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Apr 10, 2011 08:21 PM

Espresso Machine Repair

I own a vintage Pasquini Livietta from the mid 1980's that has recently stopped working. When I turn it on I can hear a lot of noise, but it doesn't brew. I haven't used it in some time and I suspect it ran dry. I'm not sure how to prime the pump (or if there's something else wrong with it).

I contacted Pasquini directly and they said that they do repair older machines, unfortunately they're located in California. Does anyone know a good espresso machine repair shop in Toronto - or within an hour's drive of Toronto - that could repair an older machine?


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  1. You could try calling the Grean Beanery, they have a servive dept. for the units they sell but may be able to repair yours. Service is performed at the King St. location, just east of Bathurst.

    1. We get our Gaggia repaired and regularly serviced at Zuccarini on Davenport betw Ossington and Dufferin Excellent service reasonable prices Miranda

      Gaggia Cafe
      7600 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L8B7, CA

      1. Faema at Dupont and Christie is also very good.

        Faema Cafe
        672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

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        1. re: TeRReT

          Faema and Zuccarini are probably the only two other places that I'd take a machine to.

          Don't take it to Dr. Espresso, unless you want to have it go into a black hole.

          Faema Cafe
          672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

          1. re: foodyDudey

            +1 for Zuccarini - well-established family run business that takes a lot of pride in their work. Nice people, very good at what they do.

            1. re: peppermint pate

              I'll chime in for Zuccarini. They had a rocky time of it when old Mr. Z. died about 10 years ago but as far as I can tell from recent experiences they've got it together again.

        2. Hey, thanks for all the great tips everyone! I'm going to call around to the places suggested. Hopefully I'll be making espresso again soon.

          1. You might try putting something in to decalcify it. Perhaps you had some water in it which dried out and calcified blocking the tubes. Just a thought. Run it through several times perhaps.

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            1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

              Thanks. That's definitely a possibility. I'm not sure any water is actually pumping to the filter head, but I might try that.

              1. re: opifan64

                Most likely the diaphram in the pump has failed after all these years, in which case you will require a new pump.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I hope that isn't too expensive :S