew. (Most machines usually take the same brand of p'stat and vibe pump, and the gauges look nearly identical). On Jul 22, 2007, at 8:18 AM, Cj. Aberte wrote: <Snip> Sandy Andina www.sandyandina.com www.myspace.com/sandyandina --Apple-Mail-39-645751268 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset -ASCII When my Livia blew its first = pressurestat (under warranty), Cafe West/Baratza sent me a replacement = and talked me through installing it on the phone. If you already know = how to install it, I would go to Espressoparts NW--chances are, they = probably have the same brand of gauge you blew. (Most machines usually = take the same brand of p'stat and vibe pump, and the gauges look nearly = identical). On Jul 22, 2007, at 8:18 AM, Cj. Aberte = wrote:
We have had terrific service just calling Chris Coffee and talking with them. They have overnighted us what we needed at times. They will even talk you through the installation, but it sounds like that is not a problem. Barbara On Jul 22, 2007, at 8:18 AM, Cj. Aberte wrote: <Snip>
Might "let your fingers do the walking" and try to find and then call a couple local places that service commercial espresso machines. Just need a gauge of proper diameter and then fittings as needed. Don't know what you mean by gauge "blown", not reading or copiously leaking or what. Regardless since brew pressure gauge totally unnecessary for actual functionality if leaking could simply cap line to gauge while sourcing replacement gauge. Pacific Northwest Gathering VIhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ <Snip>
Thanks to Mike, Brett, Sandy and Barbara for their best advice. Yep, the part is on the way for repair. No, the gauge repair isn't , apparently, vital to the use of the machine (never the less we did turn it off until a repair tech led us through checking out whether or not is should be used). More info: it happened just about instantaneously without a wimper or much more than a difference in the sound of the pump. The gauge pinned itself to the topside of the gauge and no tapping bopping or other jostling would move it. There is some sort of "deterioration" on the face of the gauge itself since it pinned itself. There is a grey fog that follows the line that marks the border of the number area about 200 degrees around the dial starting from the bottom pin that sticks through dial face. No, the "fogginess" is not moisture (it's black or dark greyish) is a definite line, and doesn't move with temp changes etc. The discoloration was on the dial not the glass. No,no leaking, steam, etc. I very much envy those that have local sources that carry basic parts. Even though there are several services in our area, we have not been lucky enough to have found any that are carrying parts (yet... maybe at some later time). It's good at least to know that we haven't overlooked a source that was obvious. Otoh, we've had wonderful experiences with Chris's in both on the phone expertise as well as fast service getting parts to us. It's very nice to find equivalent service in that area to what SM's gives us in supply! Thank you's and appreciation all around!! Cj. At 03:13 PM 7/22/2007, you wrote: <Snip>
Good to hear your AJ is up and running while waiting for replacement gauge. And agree my experiences with Chris' Coffee service dept. they've been exemplary. Just so you don't feel so bad, closest "good" espresso machine parts source I know of even in the heart of the Third Wave (Portland, OR) is an hour and a half drive up North to Olympia, WA. And sometimes that even does no good. When I drove up there to try and get replacement T fitting it turned out to be a 1/8" size they had order anyway! All turned out for the good. While the Bric' hard down found a great deal on that Rancilio Audrey so now have a decent travel/backup espresso machine:-) Pacific Northwest Gathering VIhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ <Snip>
At 05:19 PM 7/24/2007, you wrote: <Snip> On the bright side (if such things *have* bright sides ), we have been getting in practice using the French Press again . Actually enjoying the difference and have the wonderful revelation of actually being able to tell the difference in the handling of the bean through the grinder (from Mazer to knee manual) as well as different brewing methods! Probably wouldn't have gone back to the FP without the beast going down! Fortuitous? Possibly... Cj.
Want a real eye opener. Compare an Aeropress to a French Press.