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Old 04-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Espresso Machines

I know there has been a lot posted regarding coffee machines however I have not seen any specifically addressing espresso machines. I have a La Pavoni Expresso Inn machine I no longer use. I am now wondering if I can use it in the AS either with shore power or with a generator.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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we are hooked on nespresso. the machine works great in the airstrea.
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I know there has been a lot posted regarding coffee machines however I have not seen any specifically addressing espresso machines. I have a La Pavoni Expresso Inn machine I no longer use. I am now wondering if I can use it in the AS either with shore power or with a generator.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Questa macchina ci vuole 900 watts...

On edit, that 900W is for the heating element alone, figure 50W or so for the pump, but still less than a typical cheap electric space heater.

That shouldn't be a problem either on shore power or the generator as long as you're not on a start cycle with the AC while the machine is heating up, or running a couple of space heaters at the same time.
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We had this Ascaso Dream in polished aluminum in our stick home —*a perfect complement to Airstreams, but unfortunately, it's a bit large for us to carry around while full-timing.

Right now, we're making do with with a moka pot and this stovetop milk steamer (steamers and "frothers" are NOT the same!!). We chose this setup because we can use it with abandon while boondocking too (no power required).

When I've got some money to burn, I'll be getting an Otto, stovetop espresso maker/steamer, or an original "Atomic" on eBay, that the Otto is a reproduction of.
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Oh, man, do I know it! I think I had forgotten just *how* pricey. Unfortunately, the vintage ones go for nearly as much (and the Otto was redesigned/engineered to get 1.5 bars of pressure, whereas the atomic is really just a glorified moka pot with steamer).

I've been very curious about the Handpresso as well, and the price is much more realistic.

Oh also, since good beans and good grinding is just as (arguably more) important as the machine itself —*again we downsized from our (three!) burr grinders at home to a Zassenhaus hand grinder, and it's been great — for everything from French Press to Turkish. I just wish they made a step grinder, so it would be easier to switch from espresso grind to coarse.
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We had this Ascaso Dream in polished aluminum in our stick home —*a perfect complement to Airstreams, but unfortunately, it's a bit large for us to carry around while full-timing.

Right now, we're making do with with a moka pot and this stovetop milk steamer (steamers and "frothers" are NOT the same!!). We chose this setup because we can use it with abandon while boondocking too (no power required).

When I've got some money to burn, I'll be getting an Otto, stovetop espresso maker/steamer, or an original "Atomic" on eBay, that the Otto is a reproduction of.
We used to carry a Saeco around with us for the first year of full-timing...we just put it in storage and now consolidated and downsized to a Mukka Express...and love it. It's not exactly the same, of course, but with our homemade chocolate sauce and the fact that it's tiny, and stovetop, it's a good compromise for us. Also, we use a Hario handheld grinder as well (actually, we've been using it for the past 2 1/2 years or so).
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I love my Bialetti Moka Express. Stands about 8" - 12" high, works off the stove top on a burner (no generator or shore power needed), and cost me about $20 on Amazon or wherever I bought it online.
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John,

To answer your question, you can use your La Pavoni machine in the trailer.

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I use a machine bought from Starbucks, many, many years ago. Italian made but I don’t know by whom. Probably Saeco.

Anyway, like your’s its 950W and mine works perfectly on shore power or with the generator.

Too bad your model isn’t the original, classic one from 1950. Now that’s cool!

la Pavoni - Dal 1905 macchine per caffè

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John,

To answer your question, you can use your La Pavoni machine in the trailer.

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I use a machine bought from Starbucks, many, many years ago. Italian made but I don’t know by whom. Probably Saeco.

Anyway, like your’s its 950W and mine works perfectly on shore power or with the generator.

Too bad your model isn’t the original, classic one from 1950. Now that’s cool!

la Pavoni - Dal 1905 macchine per caffè

All the best,

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I got one of those at a yard sale here in Maryland. Cost all of $10.00. I feel in love with it. So cool looking. I didn't know what I had until a friend clued me in. If I ever make it to a rally I will try to bring it with. We will have to have a coffee social.
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Kathy, if your machine is working you apparently saved $948 USD.

I once got lucky like that too. I found an abandoned VITA MIX machine in a coffee shop. The new owners didn't realize it was a $600 machine and sold it to me for $25.

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Kathy, if your machine is working you apparently saved $948 USD.

I once got lucky like that too. I found an abandoned VITA MIX machine in a coffee shop. The new owners didn't realize it was a $600 machine and sold it to me for $25.

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Sergei,
It does work. I got very suspicious about its worth after a barista friend of mine offered me $60.00 for it as soon as he saw it. Needless to say I was very glad I didn't take the offer after my research. .

By the way we also own an argosy. I just love what you did with yours. Hopefully one day we will get ours looking better than a rotting twinkie. It is currently yellow with brown on the very bottom. Hoping this year we will get some work done on it.
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Decembergal, what a find! (…and what a questionable friend!).
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Nespresso I love it ez and small. Great Taste without the mess. Very Affordable.
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