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Looking for a repair shop for my FAEMA espresso machine!

OliveBelle Nov 6, 2007 03:42 PM

Help! I am trying to find a shop or a person here in the Bay Area who can repair & refurbish my FAEMA Faemina espresso machine. I figured fellow fine coffee drinkers might have some tips!


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    Hop RE: OliveBelle Nov 6, 2007 03:46 PM

    It's been my experience that Mr. Espresso in Oakland can fix anything!


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      TopoTail RE: Hop Nov 6, 2007 06:32 PM

      Agreed. Mr. Espresso kept my Faema Contessa going for many years. Alex is the guy.

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        OliveBelle RE: TopoTail Nov 7, 2007 03:48 PM

        Called them, but the woman who answered said they didn't service Faema machines! She suggested I do a google search. Maybe I should call back another time and ask for this Alex...

    2. Steve Green RE: OliveBelle Nov 7, 2007 06:04 PM

      Have you checked with Thomas E Cara Limited, 517 Pacific Ave, SF? If they can't help you, I bet they know who can. (415) 781-0383

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        Xiao Yang RE: Steve Green Nov 7, 2007 06:32 PM

        Thomas Cara occurred to me too, since Thomas himself was the first to import espresso machines to the US, from which the first espresso in the US was pulled. They specialize in La Pavoni, and in fact handle all west coast warranty repairs for Pavoni. They also service Riviera from Italy and Femoka models from France, according to the article below, but I have no idea if they do Faema repairs.


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          OliveBelle RE: Xiao Yang Nov 14, 2007 02:20 PM

          I spoke with Christopher Cara. He was very nice but could not help me out as he doesn't have access to the parts needed. He suggested a shop in NYC called Rudy's, so I'll give that a try as well as the other new options suggested here.

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        mochimunchie RE: OliveBelle Nov 7, 2007 07:26 PM

        Try TMR on Harrison St, SF

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          chipman RE: OliveBelle Nov 7, 2007 07:35 PM

          I don't know if he would work on your machine but if Jim Sullivan would he will come to your house. He does most of the maintenance for Peets and Blue Bottle. He has worked on my Giotto and I couldn't be more satisfied. Try him maybe he will be the one who will step to the plate.

          Jim Sullivan
          Business Information:
          Company: espresso repair
          Phone: 650-455-0693

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            tcvt RE: OliveBelle Jan 28, 2008 05:08 PM

            I have a Faemina and have been looking for a portafilter for it. I've had it for around ten years now and am finally trying to make it complete. In my search for a portafilter I have come across the name of a place where people have been able to get gasket kits - A. Dohnal. I emailed them but never got a response. dohnal.co.at

            Also, see this regarding Mr. Espresso and a Faemina machine:

            Good luck.


            1. rcspott RE: OliveBelle Jan 28, 2008 05:52 PM


              Ajax Electric
              (206) 622-9945
              2911 1st Ave S
              Seattle 98134

              Comes highly recommended from Restaurant Suppy Houses in Seattle for repair.

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                spiraleye RE: OliveBelle Mar 17, 2009 04:58 PM

                Tom & Dave's Specialty Coffees can repair FAEMA machines and others. 415 454-3064

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