Mater pressure switches are expected to arrive with the factory Thursday, 17 May 2018

by Reiss Gunson on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:25

I have spoken with the factory just now and the pressure switches left Italy on monday and are expected this Thursday

The plan is to get the LR awaiting these pressure switches out the door this Friday

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me

The pressing issue this week is to get some more Mater pressure switches

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 14 May 2018 15:24

Key contacts are back from holiday this week and i have also sourced some from a third party as emergency back up, so one way or another we will get at least some Mater pressure switches in stock this week

This has the highest priority this week and i will post an update here as soon as the UK open for business today, monday 14 May



Unicorn sighted: Kafatek Max

by Reiss Gunson on Monday, 14 May 2018 15:19

We have new stock of distribution funnels

by Reiss Gunson on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:03

We finally have new stock of the distribution funnels and are working to clear the back orders containing these items quickly

I apologise for this disruption to getting orders out in a timely manner

Feel free to email me if you have any concerns


Kind regards



IMS filter baskets are now in stock

by Reiss Gunson on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:36

After a rather long wait we are pleased to announce that we have just added an IMS basket to our offering

You can find it here;

If you are considering the purchase of one of our machines we recommend this basket as an optional extra as it is of greater capacity than the basket that is supplied with the machine

Distribution funnels have been sent to the polishers

by Reiss Gunson on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:09

for those of you wondering where your distribution funnel is, i am pleased to inform you that they have been sent to the polishers and we are chasing hard - i would expect to see them in a day or two and as soon as they arrive we will start booking them out

i apologise for stocking out of this item; we have take action to ensure to minimise the risk of it happening again

kind regards



How to find a steam leak?

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:26

Its low tech, but it works; a roll of aluminium kitchen foil - ideally use just the former after the aluminium has been all used, or a cling film former, or a baking paper former, etc

Place one end where you think the leak is and the other end to your ear

If you are using a former with aluminium foil still on it, it is safest to unplug the machine first as you are using electrically conductive material

using one of these formers will allow you to quickly locate the source of the leak

the two main culprits are of course the safety valve and the anti-vac valve - it is highly unlikely that you will have a leak at a fitting

The new design of safety valve has a number of improvements

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:49

I had one of the new design safety valves sitting on the shelf here and i could hear the faint whisper of steam escaping from my machine that had the original design of safety valve on it, so yesterday i decided to fit the new one

The first thing that is obvious is the anti-tamper wire retainer is no longer present on the new design - the anti-tamper mechanism is a sealed grub screw instead

The next thing you notice is that the nut is machine much higher on the body of the safety valve; this offers the significant benefit of allowing the wrench you are using to remove or fit the safety valve to clear the top of the anti-vac valve that is right alongside the safety valve

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the new design seals better; my heating element went from a 47 second cycle to a 1 minute 19 second cycle, which is a significant reduction is energy consumption so this valve will quickly pay for itself

If you are working on an LR, which would be unlikely as i think most of them have the new style of safety valve, i recommend removing some of the copper pipes to allow you easier access to swing your wrench

I like this 300g Cafe de Tiamo handle-less milk jug

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:18

I enjoy using this milk jug as it puts me in close contact with the temperature of the milk

Obviously it needs to be sold with a silicone rubber sleeve to protect the user from burning themselves, but for my own use i remove the sleeve as i think if it gets too hot to hold you have burnt not only your hand but the milk too

The stainless steel is thin so the heat conducts through the jug without too much delay, and the lack of a handle just makes it easy to grasp

The right tool for the job

by Reiss Gunson on Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:53

As you can see in these two images, i have a hammer that is too light (200g) and another that is too heavy (750g) for striking wrenches on a copper boiler

I have set to put that right ordering a 12oz (450g) hammer with a wooden handle which i will cut down from the standard 300mm length to a more suitable 200mm length

The process of striking a set wrench to free a fitting on a copper boiler, as opposed to simply pulling harder and harder on the wrench by hand, is critically important if the copper boiler is not be twisted

It is the same process when tightening fittings down onto the copper boiler - dont pull harder and harder; plan to strike the wrench 3 times with the hammer as you feel the fitting begin to tighten on the thread

The first strike will be met with almost no resistance from the wrench; with the second strike you will feel the nut tightening on the thread, and then on the third strike the wrench will turn through a very small angle as it comes up tight, less than one eight of a turn; this is an indicator to you that a fourth strike will land you in trouble by tearing out the threads on the fittings

Far better to use a little thread sealant like loxeal 55-03 to ensure a pressure tight seal than overtighten a fitting and run the risk of damage