THE Premier source for Espresso machinery sales, service and enhancements.
Quality work, as it should be done.
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."
-- W. Buffett
OPEN Tues to Friday 10-5
OPEN Saturday 10-12
213 800 3286
From a customer:
"If you want to deal with someone who knows what they are doing, is honest, will take the time to explain things in detail, will lead you to making the right repair or purchase based on your needs and budget, has a wicked sense of humor but does not suffer fools, Dave is your man. Dave has created a wonderful working environment for himself and his customers in the basement of his lovely Silver Lake home. Dave, a .... helicopter pilot, has turned what was a hobby into a thriving business. If you don't want to hear the truth or you don't want to follow Dave's advice then you will be missing out on some of the best information you can get regarding Espresso Machines and everything that goes into them; including what water to use, what coffee to buy and where, how to maintain your machine properly as well as the machine that is right for you and whether it is cost effective to spend money on a repair or to buy a new machine. If you're nice, he may even make you a fabulous espresso."
-- Amy and Suzette
If you've ever wished that you could buy an appliance straight from your expert repairman instead of a minimally-informed salesman, Dave is your guy.
Dave is as knowledgeable as they come about coffee equipment, and strictly no bullshit. He will tell you exactly what he thinks you need and why you need it at the price you are looking to pay (but not want to waste a lot of time talking about all the other worse decisions you could make instead). Ignore his advice at your peril! He'll also tell you what you need to get yourself set up (but expect to also become an informed consumer to fill in the blanks). Finally, he is a warm and funny guy, and gives fantastic deals.
I called Dave asking about a specific machine that I'd had my eye on for close to 4 years. He was quick to respond (and has been throughout our interactions), generous with his time, and candid with his advice. He wasn't thrilled with my choice, and recommended a few different machines at various price points (explaining the pros and cons of each). He recommended one machine in particular that was somewhat above my original budget, but certainly far below the maximum that one could spend on a prosumer machine. It was a lot to keep up with -- if you are new to the coffee world, keep a pen and paper handy.
After a few long conversations, a visit to his magical workshop (where he made an amazing espresso), and a *lot* of research on my own, I decided that the smartest decision was to do what I was told. And indeed it was! I am now the proud owner of a truly incredible espresso machine. I use every morning (and many evenings as well). It produces far better coffee than I ever thought possible at home. It is reliable, consistent, and hassle free. (If you've ever fought to make espresso with a less-than-stellar machine, you know just how elusive consistency is).
It brings me and my wife tremendous happiness. Was it more expensive than what I originally planned to buy? Yes. But I have no regrets about the decision -- and I regret *a lot* of purchasing decisions. So I consider that to be my highest recommendation.
DO call us to discuss your machine interests
10-5 TUESDAY to FRIDAY, 10-12 Saturday
SUNDAY AND MONDAY!!
We are available only during those times.
We do not answer the phone at any other time.
After hours? Please do leave a message, which will be answered the next business day.
We would look with a jaded eye at those operations who claim to offer "while you wait" service, ONE DAY turnaround, or are opens seven days a week.
We will always do our best to give you a REALISTIC estimate of how long your equipment will be in-house, at the busiest espresso machinery service center in California.
There IS a reason.
Machines we work on:
We offer full repair, service, tune-ups, mods and rebuilds for La Marzocco, Nuova Simonelli, ECM, Expobar, La Spaziale, Elektra, La Pavoni, Bezzera, Pasquini, Rocket, Profitec, Gaggia, Rancilio, Vibiemme, Saeco, Isomac, QuickMill, Izzo, Vesuvius, and other select makes.
Including manual lever, semi-automatic, automatic and 'super-automatic' units
Machines we cannot /do NOT work on:
Breville, Jura? (JURA? we recommend Carl juraexpert.com.) Capresso, Delonghi, Francis Francis, Reneka, Krups, Lavazza, Gaggenau, Nespresso, Keurig, Bosch, Miele, Brasilia, La Cimbali, Conti, Astoria and some others. If you are uncertain, PLEASE CALL us first to avoid disappointment.
We are not being elitists. The fact is most of these companies do not sell or will NOT sell replacement parts and/or make any documents available to help service their products. Some may be out of business, as well.
Some are designed to NOT be economically serviced, (Breville) just discarded. This often comes as a sad surprise to many owners.
Select machines: No on-site service for La Marzocco Nuova Simonelli, IN shop ONLY.
Payment is COD credit card or Company check ONLY at completion of service.
We will NOT invoice commercial accounts, whatsoever.
We offer a complete line of machines and grinders from Rancilio, La Marzocco, QuickMill, La Spaziale, and Rocket meeting every budgetary need from $885 to $20,000+. We very seldom have used, fully rebuilt machines available.
La Marzocco updates, full overhauls and modernizations are a specialty. In our shop!
We take select units -- or yours -- overhaul them and add modern controls. Deliver and install with full parts and warranty support, from an authorized La Marzocco USA seller.
We have references to prove our capabilities.
A happy customer
"I wanted to write a follow-up now that I have had this a couple of months and thank you for this GREAT machine. The controls are "tight" and it makes OUTSTANDING espresso (once I got past the operator limitations -- me). I am now marketing my friends to get one of these with the PID -- Thanks for making this great experience possible."
"Being new to espresso, I've searched around on Home-Barista.com and CoffeeGeek.com on what is a 'PID' ... Everybody talks about it, but I couldn't find a straight answer! Thought I would be better off asking the guy that knows the best... So here is a couple of simple and maybe silly questions:"
Pictured is an example of our modified, brand new Rancilio Silvia, which we ship complete with PID computer temperature control. Over 1,300 Silvias have been shipped to date, world-wide. This enhancement delivers consistent brew water temperature control and stability that exceeds the performance of machines costing $1,000 more.
To maintain the highest quality and reliability, we do NOT and have never offered DIY kits of any kind.
Further, we have performed this enhancement on over four hundred other machines, across many brands.
Espresso assistance and support is always free
10-5 TUESDAY TO FRIDAY, 10-12 Sat.
West Coast time
2013 griffith park blvd L.A. 90039
We serve ONLY Middle Fork Roasters coffee here.
Complimentary for our customers and visitors.
A ROCKET Authorized Service center
MODBAR factory trained (in Indiana!) sales and support
La Marzocco servicer for over 14 years
An authorized Rancilio dealer / service center
Partner with Chris Coffee of Albany, NY
An authorized Baratza dealer
A Saeco / Gaggia authorized Service center, over 14 years.
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, cash,
checks and Paypal gratefully accepted.
"Dave, the owner, is great. Very down to earth, personable, and no salesman nonsense. We purchased a Rancilio Silvia w/pid & Baratza Vario grinder from Hi Tech. He took the time to show us how to properly use the Silvia and get a starter espresso configuration on the grinder. We even pulled some shots, on our machine, in his shop. Very, very helpful. There are a lot of tips you can't find on Youtube and a lot of nuances to your machine that internet sales can't explain. We're now making better espressos & cappuccinos than most of the coffee joints in Los Angeles. Can't recommend this place enough."
We are here to serve!
Sean, Dave Carl, and Otto.