Ponte Vecchio Lusso 1 Group Spring Piston Lever Espresso Machine

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Ponte Vecchio Lusso 1 Group Spring Piston Lever Espresso Machine

Overview:

Ponte Vecchio is an Italian company that has been producing lever home espresso machines since 1999. It was founded by a number of entrepreneurs with over 20 years of experience in the industry of mechanical components for small household appliances. The new Ponte Vecchio Lusso 1 Group V2 has an improvement with the internal steam pipe in the boiler having an extra welding to hold it in place. In older models, this pipe would sometimes break off.

Features:

  • Spring piston-operated grouphead – Lever starts in the upward position, the user pulls down against spring until coffee fills the bottom of a demitasse 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.
  • Stainless steel / brass piston.
  • Removable drip tray & cup warming tray.
  • Gauge measures steam boiler pressure (0 – 2.5 bar) located on the right.
  • Visual control of water level located underneath the gauge.  Keep an eye on this control when filling the boiler.
  • Fixed-position 3-hole steam wand located on the left and fixed-position hot water wand located on the right.  Both are activated by rotational knobs on the left and right side of machine.  Turn counter-clockwise to activate; counter-clockwise to deactivate.
  • Indicator lights on the left side of machine.  The upper left light is the heating light. It is on when the machine is heating up; off when the machine is ready to use.  The lower left light is the water light.  It is on when the water in the boiler is too low; off when the water in the boiler is at optimal level.
  • Grouphead and portafilter made from a chrome-plated brass casting: unit preheated by forced circulation of hot water from boiler, always ready for use at optimum operating temperature.
  • Accessories included: Dual spout portafilter, non-E.S.E. pod filter basket, 1-cup filter basket, 2-cup filter basket, plastic coffee tamper, metal scoop, plastic funnel, instruction manual.

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

Ponte Vecchio

Height (inches)

19, approximate

Width (inches)

15, approximate

Depth (inches)

17.5, approximate

Weight (pounds)

27

Wattage (watts)

1000

Voltage (volts)

120

Boiler capacity (liters)

3

Portafilter size (mm)

45

Approvals

CE

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.

  1. Due to many issues of this machine being damaged in transit we add extra packing inside the machine that customers will have to remove.
  2. This machine cannot be backflushed.
  3. There is no spring to hold the basket into the portafilter.
  4. The pod filter baskets use special pods that are not E.S.E.

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    1. 0 votes
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      We are very sorry, we do not have any in stock at this time.

    2. 0 votes
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      Please unplug the machine from the electrical outlet. Remove the top cover, and then look for the safety thermostat on the left side of the internal boiler. You may need to remove the plastic internal cover by loosening the bolt near the back of the front wall. Find the thermostat and push in the red button. If you feel a clock, this is the reset and it means the machine was run without water in the boiler. If it does not clock, it means damage occurred from an electrical surge to the heating element, the brain unit, or the pressurstat, or tot he safety thermostat.

    3. 0 votes
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      We carry select parts to maintain the espresso machine. However, we do not carry all the parts, to perform a complete rebuild. For instance, we do not carry the wiring harness as we would just replace with wiring that we can purchase locally.

      All available parts are on our web site. Some brain units we may not sell unless the machine is in for repair. One reason is that some situations occur where previous customers return their old defective parts for a refund or damage the part by miswiring on install. When the incidence rate increases, we only sell the parts when we install.

      In addition, there is more than one version of brain units.

    4. 0 votes
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      Considering age, it is best to replace the seals. A special tool is needed, and it can be purchased or rented. Please go to the top of our web site, look for the support tab, then diagrams, and then search for the parts needed for your machine. The renatal tool can also be found.

      Or, on top, click on repair service for instructions on procedure for sending the machine in for repair.

    5. 0 votes
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      The gauge would probably need to be replaced. The internals need to be checked for leaks. The machine should never be operated until all leaks are rectified. Either the brain unit (not normal) or pressurstat (normal after warm up) is clicking.

    6. 0 votes
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      Boilers are special order. Please use the contact us form on the top of our web site.

    7. 0 votes
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      This usually happens with limescale or oxidation. It is best to loosen and clean with a wire brush and test. If it still leaks, the compression fitting can be removed and then silver soldered. Otherwise, the entire boiler will need to be replaced. We have seen boilers on various machine with corrosion from limescale and oxidation in as little as 2 weeks of ownership in those really bad cases.

    8. 0 votes
      Answered by the admin Sorry, Ponte Vecchio has its own portafilters which are not interchangeable.
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      Sorry, the demand for 220 volt machines is very low, and we wish not to import a 220 volt model as then we are forced to stock parts for the 220 volt version for one machine sold. 

      You may be able to purchase a 20 volt model from an international vendor, but please keep in mind that parts for the 220 volt may take an international vendor a long time to get parts to you.

    10. 0 votes
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      In bad cases, a milk cleaners should be used.

      Instead of descaling, soft water should be used. You can make water soft with an Oscar150 osmotic pack.

      Use the parts diagram under the parts section of the top PARTS link on our web site. The three seals on the piston should be changed every 6-24 months depending upon usage. A special tool is needed.

      In addition, the grouphead gasket and dispersion screen in the grouphead should be changed every 6-12 months depending upon usage.

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