30 May '14, 11pm

From earlier today: think you're all "steampunk" in coffee? Nope. This is pure steampunk.

From the cover of Lee Valley's 2014 June supplement catalog... this home made espresso machine - lever style. From the inside cover: "Created by Richard Plouffe of Pierrefonds, Quebec. This fully functional espresso machine is made from reclaimed parts such as brass fire-hose nozzles." Woo hoo - a fellow Canadian! Some thoughts on it. It may be fully functional but there's a wood collar at the top of the grouphead that makes me think it won't last too long under stress and heat from a typical lever machine. Also, there doesn't seem to be a heckuva lot of room for a piston to travel. I assume this is a direct lever, and not a spring lever (though it is photographed with the lever in the upward position); reason I make this assumption is because a spring lever machine needs even more space above the grouphead for a spring + water cavity than a direct lever does. And what the...

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