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Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine

By: Bezzera
SKU: BZSTREPAL1IL5
Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine
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A unique offering from Bezzera, the Strega is a traditional, lever-operated heat-exchange machine with pressure profiling capabilities, which stands tall and proud when the lever is fully extended. Find out what it truly means to pull a shot on the Bezzera Strega.
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Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine
Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine

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    Owning the Bezzera Strega

    The Bezzera Strega is an old school lever-style espresso machine that pays homage to the very first espresso machine invented by the company’s founder Luigi Bezzera all the way back in 1901. Ever the innovators, though, Bezzera takes inspiration from a classic lever machine without getting stuck in the past. They’ve integrated both a hydraulic spring and vibration pump to ensure even pressure and offer control over pre-infusion. The Strega was intimidating to some of us, and it does take practice to get the process down, but, the adventurous among us found the Strega to be as fun as it is capable. As a heat exchange machine, it is capable of brewing and steaming simultaneously once you’ve got your shots down, and it can even be plumbed directly into a water line. Bezzera’s specially designed group head electronically heats up to make sure the brew water is never shocked by a cold component, though it will need to be flushed between uses, as the group can heat up a little too much. The Strega allows you to step back in time and experience what it’s truly like to pull a shot.

    Using the Strega is tricky at first, but, once you get the hang of it, it’s totally worth it. One of the key benefits to brewing with the Strega is the unique way in which it controls both temperature and pressure. The high temperature of the copper boiler helps to properly heat the puck for a full extraction while the stored heat in the lever group allow for slightly lower finishing temperatures that prevent over-extraction. Similarly, the pressure produced by the machine trails off as well. The pump provides an initial 11 bar followed by the lever spring that starts around 9.5 bar and tapers to about 5.5 bar at the end of the shot. Remember to guide the lever up, because it will snap up quickly, and, we can tell you from experience, it hurts. For milk drinks, the Strega can produce roughly 45 seconds of steam time before needing to recover. The steam wand features a commercial style 4-hole tip that speeds up milk frothing and can require a bit of a learning curve for those who aren’t used to steaming so quickly.

    Lever Operated Brewing

    As opposed to modern push button or toggle brewing, the Strega is a throwback to espresso yesteryear with its traditional lever group. Assisted by a pump, the machine pre-infuses and brews by pulling down the lever and gradually releasing it. This style of machine originated the concept of pulling a shot.

    Manual Pressure Profiling

    Most machines deliver constant pressure over the course of a brew cycle, but the Strega’s lever and pump design allows you to modify the pressure manually while brewing the shot, simply by holding and releasing the lever. Regular use gradually tapers the pressure from 9.5 to 5.5 bars as the lever spring rises back to the top.

    Electrically Heated Group Head

    The Strega’s group head is electrically heated and designed for maximum temperature stability. The group head is heated by two dedicated heating elements and controlled by a thermostat. The dual elements help to provide even heating to the group head to aid in maintaining temperature stability.

    In-House Production

    Bezzera is one of the only espresso machine manufacturers to not only assemble its own machines in house, but design many of their own components and assemble those, too. So, rather than buying components externally and designing their machines around them, Bezzera thoughtfully designs each element, bringing them together into a beautiful whole.

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    Product Specifications

    Manufacturer Part Number:
    BZSTREPAL1IL5
    UPC / EAN:
    617629665451
    Depth (Inches):
    17.7
    Width (Inches):
    13
    Height (Inches):
    29
    Weight (Lbs):
    67.24
    Volt:
    110V-120V (US)
    Watts:
    1550
    Amps:
    No
    Power Cord Length (inches):
    50
    Power Cord Storage:
    No
    Capsule or Pod Compatibility:
    No
    Recommended Application:
    Home / Residential
    NSF Certified:
    No
    Housing Material:
    AISI 304 Stainless Steel
    Housing Color:
    Stainless Steel
    Frame Material:
    Steel
    Drip Tray Material:
    AISI 304 Stainless Steel
    Removable Drip Tray:
    Yes
    Drip Tray Capacity (oz):
    24
    Drip Tray Cover Material:
    AISI 304 Stainless Steel
    Water Reservoir Features:
    No
    Water Reservoir Material:
    Plastic
    Water Reservoir Access Location:
    Top
    Water Reservoir Capacity:
    135
    Water Source:
    Reservoir and Water Line
    Maximum Incoming Water Pressure (PSI):
    No
    Dreg Drawer Capacity (Spent Pucks):
    No
    Adjustable Cup Height:
    No
    Cup Height (max, inches):
    3.50
    Cup Height (min, inches):
    No
    Brewing Light:
    No
    Drain Line Adaptable (Plumbable):
    No
    Cup Warmer:
    Passively Heated
    Cup Warmer Material:
    AISI 304 Stainless Steel
    Cup Warmer Size (L-in x W-in):
    10.5 x 4.5
    Type of Controls:
    Lever
    Controls and Additional Features:
    Power Light
    Pressure Gauges:
    Brew Circuit
    Foot/Leg Height (inches):
    No
    Tall Legs:
    Yes
    Boiler Configuration:
    Single-Boiler/Dual-Use
    Number of Boilers:
    1
    Boiler Features:
    No
    Brew Boiler Type:
    Heat Exchanger
    Brew Boiler Wattage:
    1450
    Brew Boiler Material:
    Copper
    Brew Boiler Volume (Oz):
    67
    Brew Boiler Orientation:
    Horizontal
    Brew Boiler Heater Location:
    Internal
    Brew Boiler Auto-Fill:
    Yes
    Brew Boiler Insulation:
    No
    Steam Boiler Type:
    Single Boiler Dual-Use
    Steam Boiler Wattage:
    No
    Steam Boiler Material:
    None
    Steam Boiler Volume (Oz):
    No
    Steam Boiler Insulation:
    No
    Steam Boiler Auto-Fill:
    No
    Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief Valve:
    No
    Steam Wand:
    Commercial Style
    Height Off Counter (Inches):
    8
    Steam Wand Material:
    Stainless Steel
    Steam Wand Movement Type:
    Fully Articulated
    Steam Wand Usable Length:
    3.75
    Steam Wand Cup Clearance:
    No
    Steam Tip Hole Count:
    2
    Steam Wand Features:
    No
    Brew Group Type:
    Sprung Lever
    Brew Group Material:
    Chrome Plated Brass
    Back Flush Capable:
    No
    Pump Type:
    Vibration Pump
    Pump Wattage:
    52
    Pump Pressure (Max. Bar):
    15
    Self-Priming Pump:
    Yes
    Air Remover:
    No
    Time to Heat (Minimum Seconds):
    600
    Time to Heat (Recommended Seconds):
    900
    Brew Temperature (2oz, Paper Cup):
    No
    Brew Time (2oz, Paper Cup, Seconds):
    No
    Brew Temperature (8oz, Paper Cup, Deg. F):
    No
    Brew Time (8oz, Paper Cup, Seconds):
    No
    Hot Water Temperature (8oz, Deg. F):
    199
    Hot Water Time (8oz, Seconds):
    6
    Hot Water Reheat Time (Typ. Seconds):
    0
    Time to Produce Steam (Seconds):
    No
    Time to Steam 8oz of Milk (Seconds):
    No
    Steam Time (Max., Seconds):
    No
    Sound Level while Brewing (dB):
    58
    Filter Diameter (mm):
    58
    Portafilter Material:
    Chrome Plated Brass
    Portafilter Handle Material:
    Plastic
    Number of Portafilters Included:
    2
    Portafilter Weight (lbs):
    1.25
    Ground, E.S.E., Pod and Capsule Compatibility:
    Ground Coffee
    Portafilter Baskets Included:
    Single, Double
    Portafilter Type:
    Commercial Style
    Bottomless Portafilter Available:
    No
    Maintenance Alerts:
    No
    Recommended Water Filter:
    No Filter Required
    Water Filter Included:
    No
    Can Be Backflushed:
    No
    Manufacturers Warranty Period:
    2-Year Limited Warranty
    Warranty Service Provider:
    Whole Latte Love
    Warranty Service Provider Email:
    No

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