Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine

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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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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

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

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

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

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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Specifications

Property Value
SKU BZSTREPAL1IL5
Boiler Configuration Single-Boiler/Dual-Use
Number of Boilers 1
Brew Boiler Heater Location Internal
Brew Boiler Material Copper
Brew Boiler Orientation Horizontal
Brew Boiler Type Heat Exchanger
Brew Boiler Volume (Oz) 67
Brew Group Material Chrome Plated Brass
Brew Group Type Sprung Lever
Brew Boiler Wattage 1450
Recommended Application Home / Residential
Controls and Additional Features Power Light
Pressure Gauges Brew Circuit
Type of Controls Lever
Cup Height (max, inches) 3.50
Cup Warmer Material AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Cup Warmer Size (L-in x W-in) 10.5 x 4.5
Cup Warmer Passively Heated
Drip Tray Capacity (oz) 24
Drip Tray Cover Material AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Portafilter Baskets Included Single,Double
Frame Material Steel
Dispensing Method Doser
Grinding Method Burr
Programmable Grinding Single
Housing Color Stainless Steel
Housing Material AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Recommended Water Filter No Filter Required
Depth (Inches) 17.7
Height (Inches) 29
Weight (Lbs) 67.24
Width (Inches) 13
Hot Water Reheat Time (Typ. Seconds) 0
Hot Water Temperature (8oz, Deg. F) 199
Hot Water Time (8oz, Seconds) 6
Sound Level while Brewing (dB) 58
Time to Heat (Minimum Seconds) 600
Time to Heat (Recommended Seconds) 900
Filter Diameter (mm) 58
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) 1.25
Pump Pressure (Max. Bar) 15
Pump Type Vibration Pump
Pump Wattage 52
Warranty Service Provider Whole Latte Love
Warranty Service Provider Phone Number 1-888-411-5282
Manufacturers Warranty Period 1-Year Limited Warranty
Volt 110V-120V (US)
Watts 1550
Power Cord Length (inches) 50
Steam Boiler Type Single Boiler Dual-Use
Height Off Counter (Inches) 8
Steam Tip Hole Count 2
Steam Wand Material Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Movement Type Fully Articulated
Steam Wand Commercial Style
Steam Wand Usable Length 3.75
Water Reservoir Access Location Top
Water Reservoir Capacity 135
Water Reservoir Material Plastic
Water Source Reservoir and Water Line

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