Bezzera Water Softener
Suitable for all models using water tank, drawing water with silicon inlet hose, they are:
Bezzera BZ07, BZ09, BZ10, BZ13, Expobar Pulser, Brewtus with Vibration pump, Leva EB61.
Certain models from Bezzera will require a modification kit to adapt the water softening cartridge, they are:
Bezzera Magica, Mitica, Galatea Domus, Strega and BZ16 with water tank.
For other brands, this will only work if your machine draws water from a soft silicone hose.
If you like to know more about the importance of water softening, refer to this page. Water softening
Before using, rinse water softener with water thoroughly, water has to be reached inside. Or submerge in water for 20 minutes. It’s important that the water softener remains in the water and does not dry out. If resins dry out, it will no longer be effective in softening the water.
For models that can draw water with a silicon inlet hose, like the Bezzera BZ07, BZ09, BZ10, BZ13, Crema, Expobar Pulser, Brewtus with Vibration pump, Leva EB61.
You can attach the softener directly.
Please remove the filter attachment if it’s available.
Make sure that you attach to the correct hose that draws water into the machine.
If there are two hoses, it should be the one that is longer. The other hose is for returning and should not be plugged with any objects.
For Bezzera models that draw water from the bottom of the water tank, like the Magica, Mitica, Strega Galatea Domu, BZ16, etc.
You will have to purchase the modification kit.
Replace with this fitting and plug in the silicone hose.
Connect the water softener to the other end of the silicone hose.
WHEN TO REPLACE
This depends on the hardness of water. According to PUB, the average reading for Singapore water’s hardness level is 7 French Degrees. Do note that this is an average reading and should not be used as an absolute reference. Base on 7 French Degrees, for unfiltered tap water from Singapore, the filter should be replaced after every 40 liters of usage. If you are using mineral water, treated water or if you are using in some other countries, the hardness might be much greater and you will have to replace the softener earlier.
The softener should be replaced at least once every 24 months and should be replaced if they had dried up. Although it’s stated up to 24 months of efficacy, we recommend replacing any water filters within 6 months because there’s a high tendency for bacteria to build up inside the filter.
DO I NEED TO USE A SOFTENER IF I’M USING A WATER FILTER?
Most filters sold in Singapore are not meant for water softening. In fact, there are many filters sold in Singapore that remineralize which makes the water even harder. Such hard water will reduce the efficacy of the softeners or reduce the mileage greatly. Alkaline water are often hard.
WHAT DOES IT REMOVE?
The softener greatly removes calcium and magnesium which are the main culprits to limescale forming.
Along with that, it is also effective in reducing the amount of lead and copper found in water. Lead is a neurotoxin which can be leached from eroded brass fittings commonly used in water networks.
HOW IT WORKS?
The strong cation resins in the softener attracts and bind minerals to its surface. This will absorb most of the minerals from the water before it gets fed into the machine. As limescale buildup on the surface of the resin, the efficacy decreases. As such, the softener has to be replaced regularly. The softener is food grade and compliant to EC 1935/2004 – EC 10/2011 – 98/83 EC
WILL IT BE COMPATIBLE TO MY MACHINE WHICH I BOUGHT ELSEWHERE
We have no idea and can’t answer that. If it draws water from a silicon hose, usually of 6mm diameter, then most likely yes.