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Expobar Brewtus IV with Vibration Pump

By: Expobar
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Package Includes
1x Blind Filter Basket - Backflush Disc $8.53
1x Urnex Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaner $14.99
Value: $23.52

Overview

Stringio

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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Features

Warranty

One year parts & labor warranty

Dual Boilers

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.

Three-Way Valve

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.

Water Reservoir

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.

Progressive Pre-Infusion

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.

Specifications

Misc Data
Manufacturer: Expobar
Model: Brewtus IV with Vibration Pump
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 10.3
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 18
Weight (lbs): 61
Watts: 1297
Volts: 120
Housing
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
Cup Height
High (Inches): 4
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Commercial Style
Wand Movement: Articulating
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
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 90
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Controls
Type Of Controls: Lever
Display Type: LCD
Temperature Control: Yes
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Energy Savings: Yes
Pressure Gauges: Brew and Steam
Steam Control: Yes
Brew Temperature Display: Yes
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 10x10
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Quantity Included: 1
Weight (lbs): 1
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
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
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: E61
Preheat: Yes
Three-Way Valve: Manual
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Pod Kit Available
Back Flush Capable: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 2
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: Yes
Rapid Steam: 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
Insulated: Yes
Steam Boiler Data
Insulated: Yes
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
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 47
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 16
Brew Pressure Adjustability: Yes
Air Remover: Yes
Self Priming Pump: 8 to 9 Bar
Performance
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
Maintenance
Rechargeable Water Softener: Yes
Back Flush Cleaner Used: Cafiza
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Spain
Recommended Applications: Home / Commercial
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282

Questions

Steve asked:

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?  

Thanks, Steve.

Answer by Steve:

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.

Answer by Sanfam:

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.  

Lyvyoo asked:

I don't find the link for a two holes steam tip. You can help me? 

Answer by Sanfam:

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.

Brewtus116 asked:

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?

Answer by Maggie:

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.

Roy asked:

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?

Thanks!

Answer by Maggie:

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.

Roy asked:

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)?

Thanks.

Answer by techkathy:

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.

Steve asked:

Why is reverse osmosis purified water not recommended for this machine? The literature recommends tap water over r/o water. Thanks.

Answer by mjackson:

Steve,
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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