Elektra SXC Microcasa Semiautomatica Chrome Espresso Machine (USED)
Heat exchange system
- Brass – The boiler is brass which retains heat better than stainless steel. Very durable and provides very dry steam for frothing milk. Typically brass boilers are more susceptible to limescale when you compare to stainless steel boilers. Therefore, we highly recommend using a water softener.
- 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.
- Heating element – Armor-plated, 800-watt.
- Pump-operated to deliver water to grouphead and to refill the boiler.
- Boiler pressure relief valve for safety
- Three-way solenoid valve to relieve pressure in grouphead when finished extracting espresso to avoid “espresso explosion” when removing the portafilter handle.
- Top loading water basin for easy refill and for continuous water delivery (manual switch by the operator) so the machine does not have to be shut down like hand lever models.
- Automatic pressure/temperature regulator.
- Three switches – The power switch is on the left. The center button is for boiler refill. The right button is for coffee extraction. Each button has a plastic cover to protect them from accidental spilage.
- Sight glass – Indicates the water level in the boiler. Look at this gauge while refilling the boiler with the center button.
- Twist knob – This knob allows for quick turn-ons & off action and easy control of the intensity.
- Easy assembly – We ship each Elektra Microcasa Semiautomatica with the steam wand off to prevent damage in transit. To reassemble, you can easily screw on by hand and then use an adjustable wrench to tighten.
- 3 hole – More holes makes for faster frothing.
- Body – Beautiful long-lasting handcrafted chrome finish.
- Eagle – Situated on the dome with wings up. Connects to the water tank dome with a screw and washer.
- Base – Large, round base. Approximately 10″ in diameter for the stability of the unit on your countertop.
- Portafilter – Dual spout. New wood handle. 58mm in diameter. The Elektra “K’ logo is on the filter head neck.
- Filter baskets – 1-cup holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup holds approximately 14 grams. Both measure 58mm.
- Tamper – Cheap plastic. We recommend upgrading to a better solid tamper.
- Scoop – Simple plastic if you are using preground coffee.
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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.
- Caution: All surfaces are hot and can cause burns.
- Environment: This machine is intended for home use only. It doesn't have the capacity, nor the approvals, for commercial use.
- Upon receiving: 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.
- Some assembly required: The steam needs to be installed on the machine using a wrench. To prevent scratches, put a cloth between the wrench and the steam wand nut.
- 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.
- Water choice: Please note that 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 warranty 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 under warranty 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.
- Body finish:
- Elektra espresso machines feature a high polish finish, with materials ranging from chrome 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.
- Paint remover can be used to remove the paint from copper and brass parts.
- Elektra uses varnish to paint the parts.
- 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.
- Sight glass fluctuation: The water in the boiler is not used to make coffee. The water to make coffee comes directly from the reservoir and passes through a pipe in the bottom boiler for flash heating. If cold water passes through this pipe, the change in temperature will cause the boiler water (sight glass) to fluctuate. The only time the water level in the sight glass should change is when
- the steamer is used and the water level drops, or
- the red button on the left hand side of the base is depressed and held to refill the boiler.
- Safety reset: 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.