The Coffee Grinder – we have discussed coffee grinders here in the past and defined what a weight measuring coffee grinder can do. Now I’m going to tell you a seldom revealed astonishing fact; the quality of the coffee grinder directly affects the taste and crema of the espresso! For instance you can experiment starting with a very good espresso machine like the Gaggia Classic. Make espresso shots using grounds of the same coffee from various coffee grinders like a low end burr grinder, then go up in quality to a better home burr grinder, then to a prosumer-commercial burr grinder and on to a high end commercial conical burr grinder. You will actually notice how much better the espresso is using coffee grounds from each coffee grinder! In keeping with the spirit of our espresso-as-science experiment and the ability to be consistent, we had talked about the very good Baratza Vario-W Coffee Grinder. The next step up, in my opinion, would be a prosumer-commercial grade machine like the Ceado E37 Coffee Grinder, which is a programmable dosing grinder that has amazing burrs and will give you a better espresso because of the burrs and the design of the grinder. It also lets you program the dose electronically based on grind time. So again you can be consistent in the amount of coffee you use. Here is a link to learn more about this amazing grinder. Ceado E37 Coffee Grinder. The next step up to a commercial grade machine may seem like a little much for home use; however, a great choice would be the Mazzer Kony as it has conical burrs and it is also available in an electronic version for producing consistent doses of coffee grounds. This coffee grinder or any commercial conical burr coffee grinder would permanently end any further need to upgrade your coffee grinder. A coffee grinder like this will absolutely give you the best chance of making a truly superior espresso. Looking at the coffee grinder as one of the controllable variables in our espresso-as-science experimenting we find that selecting the best grinder we can afford is one thing we can change and get a predictable result. That is, if we keep everything else the same, tamp, amount and type of coffee, and the size of the shot, then adjusting the grind and tasting the shot results will determine what grinder and grind fineness will give us the best tasting results. For most people the grinder and grind settings would be the variable that would give them very noticeable results quickly. The Espresso Machine – So far we have looked at many of the variables involved in making great espresso. Another variable is the espresso machine. Many espresso aficionados consider the espresso machine to be the most important one. I do somewhat agree that the machine is an important part of producing quality espresso. With the correct machine you have the potential to make a great tasting shot of espresso. I say potential because so many factors go into making a great espresso. Many of these factors are going to be based on the user’s knowledge and skill at crafting an espresso from what they have to work with. Again if we look at this as a science experiment one of the factors that can be controlled if you have the proper machine is the brewing water temperature. Espresso coffee taste will vary considerably when brewed at different temperatures. I always tell people about wine and how to relate wine temperature and how it affects wine almost the same as coffee. Actually wine and coffee have many similarities as far as how they are cupped, tasted and have different characteristics based on where they are grown and even how good or bad the growing season was. Back to temperature and wine; If you order a really good bottle of white wine somewhere and it is kept in the beer cooler at near freezing you know when you get that wine it will only taste cold. It is not at the proper temperature for the wine to let you in on all the nuances and flavors the vintner has worked so hard to get in that great bottle of wine. As the wine warms up and gets to the proper temperature for serving then you start to notice the flavors of the wine such as oaky, fruity, flowery, and all the other great descriptions of the wine. Coffee is the same way. Temperature plays a very large roll in how exactly the espresso will taste. The whole idea of looking at this as a science experiment is to learn how you can control many of the variables in making espresso. Having a machine where you can control temperature is a huge advantage at being able to make an espresso that may be the best you have ever had. Spending your money on the right equipment will give you the potential to make an espresso shot that is downright amazing. The ability to control temperature is going to let the espresso have different tastes. You may be able to pick out chocolate, berry, caramel, fruit and also something like currants. Notice the similarity to wine descriptions. If you invest in a machine that allows you to control the brewing water temperature, like one of my favorites the Expobar Brewtus IV Espresso Machine, and you keep all the other variable parameters consistent, you will get to the point where you know exactly the temperature that will yield the best tasting espresso coffee. Having an espresso machine that will brew at exact temperatures will certainly help us in our quest to make the perfect shot. Since our love of espresso coffee and our ability to be scientists should have a goal and a plan to get there I will discuss how this all ties together in part three of espresso as science and perhaps reveal what this all means!
Expobar Brewtus IV-R with Rotary Pump
|1x Blind Filter Basket - Backflush Disc||$8.53|
|1x Brass Water Adapter||$10.15|
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The Expobar Brewtus IV-R is one of the most advanced semi-automatic espresso machines available to the prosumer and light duty commercial market. This model features two independently operated boilers, one for brewing and the other for steaming. By having two boilers, result in greater brew temperature stability and superior steam pressure.
Exclusive to the Brewtus IV models, is a dedicated control switch that lets you deactivate the steam boiler and operate just the brew boiler. Exercising this option will significantly decrease heat-up time; in fact, the Brewtus IV-R can go from a cold start to 201 degrees, ideal brewing temperature, in about 15 minutes. If you decide that you want to froth some milk, flip the steam-boiler control switch and in approximately 10 minutes the steam boiler will be ready to steam. This smart system can lower operating costs and result in quicker warm-up time, since you won’t have to wait for the steam boiler to heat up.
Like its predecessor, the Brewtus IV-R features a Gicar PID (Proportional-Integral-Differential) controller and rotary pump. The PID control lets you monitor and adjust brew-boiler temperature to suit your preferences. Further contributing to the Brewtus’ heat stability is the chrome-plated brass E61 brew group with thermo siphon system. The Expobar Brewtus IV-R is equipped with a commercial rotary pump for smooth, quiet operation; it is recommended for high-end home use.
Note: The Expobar Brewtus IV-R does not have an on-board water reservoir. It is designed to be directly plumbed into a water line.
Regulations for commercial use vary between states. Be aware of your local requirements. Machines carrying an NSF approval are labeled as such. Please visit our policies page for warranty information.
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No-Burn Steam Wand and Hot Water Dispenser
The steam wand is insulated and will remain cool to the touch, even when it is in use. It is equipped with a one-hole commercial steam tip that allows for maximum control when steaming or frothing milk. The hole in the steam tip is sized so that you can get non-stop steam from the steam wand. This Expobar model also has a separate hot water dispenser for your convenience. Both the steam wand and hot water dispenser are mounted on ball joints and can be rotated to accommodate different-sized cups and pitchers.
Commercial Rotary Pump
The commercial, 120-watt rotary pump is designed to work with a plumbed water line. In most cases, you will not need a pressure reducer as it can run on incoming water pressure between 5 and 65psig. You can also drop the stainless steel water intake line into a large water jug, if you prefer not to plumb the Expobar Brewtus IV-R; but please be careful not to let the pump run without water, as this can cause damage to the machine.
Additionally, you can run a drain line from the drip tray to eliminate the need to empty it by hand. To set the drip tray up to work with a drain line, a hole will have to be drilled into the drain pan. We are happy to modify the drip tray here, at Whole Latte Love, or you can do it at home. If you set the machine up with a water line, we recommend that you also hook it up to a drain line.
Brew Boiler Shut-Off Option
If you only want to use the steaming and hot water dispensing functions of the machine, you can turn off the brew boiler. To turn it off, push and hold the "up" arrow on the digital display for 2 seconds, the display will then say "off." To turn it back on, just push and hold the "up" arrow for 2 seconds.
Manual Three-Way Valve
Lift the brew lever to start the pump and it will also open the three way valve and allow the brewing process to begin. When the extraction process is complete, lower the lever. The pressure and water in the brew group will be released into the drain pan, leaving you with a nice, dry puck. In addition, the three-way valve will allow you to easily clean the brewing components of Brewtus IV-R by backflushing the machine. We recommend that you backflush your machine every 7-9 days.
Steam Boiler Control Switch
A dedicated control switch, located on the front panel of the machine, lets you turn the steam boiler off. This allows you to run the brew boiler and extract espresso without having to wait for the steam boiler to heat up. You can expect lower operating costs with this unique system as well as quick machine warm up time. The Brewtus IV-R can be ready to brew in less than 15 minutes. Once the steam boiler has been switched on, it will be ready to go in under 10 minutes.
PID Temperature Control
The Gicar-built PID control is designed to keep brew boiler temps stable. You can also use it to adjust your boiler temperature to suit a variety of espresso roasts. The system sends pulses of electricity to the brew boiler to ensure that it is evenly heated, without over heating so that you can maintain a very steady brew temperature.
Housing and Construction
The Expobar Brewtus IV-R is a solidly built machine; it is encased in a heavy-gauge stainless steel frame. The polished mirror finish and classic styling gives this machine a stately appearance that will complement most home kitchens.
One year parts & labor warranty
Improved E-61 Brew Group and Portafilter
The Brewtus IV-R is outfitted with the renowned chrome-plated brass E-61 Brew Group, celebrated for its ability to offer unwavering temperature stability. It is backed by a state-of-the-art thermo siphon system that circulates hot water from the boiler to maintain group head temperature. New to the forth generation of the Expobar Brewtus machines is a concave pre-infusion chamber that allows hot water to be evenly distributed through coffee grounds for superior espresso extraction. Unlike conventional E-61 brew groups, this group head directs water through the brew group in a concentrated stream. Once the water hits the center of the shower screen, it floods back up into the pre-infusion chamber before being evenly dispersed through the coffee grounds for uniform saturation during the pre-infusion and brewing process. Accompanying the E-61 Brew Group is a professional chrome-plated brass 58mm portafilter as well as single and double-shot filter baskets.
Brew and Steam Pressure Gauges
The steam and brew-pressure gauges are located on the front panel of the machine for quick reference.
The steam boiler and the brew boiler each have their own 1250-watt heating elements for fast, temperature-accurate performance. The boilers are made of copper and having two of them means that individual boiler temperatures can remain constant as you go back and forth between brewing and steaming. Each boiler is set to the appropriate temperature for its designated function. Double boilers also make it possible to brew and steam at the same time, which is perfect if you’re making a few drinks at once.
I guess this is a Brewtus water pressure question. I just got my Brewtus IV-R from WholeLatteLove up and running, but I want to use a 5 gallon Culligan's jug as my water source rather than plumb it into the city water. I know you can just dangle the steel braided line from the Brewtus directly into the 5 gallon jug, and in fact it works OK. But I read somewhere that you can't do the manual preinfusion technique unless the water coming into the the Brewtus is under pressure, which you don't have just dangling the braided line into the water jug. A guy advised me to use a Floject demand pump as the solution, so I got one from them and got it hooked up. When you raise the brew lever and water starts coming out of the group head, the Flojet pump detects a drop in the water pressure going to the Brewtus and turns on the water pump in the 5 gallon jug, maintaining water pressure in the line. As I say, everything is hooked up and no leaks. Theoretically, this solves the preinfusion issue by maintaining pressure. The issue I have run into is that the Flojet, when it kicks on (which is does, immediately) then cycles on and off repeatedly. The Flojet manual says that when you use this pump with coffee brewing equipment [not specifically a Brewtus], the coffee machine likely has an inlet pressure regulator that "limits incoming pressure to approx. 90-100 psi. If you intend to use the Flojet BW system with one of these brewing machines, you should remove the brewing machine's restrictor device....Failure to remove the brewing machine's restrictor may cause the Flojet to cycle itself off and on repeatedly, leaing to premature motor failure of the Flojet BW unit."
Before anyone asks, I don't know what the water pressure is coming out of the Flojet.
I thought I was on to a great solution, but now I am not so sure. Any suggestions?
Thank you for your message. First and foremost, it sounds like you need an accumulator of some sort to act as a "buffer" of some sort between the flojet and the machine. The issue you're encountering is that you do, essentially, have a variable restrictor attached to the machine in the form of the coffee puck. When you list the brew lever to start the pre-infusion process, the puck saturates with some of the water in line line and the pressure likely drops enough to trigger the pump to switch on; Pressure then increases until the pump is switched off, where the cycle then repeats. Odds are, the manual is referring to using this not as a direct source for brewing espresso, but rather as an auto-fill for a drip brewer's reservoir or as a boiler refill aid, where it would never experience the slow, but persistent "drop" that is associated with releasing water for pre-infusion.
Basically, research adding an "Accumulator" to the mix, as it would potentially help.
I plan to get this Expobar Brewtus IV R expresso machine. But my concern is about the water source. Does any specific water filtration system need to be used with this machine? I live in an apartment so I plan to just set up a 2 gallons reservoir on the side. I'm not sure what kind of water I need to use in order to not damaging or causing scale to the machine.
Regarding a water softening system, we do not currently have any specific information on in-home softeners that we can recommend for installation. However, the industry does have a few prominent players, such as BWT, who are well-regarded and may offer inline softening systems scaled to your intended use. Your best bet is to consult with a local plumber, as they would most likely have the answers you're looking for.
Our machine has been idle for several months. I fired it up today. I tried ti run some water through it but nothing came out of the group head, I had good steam and hot water. The pump is running. The pressure looked normal. I tried backflushing but it acted like no water was moving. I ran Cafesa in it. After five runs the Cafesa was still in the portafilter. It was full of water. I went through the rinse and removed the portafilter. Now water trickles through but not nearly enough to brew with.
Does this sound like something I can fix by continuing to back flush/clean? Can I do anything else?
If you're cleaning, try CLR (calcium lime remover), I have to clear out my breville machine about once a year from hard water build up. But, if your steam nozzle is working, try a t'latte infuser
My Brewtus IV pulls a double shot in about 12 seconds. I tried a bottomless porta filter and it sputtered coffee everywhere. I have fresh coffee and use a compak k3 grinder. The brew pressure indicates between 8 and 9 bar. Any ideas
Not sure what is up with bottomless portafilter please call our technical support line.
As far as the shot timing goes you need to make your grindd finer and also read these articles which should help
is this machine nsf certified? if not does it need to be to use it in a comercial setting in vermont?
The Expobar models are not NSF certified at this time. I'd suggest contacting our Commercial Sales team for better-targeted recommendations for your particular brewing environment. They can be reached by phone at 888-411-5282, Option 1
Beginning today, I get the "A2" indication immediately when I turn the machine on. The Manual I have does not contain anything about it, so does anyone know what it means and how do I resolve it? There is water
James, thank you for your post. An A2 error is an issue with the temperature probe-please contact Technical Support for further assistance. Technical Support is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., EST, at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.
Is there a Brewtus IV-R Manual in E N G L I S H ? I downloaded the manual from the WLL website but it's in Spanish or Italian, I can't tell which.
It's been a few weeks since I received my Expobar Brewtus IV-R. A manual in ENGLISH was included with my new machine, HOWEVER the downloadable manual that appears on the Whole Latte Love website in SPANISH was not included with my new machine. These are two different manuals. The one in English that was included with my new machine is a simple how-to operate type manual. It doesn't contain the mechanical schematics that the downloadable manual on the Whole Latte Love website features.
I feel that BOTH manuals are useful to the end-user because there will most probably come a time when the machine will need to be repaired and/or parts replaced. Since the Expobar is a product that Whole Latte love features as one of their cornerstone prosumer models, it would be advantageous to give both manuals to the consumers at the time of purchase. This would alleviate the need for hours of frustration and panicked phone calls to Whole Latte Love trying to figure out what's wrong with the machine in the future, which is what I went through with my Brewtus II before learning about the Google Brewtus group. I was able to get a very detailed manual that one of the members had assembled there. For anybody who has an older Brewtus, here's the link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brewtus
I also find it annoying that so many people have posted questions to the Whole Latte Love group and there are very few with posted answers. There has to be some better way to handle this dilemma.
We are plumbing a house for this machine. What diameter line and fitting should be used to plumb it (we dont want to starve the pump). Looks like we should install a filter and regulator in line as well. Is copper considered good? Our water supply will come from under the kitchen sink so we can install a shut off valve. Thank you.
As the flow rate required by this machine is relatively low, you'd be ok with 1/4" hose feeding the machine. We supply all machines with a brass adapter that converts the 3/8" female BSP fitting to a more usable 3/8" male Flare fitting. With regard to water regulators, you'd be best setting the upper limit at 30-40psi. In general, the pump has a relatively low flow rate (being designed to dispense only a relatively low volume of water over a long period of time), so you shouldn't have any trouble with almost any standard water source.
We are going to run a line from under the sink, thru a cartridge filter to the IV-R. What diameter lne needs to be ran to supply this espresso maker? What fitting should be on the end of the line?
As the flow rate required by this machine is relatively low, you'd be ok with 1/4" hose feeding the machine. We supply all machines with a brass adapter that converts the 3/8" female BSP fitting to a more usable 3/8" male Flare fitting.
Is there an installation manual available in english that provides instructions to a plummer for maiking the water supply available? Maybe a drawing or picture of an installation? It seems that water supplies for ice makers, etc are in boxes behind the fridge and this will be a supply line behind a cabinet or backsplash. How are the lines brought up so they look good and are secure?
I have a Expobar Brewtus IV-R with Rotary Pump (nice). I'm moving to another apartment in NYC. I will move the Brewtus in the factory box. Do I need to empty the tanks? If so, how?
If you click on this link http://www.wholelattelove.com/policy_landing.cfm#shipping and scroll down just a bit, it will give you the information on how to drain the boiler. We definitely recommend draining the boiler before moving, especially if it is going to be stored for any length of time before being used again.
I tried these instructions and it didn't drain but a couple of ounces of water from the steam wand and steam head. And of course, this is a two tank machine, so these instructions would only drain the steam tank, not the coffee tank, at best. By the way, I am not storing at all - just moving, if that makes a difference.
I am interested in the Expobar Brewtus IV-R but I am concerned about the lack of reservoir. I plan to plumb it in eventually, but expect to be moving soon, so I don't want to plumb it into the house I am currently in. Can I just drop the water line into a pitcher for now and operate it like that until I move?
You can absolutely use a separate reservoir with no issues. Just make sure that, when you do plumb it in somewhere, that you install a water pressure regulator on the line going into the machine. It needs to be no more than 40 PSI.
Looking to start a small coffee shop, but have never owned an expresso machine. I was wondering if the Expobar Brewtus IV-R would be a good machine to learn the art of making quality coffee at home before we open up our business? I also would like to know how many cups per hour this machine will produce. I was kind of thinking of purchasing one now, and maybe a second one later to keep up with the demands of a coffee shop.
Because commercial situations are all very unique, I would suggest calling Mark Jackson in our commercial sales department. He can be reached at 1-888-411-5282, option 1, then option 2.
What's a good grinder to go with Expobar Brewtus IV
Certainly there are many choices. I think since you have such a great machine you should consider a grinder that will compliment your selection. I would look at the Baratza Vario. It is an amazing grinder for the price. Next I would consider the Mazzer Mini. If you really want a special grinder look at the Ceado E37. They will all work well. The Baratza would be the most cost effective and the Ceado would be the most professional.
I suppose it is best to connect this to a source of reverse osmosis filtered water?
Any kind of filtered water will help prolong the life of a machine and help prevent against scale build up. I know a lot of people have plumbed machines into RO water systems and had no problems.
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|Back Flush Cleaner Used:||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Spain|
|Recommended Applications:||Home / Commercial|
|Repairs By:||Whole Latte Love|
|Model:||New Brewtus IV|
|Dimension - Width (Inches):||10.3|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||16.7|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||18|
|Housing Materials:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz):||96|
|Drain Line Adaptable:||Yes|
|Power Cord Length (Inches):||40|
|Steam Wand Style:||Commercial Style|
|Usable Length (Inches):||4.75|
|Height Off Counter (Inches):||4 to 6.5|
|Number Of Holes:||1|
|No Burn Wand:||Yes|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands:||Yes|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed:||Plumbed|
|Maximum Incoming Water Pressure (PSI):||50 Psi|
|Type Of Controls:||Lever|
|Low Water Warning:||Yes|
|Pressure Gauges:||Brew and Steam|
|Brew Temperature Display:||Yes|
|Passive / Active:||Passive|
|Material:||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included:||Single & Double|
|Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible:||Pod Kit Available|
|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:||2|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously:||Yes|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type:||Large Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts:||1250|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz):||1.7 Liter|
|Brew Boiler Material:||Copper|
|Brew Boiler Orientation:||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location:||Internal|
|Brew Boiler Auto Fill:||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Data|
|Steam Boiler Type:||Heat Exchanger|
|Steam Boiler Watts:||1250|
|Steam Boiler Volume (Oz):||1.7 Liter|
|Steam Boiler Material:||Copper|
|Steam Boiler Orientation:||Vertical|
|Steam Boiler Heater Location:||Internal|
|Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief valve:||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Auto Fill:||Yes|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar):||No|
|Brew Pressure Adjustability:||Yes|
|Self Priming Pump:||8 to 9 Bar|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds):||1080|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds):||1800|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds):||9.5|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F):||197|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds):||7|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds):||0|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db):||61|
|Sound Level - Grinding (Db):||No|
Today in espresso school, the tech department pulled out an open housed Expobar Brewtus IV-Rotary Pump Espresso Machine. At first, it looked like an unsolved Rubik’s Cube to me as it had all the various parts of the internals labeled in different colors for demonstration purposes. I immediately became nervous because obviously our tech department had done their homework ahead of time and I had not (just like high school!). Professor Todd Salzman took his time thoroughly explaining to us in great detail the engineering and operation of this dual boiler machine. We of course compared this model and its components to similar espresso machines like the Rocket Espresso R58 and the Izzo Alex Duetto II. This information was very enlightening and will enable me to give better answers and information to the many customers who call in inquiring about these espresso machines. Customers have very detailed, (mechanically speaking), questions about technical features that I now feel more confident answering after today’s lecture. For example, we discussed how the Expobar has a larger brew boiler than other dual boiler machines allowing for better temperature control. So I guess bigger is better after all! We also examined the functionality of the E-61 group head and how the circular flow of this system is beneficial to the art of brewing espresso with consistent temperatures. When examining the PID, (Proportional-Integral-Differential), controller of this machine, we looked specifically at how the solid state relay plays an important role in the temperature stability process by sending pulsating electrical currents to the heating element allowing for consistency. Whoa! I’m starting to sound like one of them now. I may not be a true tech geek but after today’s lesson, I have become a lot closer with my new understanding of how these machines function. Beam me up Scotty!
What I Like About The Brewtus Double Boiler The Brewtus has a double boiler. What this means is you have one boiler for steam and another boiler for brewing espresso. The great thing about a double boiler is it gives you great temperature stability for brewing espresso. It is interesting to note how the espresso taste can change when brewing at different temperatures, The Brewtus with a double boiler allows you to brew at exact temperatures shot after shot. The double boiler is one of the most coveted features among espresso fanatics and is found on only the best machines. PID The PID is what gives the Brew boiler the ability to brew to exact temperatures. PID stands for Proportional, Integral, and Derivative. Here is a simple explanation of what it does in regards to the brew boiler: a PID is a computerized, digital thermostat. It monitors and learns how your boiler heats. It then will accurately control any temperature you want it to maintain. The advantage is it is a variable you can control as you learn to make repeatable great shots. E61 - The Brewtus IV is outfitted with a chrome-plated brass E-61 Brew Group. This type of group head is well known for its ability to help maintain exact or in this case calculated temperature stability. It does this by using a thermo siphon system that circulates hot water from the boiler to maintain group head temperature. The Expobar Brewtus IV machine now offers a concave pre-infusion chamber that allows the user the ability to control pre-infusion by using the lever. Many people feel that by experimenting with the pre-infusion you can really control the taste of the coffee. Plumbing options We felt it was important to give the Brewtus IV many options for plumbing. We have covered all the bases. You can use it as a pour over with the vibration pump reservoir model. You can hook a water line directly to it with the Rotary pump model. This model is quieter and also will let you attach a water softener/filter system to protect your machine. You also have the option in a reservoir model that can be plumbed or you can use it as a plumb in version. So with this model you can use it either way and it is fitted with a vibration pump. Construction and Durability We are very proud of all the positive feedback we get in regards to how much people love their Brewtus. Many of these people use their machine multiple times a day and love not only the great shots they get but also how well the machine works and holds up. We have done a great job of constantly improving the machine realizing that one of the most important things is the reliability and durability of the machine. We are proud of our efforts and how well the Brewtus line has held up for us. What I would improve: Size- The Machine especially in the plumbed in version may be a little larger in size and heavier then people expect. Larger Cup Size Right now the Expobar IV It fits a 4 and inch cup underneath the spouts. It would be nice if it could fit a larger cup say about 7 inches for a larger travel cup or a 16 ounce cup. But it certainly is not a deal breaker because if it is made to take a taller cup it may not fit under a normal counter. Recommended users: Those at-home baristas that want to use a commercial style machine with commercial style quality. Also for those that entertain often. I really think is the machine for people who never want to suffer from upgradeitis or espresso machine envy as this is the best of the best for a home machine. I also think this is the machine for espresso lovers that treat espresso like wine. They want to taste, compare, experiment and maybe even rate. No matter how well the espresso rates this machine gets high marks from all who are fortunate enough to have purchased one.
Spring is just around the corner and with it comes extended daylight hours. If you've been cooped up all winter, now is the time to take advantage of the longer days. To make sure you get the most of your spring days, we're back with our picks of solid espresso machines sure to give you perfect pick-me-up brews. Best of all, there's a machine for every budget! Economy Machine One of our newest semi-automatic machines, the Capresso EC100, proves that you can make good espresso and cappuccino without breaking the bank. This Espresso and Cappuccino Machine comes in under $150, yet does not scrimp on the features and benefits. Peel back the attractive polished black panels and you'll find a powerful 15-bar pump, capable of extracting crema-rich espresso. The EC100 is also backed by a stainless steel ThermoBlock heating system for respectable temperature stability. This Capresso model is a great starter machine, can accommodate pods as well as ground espresso. Like milk-based beverages? The EC100 has creative milk solutions to deliver rich cappuccinos and lattes. This model comes with a unique frothing attachment, leave it in place to froth or detach it from the wand to steam. Designed to make brewing and frothing hassle free, the Capresso EC100 features exceedingly simply controls. This machine is a solid choice for beginners. It even features a handsome exterior, with stainless steel accents, to ensure that it'll look great on your kitchen counter. Mid-Range Machine Our mid-range machine spotlight is a true classic. The Gaggia Classic is one of our most popular semi-automatic espresso machines. Costing just under $400, the Gaggia Classic gives you, arguably, the best value for your money. Though it is designed for home use, the Classic has a slew of high-end features including a commercial-grade brew group and chrome-plated brass portafilter as well as dual heating elements and a three-way solenoid valve. These features help to create a very impressive brewing experience. One of the qualities that differentiates the Gaggia Classic from its peers is the remarkably quick warm-up time; from a cold start this machine is ready to brew in roughly 5 minutes. You'll also get three portafilter baskets—a pressurized, non-pressurized and pod basket. This allows the Classic to be completely flexible and accommodate a wide range of brewing preferences. Due to its flexibility and impressive capabilities, along with a history of reliable performance, the Gaggia Classic has earned a devoted following, one which includes our very own sales rep. Mike R. In fact, he has even written a blog contemplating whether or not the Classic is the perfect machine. This Gaggia model is recommended for value-conscious espresso lovers. The Classic has a nice stainless steel housing unit that makes for easy cleaning and maintenance; Gaggia has done a great job of integrating very utilitarian features into this compact machines. High-End MachineIf you're looking to duplicate café quality results at home, the Expobar Brewtus IV may be the perfect machine for you. This prosumer espresso machine is a brewing and frothing marvel. Engineered for complete temperature stability, the Brewtus IV has dual copper boilers backed by 1250-watt heating elements. Since one boiler is dedicated exclusively to brewing and the other is used for steaming, frothing and dispensing hot water, the Brewtus IV can meticulously control its environment to deliver temperature appropriate espresso. A Gicar PID control takes it one step further, letting you adjust boiler temperatures to create optimal extraction conditions for any kind of roast. This prosumer favorite operates using a vibration pump and comes equipped with a steam boiler switch. The switch is unique to Expobar; it will let you turn off the steam boiler and run just the brew boiler. Doing so will decrease warm-up time. With the steam boiler deactivated, the Expobar Brewtus IV can be ready to brew within 15 minutes of a cold start. As you can see, a good espresso machine and can be had with any budget. Don’t get overwhelmed by your choices; give our Sales Department a call, our trained representatives can match you up with the perfect machine!
The fourth-generation Expobar Brewtus machines are new, here at Whole Latte Love, and we've got your exclusive first look. There are three models, in total, the Brewtus IV-R, Brewtus IV, and Brewtus IV-P. If you’re curious about this line and want to find out what the similarities and differences are among the three models, take a moment to watch our video.