VBM Junior Digital HX Espresso Machine w/ Flow Control
- VBM Domobar Junior Digital Espresso Machine
- Side Panels: Left & right, stainless steel w/ removable film
- Portafilters: 58mm single spout, dual spout
- Filter baskets: 1-cup (7 g), 2-cup (14 g), blind
- Tamper: Standard cheap plastic one
- Coffee scoop: For use with ground coffee
- Cleaning brush: For grouphead cleaning
- Instruction manual: In Spanish, Dutch, English, French, & Italian
The VBM Domobar Junior Digital NOW has an upgrade from the 2010 VBM Domobar Junior. Thanks to its previous success as a small home heat exchange espresso machine for customers looking to entertain and do a lot of steaming, VBM made some improvements on that original version. First of all, its new design allows you to customize the side panels with different colors, which are available for separate purchase. After all, you can add some unique personality to your espresso machine! Next comes its technological aspect: a new OLED digital display where you can program all your settings and give more simplicity to your machine. The VBM Domobar Junior Digital is overall an excellent home espresso machine for you latte and cappuccino lovers who want an ultra-modern feel to it! Finally, VBM espresso machines are known to have such an incredible E61 grouphead! Customers who see E61 espresso machines absolutely love the structure and robustness.
NEW Digital Interface
- OLED Digital Display: Adjust all your settings on the digital touchpad. After turning the main switch to the ON position, the display shows the selected function (coffee delivery), and the temperature and time of coffee delivery. 128×64 px.
- Button Settings: Shows machine warm-up status. Green means the machine is ready, orange means the machine is loading, and red means the machine is in alarm. Additionally, there is an LED mode for temperature increase and decrease.
- Shows ECO Mode: Use this to increase the espresso machine’s temperature when idle to save energy. After 2 hours of not using the machine, the shutdown symbol will show up on the display.
- Alarm Codes: If there is little to no water inside the boiler, then code E01 shows on the display and an LED light appears in red. Moreover, if there is a probe malfunction, then code E02 appears on the display and an LED light appears in red.
Classic VBM E61 Grouphead
- 58mm: Thermosiphon circulation group in chromed brass, available with manual lever control on the side.
- 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 is constant and stable when compared to other groupheads that have a built-in heating element.
- Pre-infusion: The lever next to the grouphead activates a microswitch that turns on the pump to pump water through the coffee grinds. Pulling the lever halfway up will open the valve to allow water into the grouphead without activating the pump. Please note that true pre-infusion requires a direct water connection whereby the water pressure from the waterline creates true pre-infusion.
- NEW Flow control capable: As of 7/1/23 we preinstall a flow control kit on the grouphead ($199 value included!).
Heat Exchange System
- Copper, insulation: The boiler is 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 using a water softener. 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.
- Auto-shutoff: A sensor detects the water level in the boiler. When below the threshold, the heating element shuts off to prevent it from burning out.
- NEW: Water tank level sensor: An empty tank symbol and red LED light show up on the digital interface when it is time to refill your tank. The heating element also shuts off to prevent it from burning out.
- Open top reservoir: Easy to fill. Easy to clean.
- NEW OPTIONAL Customizable side panels: The VBM Domobar Junior Digital NOW has a variety of side panel designs that you can stylize your machine with. Check out the different customizable side panels we have to offer to purchase separately!
- Ergonomic knobs and levers: Contributes to accurate water dispersion and adds some personality to the VBM Domobar Junior Digital!
- Synthetic drip tray: The drip tray on this espresso machine is glowing! Less risk of scratches on this material, unlike on metal drip trays. Additionally, the drip tray has a float that tracks the water levels. Dishwasher-safe.
- Front and feet: Stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish.
- Efficient: 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. You only need 9 bars 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.
Separate Wands for Steam & Hot Water
- Multi-directional: Allows for more movement and flexibility.
- 2-hole steam tip: Fewer holes allow for a slow gradual build-up of microfoam and longer-lasting steam pressure.
- Rotational knobs: Allows for easier control of the intensity to ramp up or down the steam power as needed.
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- Drip tray: Please note that the drip tray is not drainable.
General Espresso Machine Notes/Warnings:
- Upon first use: On the initial start-up (or after a long period of non-use), it is important to make sure the pump is actually removing water from the tank. When the machine is powered on, you will hear the pump running. After 5 seconds, squeeze the in-line hose in the tank (usually the longest hose, has a particle filter attached). if you hear a different sound, this means the pump is working correctly. If not, immediately power down the machine and contact us. For more information, visit this page General Manual Pump Priming.
- Electrical: 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. For more information, visit this page Power Protection.
- Water: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, or reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale. For more information, visit this page Water Choice.
- Descaling: 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. As a preventative measure, we recommend using softened water as explained in the bullet point above.
- Backflushing: This procedure of cleaning the grouphead will need to be performed from time to time. For more information, visit this page Espresso Machine Backflush – Why 50?