home barista, coffee enthusiast, service tech/repair, supplier
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Menomonie, WI, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I am almost to the point of realising my errors!
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I am a retired Craftsman and I have been designing and making prototypes of products all my working career.
Since retirement, I have been making repair and custom parts for the professional and home barista. These take the form of fitted personal tampers and custom wood accessories. I also dabble in custom Jewelery and hand hammer formed hollow ware.
About My Company:
I am a small shop at this time. I do supply Orphan Espresso with some of their Un-obtainium parts for ancient machines. I can usually duplicate a replacement for a part that has broken. There a few parts for home machines for which I am the only manufacturer left. Old machines do not have a Original Equipment Manufacturers best interests at heart. So, often, they do not stock parts after only a very few years.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
After our first year open we still are only floating our business boat here. So I don't have any $ to invest in a lever machine at this time. I will always keep you in mind for where to find one though. My dream of owning one someday will only end when I finally do.
Big thanks for the lead for Pavoni parts. When time allows I would love to bring this pretty thing back to life.
Best Regards for now Richard,
Richard, yes I figured you would know Les and his Thor tampers. I was just wondering if you knew him. The Speciality Coffee World is a small one but the custom tamper world is way smaller one. I saw some of your work, very beautiful.
Your espresso machine work is to die for. My coffee dream is to get a hold of an old or new lever machine. If I get enough shops open like i would like I would just buy a new one. On the other hand the older ones are probably just as stable. My neighbor / grocer where I sell my roasts gave me a La Pavoni Pub V, needs to be gone through but I don't know where to get parts.
Richard would you know or have any idea where I could locate parts for this older model?
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Yes, Richard, I do remember you from another web exchange. great to see you again. I would love to have you make some special wood Portifilter handles for me someday when the $ is ready and there. I have a new two gp Nuova Simonelli Aurelia with the stock black rubber/plastic handles. There is a craftsman in Oregon you may know, he sometimes gets coffee wood for work like this. His first name is Les, I met him on Sweet Maria's list and in person at a homeroasters gathering one summer.
Love your site and work and look forward to meeting you one day,
Warm Regards Richard,
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