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. This Art SX as Semi-Automatic espresso machine. And the ART 1C as a "Mini" verticale version of Elektra's commercial vertical espresso machine “Belle Epoque”. All these three machines are strictly only for home use.
- Bakelite handle on portafilter
- Three red switches - power, coffee brew, & boiler refill (it is your duty to refill)
- Brass eagle situated on dome
- Large, round base with 10" diameter for stability of unit on countertop
- Water level sight glass with pressure gauge to know when to refill water
- Pump-operated to deliver water to grouphead and to refill boiler
- Heat exchanger system with proper temperature
- Manual water refill switch for boiler
- Boiler pressure relief valve for safety
- Durable brass boiler that provides very dry steam for frothing milk
- Extended steam wand away from boiler
- Twist knob-controlled steam valve for quick turn ons and offs
- 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 operator) so machine does not have to be shut down like hand lever models
- Armour-plated, 800 watt heating element
- Automatic pressure/temperature regulator
- Power: 110 volts only, 60 Hz, 15 Amp
- Boiler Capacity: 0.6 Gallon
- Measurements: 23" H x 10" W x 10" D
- Filter basket size: 58mm
- Manufactured in Treviso, Italy
- Warranty Note: 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.
- The exterior color, which includes a clear coat finish, will naturally change as each each Elektra machine ages. The inside of the water reservoir will discolor with the use of hard water (high in magnesium and/or calcium) or distilled/purified water. These items would not be covered under warranty as they are not considered manufacturer's defects.
- 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
a) the steamer is used and the water level drops, or
b) the red button on the left hand side of the base is depressed and held to refill the boiler.
- There is a safety feature on this machine when water is not pumped into the boiler on initial startup. If this isn't performed correctly, 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.
- Paint remover can be used to remove the paint from copper and brass parts. Elektra uses varnish to paint the parts.
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