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Elektra Microcasa a Leva S1/S1C/S1CO 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!

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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
  • 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.
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

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

 

Warning for Elektra Microcasa a Leva Espresso Machine:

Please make sure the sight glass is the field between a minimum of 25% and 75% at all times during operation. If the water level lowers below the 25% mark, damage can occur to the machine.

  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.
  13. Americanos: This espresso machine is NOT suitable for making americanos since it does not include a hot water wand.

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.

Please use the diagrams below to help find the exact part you are looking for. After you find the part, copy the SKU #. Then use the search bar at the top of our website. If there are no results in the search, we most likely do not have the part. We only special order parts if the specific model was purchased through 1st-line Equipment. For general questions, please use our parts inquiry page.
Elektra-Microcasa-Leva-parts-diagram-2019-01
# SKU
1 00469035 (bakelite)
00177014 (wood)
2 01368019
3 00176026 (gold)
00176021 (chrome)
4 00178019 (poished brass)
00178021 (chrome)
5 00525019 (polished brass)
00525021 (chrome)
6 00179035
7 00181035
8 00184035
9 00180035
10 00182035
11 00183035
12 00819014
13 00968014
14 00969014
15 00172035
16 00173035
17 00167019 (polished brass)
00167021 (chrome)
18 00153035
19 00175035
20 00174035
21 00402035
22 00400035
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# SKU
1 00177014 (wood)
00469035 (bakelite)
2 00186035
3 01367019
4 00187019 (polished brass)
00187021 (chrome)
5 01626035
6 00164035
7 00163035

Elektra-Microcasa-Leva-parts-diagram-2019-03
# SKU
1 05803019 (polished brass)
05803021 (chrome)
2 00637026 (gold)
00637021 (chrome)
3 05800019 (polished brass)
05800021 (chrome)
4 05801019 (polished brass)
05801021 (chrome)

Elektra-Microcasa-Leva-parts-diagram-2019-04
# SKU
B8 00187038 (polished brass)
00187039 (chrome)
D14 05803038 (polished brass)
05803039 (chrome)
1 00149019 (polished brass)
00149021 (chrome)
2 00146019 (polished copper)
00146021 (chrome)
3 00148035
4 00147035
5 00200034
6 00102035
7 00145034
8 00144035
9 01290025 (polished brass)
01290021 (chrome)
10 00150019 (polished brass)
00150021 (chrome)
11 00154035
12 01281019 (polished brass)
01281021 (chrome)
13 00151019 (polished copper)
00151021 (chrome)
14 01400015
15 00151038 (polished copper)
00151039 (chrome)
16 01228035
17 01839026 (gold)
01839021 (chrome)
18 02091035
19 00156019
19 00156021
20 00157035
21 01604035
22 03342038 (polished copper base with gold/yellow plate)
03342039 (chrome base with red/silver plate)
03343039 (chrome base with gold/yellow plate)
23 03166035
24 02951034
25 00119035
26 01380035
27 00041019 (polished brass)
00041021 (chrome)
28 00141035
29 00044035
30 00043019 (polished brass)
00043021 (chrome)
31 00142019 (polished brass)
00142021 (chrome)
32 00398035 (gold)
00143035 (chrome)

Elektra-Microcasa-Leva-parts-diagram-2019-05
# SKU
1 01168035
2 02973011 (230V)
02974011 (110V)
3 00468035
4 00360035
5 00468035
6 00361035
7 02789035
8 01311026 (gold)
01311021 (chrome)
9 00073035 (230V)
01314035 (110V)
10 00021035
11 00020035
12 00023035
13 00133035
14 02850035
15 02851035
16 01344035
17 02962034
18 02198035
19 00492035
19 01603035
20 00371035
21 02993059 (230V)
02880035 (110V)
22 02117035
23 01480035
24 00689014

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      I have an Elektra microcosasa which I purchased (and have had repaired by) from you. It is getting progressively difficult to attach the portafilter. I have thoroughly cleaned the area. Does it need a new O-ring gasket? And if so, is this the correct one?--Elektra 00174035 Portafilter / Grouphead Gasket
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      Q I have an Elektra microcosasa which I purchased (and have had repaired by) from you. It is gettin...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joel on October 27, 2021 12:22 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please always use the diagrams on our web site. Sorry, we do not always provide part numbers as they can change in the future. It is best to use the diagrams. You may need a dispersion screen as well.

    2. My Elektra Microcasa doesn't always send water through the grouphead. I push the lever down and hold it, but when I release it lately it's been popping right up. No espresso comes out. If I try it 2 or 3 times I'll finally be able to pull a good shot. But there's obviously something wrong.
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      Q My Elektra Microcasa doesn't always send water through the grouphead. I push the lever down and h...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Lee on October 15, 2021 5:19 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Either the screen is clogged, the coffee ground too fine (yes, you need to change settings when the seasons of batch of coffee changes), or there is a blockage upstream in the grouphead. All three needs to be determined for the cause you are having.

    4. I am trying to restore a 1984 Elektra a Leva and am looking for the following parts. Could you please provide a quote for everything below shipped to the address below? I believe that the following are the correct part numbers: Plastic base 268014 Rubber Base 158035 Gasket kit unk Grouphead to boiler gasket 98035 Portafilter - large unk Basket 71002 Eagle 149019 Sightglass w/ gaskets 141035 Drip Tray 157035 Drip Tray Cover 156019 Nameplate Rivets 207035 Elektra Nameplate 216019
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      Q I am trying to restore a 1984 Elektra a Leva and am looking for the following parts. Could you pl...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Steven on August 2, 2021 3:55 pm
      Answered by the admin Sorry, we do not support machines this old, and Elektra has confirmed that many parts from the current version will not work on pre-95 "a Leva" machines. The part numbers can be searched on our web site for pricing and availability, but we make no guarantees on parts fitment and all parts purchases are non-refundable and non-returnable.
    6. I need the steam wand part # 0015 1021, the basic steam wand from your exploded view of the Micro A Leva. I am unable to get a price from the diagram. It looks like the rubber washer on the tip comes with it. I have lost the rubber tip on mine and I guess that is how I must replace. My machine heats milk but does not froth it. Any other suggestions?
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      Q I need the steam wand part # 0015 1021, the basic steam wand from your exploded view of the Micro...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Frank on March 29, 2021 1:55 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Search for the 8 digit part number on our web site. If you re-review the diagram, you will need to purchase the entire assembly under part#16 for that diagram. The wand is not available by itself.

    8. Does the group head require periodic cleaning. I notice that the filter and its rubber gasket collect limited coffee residue. How should this be done? Can you pull out the filter from the bottom or do you pull the grouphead from the top?
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      Q Does the group head require periodic cleaning. I notice that the filter and its rubber gasket col...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Frank Gerlak on March 10, 2021 11:52 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Since the unit can not be backflushed, the best alternative is flushing CleanCaf through the boiler and grouphead. The screen and gasket can be removed for manual cleaning, but there is the possibility of damage, which this is not covered under warranty.

    10. I have the Elekrta Microcasa Semiautomatica machine. Today, when I turned it on the lights are on and the pump is working, but the water does not heat up. I would greatly appreciate your suggestion of how to troubleshoot this issue.
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      Q I have the Elekrta Microcasa Semiautomatica machine. Today, when I turned it on the lights are on...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Alon on March 10, 2021 10:09 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please reset the safety thermostat. If the problem continues, this will mean the machine has other issues and should be checked by a professional.

    12. I bought my Elektra from you some years ago and I'm hoping you can help with a problem. On start up, it consistently leaks about a cup of water. The drip is significant. If I pull the handle down momentarily and then let it up, it slows the drip. I changed the gaskets and that seemed to fix it but a few weeks later, it began the leak again. Once it gets up to pressure, the leak stops. I didn't have this problem the first couple years I had the machine
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      Q I bought my Elektra from you some years ago and I'm hoping you can help with a problem. On start ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Tom on February 22, 2021 6:27 pm
      Answered by the admin Sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, there may be limescale build up or matter that is causing the piston gaskets to slightly tear. Once it heats up, the expansion creates a better seal. Otherwise, the inside of the grouphead could be worn down, but this only happens under very heavy usage.
    14. Hi, a couple of years ago I bought a Elektra Microcasa a Leva Espresso Machine from you. I’m moving to Los Angeles and the water there tastes horrible. The apartment I will be renting won’t allow me to attach any sort of water filter to the plumbing. I remember reading that reverse osmosis and distilled water isn’t good for the machines. Do you have any recommendations for pitcher type water filters? I currently buy and use your BILT Osmotic Scale Reduction cloth packs but I don’t think that is sufficient for the Los Angeles public water. Thanks in advance for any advice you can share.
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      Q Hi, a couple of years ago I bought a Elektra Microcasa a Leva Espresso Machine from you. I’m movi...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Roy on January 18, 2021 6:45 pm
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      Brita would be your best bet for removing bad taste, odor, and other junk. However, use our Oscar packs for softening. The Brita does not do a good job for softening.

    16. My fifteen old Micra Casa a Leva has been leaking from the pin hole behind the portahead, sending water into the espresso. I had it last maintained at your company (I bought it there) in 2016. It also “explodes” even while using my right hand to hold the porta head in place. Can I send it in for a maintenance at your place.
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      Q My fifteen old Micra Casa a Leva has been leaking from the pin hole behind the portahead, sending...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Frank Gerlak on January 4, 2021 7:08 pm
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      The gouphead and piston gaskets probably need replacement. Please use the procedures in diagnostic to bring the machine in for repair.

    18. My Microcasa is at least 15 years old. It has worked flawlessly all of this time. I did not use it for five or six months, however. i filled it with water, turned it on today. it heated perfectly, steam was coming out of the frother arm. But, when I pulled down the lever, once with the pod in and once without, no water comes in to the head.
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      Q My Microcasa is at least 15 years old. It has worked flawlessly all of this time. I did not use i...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Barry Goff on December 2, 2020 7:59 pm
      Answered by the admin Considering the age of the machine, it is better to have a professional evaluate the machine.
    20. My Electra Casa is about 8 years old. It has worked perfectly all these years. However I am having a problem now. Not every time but very often after the machine has heated up, when I pull the lever nothing happens. The machine is hot. The light is off and the pressure gauge is usually around 1.3. It seems that there isn't enough pressure to push the espresso out even though the gauge says otherwise. Then after some time I might get it to work or I shut it off and let it heat up again and then it might work.
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      Q My Electra Casa is about 8 years old. It has worked perfectly all these years. However I am havin...... Read more answer now
      Asked by ARTHUR MANDEL on November 24, 2020 8:11 pm
      Answered by the admin

      This could be a stuck bleeder valve on top of the boiler. Push the pin down and see if it was stuck.

      It could be the grinder was too fine.

      It could be a bad heating element that is shorted to ground. Please plug into a GFI outlet. If it trips, the heating element is damaged or defective.

    22. Hello, I don't see on your pages the portafilter for this machine. I see the one with wooden handle, but not for my chrome machine. Is this available? Some like $100, or $60 for the head (if available) alone? I'm looking for a backup as I'm thinking of grinding the two bottom spouts off, so that it extracts right from screen into cup. Thanks.
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      Q Hello, I don't see on your pages the portafilter for this machine. I see the one with wooden hand...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Don chinnici on October 7, 2020 7:11 pm
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      Hi,

      Here are links to the portafilters we have available for this model:

      00187038 (brass filter head, wood handle)

      00187039 (chrome filter head, bakelite handle)

      The filter heads seem to be permanently attached to the handles.

    24. my Elektra Micro Casa Model Copper & Brass Espresso Machine ART.S1 needs repairs. The plastic piece to control the steamer has melted off. And the metal part below it somehow also broke. Do you sell replacement parts?
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      Q my Elektra Micro Casa Model Copper & Brass Espresso Machine ART.S1 needs repairs. The plastic...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Aleksey on April 21, 2020 9:29 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Yes, we do sell most replacement parts. However, you will need to use the diagrams to determine the correct part number which nthen needs to be searched on our web site for availability and pricing as well as ordering.

    26. my Elektra Microcasa a Leva started making a creaking type of noise when I release the lever, shortly after I decalcified the machine Do I need to apply a lube to the outside of the part that moves up and down or is there another issue. Only interested in what I could do myself at home, understanding I am not very mechanical so prefer not to disassemble anything
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      Q my Elektra Microcasa a Leva started making a creaking type of noise when I release the lever, sho...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Peter on April 3, 2020 8:22 pm
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      Sorry this has happened. The seals in the grouphead probably need to be lubricated and/or replaced. This is not an easy task without tools and general mechanical skills.

    28. It is understood that the best way to maintain this machine is to make sure hard water is not used, given that still, over time some scale is inevitable. the manual gives no guidance for cleaning or descaling. What is the optimal approach? thanks
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      Q It is understood that the best way to maintain this machine is to make sure hard water is not use...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Michael Sergeant on February 25, 2020 10:22 pm
      Answered by the admin

      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.

    30. I have a 5 month old Microcasa, which certainly required a learning curve, but is now making great espresso. However, the black plastic knob that controls the steam want has basically broken inside and will be replaced by 1st-line. Has anyone else had this issue? I do note that on occasion I have to turn the steam wand valve awfully hard, has anyone tried to adjust?
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      Q I have a 5 month old Microcasa, which certainly required a learning curve, but is now making grea...... Read more answer now
      Asked by MICHAEL C SERGEANT on February 25, 2020 9:45 pm
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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.

    32. My machine works great still, but the pressure gauge is off. When totally cold it sits a notch above 0 and when fully heated a notch above the green. Can this be remedied?
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      Q My machine works great still, but the pressure gauge is off. When totally cold it sits a notch ab...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joshua Hill on January 3, 2020 3:38 pm
      Answered by the admin Sorry, we are unsure if it can be adjusted as we heard about some rumor online. It typically needs replacement.
    34. hi there, we have recently moved from the UK (where we had bought an Elektra microcase e leva) to the US, however due to the difference it obviously doesnt work. Can you kindly advise on how we can get our beloved coffee machine working in the US please? It is obviously setup for 220-240v UK/European power. much appreciated.
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      Q hi there, we have recently moved from the UK (where we had bought an Elektra microcase e leva) t...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Adrian Rader on December 12, 2019 9:10 pm
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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.

    36. Hello. Firstly, I absolutely Love our Electra Lever!!!! Wondering about maintenance to preserve the life of this beauty. We use RO water. Please advise
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      Q Hello. Firstly, I absolutely Love our Electra Lever!!!! Wondering about maintenance to preserve ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Diane on December 2, 2019 5:57 pm
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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.

    38. My Microcasa leva has begun to drip out about a half cup of water as it heats up after I turn it on. Can you please let me know what part needs serviced. The machine is long out of warranty and I want to do the maintenance on my own. Thanks
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      Q My Microcasa leva has begun to drip out about a half cup of water as it heats up after I turn it ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Tom Schultz on October 11, 2019 12:37 am
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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?

    40. Hello, My Elektra Microcasa a Leva has been beginning to leak water. I've just ordered -- in two batches -- some gaskets, and I hope this is the cause. Recently, it was tripping the wall breaker, and when I opened it up, saw enough water in there that I thought it might be related. In the first order, I purchased some grouphead gaskets -- but then later saw a boiler gasket for the bottom. And, since this was most near where the moisture was likely shorting the electrodes, thought that this specific gasket might be the central problem. So I just purchased the entire kit -- though I will surely have some duplicates. Here is my question, though the purchase (to this point) is already complete: Would you also concur that it's likely these gaskets, particularly the boiler gasket, that may have allowed leaking -- and more specifically, thereby tripping the breaker? (When the machine dried out, it didn't trip; but by the time it heated again, did, with moisture on the bottom again.) Or do you suspect some other part is failing? Also, in the gasket kit, there seems to be a couple of gaskets I don't recognize from the pictures, perhaps related to the water sight glass. I have the sleeves off, and the top and bottom bolts loose, but the glass seems fixed; and I'm reluctant to apply too much pressure for fear of breaking the glass (and requiring a third purchase.) Might this be a, "if it's not broken, don't fix it" type thing? And would this be where the other white-looking gaskets go? Thanks. The machine, btw, was purchased from you in around 2015
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      Q Hello, My Elektra Microcasa a Leva has been beginning to leak water. I've just ordered -- in two ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Don Cinnini on October 10, 2019 6:19 pm
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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.

    42. You offer two surge protectors (20amp and 15amp) on your website. Will both provide sufficient protection for this model?
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      Q You offer two surge protectors (20amp and 15amp) on your website. Will both provide sufficient pr...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Roy on September 6, 2019 11:39 pm
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      Both will provide protection. 20 amp version should be purchased when plugging in an electronic grinder.

    44. Do you sell or recommend a polishing cloth or cleaner for the chrome parts of this machine?
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      Q Do you sell or recommend a polishing cloth or cleaner for the chrome parts of this machine? answer now
      Asked by Roy on September 6, 2019 10:55 pm
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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.

    46. I purchased this machine from you back in 2006 and had it serviced with you in 2015. When pulling the lever, a mixture shoots fast through the porta head. It does not drip. I am not sure if the grind is just not fine enough. Please advise.
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      Q I purchased this machine from you back in 2006 and had it serviced with you in 2015. When pulling...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Frank Gerlak on September 5, 2019 5:57 pm
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      This is the grind fineness being too coarse or the amount of coffee in the basket.

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