check out articles below on espresso equipment repair and cleaning / maintenance services that are offered by Kootenay Espresso Medic:

Elektra BelleEpoque Double Brass Eagle

This was a nice repair to get into the shop.  Elektra BelleEpoque Double Brass Volumetric.

It was in need of a good descaling and some wiring and pretty much all the gaskets.


This kind of looks like a picture of nothing, but there is suppose to be a VacuumBreaker there, not a bolt.  It was nice to go through the whole machine and get things sorted right.


And voila!  A fully descaled boiler.


Shop Humour:


And that was the last Breville to ever enter my shop, never again, screw you Breville. 

Ok ok, just one more. (and the last Saeco to be allowed into my shop as well, ever)


Pavoni Professional, Rebuild

This Pavoni Professional came in.  What a mess.  Besides needing a good descaling, a new switch, pressure-stat and gaskets, the piston stem was defected…  It must be the wrong grade of metal somehow as it got pitted by something in the water.

After alot of elbow grease and new parts, this machine is as good as new.

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Elektra MicroCasa, 45 years old.

This nice Elektra MicroCasa came in.  Very tarnished.  Needed a new element, a full descaling, a new light and some piston rings and gaskets.  A bit of elbow grease on the polish just for fun.  Total billed: 2hours.

DSCF3746.1DSCF3746A bunch of home levers came in at the same time.  These look nice.DSCF3729 DSCF3730 DSCF3733 DSCF3735 DSCF3736 DSCF3737 DSCF3741                 I think this was a bread bag.  This boiler gets quite hot.

                 This section took alot of elbow grease.

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                 I guess we are going to have to find a new piston spring.


Now we just have to locate acquire a new spring.

More to come…


la Pavoni Professional, piston stem leak.

DSCF3708This machine was apparently just over a year old.  The piston stem leaked alot and the group got covered in scale.  The stem is pitted as if the grade of the metal is different and something in the water corroded it.  The pressure-stat was also sticking.  Changed mostly all gaskets.  Descaled. fixed leaks, replaced piston stem.  Needed new switch.  Polished brass and copper.  Patina was removed overall except for the base rim.  Steam knob got sanded re-glued and varnished.  Total billed: 2 hours.


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Another Cimbali M27 clogged with scale.

There are alot of these out here.  Such good work horses.  They go and go until there is a major clog, most people don’t even notice that it has been struggling for years.  Finally showed a solid sign when the pressure stat clogged and the points stayed on and the boiler overheated and the relief valve triggered.  There was a very thick and hard layer of scale in the bottom of the boiler and 1/3 of the element was toast.  Ceramic form the element was also freely accumulating in the boiler from the element.  Taps were leaking and there was a large area of rust on the top frame where the moisture accumulates from the hot water tap.  This was going to take at least 5 hours spanned out on 5 days.   Descaled with product over 8 times,  redid the clips on the element and the probe, changed many gaskets.

Quoted 5 hours, billed 5 hours.  New element, lots of gaskets.  Machine is almost rebuilt.

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Crystal Castle Portal found in M27 boiler.

This was the weirdest scale I’ve ever encountered.  I kept it in a bucket in hopes of analyzing it one day.  Melted nicely but was in all the tubing.  The heat exchangers were filled with sand.  Within about 4 days this beauty came back to life.  Changed one of the vibration pumps and a bunch of gaskets.  Cimbali M27, this machine likes to be repaired!DSCF7211 DSCF7217 DSCF7227 DSCF7237 DSCF7238 DSCF7242 DSCF7249 DSCF7251 DSCF7252 DSCF7260 DSCF7281 DSCF7285 DSCF7292 DSCF7297 DSCF7306 DSCF7314 DSCF7316 DSCF7322 DSCF7327 DSCF7329 DSCF7332 DSCF7334 DSCF7336

Don’t freeze your machine.

This Nuova Simonelli came in for a “tune-up”.  Just a do over to make sure it was still in suitable working order.  Being in storage for over 4 years.  My first question was: “did it freeze?”  Costumer said no, I doubt it.

Ok, the element was half dead, and it needed a good descaling but alas it all of a sudden became very sad.  One of the heat exchangers was torn open in 2 places due to ice jacking.DSCF0772DSCF0782DSCF0829




The machine obviously froze.  Heat exchangers are not changeable in this model so the entire boiler will have to be replaced.  The bill just tripled.  At this point the costumer might want to rethink saving this machine.