The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque was a period of Western European history. It is conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in around 1914. It was a period characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. Bezzera, and some other Italian espresso manufacturers designed this beautiful espresso machines with then new technology. Elektra, incorporated in 1947 took over those designs for a series of commercial belle epoque espresso machines. For strictly use at home, Elektra downsized the concept by keeping the design of Belle Epoque: The Art S1 as the lever machine. The Art SX as Semi-Automatic espresso machine. And this ART A1 as a "Mini" verticale version of Elektra's commercial vertical espresso machine “Belle Epoque”. All these three machines are strictly only for home use.
Standing at 27" in height, this A1 uses instead of a heat exchanger boiler a mono dual purpose, brass boiler: You can extract superb quality espresso in the 'coffee' mode. The steam mode lets you steam milk for making cappuccino and latte beverages. As with any ultimative espresso machine, practice to espresso extraction and frothing are essential. The power and coffee push buttons are on the left hand side, while the button to go to steam mode is on the right hand side. Once increased the boiler temperature to steam mode, the steam knob on the right hand side can be turned to open the steam valve and allow steam to exit the steam wand for frothing/steaming milk.
- Removable drip tray and cover.
- Three way solenoid valve allows quick removal of portafilter after espresso extraction.
- Water reservoir can be removed by removing holding screw attached to bracket and reservoir.
- Finish: Chrome plating with clearcoat finish only needs to be wiped with a damp terry cloth.
- Accessories: One portafilter with bakelite handle and two spouts, one cup filter basket, two cup filter basket, plastic tamper, and plastic scoop.
- Measurements: 27" H x 15" W x 15" D (base included as required for cord).
- Power: 1000 watts 110 volts 60 Hertz.
- Weight: 28.6 pounds.
- Water reservoir capacity: 0.6 Gallon
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