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 with Vibration Pump
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The Expobar Brewtus IV is a dual boiler Commercial and prosumer espresso machine equipped with a vibration pump. Two copper boilers let this Expobar dedicate one exclusively to brewing and the other to steaming, frothing and dispensing hot water. New to the fourth generation of the Brewtus line is a dedicated switch that will allow you to turn off the steam boiler and operate with just the brew boiler. Doing so will result in quicker warm-up time as well as yield lower operating costs in the long run.
The Brewtus IV is also outfitted with a Gicar-build PID (Proportional-Integral-Differential) controller that will let you monitor and adjust brew boiler temperature. As with all Expobar machines, the Expobar Brewtus IV comes with a chrome-plated brass E-61 brew group that has been proven to excel at maintaining stable brewing temperature. For commercial-grade steaming and frothing capabilities, the Expobar Brewtus IV is a solid choice.
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One year parts & labor warranty
The Expobar Brewtus IV equipped with two copper boilers—one for steaming and the other for brewing. Each boiler is outfitted its own 1250-watt heating element and can operate autonomously. The boilers are set to the appropriate temperature for their individual functions and their environments will not fluctuate when you alternate between brewing and frothing. This temperature stability will allow you to achieve consistent results as well as permit brewing and steaming functions to be performed simultaneously.
Steam Boiler Switch
This model has a dedicated switch that will let you control the steam boiler. If you will only pulling a shot and do not need to steam or dispense hot water, switching the steam boiler off will allow you to operate only the brew boiler. From a cold start, the brew boiler can get up to the proper temperature for espresso extraction within 15 minutes. Once activated, the steam boiler will be ready to go in less than 10 minutes.
Brew Boiler Shut-Off Option
If you only want to use the steaming and hot water dispensing functions of the Expobar Brewtus IV, you can turn off the brew boiler. To turn it off, just push and hold the "up" arrow on the digital display for 2 seconds, the display will then say "off." To turn it back on, push and hold the "up" arrow for two seconds.
Gicar PID Control
The PID Control uses pulses of electricity to make sure that the brew boiler is evenly heated and prevent pockets of temperature variation from forming in the first place. The controller can be used to adjust boiler temperature, as necessary, to accommodate a variety of coffee roasts.
E61 Brew Group
The Expobar Brewtus IV’s chrome-plated E61 Brew Group is particularly adept at maintaining brew temperature and creating the ideal environment for espresso extraction. It is served by a state-of-the-art thermo siphon system that circulates hot water from the boiler to the group head in order to prevent temperature variations and maintain proper brewing conditions. The brew group has been redesigned to feature a hollow pre-infusion chamber. During the extraction process, once the hot water encounters the shower screen it floods the pre-infusion chamber before being dispersed evenly through the coffee grounds for superior espresso extraction.
The three-way valve relieves the brew group of pressure post espresso extraction and helps to dry out the puck. It will also allow you to clean the brewing components by backflushing the machine. The three-way valve empties directly and neatly into the drip tray. The Expobar Brewtus IV-P should be backflushed every 7-9 days to maximize performance and durability.
Electronic Boiler Refill Feature
An Electronic Boiler Refill Control monitors water levels within your steam and brew boilers to prevent a dry boil. It will activate and refill the boilers with water from the reservoir or plumbed line if levels are low. It can also turn the boilers off, if they are dry to guard against damage to the machine.
No Burn Steam Wand and Hot Water Dispenser
The steam wand has been carefully insulated to remain cool to the touch, even while it’s in use. The Expobar Brewtus IV has a separate hot water dispenser for your convenience. Both the steam wand and hot water dispenser are mounted on ball joints; they can swivel and rotate to accommodate frothing pitchers and a variety of cup sizes.
The Expobar Brewtus IV has a large 90oz reservoir with an integrated water softener. The water tank can be removed for hassle-free refilling and maintenance.
Lifting the brew lever half way will activate Expobar’s unique pre-infusion feature. The machine will carefully moisten coffee grounds prior to extraction so that you can get the most flavor and aroma out of your coffee.
Housing and Construction
The Expobar Brewtus IV has a body made of heavy-gauge polished stainless steel. It features a passive cup warmer and a large drip tray. Classic styling makes this Expobar model a kitchen stand out.
My Brutus IV vibration pump has consistently produced perfect cappuccino day after day. It starts with a nice consistent color espresso shot then moves toward a perfectly colored crema. Recently, I've noticed the espresso shot comes out at a reduced flow rate & much less volume, then the crema. A lot of crema. As the espresso shot pours out, the crema now comes almost immediately. Does this have meaning? What are the most logical reasons? How do I get my perfect shot back?
There has been no change in the beans. I've been using the same bag of beans in the grinder before the problem began. thanks.
While it's easy to start at the machine, the symptoms you describe almost suggest checking into the beans first. Have you recently opened a new bag or started using a new batch of beans? Depending on when and how they were roasted, you could easily see the changes you've described.
I don't find the link for a two holes steam tip. You can help me?
While this part is not available on our website, it can be ordered over the phone at 888-411-5282. So long as you provide the part number (EX-STEAMTIP), any department should be able to help you out.
My machine is less than a year old and the lever just started squeaking and is becoming a bit stiff. Is there a lubricant you would recommend?
Anything food safe will do. The kind we use is called PetroGel, and we do have it available if you call in (it's not on the website yet). Please call us at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, and we will be happy to assist you.
I very recently received my new Brewtus IV and the booklet describes the method of re-activating the water filter sponge by using a tube as a siphon for the flow of salt water as a re-activating agent. Where does the rubber tubing come from? I doubt the idea is to disassemble the Brewtus' water tubing, so I assume this will require purchasing the required tubing. What are specs for the required piece of tubing?
It is the same type of tubing as in the water reservoir of the Brewtus-we do have it available. The part number is EX-35021002, and is $3.90 S&H. To order, please call us at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, and we will be happy to assist you.
I just ordered a Brewtus IV and I'm looking forward to it's arrival. I've learned of the importance of descaling on previous machines. My Brooklyn, NY water isn't very hard (50ppm), but I believe descaling by non- professionals is discouraged with this model. What's the story, is this a "no descale" model, or should owners be expected to ship them off after a number of years to a professional for proper descaling? If so, is there any suggested interval of time (Once a year? Every 5 years?)?
Also, do you have any web pages that offer spare parts for the Brewtus (i.e. portafilter parts, blind baskets, steam tips, etc)?
Roy - We recommend having the machine professionally serviced every 3-5 years depending on use and water quality. We also carry replacement parts for the Expobar brand. Some are available on our website. If you can not find the part you are looking for on our site, please call technical support at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.
Why is reverse osmosis purified water not recommended for this machine? The literature recommends tap water over r/o water. Thanks.
Great question. There are a few reasons. The most easily understood is that the machine needs to be able to sense the water in the boiler. The probe need to be able to tell how low the water is in the boiler so it can fill it when needed. If there is nothing in the water to help complete an electric circuit then it wont function properly. When the water gets below the probe level it breaks the circuit. The machine senses that and activates the pump to fill the boiler. So it is important to use the proper water for your machine. If you want to know a lot more read this http://users.rcn.com/erics/Water Quality/Water FAQ.pdf
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|Model:||Brewtus IV with Vibration Pump|
|Dimension - Width (Inches):||10.3|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||15|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||18|
|Housing Materials:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz):||96|
|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:||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz):||90|
|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):||16|
|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|
|Rechargeable Water Softener:||Yes|
|Back Flush Cleaner Used:||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Spain|
|Recommended Applications:||Home / Commercial|
|Repairs By:||Whole Latte Love|
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.
If you are curious about the pre-infusion feature available on Expobar Brewtus IV machines, then this is one video you shouldn’t miss. I’ll go into detail about how pre-infusion works and what makes it such a great feature for espresso lovers.
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.