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Topic: "proud" owner of a used Farberware Model L2000 "Espresso/Cappuccino" machine (3 msgs / 111 lines)
1) From:
Someone, well-aware of my home roasting hobby, graciously bestowed upon me a
used Farberware Model L2000 "Espresso/Cappuccino" machine.  Seems to be one
of those low-end mock Espresso machines I've heard about, that simply boils
water and pumps steam through a porta-filter looking thingy.  This was a
sincere gesture, and I'd like to be appreciative by playing with the toy,
but it didn't come with instructions.
Before I blow myself up, anyone got suggestions on how to run this thing?
I've contacted Farberware to see if they can send me a user's manual.
I could be mistaken, maybe it DOES produce pressure, but it looks like it's
just a boiler ... though it does have a hefty metal screw-on top for the
water chamber, and a steam wand.  Seems solid enough, and it sure is cute.
I'll run some Urnex through it, and maybe experiment later today.
Tod --
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2) From: EuropaChris
Yeah, that's what we affectionately refer to as a 'steam toy'.  You won't get true espresso out of it, but you can get some pretty decent coffee from it.  Basically, it's a modern day, plug-in moka pot (stovetop espresso maker).  With the right coffee and grind, you'll get some thick, rich coffee out of it.  You can then use that along with some frothed milk and make a pretty good latte.
You should use a medium roasted (City to Full City) coffee and use a fine grind (finer than drip). 
Have fun!
Chris
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3) From: Charles Gardner
I believe most of the inexpensive, steam driven makers work similarly
(particularly since you mention the heavy metal screw-on top).  You pour
water into a chamber, screw the lid on, and turn it on.  The water is
boiled to produce pressure in the chamber that drives the remaining
water out through the grounds.  Sooner or later, the water will be
expelled and steam will come out through the porta-filter.  At or just
before this point, you can flip a switch that shunts the steam through
the steam wand.  Once you've run that cycle, you have to let it cool
down before you can use it again, as the metal screw-on expands and
locks tight when the chamber is hot.
I've used a Melitta one for quite awhile now, and it does NOT produce
espresso, but it can produce something good to drink.  Because of the
nature of the little beasts, they overextract something fierce (IMHO
anyway).  I use it to make cappas that the wife and I enjoy very much,
but they are VERY strong.  Basically, the overextraction makes it cut
through milk (and/or sugar or whatever) very well.
While one day I intend to buy a good espresso machine, the steam toy
remained while we bought a Fresh Roast+, a slew of beans, and a good
French press.  We're very happy with it.  As a matter of fact, with the
home roasted beans and the steam toy, the milk-based drinks are better
than any we've gotten at a Starbucks, et al.
Charles
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