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Date: 09 Jan 2007 13:34:03
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Subject: Olympia lever machine
Does anyone have experience with an Olympia lever machine (Swiss made)?





 
Date: 10 Jan 2007 10:33:43
From:
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine

Thanks NB. I've done a lot more searching and found it to be an sweet
machine if you like levers. This is especially intriguing as I have a
line on one for $100. It's supposed to a clean, working machine. I'm
going to look at it this weekend and will hopefully have an addition to
sit next to Silvia and Rocky.

Kurt



  
Date: 11 Jan 2007 04:03:36
From: steve in ft. worth
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
There is quite a devoted following for this particular machine. The website
: www.home-barista.com has a wealth of information regarding the Cremina,
including a rekably detailed restoration. Many used Creminas have been
selling for at least $500 dollars, with one refurbished going for about
$1000. I've enjoyed using mine for several years (These things are built
like a tank!). Here is another link:
http://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=464 ( "Restoration of an
Olympia Cremina" by S.Robinson).

Good Luck!

Steve in Ft. Worth




   
Date: 10 Jan 2007 23:39:46
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
I sold too soon then - I bought mine for $100 on ebay and sold it for a
little more than that to someone on the group (and he then sold it for even
more on ebay after a couple of years). One think I will say is that these
things hold their value. Why is not entirely clear to me. As you can see
from the restoration photos they are built very solidly but they are
primitive by modern standards. They can make a nice cup of espresso, but
that is about it - things go downhill after the first shot.


"steve in ft. worth" <sjm008@joimail.com > wrote in message
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> There is quite a devoted following for this particular machine. The
> website : www.home-barista.com has a wealth of information regarding the
> Cremina, including a rekably detailed restoration. Many used Creminas
> have been selling for at least $500 dollars, with one refurbished going
> for about $1000. I've enjoyed using mine for several years (These things
> are built like a tank!). Here is another link:
> http://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=464 ( "Restoration of
> an Olympia Cremina" by S.Robinson).
>
> Good Luck!
>
> Steve in Ft. Worth
>




  
Date: 10 Jan 2007 14:07:10
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
The Cremina (the most common model) is a typical manual lever ala the Pavoni
(although the boiler is inside a sheet metal case and not exposed and
chromed) and has all the usual manual lever weaknesses - short shots,
overheat after a couple of shots, etc. Need to let the machine cool before
you can add water. But those first couple of shots can be smooth and sweet
and the machine is a good steamer. I wouldn't want one as my "daily driver"
but they are fun to play with in the same way as antique cars.

For $100 I'd take a flyer (though good luck finding parts). You could sell
it for a tidy profit. The new ones sell for thousands (lord knows why).

<old442@adelphia.net > wrote in message
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>
> Thanks NB. I've done a lot more searching and found it to be an sweet
> machine if you like levers. This is especially intriguing as I have a
> line on one for $100. It's supposed to a clean, working machine. I'm
> going to look at it this weekend and will hopefully have an addition to
> sit next to Silvia and Rocky.
>
> Kurt
>




 
Date: 09 Jan 2007 18:31:49
From: notbob
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
On 2007-01-09, old442@adelphia.net <old442@adelphia.net > wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with an Olympia lever machine (Swiss made)?

http://www.olympia-express.ch/default.htm

Bring $$$$

Seems to me Thomas Cara Ltd in San Francisco used an old Olympia to
pull in-house shots to demo their excellent espresso blend. It looked
like a La Pavoni lever except it was a spring lever. I think they
used to sell them. Not sure if they still do. Call and ask.

nb


 
Date: 09 Jan 2007 16:46:05
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
Yes.

<old442@adelphia.net > wrote in message
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> Does anyone have experience with an Olympia lever machine (Swiss made)?
>




  
Date: 10 Jan 2007 00:55:16
From: Alan
Subject: Re: Olympia lever machine
cute
"Jack Denver" <nunuvyer@netscape.net > wrote in message
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> Yes.
>
> <old442@adelphia.net> wrote in message
> news:1168378442.919851.192160@77g2000hsv.googlegroups.com...
>> Does anyone have experience with an Olympia lever machine (Swiss made)?
>>
>
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