- Exterior needs little maintenance
- Huge 61 oz boiler capacity
- Regulators maintain consistent temperature and pressure when using hand pump
- Can be a little messy when in use
- Shallow drip tray must be managed
Forget the loud pump associated with other high-end espresso machines. The Micro Casa a Leva is powered by your own hand!
The Elektra Micro Casa a Leva is a Heat Exhanger (HX) espresso machine, which differs from your typical double boiler espresso machine.
A double boiler espresso machine has two separate boilers (surprise!):
- One for espresso
- One for steam
An HX espresso machine has a single boiler kept at steam temperatures. When hot water is needed to pull a shot, cool water is pulled from the reservoir and flash heated to the proper temperature.
It’s a more energy efficient and elegant way of temperature control.
For a great read on the differences between double boiler and heat exchange espresso machines, check out this thread.
Boasting striking copper and brass with soft wood accents, operating the Micro Casa a Leva generates all of the pressure you need to extract a world class shot through the lever-powered pumping action.
And no loud pump means a quieter espresso in the morning!
The only downsides of owning a copper espresso machine like those on this list — which give you a great “feel” while pulling a shot — is the manual cleaning required. Have a few towels ready to wipe down components as you go!
With the same hand pump lever as the Elektra Micro Casa a Leva, the La Pavoni PB-16 pulls an amazing shot with almost no noise.
The 1100W heating element prepares up to 38 oz of water so you can quickly make up to 16 double shot servings or 32 single shot servings without refilling.
Like cappuccinos and lattes?
The La Pavoni PB-16 integrated steam wand has you covered:
- Experienced baristas can use the manual frothing wand as designed
- Novices can use the automatic frother attachment to get simple, easy foam
Note that this automatic frothing attachment is a something the other two copper espresso machines on this list do not have.