Elektra microcasa a leva Espresso Machine - chrome & brass
Elektra microcasa a leva Espresso Machine - chrome & brass
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Overview: If you want exceptional espresso and an espresso machine that makes minimal noise in the morning, then you found the perfect machine - the Elektra lever espresso machine. Although some people will contest that it is more difficult to make espresso with these lever machines,this is really not the case because the spring in the piston makes consistent pump pressure at each point from one pull to the next. Once again, for exceptional espresso, choose Elektra! Features: Elegant Chrome/Brass Dual Tone Finish. Our units have the eagle with wings UP! Bakelite handles. Polished brass eagle situated on dome. Large, round base (~10" diameter). Water level sight glass indicates level of water in boiler. Pressure gauge shows steam pressure in boiler and needle in green zone indicates optimal time to extract espresso. Spring piston-operated - lever starts in upward position, the user pulls down against spring until coffee fills bottom of demitasse cup, then lever is slowly released and the spring in the piston pushes the lever to pump the water through the coffee grinds. If making double, it is important to pull lever down a second time at the half way point and released. Piston grouphead. Only assembly required is the attachment of the steam wand. Boiler pressure relief valve on top of boiler for safety. Durable brass boiler that provides exceptionally dry steam for creating micro foam. Armour-plated, 800 watt heating element. Internal pressure regulator automatically regulates the temperature. Built-in safety thermostat prevents meltdown if left without water - please note that you can still damage the heating element if the machine is run dry (without water). Specifications: Measurements: 19.29" H x 10.24" W x 10.24" D (49 cm H x 26 cm W x 26 cm D). Power: 800 watts, 110 volts only, 60 hertz, 15 amps. Boiler capacity: 33.8 ounces (1.8 liters). Weight: 24.25 pounds (11 kilograms). Filter basket size: 49-50mm. Made in Treviso, Italy. Notes: Water choice: It is very important to use 'softened water' in these machines, as well as all espresso machines. Hard water will cause these machines to malfunction, and Elektra will not cover the parts due to hard water. In addition, it is extremely important to run the a leva and semiautomatica machines with water at least 25% full in the sight glass. Running these models with a water level lower than this can cause heating element damage which will not be covered as this is not a manufacturer's defect. If you return the unit with a damaged heating element, you will be charged for the repair, and the repair charge will be deducted from the credit. The exterior color, which includes a clear coat finish, will naturally change as each each Elektra machine ages. This would not be covered under warranty as color changes are not considered manufacturer's defects. Elektra espresso machines feature a high polish finish, with materials ranging from chome to copper to brass. Most parts are clear-coated. Special attention is required when cleaning. Hash products can eat away at the clear coat or even etch the chromed finish. Descaling solution can eat clean through plating. The normal operating boiler pressure read on the gauge is between .75 and 1.2. However, the manufacturer has been asked for machines produced in the USA to set the maximum pressure to approximately 0.9 so the most flavorful espresso can be extracted. Over time, the manufacturer's setting can change as the machine ages. In addition, if the boiler pressure reads 1.4 and up to 1.5, this is a symptom of limescale buildup from calcium/magnesium in the water or oxidation from purified/RO water. In this case, the machines will need to be descaled and the pressurestat will need to be replaced after the descaling. Limescale buildup or oxidation can occur in as little as 1 week from use. This machine cannot be backflushed. Although this machine would look beautiful in a restaurant of cafe, it is built for home use only. Elektra informed us that every one of their home machines is tested with water and coffee to insure there are no leaks under pressure and to insure proper operation when received by the customer. Although they clean each grouphead to the best of their ability, you may find some coffee grinds in the grouphead or on the machine when dislodged from the grouphead during shipping. Due to the smaller portafilter size, this machine is not pod-capabale. Some assembly is required - we remove the steam wand to prevent damage in transit. Therefore, you will need a crescent wrench to place it back on. Cup seen in the picture above is not included. There is a safety feature on this machine when water is not pumped into the boiler on initial startup. If this isn't done the safety kicks off and the machine will have to be reset. On the bottom of the machine underneath the yellow cap there is a reset button for the safety thermostat. If you purchased the machine from us and are still having issues, you can email us for instructions. This machine was featured in the Boston Globe. Boston Globe (Sept 23, 2004) ranked the microcasa a leva with 'pulled the best shots'. The filter basket will fall out of the portafilter as these machines are hand made. The filter handle will explode off if the machine operator places too much coffee in the basket which does not allow the handle to be locked in the grouphead all the way, or the grind is too fine which does not allow the lever's pressure to be relieved. Warning: Do not pull the lever down without holding the portafilter installed in the grouphead and filled with very fine ground coffee. Failure to do so will cause damage and personal injury. Caution: All surfaces are hot and can cause burns. Sizing: The machine is ~19" tall. The tip of the lever stands at ~21" tall. The eagle on the top of the machine is ~3.75" tall. The maximum cup height under the portafilter is ~2.875." Please
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