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Espresso Machine Photo Gallery
seedlings
i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb54/seedlings/photo1-1.jpg

Left to Right:
Rossi RR45
Newco Brewer
Nuova Simonelli Premier V
Grindmaster Model 500

CHAD
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
BenGeldreich
Following KK, farmroast and many other coffee enthusiast on Home-Barista I am also a proud owner of a Bezzera Strega! I purchased the machine from 1st Line Espresso as their introductory price seemed hard to beat when compared to other vendors and machines i had in mind. I had been looking to upgrade my Rancillio Silvia to either an Exobar Brewtus or a Rocket but was thrilled when I discovered the Strega. I have always wanted a lever machine. Here are some photos of my new setup.

farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/6921702299_5e5fbe7661.jpg

farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6921704673_7b79689747.jpg
Edited by BenGeldreich on 02/22/2012 5:00 PM
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Ben

Turbo Oven Roaster w/ Variac, TC4Cw/ Bourbon | Bezzera Strega | Baratza Vario Grinder | Yama 5 Cup Syphon | Aeropress
 
Unta

Quote

seedlings wrote:
i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb54/seedlings/photo1-1.jpg

Left to Right:
Rossi RR45
Newco Brewer
Nuova Simonelli Premier V
Grindmaster Model 500

CHAD

Hows that model 500 working? Did you do anything other than a cleaning?
Sean Harrington
educate.
 
allenb
I've rebuilt many a Grindmaster 500 over the years. This is one of the most underrated grinders ever.

I was privy to some testing done between several grinders including some very expensive Mahlkonigs to determine which one produced the least fines and consistent particle size and this grinder won hands down. For anyone wanting the ultimate coarse grind french press grinder this is the one.

I wish I had one!:@

Allen
1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
 
Koffee Kosmo

Quote

BenGeldreich wrote:
Following KK, farmroast and many other coffee enthusiast on Home-Barista I am also a proud owner of a Bezzera Strega! I purchased the machine from 1st Line Espresso as their introductory price seemed hard to beat when compared to other vendors and machines i had in mind. I had been looking to upgrade my Rancillio Silvia to either an Exobar Brewtus or a Rocket but was thrilled when I discovered the Strega. I have always wanted a lever machine. Here are some photos of my new setup.


So hows the coffee Ben ThumbsUp

Its not only beautiful its also easy to use
Ben & Ed I have found that a longer pull lever works better for my stature

So I had a longer than standard, timber pull handle made up to suit
Its 190mm or 7 inches long and has a mushroom cap so it wont slip if I have wet hands

It also gives me a smooth kink free operation when I actuate the lever


KK
Koffee Kosmo attached the following image:
strega_lever_handle.jpg

Edited by Koffee Kosmo on 02/22/2012 7:10 PM
I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
BenGeldreich

Quote

Koffee Kosmo wrote:
So hows the coffee Ben ThumbsUp


The espresso this machine produces is the best I have ever had!! My first shot is still the best shot I've ever pulled or tasted. Creamy smooth and sweet!

Quote


Its not only beautiful its also easy to use
Ben & Ed I have found that a longer pull lever works better for my stature

So I had a longer than standard, timber pull handle made up to suit
Its 190mm or 7 inches long and has a mushroom cap so it wont slip if I have wet hands

It also gives me a smooth kink free operation when I actuate the lever


KK


Thanks for sharing a picture! It's a beautiful handle and I love the mushroom cap at the top! I am in the works of getting a set of handles made using East Indian Rosewood. I may borrow your idea for the lever handle.
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Ben

Turbo Oven Roaster w/ Variac, TC4Cw/ Bourbon | Bezzera Strega | Baratza Vario Grinder | Yama 5 Cup Syphon | Aeropress
 
Koffee Kosmo

Quote

Thanks for sharing a picture! It's a beautiful handle and I love the mushroom cap at the top! I am in the works of getting a set of handles made using East Indian Rosewood. I may borrow your idea for the lever handle.


No problem Ben
I have been testing and experimenting
The one pictured on my previous post is version 2 & it works best
The first one was more a trumpet shape (see photo of both)

The timber I used is over 100 years old & is reclaimed
I have 2 porta filter handles and steam/water knobs almost finished

The finish will eventually be wet look
They will all have that copper ferrule on the end

KK
Koffee Kosmo attached the following image:
2_handles.jpg

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
seedlings

Quote

Unta wrote:

Hows that model 500 working? Did you do anything other than a cleaning?


Cleaned, that's it. It works great for drip grind, exceptional for coarse press, but poor for espress (of course). If one comes available, it's worth picking up.

http://homeroaste...post_25590

CHAD
Edited by seedlings on 02/23/2012 8:35 AM
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
opus
lh4.googleusercontent.com/-77qAYE5ADfs/T0afq4NVBXI/AAAAAAAADlM/KWhXzHLi3Dc/s468/2012-02-23+13.17.57.jpg
 
BenGeldreich

Quote

Koffee Kosmo wrote:
I have been testing and experimenting
The one pictured on my previous post is version 2 & it works best
The first one was more a trumpet shape (see photo of both)

The timber I used is over 100 years old & is reclaimed
I have 2 porta filter handles and steam/water knobs almost finished

The finish will eventually be wet look
They will all have that copper ferrule on the end

KK


Are you turning the wood yourself?
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Ben

Turbo Oven Roaster w/ Variac, TC4Cw/ Bourbon | Bezzera Strega | Baratza Vario Grinder | Yama 5 Cup Syphon | Aeropress
 
opus
And the product of such machine:

lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sWRqP2a73Ik/T0aoNodGPdI/AAAAAAAADlY/TQOfwklmscM/s468/2012-02-23+13.55.36.jpg
 
jedovaty
Here's mine.. a mypressi twist, all I have room for but it makes tasty treats. This one's actually my gf's, my red one is under repair by mypressi. Almond milk and ethiopian yirg.
jano.portablehole.net/fridge/espressomachine.jpg
Edited by jedovaty on 02/23/2012 3:33 PM
 
Koffee Kosmo

Quote

BenGeldreich wrote:


Are you turning the wood yourself?


A friend is turning the wood
I am applying the finish

The friend also converted one of the porta filters to a naked

KK
Koffee Kosmo attached the following image:
naked_pour_strega.jpg

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
BenGeldreich

Quote

Koffee Kosmo wrote:

A friend is turning the wood
I am applying the finish

The friend also converted one of the porta filters to a naked

KK


I asked cause I've always wanted to turn wood but have never had the opportunity to use a lathe. One day!

I converted one of the Strega's PF to bottomless myself. I found some directions on HB and was recommended to use a 60mm hole saw. This was the first time I've ever converted a PF but I am very happy with the results.

farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6924736805_95458ff9e1.jpg

farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/6924737111_b477113711.jpg
Edited by BenGeldreich on 02/23/2012 9:40 PM
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Ben

Turbo Oven Roaster w/ Variac, TC4Cw/ Bourbon | Bezzera Strega | Baratza Vario Grinder | Yama 5 Cup Syphon | Aeropress
 
Koffee Kosmo
Nice job ThumbsUp

I will post photos of the handle set when finished
KK
I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
Koffee Kosmo
An update for the Strega Lever Machine
I thought it was a good idea & about time for a video

This is a naked espresso pour from start to finish including blonding stage and beyond.
I used a standard Synesso 18gr double basket
Just to demonstrate how it looks
Please enjoy

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzZBM1C4daQ&feature=player_embedded[/video]

KK

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
gene
I'm like John re the ironwood handles. I'm still swooning. I've seen tons of handles on the thread on HB but these are by far the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Just a passing thought. How to become your neighbor!
 
Koffee Kosmo
Another Update on my Strega Lever Machine
I had all the handles Custom made in Resin

Still pushing out the beautiful coffee day in day out
KK
Koffee Kosmo attached the following images:
img_7188_medium.jpg img_7273.jpg img_7278.jpg img_7284.jpg

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
jzuzphreek
Are these the ones I just saw on HB? DROOL!!!
Jessy

IN PRAISE OF COFFEE

This is the beverage of the friends of God; it gives health to those in its service who strive after wisdom.

The intelligent man who empties these cups of foaming coffee, he alone knows the truth.

 
Koffee Kosmo
Thought I would update on the final look on my Bezzera Strega handles

The final design of the lever pull handle has changed now to match the bee nest design
Koffee Kosmo attached the following images:
image_11.jpg image_12.jpg

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
zombie girl
those handles are freaking AWESOME...

KOSMO...

the wood is outstanding.

ginny

roar
How to post Photos, Videos?
Please visit the Homeroasters Forum How To section here:

http://www.homero...?cat_id=16
 
Koffee Kosmo

Quote

zombie coffee wrote:

those handles are freaking AWESOME...

KOSMO...

the wood is outstanding.

ginny

roar


They are made with resin to my colour preference / close to candy apple red with black tips ( so I'm eccentric jazzyhands )
I felt that resin would fair better in wet areas

To manufacture -
First a silicone mould for shape is made then the resin is poured in and allowed to cure
Afterwords its placed on a lathe to polish and cut the ridges

Don't ask how much it cost - but it was worth it

I also had this tamper stand made as well
KK
Koffee Kosmo attached the following image:
image_14.jpg

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
https://homeroast...ad_id=1142

https://docs.goog...lide=id.i0
Blog - http://koffeekosm...gspot.com/

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
 
Lylabrown
Here's mine:

imageshack.us/a/img716/6448/gmp5.jpg

It's personality that counts....right?

Russ
 
Dan
LOL! Did you know? Ductape now comes in all sorts of colors and patterns. LOL!
1 pound electric sample roaster, 3 pound direct-flame roaster, both handmade; modified Mazzer Mini grinder, LaSpaziale Vivaldi II automatic espresso machine. When the electricity goes out I make vacpot coffee from beans ground on my Zassenhaus hand grinder, and heat the water with a teakettle on the gas range.
 
JackH
The Handyman's secret weapon!
---Jack

KKTO Roaster.
 
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