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!):
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!