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Bezzera Strega Commercial Espresso Machine - switchable tank / direct connect, vibration pump

Bezzera Strega Commercial Espresso Machine - switchable tank / direct connect, vibration pump
Bezzera Strega Commercial Espresso Machine - switchable tank / direct connect, vibration pump
SKU: STREPAL1IL2
Brand: Bezzera
Availability: InStock at 1st-line
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There are times when one wants the best espresso extraction without hesitating to what is involved to install a quality espresso machine and without hesitating to learn the skills needed to make it happen. Well, after setting up this machine, using the appropriate commercial grade grinder, and refining our skills, you, like we did, may see every other espresso machine as inadequate!

The reason is the flavor profiles offered by the Strega line are extraordinary!

We, at 1st-line, do sell coffee beans that we do not personally like, but our customers very much love. After experimenting with many different blends of coffee, we were amazed in the quality of the cup on the beans we normally do not like! This spoke volumes about the Strega.

The only downside was the lever requires some muscle! The lever is pushed down against a spring until the lever locks into position. After locking and after the bottom rim of the demitasse cup is covered with espresso, the lever needs to be disengaged from the locked position, and the spring will push the lever up. If the grind is too coarse, the lever will come up too fast. If there is no coffee in the basket or the portafilter is missing, this lever will snap upwards. We warn you that the lever can cause personal injury to your face or eye socket. BE CAREFUL NOT TO PLACE YOUR FACE IN FRONT OF THE LEVER AT ANY TIME!

Have more interest? Read a third party review of this machine.
Features:
  • Double water supply/Switchable: This machine can be operated with the reservoir only or it can be plumbed directly to the water line. Our suggestion on initial usage, to avoid heating element damage, is to first operate the unit as a tank model.
  • Vibration pump: Activated to refill boiler or when lever is brought into down, locked position for pre-infusion.
  • Pressurstat to monitor boiler's steam pressure
  • The grouphead is heated by a separate heating element to keep the temperature more stable.
  • There are weights placed in the lower rear of the machine's interior to keep it more stable while pulling it down on the lever.
  • Hot water wand on right side uses joystick controls.
  • Steam wand on left side is multi-directional and utilizes non-compression valve with a joystick control.
  • Boiler pressure gauge indicates steam pressure in boiler.
  • Pump activated for refilling the boiler as well as for pre-infusion of the coffee in the grouphead prior to full piston lever extraction.
  • Measurements: 27.95" H x 12.99" W x 17.72" D (71 cm H x 33 cm W x 45 cm D).
  • Weight: 63.93 pounds (29 kilograms).
  • Shipping weight: 68.34 pounds (31 kilograms).
  • Power: 1550 watts, 110 volts, 50/60 hertz.
  • Boiler capacity: 0.53 gallons (2 liters).
  • Water tank capacity: 1.06 gallons (4 liters).
  • Portafilter size: 2.28" (58 mm).
  • Nipple for water supply: G 3/8" (9.53 mm).
  • Drain connector diameter: 0.39" (10 mm).
  • Made in Milan, Italy.
  • Accessories included: single spout portafilter with single cup basket, double spout portafilter with double cup basket, handle for lever in accessory box, stainless steel braided hose for water connection, drain hose for draining drip tray, grouphead cleaning brush, plastic tamper, and plastic measuring scoop.
  1. Sorry, there is no bottomless portafilter available for this model.
  2. Water line pressure should be regulated to be between 35 and 40 pounds for proper operation of this machine. Check with your local plumbing supply to advise on purchase so as to meet any local building codes. In addition, check with them about your local building code may require a backflow preventer (which does not allow boiler water to backflow into water supply).
  3. Bezzera forbids backflushing the Strega as there is no 3 way solenoid valve for the water pressure to be relieved. If you backflush this machine at your risk, you may have a difficult time removing the portafilter, or the portafilter, upon removing, may explode off the grouphead and cause damage or injury. The proper way to clean the grouphead is by manually removing the dispersion screen and scrubbing it with a small wire metal brush and soaking it in Ascaso backflushing detergent. Please note that the screen can be damaged upon removal and is not covered under warranty.
  4. We open every Bezzera box to inspect the machine and add additional packaging inside the box for safer transport. We then place the Bezzera box into a larger box.
  5. Some assembly required. The lever handle needs to be hand screwed on and the Allen key screw needs to tighten into the hole to hold the lever handle in place. Last we checked, the Allen key and Allen key screw are included in a small bag in the accessories box.
  6. For those customers who can not or have difficulty to plumb the drain line on this model, we do sell a drip tray that can be put in place of the drip tray for training. The same drip tray cover can be used.
Product Reviews
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"Spectacular!"

John F on 2/19/2014 8:43:45 PM

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State: Montana

Review: First-off, kudos to Jim & Diane & crew! This is my 2nd Bezzera from 1st-Line, (1st was the BZ07 DE) & the service is great! Jim walked me through startup and testing the Strega without hesitation, and man! This thing does pull a memorable shot! My in-house espresso blends have taken-on a whole new shine! Steam is phenomenal, the pump is quiet, and For what you get out the spout(s) it's not really that much more work than a standard HX. I downed my first 4 shots straight off the draw, during dial... More details

Owned for: Less than 1 month

Would I buy this item again?: Yes

"The king"

Robert W on 12/26/2013 1:33:38 PM

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State: New Jersey

Review: Almost one year and +500 shots later it is the best! Use daily in my office. Have super automatic for 5 years at home and now really love going to work. Love Bezzera so much that I will be buying another to replace my super automatic at home. BTW, I'm also a trained Barista, so this is a strong recommendation, best machine, if you're willing to put the time in to run it.

Owned for: ~7-12 months

Would I buy this item again?: Yes

"Exceptional Espresso with no effort"

Abraham C on 5/30/2013 11:41:30 AM

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State: New York

Review: This spring loaded lever machine with a pump to fill up the piston chamber is the best of both worlds. It pulls the best shots I've had from any espresso machine and the pump gives great versatility for pre-infusion pressure. Once pre-infused, the spring determines the extraction pressure profile and its gently declining pressure produces fantastic straight shots. For milk drink lovers, it steams like a freight train, and you can create velvety micro-bubble cappuccino in less than 10 seconds. Th... More details

Owned for: ~1-3 months

Would I buy this item again?: Yes

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