What area of the country? There are espresso machine service techs and there
are espresso machine service techs! Awhile ago worked on a guys Simoneli
Aurelia. He'd had a number of different techs check it out over the course
of over a year and most of them didn't even drink espresso and NONE even had
a tool to actually measure shot temp! (His problem was inconsistent shot
temps) All any of them came up with was every hooked up right and boiler is
at correct pressure, should work. Jeeze, not even pulling shots to taste 'em
or measuring a series of shot temps for simulating actual work load
stability. He was shocked when I was talking to him and discovered I had a
Scace Thermofilter... Oh, his Aurelia all better now.
Unfortunately sounds like your friend is yet another of the all too commone
"norm" of people getting into the biz' without a clue of what it takes to
produce good espresso. Hey, I can make money selling espresso is all they
think or know. State of their equipment truly sounds disgusting and
impossible for anything approaching quality to make it to the cup. In a busy
environment various components of an espresso machine should be cleaned
multiple times a day and groups detergent backflushed daily. It'll probably
take a fair bit of work to get the Astoria "uncrudded". Water quality should
also be checked and machine likely descaled. Grinder wise thorough cleaning
and probably new burrs. Same person should be able to handle it all if
they're any good.
I wouldn't let anyone touch a machine or grinder unless they themselves were
into espresso and can pull their own shots dialing in correct grind and temp
for any blend/bean. How the hell can you work on a machine if you don't have
a clue of the target!
Ok, Rant Off:-)
Might pop on BGA forum and ask there who knows a good tech in your friends
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:23 AM
Hey there everyone been a while since I have really been able to
post, but been reading as much as I can recently.
I had a question since I know there are several people who have
worked in a coffee shop previously. I have a friend (yes it really is a
friend, I would never do this) that bought a coffee shop recently. I am
trying to help her out and turn her on to a handful of places so she can
start to get the equipment in her shop in top shape.
From the short conversation I have had with her, the Astoria hasn't
been cleaned, since she got the shop two months ago, and there was no
discussion, that it really ever was in the past. Same goes for the
I am still waiting to find out what the model of each of them
actually are, however I was wondering is there a place online I could look
up a service person for each of these for her?