For sale is a "Cremina 2011" (current model) manufactured in 2012 (s/n 25.034x) with red body panels. A full gasket replacement was performed by a factory-authorized service center in Lugano in early 2016 and again in April of this year. The machine is currently at the Olympia-Express factory in Schwanden, Switzerland where, on request, the front steel panel and boiler cap have been replaced to prepare it for sale.
The machine functions (and has always functioned) perfectly. That said, it is a manual lever machine and some practice is required to obtain proper shots. A quality coffee grinder is highly recommended as a companion to this machine. Olympia-Express make a beautiful powered grinder called "Moca". I've used an HG One hand grinder.
Since Creminas are known for their jewel-like quality (and price) I'm disclosing the following cosmetic blemishes. Two minor hairline scratches, about 1.5 cm long each, are visible on the top steel panel near the boiler cap.These are shallow (not deep enough to catch a fingernail on) and hardly visible, but for fussy buyers I note their presence. Considerable scuffing and faint scratching is visible on the steel drip tray and grate. There are no dents or stains. Fussy buyers may order a new drip tray and grate from Olympia-Express but with normal use the same wear will be apparent in a few years. A small amount of chrome plating (no larger than a fingernail) is missing from the brass group head, near the lever hinge.
This is not visible from the front and does not affect the function of the group head in any way. The chrome simply came off in the first couple of years' use, and I was never bothered enough to replace the group head, which seemed wasteful (and expensive at around CHF375 + labor charge). Creminas cannot be plumbed and a sight glass is provided to check the boiler's water level. In my 9 years using this machine I have always used bottled water with a maximum mineral content of 18 grams per liter in the boiler (never tap water). The boiler and sight glass are therefore in excellent, limescale-free condition.Indeed the sight glass is crystal clear with no trace whatsoever of mineral deposits: a good indication of the cleanliness of the boiler. Included with this item are an Olympia-branded 49mm red-handled tamper, four single-shot filters, four double-shot filters (of which 3 are visible in photo 2, the 4th is with the machine in Switzerland), and a double-spout portafilter all of which are original Olympia-Express parts in excellent to mint condition. Also included is an aftermarket bottomless portafilter (see 3rd and 4th photos) and an aftermarket aluminum funnel which I've used with my HG One grinder to catch coffee grounds and deposit them into the aforementioned filters. The bottomless portafilter (also shown mounted on the machine in the main photo) is beautifully milled expressly for the Cremina, and has been my favored way to make espresso. It shows minimal wear thanks to careful use and the high-quality materials of which it's made.
The double-spout portafilter, an original Olympia-Express part, shows no wear since it has hardly been used since new. These additional filters are handy when having to make multiple shots in quick succession. To a La Marzocco Linea Mini. Other than the inconvenience of having to cross the Alps to get proper service for my Cremina, I would not have thought to part with it.Much has been written about these machines; they're the Rolex of home espresso machines IMO. The Cremina is motorless and uses electric power only for a resistance heater so it is not cycle dependent (50Hz / 60 Hz either is ok). The power cord is fitted with a standard Schuko grounded plug.
More info on this unique heirloom-quality appliance is available at. The item "Olympia Express Cremina manual lever espresso machine mfg. Date 2012 near MINT" is in sale since Sunday, May 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Kitchen, Dining & Bar\Small Kitchen Appliances\Coffee, Tea & Espresso Makers\Espresso & Cappuccino Machines". The seller is "alexsubrizi" and is located in Schwanden GL.
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