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Seeking the perfect espresso, Home-Barista user matadero210 decided to take matters into his own hands and craft a custom espresso machine from scratch.

The Pavoni is not really up to the rigors of 9 bar. It flexes and tries to move. A second hand is nearly always used to hold the machine in place. This design seeks to allow 1-handed operation.

The design itself: take a Pavoni head, build an adaptor to connect to normal plumbing. Add a machined plate with water inlet (this is a plumb-in system), thermometer, and heater. Mount all in a brazed steel base.

I’m pretty impressed. The final design allows the barista to pull a 10bar shot with a single hand.

Robo-Pavoni – Espresso Machine From Scratch [via MAKE]