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Date: 06 Nov 2006 09:43:11
From: bernie
Subject: First shots in the mobile espresso van!!!!
As is the case with a lot of my projects this one has layed (lain,
lay, laid, whatever) dormant for some time due to my having too many
irons in the fire. So over the past few days while I have battled with a
lunatic neighbor at the warehouse over his having dumped a load of
building materials on my property, broken my water line and turned a
sidewalk to rubble with a cement truck it seemed a great time to engage
in something more constructive than fuming. So I backed the '88 Chevy
box van up to the back door and started sizing and fitting equipment
into the van just to see where it would fit, etc. Started with a single
group Rio which will be replaced with a 2 group LM in short order. As
soon as I get it cleaned up some more. It sits on a 4ft NSF solid top
stainless steel work table and is just strapped to the wall while I
figure out the rest of the shelving, etc. Stuck an on-demand 12v water
system underneath to see how that would fit with the holding tanks. The
table also holds a single brew Fetco 1 1/2gallon brewer. I drove the
whole gitup over to the environmental department for a show-and-tell and
to get their reaction. They were impressed that I bothered to come by
and ask first. They were intrigued by the idea of the veggie oil
conversion on the diesel. That part hasn't even started except to talk
to the fabrication shop across from the warehouse who are anxious to be
part of the project. So this weekend I rolled the Onan 6.5kW generator
into the back of the van and took it home. Saturday morning just for
kicks I filled up the water tank, fired up the generator and turned on
the Rio. After it warmed up I plugged in a little reefer and it chilled
right down. Then, not willing to leave well enough alone I plugged in a
commercial Belgian waffle iron. Didn't have the 220v Fetco wired so it
didn't get plugged in. The genset barely lugged down at all. Everything
fired up to temp and stayed there for several hours. Then I plugged in a
Mazzer mini and ground a shot. Packed it and locked it in place and
flipped the brew switch. Amazingly the dwell was about 5 seconds and the
total shot was right at 28secs. My take was that the shot was devine,
but that could have been the fact I was sitting in a totally
self-contained espresso van built on a whim. Who knows? Anyway, it works
and if I so chose I could now drive it anywhere and deliver some danged
good drinks. What a hoot.
Bernie




 
Date: 19 Nov 2006 02:52:52
From: Chris Staley
Subject: Re: First shots in the mobile espresso van!!!!
On Mon, 06 Nov 2006 09:43:11 -0700, bernie <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote:

> As is the case with a lot of my projects this one has layed (lain,
>lay, laid, whatever) dormant for some time due to my having too many
>irons in the fire. So over the past few days while I have battled with a
>lunatic neighbor at the warehouse over his having dumped a load of
>building materials on my property, broken my water line and turned a
>sidewalk to rubble with a cement truck it seemed a great time to engage
>in something more constructive than fuming. So I backed the '88 Chevy
>box van up to the back door and started sizing and fitting equipment
>into the van just to see where it would fit, etc.

<snip cool story >

Wow Bernie, thats awesome! Now you can do espresso road trips, and
never subject yourself to inferior coffee. When are you visiting
Tucson? ;-)

Plus with the waffle iron you can make breakfast for yourself! Maybe
develop a new maple-espresso syrup...

Chris


 
Date: 07 Nov 2006 09:32:41
From: Brent
Subject: Re: First shots in the mobile espresso van!!!!
Wow Bernie, you don't think you rushed yourself on this one a little?

Sounds very cool!

:)

Brent

> As is the case with a lot of my projects this one has layed (lain, lay,
> laid, whatever) dormant for some time due to my having too many irons in
> the fire. So over the past few days while I have battled with a lunatic
> neighbor at the warehouse over his having dumped a load of building
> materials on my property, broken my water line and turned a sidewalk to
> rubble with a cement truck it seemed a great time to engage in something
> more constructive than fuming. So I backed the '88 Chevy box van up to the
> back door and started sizing and fitting equipment into the van just to
> see where it would fit, etc. Started with a single group Rio which will be
> replaced with a 2 group LM in short order. As soon as I get it cleaned up
> some more. It sits on a 4ft NSF solid top stainless steel work table and
> is just strapped to the wall while I figure out the rest of the shelving,
> etc. Stuck an on-demand 12v water system underneath to see how that would
> fit with the holding tanks. The table also holds a single brew Fetco 1
> 1/2gallon brewer. I drove the whole gitup over to the environmental
> department for a show-and-tell and to get their reaction. They were
> impressed that I bothered to come by and ask first. They were intrigued by
> the idea of the veggie oil conversion on the diesel. That part hasn't
> even started except to talk to the fabrication shop across from the
> warehouse who are anxious to be part of the project. So this weekend I
> rolled the Onan 6.5kW generator into the back of the van and took it home.
> Saturday morning just for kicks I filled up the water tank, fired up the
> generator and turned on the Rio. After it warmed up I plugged in a little
> reefer and it chilled right down. Then, not willing to leave well enough
> alone I plugged in a commercial Belgian waffle iron. Didn't have the 220v
> Fetco wired so it didn't get plugged in. The genset barely lugged down at
> all. Everything fired up to temp and stayed there for several hours. Then
> I plugged in a Mazzer mini and ground a shot. Packed it and locked it in
> place and flipped the brew switch. Amazingly the dwell was about 5 seconds
> and the total shot was right at 28secs. My take was that the shot was
> devine, but that could have been the fact I was sitting in a totally
> self-contained espresso van built on a whim. Who knows? Anyway, it works
> and if I so chose I could now drive it anywhere and deliver some danged
> good drinks. What a hoot.
> Bernie