Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More Techie Geekiness

Jessie waves from behind the "nine group" La Marzocco.

The day that Lamarie has been fearing has finally arrived: the Linea 3AV has left the building.

Time to juggle the Lineas around a bit. Over the years, I've managed to collect a small number of La Marzocco Linea espresso machines: a 2AV, 3AV and 4EE. All I need now is a single group Linea and I will have the entire lineup. Crazy.

The 4EE has been sitting in storage for the past three or four years and with the 3AV moving to project hampden, I thought this to be the perfect opportunity to pull the 4EE out of storage and place it in Towson - where the bar is longer and can readily accommodate a four foot long espresso machine.

Unfortunately, when we first installed the 4EE last week, it leaked like a sieve and we had to return the 3AV to operation.

Lindsay replacing the steam wand assembly, sight glass and prepping the Linea for installation.

Today, we brought the 2AV for Towson to use while the 4EE gets serviced and the 3AV moves to Hampden. A quick replacement of the steam wand assembly and the steam boiler sight glass, along with a new drip tray and the machine was up, running and at temperature in 45 minutes. Not bad for a quick swap including shut down, cool down and draining of the 3AV.

Nine groups of delicious goodness.

Riding In Cars With Machines

The Linea 2AV during a Home Depot pit stop.

At heart, I'm just a tech geek. Give me more toys and I'll be a happy boy. Atari, Colecovision, AutoCocker, La Marzocco - I just want more and more. As a techie barista, nothing seems to warm the heart as much as driving around town with a La Marzocco Linea Espresso Machine loaded into the back of the truck.

The Linea 3AV being unloaded at project hampden.