Is there a semi-automatic function on the la Valentina Automatic, or does everything have to be programmed?
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Boasting 4 programmable buttons, the Grimac Royal Falcon La Valentina automatic brings simplicity to the world of prosumer machines. With these buttons, you can program the machine to dispense as much or as little liquid as you would like, so there’s no need to stand around and wait for the shot to finish brewing. In fact, the machine’s heat exchanger boiler makes it possible for you to use this brewing time to froth and steam milk if you choose. The steam wand is mounted on a ball joint, ensuring that there is an abundance of room in which to fit your frothing pitcher. To maintain temperature and pressure stability, a Sirai commercial pressure stat has also been included. A perfect choice for a small café or other commercial application, this machine is listed for UL and ETL, assuring its compliance with commercial safety standards. However, it’s size and sleek look make it an excellent selection for the discerning home barista as well. The stainless steel housing of the La Valentina helps to form a modified pyramid shape that distinguishes this machine from all others and makes it a genuine conversation piece. Due to its ETL listing, La Valentina comes with taller adjustable legs that can bring the total height of the machine to 17.75 inches, but they may be removed for home use. In addition, it has a permanent plastic covering on the on/off switch to prevent circuitry damage caused by steam. The La Valentina comes with 2 portafilters (1 single spout and 1 double spout), as well as single and double shot filter baskets, a stainless steel coffee scoop, plastic tamper, group brush, and stainless steel backflush disc. A replacement water nozzle, shower screen, and diffuser plate are also included.
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The La Valentina Automatic Espresso Machine is great for home or commercial use. It is extremely well engineered and has many commercial components. This machine is compact and highly efficient. I feel confident when I recommend the La Valentina Automatic and my faith has been validated by the positive comments I get from the customers who have purchased it. In this video, Todd and I will give you an overview of the versatile La Valentina Automatic Espresso Machine.
|Manufacturer||Grimac Royal Falcon|
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||10.5|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||16.3|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||17.5|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material||Polished Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Polished Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||45|
|Steam Wand Style||Commercial Style|
|Usable Length (Inches)||7.75|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||5.5|
|Number Of Holes||2|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Both|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||95|
|Type Of Controls||Push button/Touch pad|
|Cup Volume Control||Yes|
|Low Water Warning||Yes|
|Size (Inches)||7.5 x 8.5 x 9.75|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included||Single & Double|
|Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible||Yes|
|Bottomless Portafilter Available||Yes|
|Tamper Size (Millimeter)||58|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly||Pod Kit Available|
|Back Flush Capable||Yes|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously||Yes|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Heat Exchanger|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1200|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||1.3 Liter|
|Brew Boiler Material||Chrome Plated Copper|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Brew Boiler Auto Fill||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Data|
|Steam Boiler Type||One Boiler for the Brew and Steam|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||17 bar|
|Brew Pressure Adjustability||Yes|
|Self Priming Pump||8 to 9 Bar|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||420|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||900|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||10|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||195|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||11|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||0|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||66|
|Sound Level - Grinding (Db)||No|
|Back Flush Cleaner Used||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Recommended Applications||Home / Commercial|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
OK, let me start by saying that this is all my brother's fault. He owns a string of coffee stores, and when I bought a super automatic machine to make great coffee at home, he told me I would be disappointed, and he was right. He told me to stop wasting money on bells and whistles and buy an espresso machine for the boiler and to be sure to buy an Italian boiler. Period. Just that. He said that the reason that commercial machines cost 10K is because of the boiler quality. Thus, I saved my money, and when ready to buy, started seriously exploring machines. Once I saw the video on this machine with it's unbelievable boiler, I knew this was the one. This machine is a super boiler combined with a few simple controls. You have to grind separately and tamp separately, but I have found that is part of the joy of the process since I can smell the coffee at each step. I have had absolutely no problems with the machine, and I've had it over a year now. My biggest problem is that when I travel and have to return to commercial coffee shops, I realize just how awesome the coffee I now make really is. A caveat: I saw in previous reviews that you need to turn on the pot at least 30 minutes prior to pulling shots. This is absolutely true. The gauge might read 1.2 bars before that time, but the pressure will not hold up. I just get out of bed, go downstairs, turn on the pot, and then go back up and shower and dress. By the time I'm ready for the coffee, the pot is ready for me. The only downside is the instruction manual. It's mostly in Italian and useless even if you read Italian (which I do). However, a simple trial run of pushing every button will let you know what the icons mean, and there is nothing else to this machine. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for with this one. I don't expect to ever need another machine, but if something happens, I'll buy this one again.
I have had this machine, automatic unit, for a couple of years and it has preformed seamlessly in every way. I just had to order a new head gasket to replace a leaky one, the other was removed with out any problem. I had a slight pump issue but with a few nut checks and a slight adjustment here and there all is fine. I would not hesitate to recommend this machine to anyone. There is not really an instruction manual but a page or two of this and that - you will have no troulble since it is easy to program and as with any machine you will need to find your sweet spot with grind and amount for your shots. ginny
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
More than 1 year
The La Val is one of those extreamly well made pieces of equipment you can keep for a lifetime. After owning a manual Gensaco machine (essentially the same machine as the Pasquini Livia 90) for 10 years (and still going strong) I got tired of hauling my machine back and forth to a second home, so I moved the Gensaco and sprang for a new home machine. The La Val has been used daily for almost 2 years and has never let me down. When you are ready to step up to one of the best simi commercial machines on the market you will not be unhappy with this unit. Additionally, this time I purchased the automatic unit which is a dream!
More than 1 year
Looks, quality, construction
Buy a great grinder, use quality beans, otherwise don't spend the $$ for a great machine.
Various, whole bean, ground just before brewing
Nothing about the machine but the instructions could use a re-write!
I have this machine ,just got the news that my medic can't fix is it worth sending it t you or 1st line to rebuild a new one.The problem I had was were it was warmed up water was leaking inside and they said boiler was pited,what do you think about 7 yrs old I am considering Alex. Or ecm german
what would be the fix for the portafilter backing out while under pressure (and thereby creating an "explosion" of coffee grounds)? I see one other reference to this problem with the la Valentina (on coffeegeek.com) but no solutions. thanks.
I am going to buy the La Valentina Automatic Espresso Machine but I am confused about the three ordering options. The same machine is available as "new", "prosumer", and "commercial" and from what I can tell, they all seem to be the exact same per their descriptions/information. So my question is, is there a difference or are they all the same machine, just listed three different times? I couldn't find serial numbers listed on the specifics of the machine listings and the reason I was wondering was because the "new" listing comes with extras for the same price. After it is all said and done, what I am most interested in is getting the best machine possible and I really don't care about the extras IF there is truly a difference between the listed "commercial" machine and the "new" or "prosumer" machines. The prices are not different either so hopefully you can see why this is a little confusing. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
After 2 years of use, it is taking longer to heat and froth milk. What once was 50 to 60 seconds is now 75 to 80 seconds.
I have cleaned the brew head regularly, but cannot find any instructions on cleaning or descaling the boiler, etc.
What steps should I take?
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