Buying your first lever coffee machine is a very important step.
It’s about evaluating the merits, figure out how to use it and find the right place for it. You know, it’s like choosing a partner for a trip or a new house to spend your holidays: don’t leave anything out.
Its strong point must be the coffee quality.
Coffee lovers know that the best espresso is made in a manual coffee machine. This is because the lever operation allows you to manage the contact time between powder and water, in order to get the best quality from it.
Another feature that must be considered is the temperature of the water. Traditional coffee machines, generally, cannot guarantee to obtain all the essential oils from the coffee, because of the excessive temperature. Lever coffee machine, rather, perfectly regulates the tank heating, in order not to exceed 90 degrees.
Let’s talk about materials.
Your first lever coffee machine is a long-term investment. That’s why is better to choose stainless steel, brass or aluminum, so as to have a durable and resistant product.
Furthermore, do not leave design behind. You have to consider that your lever coffee machine will be part of your house or room for years. Therefore, you should always choose a timeless product that matches perfectly with every situation, from a modern to a vintage style design.
Let’s see all features of the lever coffee machines.
Are you about to buy a lever coffee machine?
Coffee lovers agree that lever coffee machine is the only one that guarantees an espresso with such full and well blended organoleptic characteristics. Handling the lever, in fact, allows you to obtain a drink with your best-loved taste.
But there’s more than just taste.
If we talk about functionality, this equipment is easy to handle. Once you learn how to handle the lever correctly, the extraction will turn into that waiting time before tasting a perfect espresso.
Industrial coffee machines are meant to obtain a substantial quantity of coffee without compromising its mechanism. When the water reaches the right temperature, you can prepare all the coffees you want without waiting again and again.
The mechanical operation preserves the flavour of the coffee and it requires less maintenance than electric coffee machines.
Cleaning is really fast and simple: just use a non-aggressive cleaner and the machine will keep a neat appearance. The filter and the filter holder can be disengaged and washed in the sink, ready to use it again.
Lever coffee machines can be considered like furniture instead of just appliances. Pontevecchio’s lever coffee machines, actually, are studied in detail and therefore, they are able to completely match with the rest of your house or room, adding a touch of style to the surroundings.
The reason why lever coffee machine’s coffee fears no competition
To appreciate all the features of this machine you must understand how a lever coffee machine works.
With any equipment you can choose the blend and the kind of coffee beans to create it. But it’s during the extracting process that the real secret to having an excellent and high-quality espresso lies.
It’s necessary to calibrate the strength when you lower the lever, so that water and the coffee are in contact only between 25 and 30 seconds. During this short time frame, actually, a real magic takes place: coffee essential oils are extracted optimally, and your drink will not be burned, bitter or tasteless.
It’s the Time variable, therefore, that allows you to obtain the coffee in line with your preference and adjust it according to the stroke you give to the lever.
You should also know other features that affect the results, not just the coffee machine:
- kind of coffee: as a coffee lover, choose only high-quality coffee beans, fresh and well preserved. In fact, heat, humidity, direct sun light or simply air, are the worst enemies of coffee, and they make coffee lose its flavor features.
- roasting: remember that there are more than 800 coffee flavors that depend on their roasting process. Little by little you will learn the level of roasting preferred, from light, medium, to dark.
- grinding of coffee beans and pressing: coffee beans must be freshly ground and the blend must be pressed energetically.
- water temperature: it must never boil but should stay around 90 degrees.
Therefore, to prepare a super espresso, once you have your favourite coffee blend, you just need to practice a little.
Here’s something you should know before buying your first lever machine
Initially, the idea of having a professional coffee machine at home may scare you.
But this is the reason that sets apart a mere consumer from whom wants to live an experience while drinking a cup of coffee.
Buying this kind of appliance changes the perception of the espresso, it lets you taste the aroma of the coffee beans, it makes preparation become poetic, it gives emphasis to your journey.
It is not just about pressing a button and wait till the coffee drains from the spout. Its characteristic, actually, is the way you handle the lever which allows you to regulate the contact time between water and coffee
Let’s see how it works.
Firstly, turn on the coffee machine and wait till the water reaches the perfect temperature. In the meantime, pick up the filter-holder in which the filter is placed e fill it with your favorite coffee blend.
With the tamper, press with the right strength to let coffee become compacted but the extraction time should not vary. Then, connect the filter-holder to the machine and turn the lever down!
In this step, an air vacuum is created inside the water tank which pushes the water in to the pipes and up to the brewing group and passes through the coffee. Finally, your drink is ready.
But what are the main steps of a lever extraction?
- First, the lever is positioned at the top.
- When water reaches the right temperature, the lever is lowered and water is pumped through the pipes.
- The barman pulls the lever down, handling it in order to manage the pre-infusion between water and the coffee blend.
- Release the lever which, slowly, goes back to position and coffee will start coming down.
- At the end of the extraction, the lever will be at the initial position.
Once you see the last drops of liquid flow from the machine, we recommend using a coffee spoon to prevent them from entering the cup.
Choose with taste
Pontevecchio did smartly match development and design phases, producing a functionally, durable and nice-looking lever coffee machine.
Every piece of equipment is built manually, preserving its characteristics of uniqueness and originality. Our coffee machines are truly exclusive, the best choice to create a coffee corner or to furnish a bed & breakfast or a hotel café.
The 2-groups Lusso lever coffee machine is ideal for small businesses wishing to serve an excellent coffee to their customers.
The possibility of obtaining up to four coffees simultaneously allows you to serve more people at the same time, without compromising its taste. And neither the gestural expressiveness of the preparation.
This model is available in different colors: white, chromatic, black, red and tobacco. It has a mechanical operation, except for the way of water heating. The appliance finish is highlighted by a simple and linear polished stainless steel. It has a manometer to control the waters tank pressure and warning lights to let you understand if the pressure is right. Moreover, there’s a pilot light which indicates a lack of water, to avoid any damage. Both groups and filter-holders are made of brass.
The lever, tamper and groups are finished in black. A stylish appeal is given by the combination of black and steel, recalling the cafes of the early 1900s.
If you need to make less coffee, you should turn your choice to the Export model with one of its chromatic variants: white, gold, stainless steel, black, red and tobacco.
It’s a more compact, linear and functional equipment.
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