La Nuova Era Cuadra Espresso Machine – V3

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La Nuova Era Cuadra Espresso Machine

Our version of the La Nuova Era Cuadra includes a no-burn steam wand, no-burn hot water wand, and an upgraded brain unit.

Heat exchanger (HX) system with an E61 grouphead. Steam milk and make espresso at the same time. Boiler pressure gauge. There is even a refill spout so you do not need to pull your machine forward to fill the reservoir. Brain unit, pump, and solenoid valve are near the bottom to avoid boiler heat which rises, and these same items are protected with stainless steel covering to prevent water from splashing on them. Need we say more?


Heat exchange system
  • Copper, insulation – The boiler is made of copper which retains heat better than stainless steel. Typically copper boilers are more susceptible to limescale when you compare to stainless steel boilers. Therefore, we highly recommend utilizing the water softener that comes with this machine. The manufacturer wraps the boiler with insulation for maximum heat retention.
  • Pull a shot & steam milk at the same time – Steam is always readily available. Hence, there is no wait time going from coffee to steam mode. Works well if entertaining a small group of people.
E-61 grouphead
  • Constantly heated – Hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead and your portafilter nice and hot. As a result, the grouphead temperature constant and stable when you compare to other groupheads that have a built-in heating element.
  • Pre-infusion – Lever next to the grouphead activates a microswitch which turns on the pump to pump water through the coffee grinds. Pulling the lever half way up will open the valve to allow water into the grouphead without activating the pump. Please note that true pre-infusion requires the direct water connection whereby the water pressure from the water line creates true pre-infusion.
Vibratory pump
  • Efficient – 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. You only need 9 bar to extract perfect espresso, and wattage has no correlation to longevity.
  • Cost effective – Pumps will degrade in performance over time. Replacing a vibration pump will cost less than a rotary vane pump.
Tank/reservoir system
  • Water softener – The best protection from any limescale buildup in your machine. The water softener must be charged before use. Please follow our instructions on how to do so. This water softener also acts as a particle filter to protect the machine from any unseen particles entering the boiler.
  • Auto-shut off – Prevents burning out the heating element. The water tank sits on a spring activated plate. Once the water is low, the plate depresses the tank microswitch which turns off the heating element.
Steam/water wand
  • Multi-directional – Allows for more movement and flexibility. The wands connect to the valves on an angle to the side for even more flexibility. As a result, there is less risk of burning oneself from the exposed grouphead.
  • No burn – Both wands have insulation, which allows you to touch any part of the stem. Please note after very long periods of use, the wands will eventually be hot.
  • 2-hole steam tip – Allows for a slow gradual build-up of microfoam.
  • Rotational knobs – Allows for easier control of the intensity.
  • Frame – Made of stainless steel (not polished).
  • Body panels – Sides panels are made of plastic with a polished chrome color coat. The back panel is made of stainless steel satin with a satin finish. The front panel is made of stainless steel with a polished finish.
  • Drip tray – Made of stainless steel. Slides out from the machine for easy cleaning. Plastic insert and stainless steel drip tray cover add a really nice touch.
  • Cup warmer tray – Made of stainless steel. Must be removed to refill the water reservoir. As with any machine, cups can take up to 2 hours to preheat using a cup warmer tray. You can use the water wand to flash heat your cups.
Accessories included
  • Portafilters – Single spout portafilter & dual spout portafilter. Both are 58 mm. The filter heads have “La Nuova Era” imprint on them.
  • Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. 58 mm in diameter. Blind filter basket which you use for backflushing.
  • Tamper – A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
  • Cleaning brush – Used for cleaning the grouphead. Ergonomically designed with an angle for easier usage.
  • Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using pre-ground coffee.
  • Cleaning brush – Specifically for cleaning the grouphead.
  • Funnel – Helps fill your water tank without the need to remove it. Useful if your machine doesn’t have the height clearance to allow you to fully remove the water tank from your machine.
  • Water softener – Already attached to the intake hose.
  • Instruction manual – Available in English and Italian.

Additional information


La Nuova Era

Height (inches)

15, approximate

Width (inches)

14.5, approximate

Depth (inches)

17, approximate

Weight (pounds)


Wattage (watts)


Voltage (volts)

110 – 120

Boiler capacity (liters)


Tank capacity (liters)


Country of manufacture





  1. WARNING: This is to prevent damage. Upon initial start up (first time or any time after boiler is drained), it is important to make sure the pump is actually removing water from the reservoir. When the machine is powered on for the first time, you will hear the pump. After 5-10 seconds, you can squeeze the hoses in the reservoir and release. if you hear a different sound, this means the pump is working correctly. If not, immediately power down the machine and contact us.
  2. WARNING: Before operating the machine (first time or any time after machine is transported or softener is removed), please inspect the water softener in the reservoir to make sure it is not leaking any resins into the intake hose. It can be removed from the hose for inspection. If the water softener was damaged in transit, please do not use and contact us for replacement. If it leaks resins at any time, please do not use as resins will damage pump.
  3. CARE:
    1. We recommend backflushing the grouphead once every 50 espresso extractions.
    2. We recommend recharging the water softener once a month and replacing once per year. The machine comes with one in the reservoir.
    3. We recommend descaling the boiler once a month. Remember to remove the water softener before descaling.
  4. Upon receiving the machine, you will find a note inside by La Nuova Era saying that your machine has been checked and tested with coffee. Although it has been thoroughly cleaned, it may still contain minute traces of coffee.

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    1. 0 votes

      Pre-infusion is the pre-soaking of the ground coffee with hot water under low pressure. The low pressure is from the direct water line or the steam pressure built in the heat exchanger, or the pump pressure by the vibration pump that takes up to 8 seconds to get up to full pressure, or the grouphead chamber.

    2. 0 votes


      This model is only usable with a water tank / reservoir.

    3. 0 votes

      Sorry, you will need to ask an additional question as we go by part numbers and not by descriptions. Please note that the manufacturer, at this time, has made things more difficult with parts as they made ALL NEW part numbers and they have not provided any relational table showing the old part number to the new part number.

    4. 0 votes

      We do say 'may' work because La Nuova Era machines had 2 different valves over the years. There was also previous importer who brought them in who may have sold to other customers. If we say 'will' work, then customers will assume we are responsible for machines purchased elsewhere or have a variation of the valve. In essence, we need to be careful as we do not have the machine in front of us, and this is why many companies will not sell parts due to variations by espresso machine manuacturers. Thank you in advance for understanding.

    5. 0 votes
      A You replied it "MAY" work. Will it fit the Cuadra fitting for the wand? Would not buy if it would not have compatible fitting. Otherwise, why do you say "MAY"? Is there another source to buy the earlier wand--I do not see anybody selling the Cuadra on line anymore?
    6. 0 votes

      Please note our free support is for simple issues.

      We are sorry many manufacturers, including dealers, do not offer repair instructions for every type of issue - especially issues that become very detailed or complex.

      This is why service companies exist, and their technicians are trained through apprenticeships (hands on learning of usually 2 or more years).

      Based on the age of your machine and uneasiness of taking the machine further apart, a professional should be hired or the machine should be shipped in for evaluation and service.

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      The hoses would need to be removed, then soaked in bleach overnight, then rinsed for 10 minutes. The boses can be removed after the 2 side panels are removed.

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      Only descale if a pump is failing or there is a clog on a non-new machine. Do this after removing the water softener.

      Otherwise, recharge the water softener 1-4x per month.

    9. 0 votes

      Please short backflush once every 50 extractions with detergent

      and one every 10extractions without detergent. Any of the bacflush detergents on our web site will work as most have been carefully selected by our staff.

    10. 0 votes

      Sorry, prices are based on euro exchange rates, themanufacturer's cost, shipping and duties. All these costs have been increasing over the past year.

      Sorry, we are unsure where there is 15-19 bars of pressure. The gauge needle usually does not exceed 2 bar.

    11. 0 votes

      This could be a shorted heating element, or a bad relay, or a bad brain unit.

    12. 0 votes

      Please search for and purchase the following part numbers:

      F15 - 8mm Grouphead gasket

      F277 - Dispersion screen

    13. 0 votes

      The water softener is held on to the intake hose by friction. Holding the hose, the softener can be pulled off.

      The instructions require a salt water bath and water rinse.

      We prefer prevention with a water softener as descaling should only be performed when an issue arises. The reason is that descaling starts premature wear and tear on the metal components as well as any gasket/o-ring seals inside the machine.

    14. 0 votes

      The losing pressure issue is related to a failing brain unit (there are three versions now on Cuadra as of this writing), a bad heating element, or a bad relay. Lastly, it could be faulty wiring or a switch. For the future, please ask additional questions as a new question to keep the threads related to each other.

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