Archive for category ‘levered device’

CI cultivates antiquity

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

and suddenly, half-nuked water began to gush from the grouphead of our ancient lever espresso device, which, ever since the monumental refurb, had thus far continued to run with the alacrity of a spanked porker. no longer. to blame: a set of three obscenely worn gaskets around the spring-loaded piston ...

geekery: a tableau

Monday, August 27th, 2007

this blog feels it imperative to inform you what an unvarnished, boil-brained coffee nerd nate the finger has become: those are vintage fanboy legos, friends, depicting vintage espresso devices in a grainy, vintage-like photograph. any more obscure and inter-referential and you'd need the dewey decimal system and a mild hallucinogenic. also, maybe ...

anecdotal leverage

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

the most startling flavor difference in the weekend toscano, pulled for the first time with a levered (declining) pressure profile: an earthy flesh-fruit and a light, creamy lipid layer. like unsalted butter, melted over red anjou pear.

you’ll find no USBC action here

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

this blog has long since ceased to hope for freedom from our 'spro machine's "tyranny of mechanical limitations" -- at least by the person who proffered the notion now more than a year ago. meanwhile, another fellow has modestly taken up the spadework, and now steadily offers nothing less than ...

levered weekend, coda

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

the levered weekend, aired out in all its forms -- from dribbling mexican sublimity to experimental crusty-foam macc action. said weekend-o-leverage self-terminated with a gag shot (e.g. a practical joke that triggered homonym reflex) courtesy the bioluminescent cypriot. or maybe it was my fault. the curtailing stinger went down like this: ...

pseudo-glitterati excess

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

when your day begins with some work at home at the bedrom window, two carefully nursed macchiatos in hand from the early pulls on the riviera, the feeling of supercilious excess can be overcoming. it's quite nice, actually.

compelling real-time news update

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

whaaa? gaggia has a sweet new retro-styled, bubble-handled lever espresso machine that runs on a heat exchanger?! pause, collect self. dial mother's number. say what? dan kehn has been running a forum dedicated to lever espresso machines for, like, weeks now?! not only that, there's an official, maniacal (and officially maniacal) ...

scenery on scenery

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

the riviera, it turns out, has a bright view off the new espresso bar into the side yard.

nibbling weekend reprise

Monday, August 1st, 2005

the brazil cerrado doesn't impress me. bought it for the still-deferred blending i intended to do, and feel i've roasted it as well as i can. still ... it's annoyingly balanced. meaning that it doesn't offer anything notable, except maybe some very light chocolate notes. decent, but not charming. in ...

riviera rebuild: when i don’t have 1,000 words, i just post a picture.

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

busted out the antiquated lever contraption this afternoon. impressions later. meanwhile, some imagery might temporarily sate the gawk-lust.

riviera rebuild: cara speaks

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

to the aforelisted points of riviera inquiry, i now have answers, courtesy the self-described 'santa claus' of levered espresso machines. let's begin: * with the leaks in the watertank cap and steam knob sealed so amazingly well, the added pressure seems to create "burps" in the boiler's initial warm-up. in other ...

riviera rebuild: straggling addenda

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

the effulgent cypriot helpfully notes that a semi-related riviera restoration thread has popped up over on CG. interesting to see a chrome version. on the matter of shot-pulling, i'm having a beast of a time catching the boiler pressure at a consistent ideal. i typically pull a shot at the ...

hack bits

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

uber-compressed glimpses of initial riviera operation now uploaded. will they satisfy? no. do they make a lick of sense? why, no. will you find them a considerable step down from the already-mediocre media posted heretofore? yes. yes, you will. these clips are rough. but it's why i blog, instead of, you ...

riviera rebuild: what i’ve learned — in mere hours, no less!

Friday, May 27th, 2005

five shots in -- five heavily gawked shots in -- i have inconclusive conclusions: * the grind must be much coarser for the riviera. seems to be a function of the piston's punch, as it were. it only pushes so hard. * the basket is SMALL. maybe a third the size of ...

shottage, etc.

Friday, May 27th, 2005

and it occured to me -- when one is shopping alone, with a toddling dude in a buggy, one should unload one's rustling gaggle of warm-tobacco-spittle-colored grocery bags first. see, i had been doing it all wrong -- the human boy comes first, and all that ... besides, if he's ...

riviera rebuild: the rebuild itself

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

yes, still awaiting parts -- steam knob and gasket, water tank top and gasket, portafilter and basket and a grouphead gasket. "would you also like a drip-tray cover sir? it's a solid brass bargain at $75.95." um, no. guess i'll just have to fashion one out of beanie weenie cans ...

riviera rebuild: latent feminine characteristics

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

copper polish now applied to the derriere. a bit garish, i'd say. also: pink. not even a low, romantic lighting or the grainy video frames are much help. guess i'll have to get the peroxide cypriot to apply some sort of faux-finish tarnishing agent to de-pinkify her a bit. though i ...

riviera rebuild: something nice to ingest

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

it was determined that vinegar was not doing the trick on my water tank. so. chuck in a half-dose of cafiza, heat 'er up, let sit for a day. abdicate the vacuity, and lo: the Kim Jong-Il Center for Lead Poisoning by Paint Chip has nothing on my kitchen sink. ...

riviera rebuild: granulated poo

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

and STILL the brew water appears to bear amoebic life. (1.4MB video link) even the dude seems alternately repulsed and agog:

riviera respite: flushing the old gal

Friday, May 20th, 2005

while the riviera steeps in its second vinegar bath, and i await parts, i weighed in on a robust discussion about flushing the e61 groupheads on heat exchanger machines like mine. (for the neophytes, basically the brew group on such machines contains constantly circulating water which, over time, grows too ...

riviera rebuild: a bit hot

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

annnnnd here we have an attempt to pinpoint the all-important brew temp. warning: this clip will give you a rightward-leaning neck-crick. forgive me. i was pulling the lever with the right hand, securing the cup fitting with the left and shooting video with my chin and sternum. video here. this would seem ...

riviera rebuild: no cafiza

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

throw in a cup of vinegar, he says. this to solve the issue of inner gook. after a day's steeping, though, the brew water still appeared a bit farm pond-ish. a disgrace to the pavina double-walls, it was. so more vinegar -- distilled white, mind you. because the red wine ...

riviera rebuild: ode to cara

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

folks all over the place have noted this, but if a reviera rebuild is what you have in mind, thomas cara ltd. in san francisco is the place to go. christopher, the proprietor, has been said to treat italian lever espresso machines with the attention of a watch-maker. the man, he ...

riviera rebuild: minor problems i don’t mind

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

it appears we have another issue. (200KB video.) but it's almost a relief to find another problem and know it's NOT cataclysmic. (funny how this water cap didn't leak the first time i heated the machine up. musta been my serious cranking of the steam wand, in an effort to ...

riviera rebuild: reason for alarm

Monday, May 16th, 2005

herein we see the two major problems that first appeared with said riviera. the boiler switch didn't work (i.e. the machine didn't know when to stop heating the water and stoked itself well in the danger zone), and the steam side of the machine leaks water. video here. (about ...

riviera rebuild: the big nasty

Monday, May 16th, 2005

video clips of the riviera rebuild follow: like any redemptive project, this one began with the hard-core gook. as in, seriously antique water that had turned the inside of this riviera thing a nice, heart-warming shade of copper-schnoz green. (video link above about 500KB. it's raw and unedited, folks.) cameo of ...

unabashedly hype-generating riviera rebuild post

Monday, May 16th, 2005

yes, the blog is thin on recent gruel. my apologies. the post-a-day pledge has been badly broken. ('twas a private pledge, but hey. i took it seriously.) BUT! the riviera rebuild has commenced, and duly taken a series of fascinating and intruiging plot twists. i've shot much of the action ...

long-awaited finale to riviera angst

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

the riviera hath arrived -- three weeks after i bought it, more than two weeks after the electronic payment had cleared (long story). it looks nice. but i have not figured out how to fill it with water. it's like it was hand crafted by stone-drunk italians or something.

palpably overwhelming riviera angst

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

they say it will take FIVE DAYS for the payment to clear for this piece of machinery. why, pray tell, would one use paypal if the payment clearance is roughly akin to hand-delivering a check to indianapolis and hitchhiking back with the goods?! in any case, it means this blog's riviera ...

ebay’s money pit of seduction strikes again

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

i win! although, if you are able to view this page you will see that bidding action on this timeless piece of (functional) art can truly be qualified as "wild." also: "wooly." thanks to my patented and secret carpet-bombing bidding technique, i managed to escape with the loot by the ...