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969.Coffee Elba 1 Espresso Machine


969.Coffee’s Elba 1 is a heat exchange machine that packs large capacity and power into a compact package. It heats up in a quick 15 minutes, and features a temperature stable E61 group, and a fully detachable drip tray for easy cleaning or even more space conservation.

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Our six legged friend, the Elba 1 from 969.Coffee is a compact espresso machine that’s temperature stable and quick to heat up to brew temp. Its heat exchange boiler makes for simultaneous brewing and steaming. Though it doesn’t feature a PID, the Elba 1 is remarkably temp stable. It just requires a cooling flush after steaming, or if it’s been sitting for a while between shots, to purge out any overheated water. The machine is incredibly compact at just 9” wide, partly due to the removal of a dedicated hot water wand. Thankfully, hot water for Americanos and the like can still be dispensed directly from the group. An industry standard E61 group keeps the group head nice and hot using a thermosyphon system to draw hot water from the boiler through the group and back, so the brew water never gets a chill. The large 1.5 L boiler makes the Elba 1 a standout in its class, both for its small footprint and large capacity. The drip tray is a behemoth, too, and can be detached from the machine entirely due to an extra pair of legs keeping the Elba 1 on its feet. We love it because it makes for even greater functionality. You can remove it for cleaning, to brew into an extra large cup, or even to store it when you need to reclaim a little extra counter space.

The Elba 1 has excellent steam pressure, as seen on the integrated pressure gauge, owing to its access to a whopping 1500 watts of power. We really noticed a difference in how quickly we were able to froth a pitcher of milk. 969.Coffee’s design is particularly thoughtful when it comes to machine safety. The Elba 1 features anti-flood protection, which cuts the pump after the brew lever has been depressed for 90 seconds to prevent flooding. Similarly, low water detection ensures that if the pump runs for more than three minutes but is unable to fill the boiler, it automatically shuts down. Both of these features keep the Elba 1 safe so that it can keep brewing and steaming delicious drinks for years to come. If you like the Elba 1, but would prefer a little added flair, the Elba 3 features wooden accents and a few other design upgrades.

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  • Heat-Exchange Boiler

    Brewing and steaming are handled by a 1.5 liter copper heat exchange boiler. At 1500 watts, it's one of the most powerful we've seen on a machine of this size. For improved frothing performance, the gauge on the top right of the machine allows you to keep an eye on steam pressure when preparing milk beverages.

  • E61 Group Head

    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. This makes the Elba 1 more temperature stable, enabling it to deliver great tasting coffee shot after shot.

  • Fully Detachable Drip Tray

    The Elba 1’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.

  • Integrated Safety Protocols

    The Elba 1 won’t let water overflow due to its integrated anti-flood protection, nor will it allow the pump to run when there isn’t any water in the reservoir. These safety features allow peace of mind when using the Elba 1, and ensure she’ll be brewing for years to come.


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Property Value
Boiler Configuration Heat-Exchanger Preheated
Number of Boilers 1
Boiler Features Brew & Steam Simultaneously
Brew Boiler Auto-Fill No
Brew Boiler Insulation No
Brew Boiler Type Heat Exchanger
Brew Unit Material Metal
Three-Way Valve Automatic
Back Flush Capable Yes
Brew Group Material Chrome Plated Brass
Capsule or Pod Friendly No
Brew Group Size (mm) 58 mm
Brew Group Type E61
Brew Boiler Wattage 1500
Recommended Application Home / Residential
Controls and Additional Features Low-Water Warning,Power Light,Pressure Gauge(s)
Pressure Gauges Steam Boiler
Type of Controls Lever
Cup Height (max, inches) 3.5 in
Cup Warmer Material Stainless Steel
Cup Warmer Size (L-in x W-in) 9.5 x 9.0
Cup Warmer Passively Heated
Drip Tray Capacity (oz) 48 fl-oz
Drip Tray Cover Material Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material Stainless Steel
Portafilter Baskets Included Double,Single
Frame Material Steel
Housing Color Stainless Steel
Housing Material Stainless Steel
Foot/Leg Height (inches) 1.2 in
Recommended Descaler Type Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler
Recommended Water Filter BWT Bestsave M Anti Scale Filter
Depth (Inches) 17 in
Height (Inches) 16.92 in
Property Value
Weight (Lbs) 45 lbs
Width (Inches) 9.75 in
Filter Diameter (mm) 58 mm
Portafilter Handle Material Plastic
Portafilter Material Chrome Plated Brass
Number of Portafilters Included 2
Ground, E.S.E., Pod and Capsule Compatibility Ground Coffee
Portafilter Type Commercial Style
Portafilter Weight (lbs) 2 lbs
Pump Type Vibration Pump
Warranty Service Provider Email
Warranty Service Provider Whole Latte Love
Warranty Service Provider Phone Number 888-411-5282
Manufacturers Warranty Period 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
Amps 12.5 A
Volt 110V-120V (US)
Watts 1500 Watt
Steam Boiler Auto-Fill Yes
Steam Boiler Heater Location Internal
Steam Boiler Insulation No
Steam Boiler Material Copper
Steam Boiler Orientation Vertical
Steam Boiler Type Heat Exchanger
Steam Boiler Volume (Oz) 50 fl-oz
Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief Valve Yes
Steam Boiler Wattage 1500 Watt
Steam Tip Hole Count 2
Steam Wand Material Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Movement Type Fully Articulated
Steam Wand Commercial Style
Water Reservoir Access Location Top
Water Reservoir Capacity 84 fl-oz
Water Reservoir Material Plastic
Water Source Built-In Reservoir

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