Elektra Microcasa a Leva Espresso Machine

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Elektra Microcasa a Leva Espresso Machine

If you want exceptional espresso and an espresso machine that makes minimal noise in the morning, then you found the perfect machine – the Elektra Microcasa a Leva 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!

Manual lever operation
  • Spring piston-operated grouphead – Lever starts in the upward position, the user pulls down against spring until coffee fills the bottom of your espresso cup, then the 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 the lever down a second time at the halfway point and released.
  • Brass piston – While other machines may have plastic pistons in the grouphead, the Elektra Microcasa Leva has a brass piston to house 2 piston gaskets. Plastic pistons can get brittle and crack over time with all the heat in the grouphead whereas the brass piston in the Elektra is a great add-on to maintain heat within the grouphead.
Single boiler system
  • Durable brass – Provides exceptionally dry steam for creating microfoam.
  • Water level sight glass – This indicates the level of water in the boiler. Helps when filling the boiler to prevent overfilling.
  • Armor-plated heating element – Rated at 800 watts.
  • Pressure gauge – This shows steam pressure in the boiler. The needle in the green zone indicates optimal time to extract espresso. Standard pressure ranges anywhere between 0.8 – 1.3 bar.
  • Boiler pressure relief valve – This is located on top of the boiler for safety.
  • 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).
Beautiful design
  • Handcrafted finish – Each Elektra Microcasa Leva is carefully handcrafted which makes each one unique. Available in 3 different body color variations/plated finishes: Art.S1 is copper and brass, Art.S1c is all chrome, and Art.S1CO is chrome and brass finish.
  • Hand crafted polished chrome eagle – Sits on the top dome. Our units have the eagle with wings UP!
  • Large, round base – Approximately 10″ diameter. This helps keep the unit steady when pulling the lever down.
  • Drip tray – Easily removable from the base. The finish of the grill matches the finish of the boiler.
Accessories included
  • Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket and 2-cup filter basket. 49 mm in diameter.
  • Portafilters – Dual spout portafilter. Bakelite handles. 49 mm filter head.
  • Tamper – Plastic tamper (not correct fitting)
  • Plastic scoop – If you are using pre-ground coffee.
  • Instructional manual.

For more Elektra equipment, please visit our Elektra brands page. If you have any questions, please reference the Q&A tab on each product page.

Additional information

Brand

Elektra

Height (inches)

19.5, approximate

Width (inches)

10.5, approximate

Depth (inches)

10.5, approximate

Weight (pounds)

23

Wattage (watts)

850

Voltage (volts)

110 – 120

Boiler capacity (liters)

1.8

Portafilter size (mm)

49

Country of manufacture

Treviso, Italy

Approvals

UL

  1. 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.
  2. Caution: All surfaces are hot and can cause burns.
  3. Assembly Required: Steam wand needs to be attached and tightened with a wrench. Eagle needs to be attached to dome and lever handle needs to be attached to grouphead by owner.
  4. 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.
  5. Portafilter: 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. The filter basket will fall out of the portafilter as these machines are hand made. Due to the smaller portafilter size, this machine is not pod-capable.
  6. Boiler pressure: 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.
  7. Body finish: 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 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.
  8. Safety thermostat: 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.
  9. Maintenance: This machine cannot be backflushed.
  10. Environment: Although this machine would look beautiful in a restaurant of cafe, it is built for home use only.
  11. When you 1st receive the machine: 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.
  12. Cup seen in the picture above is not included.

Maintenance

BILT Osmotic Scale Reduction Cloth Pack – largeWater softening (small, large)

Documentation

Common Parts

Elektra 00172035 Upper Piston "V" GasketPiston gasket (upper V, lower W)

Filter basket (1-cup, 2-cup)

Technical Support

Warranty Information

Who handles the warranty

Eligible warranty for Elektra home equipment is handled by 1st-line Equipment or representative thereof. If you have purchased your Elektra equipment from another retailer (not 1st-line Equipment), you must contact them first in order to get your equipment serviced under warranty.

What does the warranty cover

The warranty is limited to manufacturer’s defects only.

Regarding espresso machines: Limescale buildup can lead to problems with your machine. The warranty will not cover any repairs if our technicians find limescale in your machine. Although descaling can be a good alternative to remove limescale causing minerals (calcium and magnesium), we strongly suggest that prevention is the best form of maintenance. The reason is that descalers can cause wear and tear on components inside an espresso machine. This includes gaskets, o-rings, and other metal components. However, where there is a clog somewhere, descaling will be a necessity on the specified part, area, or entire machine.

Regarding coffee grinders: As with all coffee grinders, it is very important to only change grind settings when the unit is powered on and the burrs are in motion. If you do not do this, the burrs will ‘gunk’ up and require cleaning by you every time this occurs. Changing the grind settings when the burrs are not in motion will render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. If this result occurs, this will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.

When does the warranty expire

The manufacturer’s warranty on new equipment is good for a period of 1 year from date of receipt which covers parts. Labor warranties may vary depending on the company you purchase from. Elektra products may have an extended warranty limited to manufacturer’s defect and will specifically state the extended period of time on your receipt.

Where will my equipment be serviced

In most cases, your Elektra equipment must be sent to a repair facility. If 1st-line Equipment will be servicing your equipment, you must either ship it or drop off at our facility in New Jersey.

How do I send in my equipment in for repair

If you are inside the warranty period and have purchased it from us, please contact us. Please be ready to provide the following information: invoice# of purchase, model of equipment, and a detailed description of the issue.

If you are outside the warranty period, whether you have purchased the equipment from us or not, please order a diagnosis. Please note that wait times can be up to 8 weeks. Our technical support staff can have a back log of repairs. As an alternative we have a listing of 3rd party repair companies across the USA that can assist you.

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      We do not want you to descale because descaling eats at the metals and gaskets. It is best to treat the water and prevent limescale.

      We suggest removing the scale reduction packs we sell.

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      This happens every once in a while on newer machines.

      In general, the knob should not be overturned nor forced. It is made of plastic to diminish the possibilities of burning oneself.

      If the knob becomes stiff to turn, it is possible that the ball joint valve inside needs NSF approved food grade lubrication with Petrolgel. With the machine cold and unplugged from the electrical outlet, the steam wand nut and steam wand need to be removed by placing a cloth over the nut and using a crescent wrench - sometimes a crescent wrench needs to be placed on the inner side of the valve to hold it from spinning. Put some Petrolgel into the steam valve and turn the valve back and forth to work in the lubrication. Work in more if still stiff. Put back the wand and nut. Hand tighten and then 1/8th turn with a crescent wrench.

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      A Sorry, we are unsure if it can be adjusted as we heard about some rumor online. It typically needs replacement.
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      Sorry, we do not get involved with conversions, not how to power 220 volt espresso machines brought in from outside the United States. Due to the amount of labor and special ordering of spare parts, it is not worth the cost to changeover.  Due to liability reasons, we can not offer any suggestions because our suggestions may cause damage to the existing components due to the differences in ohms. Again, sorry we are unable to assist.

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      Please use softened water, not RO, distilled, nor purified water as oxidation occurs.You can turn tap water into soft water by using our Oscar150 cloth. Try not to descale espresso machines as descalers eat the metals and the gaskets.

      Run CleanCaf once a month through the machine. Gaskets in the grouphead should be changed every 12-24 months or when they start to leak.

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      Sorry, the leak is not specific enough where the leak is occurring. Steam wand? Grouphead? Pinhole behind grouphead? Boiler to grouphead attachement? Base on bottom? Boiler cap?

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      Most likely it is not the gaskets if in the bottom of the machine. It is most likely limescale. If limescale damaged the brass, then new gaskets will not help.

      As for specific questions about the parts, please ask on the parts page for the kit or individual gasket page.

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      Both will provide protection. 20 amp version should be purchased when plugging in an electronic grinder.

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      We do not recommend any cleaners/polish because there is a clear coat finish that can be ruined. Keep the unit dry and wipe down with a lightly moistened terry cloth when the unit is cold.

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      This is the grind fineness being too coarse or the amount of coffee in the basket.

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