can i purchase the water softener/ion exchange unit without the plumbing kit?
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If you’re looking for a commercial-grade espresso machine, but don’t require constant use throughout the day, the La Valentina semi-automatic is a great fit. Ideal for offices, small cafés, and specialty shops, the La Valentina is durable enough to handle light to moderate commercial use. Its omni-directional steam wand allows for versatile milk frothing, and its E61 brew group provides consistent temperature throughout the brewing process. Designed with a chic exterior and heavy-duty interior components, the La Valentina semi-automatic espresso machine makes a wonderful addition to any food service or retail environment.
The La Valentina semi-automatic espresso machine will take some light training to operate, but its controls are relatively simple. Flip the espresso, steam, or hot water rocker switches on the front of the machine on and off to easily control the machine’s functions, and the adjustable pressurestat comes preset for optimal brewing temperatures. Ideal grinding, tamping, timing, and frothing practices come with experience and time, but once learned, the results are worth it. For in-depth information about the brewing and steaming process, please refer to the following articles:
For ideal temperature stability throughout the brewing process, the La Valentina features an E61 brew group. This allows for hot water to continuously flow between the group head and the heat exchanger boiler, providing more stable temperatures inside the heavy, chrome-plated brass grouphead. Since all of the brewing components are constantly heated by water from the boiler, every shot of espresso is dispensed with minimal heat loss.
To customize the boiler temperature to extract the best flavor from your coffee, you can use the Sirai pressurestat, located underneath the cup warmer. Preset from the factory between 1.1/1.2 bar, this professional-grade pressurestat allows you to fine-tune brew temperatures as much as you want. With just a small turn of the pressurestat control, you can increase or decrease the pressure in your heat exchanger boiler, thus directly increasing or decreasing your brew temperature.
Because of the heavy-duty heat exchanger boiler, there’s no need to wait between brewing and steaming. The La Valentina’s omni-directional steam wand allows you to steam and froth milk before, during or right after your brewing cycle, plus, it’s ball-jointed design lets you accommodate milk pitchers of all different sizes. For best results, use the steam wand for cappuccinos or lattes first, then brew espresso second for consistent temperatures under continuous use.
After maintaining an ideal temperature throughout the brewing process, you don’t want to lose heat by pouring espresso into a cold cup. The La Valentina features a stainless steel cup warmer on the top of the machine that can hold up to 8 espresso cups.
There are some extra parts that you may want to have available, as they do need to be replaced from time to time. Parts that can wear under constant use are filter baskets, shower screens and group gaskets, so it’s a good idea to check them regularly and replace them when needed.
Since this Grimac Royal Falcon espresso machine comes standard with a 3-liter removable water tank and a standard 110/120v electrical plug, there is no professional installation required. However, if you choose to include the optional plumbing kit, this machine will require a professional installation, which we can arrange for you at the time of purchase. Prior to installation, you will need to submit the plumbing requirements to a general contractor or plumber as well as your code enforcement officer to ensure the compliance of your facility with the needs of this machine.
If you would like to know a little about the many types of espresso machines we sell, this would be a good video to get you started. This video covers the machines we sell and based on your lifestyle, what you like to drink, and ease of use. It will give you an overview of different espresso machines and help you determine which one best suits to your needs.
I would watch the video and focus on a particular kind of machine—prosumer, semi-automatic, and super-automatic to decide which kind is ideal for you. Then, you can go and look at individual models to get a better idea of exactly what you want. Of course, if you narrow it down to a few espresso machines and are still undecided, give us a call and we would be glad to help!
Rated 4 out of 5
Has owned for:
More than 1 year
This is a great machine, buy it if you are looking for reliability. Mine has seen moderately heavy household use for 4 and 1/2 years (several coffee lovers in the house) and still works like a new one. We entertain often and the machine gets heavy use one night a week. I do not worry about this machine holding up. It is definitely commercial build quality.
More than 1 year
Build quality and good coffee. Did I say this thing will pull a great shot! The shots are really good after this machine is been on for several hours and good and hot.
Backflush twice a week and this machine won't let you down
CCM espresso blend and some home roast
I am not sure. For this class of machine and this price range it is tough to beat. A rotary pump would probably be nice.
Gaggia entry level, Expobar
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
this machine can REALLY keep up! we do an event every sat with this machine that has us making continous drinks for about 5 hours, other than needing to fill the water chamber, this machine is perfect!
1 - 6 months
still sampling from a long list! best: ancora,lavazza, huron.
come with a water pump to hook to h20 jug. (such as culligan)
this is our first