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In 2016, 1st-line pressed ACS, the manufacturer, long and hard to replace the plastic tubes with stainless steel tubes. In fact, we refused to order additional machines until this change was made. This was not to say that the plastic tubes which are better insulators and are easier to replace, were bad, but we thought why not have stainless tubes with a machine in this price range! Starting in June 2016, 1st-line will carry the Vesuvius Version 2 machines with the stainless upgrade of the internal tubing from plastic as well as some other upgrades: bottomless portafilter added, new stainless sensor on the steam boiler, and steam boiler safety valve. Look on our upgrades tab! The Vesuvius by Ambiente Espresso (also known as Elcor, ACS, or M&G) is one of the world's first prosumer, computer-controlled double boiler espresso machine with an E61 group and is one of the espresso machines closest to repeating that of the results of a lever espresso machine. How? You can program 7 different pressure profiles during the espresso extraction. For example, start off with a light pre-infusion of 3-4 bar for 5 seconds, then ramp up to 11 bar for 4 seconds, then the remaining pressure profiles can diminish the pressure. One can also do the reverse. The Vesuvius has its water reservoir hidden inside the left side panel. Unlike many other espresso machines, no need to refill from the top where cupboards get in the way or where the cups on the cup warmer tray need to be removed.
"One machine to rule them all?"
Rich G on 10/22/2015 8:01:33 AM
Review: I'm a wholesale roaster soI wanted this machine in order to use it to pull shots with my blends and imitate various other machines my customers use. Let me start by saying I am someone who values function over form. I can admit when I see a Slayer or Speedster (Speedo?) espresso machine that they are attractive machines. However, all I care about is what's in the cup after the shot is pulled. So here I am with an e61 borg cube / steam punk love child. Shipping- the machine was packed in a wooden... More details
Owned for: ~7-12 months
Would I buy this item again?: Yes
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