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La Marzocco’s FB/70 Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine was introduced especially for the company’s 70th Anniversary as a leader in specialty coffee. Its unique design features everything the La Marzocco name is known for, including temperature stability, precise brewing and quality construction. Plus, the FB/70 features stylized, fiberglass paneling to add class to your business. The FB/70’s double-boiler system allows you to brew and steam in unison using its saturated brew groups and omni-directional steam wands, perfect for busy coffee shops with a high demand for espresso-based drinks.
La Marzocco’s FB/70 Semi-Automatic requires little training to operate, so employees of any experience level can successfully create delicious espresso drinks. However, learning the nuances of proper brewing, steaming, and frothing will necessitate more in depth training and practice regimens. Users can be directed to the following articles for detailed descriptions of the brewing and frothing processes, but hands-on training is a must for the best results.
- Thanks to La Marzocco’s dual stainless steel boiler technology, the FB/70 can brew and steam at the same time.
- Brew boiler capacity: 3.4 liters
- Steam boiler capacity: 7 liters
- The FB/70 features La Marzocco’s trademark saturated brew groups to ensure temperature stability throughout the brewing process.
- A sight glass into the steam boiler allows you to monitor your water level.
- The FB/70 features 2 steam wands which can steam independently, and are located on each end of the machine for convenient steaming and frothing.
- PID (Proportional Integrative Derivative) control provides consistent temperature with less than a ± 0.5° C variation between shots.
- The FB/70 features 57mm portafilters and brew groups.
- To eliminate the hassle of refilling a reservoir, the FB/70 connects directly to a water line.
- Equipped with both steam and hot water nozzles, the FB/70 offers the convenience of making cappuccinos and lattes, as well as tea and other hot drinks to satisfy all of your customers.
- Dimensions and weight
- 19”H x 33”W x 22 ¾”D
- 150 lbs
- NSF and UL approvals ensure compliance with health regulations.
Saturated Brew Groups
La Marzocco has designed its brew groups to be welded directly to the boiler, allowing hot water to flow through the stainless steel components. This unique design, coupled with the brass construction of the brew groups, prevents heat from being lost during the brewing process, thus creating great-tasting espresso.
The FB/70 semi-automatic features manual brewing controls to make the coffee brewing process simple. The operator will use a single switch for each brew group to start and stop the brewing process, and independent knobs and switches control steam and hot water functions, respectively.
To allow you to control the temperature of the brewing boiler down to the degree, the GB/5 features Proportional Integrated Derivative (PID) temperature control. This techology senses temperature fluxuation in the boiler, and pulses the heating element to maintain the set temperature within a ± 0.5°C variation at all times. With PID technology, you get unbeatable temperature stability, and you can customize a brewing temperature for each type of coffee you use, for the best flavor possible from every roast.
The FB/70 has 2 stainless steel steam wands that are ball-jointed and omni-directional. This provides a maximum range of movement for your frothing needs. And with dual-boiler technology, you can operate the wands simultaneously or individually— even while brewing.
Back Up Devices
La Marzocco designed the FB/70 for busy for coffee shops and knows that revenue is lost whenever a machine is down for servicing. That’s why the FB/70 comes with back up and bypass functions that allow you to continue to brew and froth even while the machine is undergoing maintenance.
Stainless Steel Cup Warmer
An extra large stainless steel cup warmer on the FB/70 has lots of room for your espresso, latte, and cappuccino cups, ensuring drinks stay nice and hot.
The FB/70 comes in several designs to suit a variety of electrical environments. Choose from 200v (1 or 3 phase), 220v (1 or 3 phase), or 380v (3 phase) depending on your requirements. You can also choose between standard wattage and high wattage heating elements to customize your machine's capabilities.
- Like all commercial espresso machines, you should always empty and rinse each portafilter after every use. It’s also a good idea to run water through each grouphead after the brewing cycle has completed to prevent coffee residue from building up around the brewing components.
- At the end of each day, this La Marzocco espresso machine should be backflushed with cleaning solution to clean out coffee particles in the grouphead. Backflushing is a fast and easy way to keep your espresso machine functioning properly and producing at its best. For backflushing instructions, please follow the link below.
- Along with daily brew group maintenance, it is recommended that you clean each frothing wand after each use to maintain functionality and to prevent potential health issues. Simply use a damp towel to wipe away milk residue from the outside of the steam wand, and then point it at the drip tray and open the steam valve to allow clean water to flow through.
- Along with daily maintenance, it is recommended that you clean each frothing wand after each use to maintain functionality and to prevent potential health issues. Simply use a damp towel to wipe away milk residue from the outside of the steam wand, point it at the drip tray and open the steam valve to allow clean water to flow through.
- It is also recommended that the drain tray grill be removed nightly and cleaned thoroughly.
- As part of a weekly cleaning routine, it is recommended that you soak the portafilters, filter baskets and shower screens in a solution of backflush detergent and hot water. Soaking your brewing components for about 10 minutes each week will ensure your machine continues to perform at its best.
- Along with cleaning your brewing components, you should also remove the stainless steel tip of each steam wand and soak them in the solution of backflush detergent and hot water.
- A list of maintenance operations that should be performed at 6-month, 1 and 2 year intervals are specified in the FB-70 user’s manual, and they should be done by a qualified technician.
Parts to Keep on Hand
Since the FB/70 is designed for high output, there are a few parts you should keep on hand for quick replacements. 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.
This La Marzocco espresso 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 following electrical and plumbing requirements (both found in the Installation Guidelines Diagram) to a general contractor, electrician, or plumber as well as your code enforcement officer to ensure the compliance of your facility with the needs of this espresso coffee maker. You may also want to go over this information with your electrician or contractor prior to purchase, as you will need to select your voltage and wattage preferences at the time of purchase.
Installation Guidelines Diagram
- Available voltage
- 200 volt
- 1 phase
- 3 phase
- 220 volt
- 1 phase
- 3 phase
- 380 volt, 3 phase only
- Available Wattage
- Standard - 3600
- High - 4600
- Circuit Breaker Requirements
- 30 amp
- Suggested NEMA Plug & Receptacle
- L6-30P; L6-30R
- Please note: Plug is NOT included with the machine.
- 5/8” Flexi Drainline
- 3/8” Braided Stainless Steel Cold Water Supply Line
- 3/8” Cold Water Supply