Get your own valid XHTML YouTube embed code. Hello and welcome to the sale of my La Marzocco FB70 traditional espresso machine. If you are familiar with these machines then you will know that they are probably the best brand on the market.
They are hand built in Florence, Italy, and are engineered to a top quality specification. So this model is the FB70. It is basically the same as Marzoccos flagship model the'Linea', however is was built to comemorate 70 years of La Marzocco as a company.
The only real difference with this machine and the Linea is that this one has a curvier more sleek outer body. The machine oozes retro cool and they are alot rarer to get hold of than the Linea.
La Marzocco are still building the Linea to this day so there are still plenty parts available at reasonable prices (that will obviously also fit the FB70 as it is the same machine internally). You do have to expect to pay slightly more for parts/servicing etc of a La Marzocco machine, the reason being that they are simply a better quality machine then anything else out there and the build quailty of there parts warrant the slightly adjusted price. That being said you definately get what you pay for with these machines and you can expect them to last alot longer and perform better for longer than other machines on the market. La Marzocco were the first machines to start using two seperate boilers.
The boiler in the back is the steam boiler and is solely used for providing pressure to the two steam wands and and the automated hot water tap. The beauty of this is that you can steam all day long without influencing the temperature of the'brew water', which is the water used to make your espresso shots. The brew boiler is situated infront of the steam boiler and is completely independant.This boiler has the three group heads bolted to it and is only used for heating the water used to make the espresso. This means that you get a stable brew temperature/pressure which is perfect for excellent, consistant espresso extraction. You can pull shots on this machine all day long, whilst steaming milk pitcher after milk pitcher and it wont miss a beat! The machine is geared towards high capacity output, and is designed to be worked and used daily! As you can see in the pictures the machine has been completely stripped down to a bare frame. The stainless steel frame was then steam cleaned to give a perfect clean base to start from. The bottom panel was then steam cleaned and rivoted back into place.
It has four high feet which lift the espresso machine up from the counter top. As well as giving the machine a great look it also gives practical access to underneith the machine for cleaning etc. All the pipework, boilers, groupheads etc have been completely taken apart and set aside for descaling and cleaning. The elements were removed from the boilers and also set aside. All three group heads were also removed and completely descaled, cleaned and polished.
The inners of the group heads have been proeprly cleaned and are running perfectly. You can see in picture 7 how clean and polished the inside of the group heads are, these are parts that the customer will never see but just goes to show the depths we go to with these machines.It is much more than a quick'service' and a wipe over. The group heads have been fitted all brand new group shower plates, La marzocco group seals, shims, all brand new O rings and copper washers. Like I have already said the groups are all running wonderfully and pulling great espresso shots! All the pipe work within the machine has been descaled and polished up prior to being reassembled. The heating elements have also been descaled and fitted back into the boilers using brand new heating element teflon gaskets. Both of the stainless steel boilers have also been proeprly descaled, cleaned and lightly polished as can be seen in picture 11. To be fair the limescale in this machine wasnt bad at all, it had been run on a decent water filtration unit prior to it coming in. However we treat every espresso machine exacly the same regardless of its condition. We have a set programme that we follow when refurbishing an espresso machine which means even if the limescale isnt too bad it still gets descaled. The reason for this is we cannot simply look into the boiler and say'yea its fine there's no scale', there is too much of the machine that the eye cannot see and for this reason we go through the descaling procedure to make sure all limescale is completley eleminated before releasing the machine to a customer. Limescale is without doubt the biggest killer of espresso machines. If left untreated it can do really bad damage. It blocks up pipework, surrounds the heating elements and causes the machine to run slow and less efficiantly. The machine will also be alot less economical and can even cause important safety features to fail. So you can rest assured that this machine has been properly descaled and is running perfectly. Everything is hot, tight and and leak free. The machine is running perfectly and most importantly of all it is safe!
The machine has two steam wands which deliver perfect steam, great for microfoam! And with it being a dual boiler you will be able to steam on this machine all day long! The knobs for turning the steam on are nice and chunky and easy to handle.The steam valves have been properly cleaned and fitted with new seals, gaskets etc and are working brilliantly. The stem rods have been lubricated so they turn on and off easily and quickly. The hot water outlet is located towards the right hand side of the machine and is operated via a switch on the front panel. The stainless steel panels on the machine have been polished and come up really nice, There is obviously scratches and blemishes heere and there on the stainless but overall it is in very good condition. It really does look wonderful and is a joy to work with. Once you have a La Marzocco machine you will not go back to anything else, and you will be wondering why you didnt invest in one sooner! The outer body panel is finished in a deep metallic red. It looks wonderful and goes great against the black and stainless steel. I must point out to you that there is a slight hairline crack in the panel, it is on the right hand side towards the top so is not in direct eye line, and also is really small nd not too noticeable.
Obviously it doesnt deter from the working of the machine and doesnt make it any less beautiful. It is all detailed here in picture 12.
To be honest I didnt think it really warranted it. The cuptray on top of the machine is heated by the internal boilers, so your coffee cups are preheated and ready to be used. Even the cup tray guard is top quality.It uses stainless steel threaded rods and stainless steel bars which not only looks cool but offers strong durability, a far cry from the plastic cup guards that sit on top of cheaper inferior machines! The machine uses an externally mounted pump and motor (which is included in the sale). The external pump allows the owner to make slight adjustments to the machines brew pressure without having to take the mahine apart. Ideally the pump will sit in a cupboard underneith the machine. It also allows the machine to run alot quieter and smoother and is easily accessible for maintenace.
All the rocker switches on the front panel have been replaced for brand new white ones. There was nothing wrong with the original ones but I thought that installing new ones would give the machine a nice fresh touch and finishes it off nicely. The machine has three independant touchpads which control there own group head. These are all working perfectly and respond easily to a light touch from the user.
These group heads are all programmable and can be set to deliver whatever quantity of water you want. At the moment I have set them all up to deliver simple 2oz double shots as this seems to be the industry standard these days, however it is very easy to change them to whatever you want.These touchpads also have built in pre-infusion. This is basically a means of'wetting' the coffee puck before beginning the extraction. This leads to a better, fuller and more flavoursome extraction. You do not have to have this function on and it can easily be turned off if not wanted. The machine really is wonderful and working perfectly. It looks brilliant, and delivers shot after shot with great consistancy. It is also a real head turner and deserves to be centre of attention up on the counter top. It has had alot of attention in the workshop and we are using it daily to make espresso and cappuccino for ourselves, well when I say'we' I actually mean me as I wont let anyone else use it haha.
You however are more than welcome to come and have a play with the machine and get a feel for it. There is nothing to hide on the machine and they are designed to be used hard. It will be connected up until the point of sale so viewing of the machine is available at anytime. The machine comes with three original La Marzocco portafilter handles (see picture 4). These handles are ergonomically designed to fit the users hand perfectly and are really comfortable to hold.
All three of the portafilters have double baskets and double spouts, but if you would like one of these converting to a single portafilter then please just let me know after the sale, or I can just include the single spout and basket and you can decide if you want to swap it over as and when, again its very easy to do and is only a 2 minute job. So everything on this machine is ready to go, it simply needs plugging in and and plumbing in and you are away!
You will be producing top quality espresso drinks on a classic, iconic machine! To find a decent Linea is rare enough, but to find a top quality FB70 is a real find! If there is anything you are unsure about or want some advice on please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will do my best to help you out.
The machine is loacted at our workshop near Doncaster/Leeds/York (postcode DN14 0RX) and can be viewed/demonstarted at any time. Like i said previously it will be connected up and can be used and fully inspected. I have been honest with the machine and there is nothing to hide on it.It will be wrapped and packaged properly to make sure it gets to you in the same state it leaves me. Obviously this is a big, heavy grade commercial machine so if you are in any doubt at all please do get in touch to arrange a viewing. These machines are a sincere investment and everything on it has been done to ensure its longevity and make sure it goes on to perform to the best of its abilities for many years to come. As with all espresso machines it is strongly advised to have it serviced every 12 months.
I have a used Brita water filter that I will include in the sale, unfortunatly I forgot to take pictures of the filter but it is a decent Brita commercial water filtration unit. Using it will make sure that the machine stays scale free and working to the best of its abilities.If there is anything else I might of missed out please do not hesitate to ask, I can supply many more pictures or videos directly to you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this description, I hope I havent bored you too much, I just like ot be as thorough as possible to make sure the customer is completley aware of what they are investing in. It is a heavy piece of equipment and I would not feel comfortable having it floating around Europe and being able to ensure it gets to you in one piece. The UK pallet company I use are fanastic and I have complete confidence in them, which is why I have no qualms about posting within the UK. Thank you for your understanding. The item "LA MARZOCCO FB70 LINEA COMMERCIAL TRADITIONAL ESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE BEAUTIFUL" is in sale since Monday, May 16, 2016. This item is in the category "Business, Office & Industrial\Restaurant & Catering\Other Restaurant & Catering".91" and is located in Goole, North Yorkshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.