The Bezzera Strega, also known as ‘The Witch’. Is capable of producing shots, at least, comparable to complicated and expensive machines that cost five times more. Durable enough to easily outlast them.
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The average shots extracted by the Bezzera Strega, are generally better or comparable to the best shots one can get from common commercial groupheads due to its pressure movements.
Bezzera Strega starts extraction from a low pressure to pre-infuse, a high pressure to push through the grinds, before a gradual reduction of pressure to slowly extract. As at different pressure, aroma blossoms differently. This gradual action creates impossible master shots. Spreading a fuller bouquet of aroma, cutting the most sour and bitter parts of the coffee. Users can also allow the machine to run at normal straight line pressure.
With the Bezzera Strega, an exceptionally huge amount of preinfusion is always done before extraction, and users are able to use finer grinds to bring out the most from their coffee. Shots are a lot more uniform.
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The Bezzera Strega TOP works well with all types of coffee beans, whether in pure origin or blend.
Drinkers can always expect greater clarity of flavours from the wider spectrum of aroma released found in no other machines.
Fast start up
One of the fastest spring piston machines, it requires only 12-15 minutes to stabilise. This is due to the smaller and better heat exchanger boiler design.
The fast start up time will also mean that the user can finish his coffee faster and switch off the machine earlier.
The pump allows a smooth stream of water to the brewing chamber. During extraction, the spring takes over the job of extraction through compression. It has no tremors or any vibrations from pumps that may disturb the espresso from channelling out. This allows very smooth extraction.
The grouphead is maintained by heating element to keep the temperature constant. The design of the boiler reduces water from overheating too much. During extraction, an equilibrium is created and temperature remains extremely stable.
Faster thermal recovery.
As this is not a thermosiphon system, the drop of temperature in the boiler after extensive use will not drop the temperature at the grouphead. The grouphead’s temperature is maintained by individual heating elements. This allows users to repeat shots back to back more rapidly.
A safe material with natural anti-microbial properties to continuously kill greater than 99.9% of bacteria that cause hospital-acquired infections, keeping water in the boiler always potable. One of the most conductive metal on earth, making the machine very efficient in starting up and recovering from lost heat. Will never rust like Stainless Steel, or release lead from Brass, will only oxidise and increase its antimicrobial properties as its age.
High-quality Bezzera boiler.
Many manufacturers purchase their components from 3rd party vendors around the world, of unmeasured quality and reliability. Bezzera welds and makes all their boilers from their factory in Milan. Boilers are tested at high pressure to ensure the safety of their product.
The Bezzera Strega is extremely hardy, above all classes of espresso machines. The extraction is done by the spring than any moving pumps like most coffee machines.
There is no 3-way valve to discharge waste water. The 3-way valve has a few silicon gaskets that may wear and tear over time. An additional heating element at the grouphead shares the load from the boiler and reduces the chance of overheating.
The springs do the extraction automatically and will always pull a uniform shot, always consistent. Since it is a heat exchanger machine. Meaning users can brew coffee and froth milk at the same time.
Another huge advantage to the delight of all baristas, is the Bezzera Strega do not require backflushing to clean exit valves. A flush and a wipe for cleaning is suffice for daily cleaning. There’s no need for flushing with grouphead detergent too but it’s recommended to pull down the show screen to clean regularly.
Contrary to most beliefs, the Bezzera Strega is an equipment that is actually easier to use and has an upper edge in pulling higher quality espresso shots.
It’s reliable. It’s high performing. If you need a machine to satisfy the best drinkers, you will love the Bezzera Strega.
Tips on usage
We will advise the following flushing routine. It is quite different from regular machines.
Pull down lever to 90 degrees to release the steam, without releasing much water.
Warning: Never put your head in the direction where the lever will bounce back.
If the machine is not loaded with a portafilter with sufficient coffee powder.
During the first use, please be careful as your grind setting maybe too coarse!
There will be no resistance and the lever will bounce back with great force once released.
To release it back to the original position, hold on to the lever and slowly bring the lever back to the original stand up position.
Be careful of hot surfaces, water and steam at all time.
Do not allow vibration pumps to activate for more than 2 minutes, allow half amount of rest time for any long duration of activation.
Bezzera Strega Introduction.
Bezzera Strega Explanation.
|Grouphead..||Bezzera’s Professional Classic Lever|
|Boiler Type..||Manual Lever with Heat Exchanger|
|Pump type..||Commercial Grade Vibration Pump|
|Quick Start Up..||No|
|Operation..||Manual Lever with Pump Assist|
|Indicator Lights..||On, off, heating|
|Boiler Capacity..||2 Litres|
|Water Tank Capacity..||4.0 Litres|
|Water Tank Access..||Via separate flap|
|Plumb in connection..||No|
|Internal Control..||Internal Pressurestat|
|Chassis Construction..||Stainless steel AISI 304 body|
|Steam/Water Valve Type..||Joy stick|
|Low Water Cut Off..||Yes|
|Low Water Indication..||Light|
|Heat Resistant Wands..||Heat Proof Grips|
|Number of Portafilter Holders..||2 (Double and Single with baskets)|
|Free Accessories..||Coffee Powder Scoop and Plastic Tamper.|
|Place of Production..||100% Italy, Milan by Bezzera|
|Place of Assembly..||100% Italy, Milan by Bezzera (By Hand)|
|Dimension (W x D x H)..||330 x 450 x 710 MM|
|Net Weight..||28 KG|
|Gross Weight..||30.5 KG|
|Power Supply..||240V 50-60 Hz|
Link to official website: Strega