969.Coffee Elba 3 Espresso Machine
969.Coffee’s Elba 3 is their premier heat exchange espresso machine. Eschewing the hot water wand traditionally found on these types of machines, the Elba is considerably more narrow than most machines in its class with a width just over 9”. Perhaps the most unique feature are the six legs that support the body and the drip tray. The extra two legs allow you to completely remove the tray for easy cleaning, or to fit super tall cups under the brew spouts.
Additional innovations include the Elba3’s unique “on-rails” cup tray that slides forward so you can refill the water reservoir without removing your cups. There’s also an OPV accessible from the back of the machine which allows you to adjust the brew pressure at the group. Rounding out the package are tasteful wood accents on the brew lever, steam knob and the portafilter for a truly elegant machine.
At just over 9” wide, the Elba is one of the slimmest heat exchanger espresso machines we’ve seen. By excluding a hot water wand, the Elba is able to save space without sacrificing brewing or frothing performance.
E61 Brew Group
Made from chrome-plated brass, the legendary E61 brew group uses a thermosyphon system to ensure temperature stability while brewing. By circulating water from the boiler to the group, it ensures that heat isn’t lost when the water reaches the portafilter.
1.5 Liter Insulated Copper Boiler
Brewing and steaming are handled by a 1.5 liter insulated copper heat exchange boiler. A constant supply of steam and hot water allow you to brew espresso and froth milk simultaneously. The gauge on the top right of the machine allows you to keep an eye on steam pressure while frothing.
For added elegance, the brew lever, steam knob, and portafilter handles are made with high quality wood instead of the usual plastic.
Fully Detachable Drip Tray
The Elba’s unique design has the machine supported by six legs instead of the typical four. As a result, the drip tray can be completely removed for easier cleaning. You can also fit incredibly tall cups under the brew spouts as long as you put something beneath the solenoid valve.
On-Rails Cup Tray
Don’t lift your cup tray, slide it. The innovative on-rails cup tray allows you to slide the lid forward to fill your water reservoir without removing it. This clever design means that you don’t have to clear off your cups when the time comes to refill your machine.
Adjustable OPV and Dual Pressure Gauge
Accessible from the back of the machine, the OPV can be used to modify pressure at the brew group. The Elba3’s pressure gauge monitors both brew and steam pressure so you can get immediate feedback when making adjustments.
The automatic shut-off cuts the pump after the brew lever has been engaged for 90 seconds to prevent flooding. When this occurs, the orange light on the front of the machine will blink repeatedly.
Low Water Detection
If the pump runs for more than three minutes and is unable to fill the boiler, the orange light on the front of the machine will illuminate and the pump will stop. To restart the machine, simply turn it off, fill the reservoir with water, and turn it back on again.