CREM ONE DUO-V Espresso Machine Overview
The CREM ONE DUO-V is a dual boiler espresso machine that improves on the design of the legendary Expobar Brewtus , adding a whole new level of design, features, and performance. We worked with Crem right from the beginning of this project and love its contemporary angles, clean lines, OLED display, E61 group with pre-infusion chamber, half-turn knobs, a double manometer, customizable side panels, and metallic feet. All together, the ONE DUO-V offers a powerful prosumer option for the discerning coffee lover.
Features and Performance
For features, there's a lot to admire. The CREM ONE DUO-V has a polycarbonate frame for light weight and durability, and is equipped with a 1.5-liter brew and 1.7-liter steam boiler, and 4 programmable buttons on the digital display. The digital display stores adjustment for the dual PID temperature controllers, showing brew temperature as well as a shot timer, and angled upward for easy usage. The copper boilers are capped by brass end plates and, as a dual boiler machine, you can expect to brew and steam at the same time. Each of the boilers can be switched on and off through the machine menu. Unique to Crem machines is the pre-infusion chamber milled into the group, allowing water to well up and pre-wet the coffee bed before full pressure is reached. For coffee shop and cafe owners, the ONE DUO-V is SGS certified, allowing it to be used commercially.
The steam wand is no-burn, and the two knobs only need half a turn to open up their respective valves. Perhaps one of the most intriguing advancements made by Crem is hands-free frothing. Simply place your frothing pitcher on the drip tray with the tip at your desired angle. As the froth expands, it will cover the tip and then heat the milk.
Other unique touches that really set the CREM ONE DUO-V apart are the large drip tray and Auto On/Off settings. The drip tray is modular, letting you remove a riser from the center of the tray to allow for larger cups under the group head. The Auto On/Off settings let you program timers to automatically turn the CREM ONE DUO-V on or off, based on preference. This could let you have your machine ready by the time you need coffee in the morning, and have it shut off by the time you leave for work. Also, you can program how much you want to brew when the machine detects low water levels in the reservoir so that you can finish your shot without interruption.
Just as well, the shot mirror allows for easy viewing of your extraction while using a bottomless portafilter. For anyone who likes to control channeling and maximize drink quality, this is a leap forward in convenience. Through the machine menu, you can set maintenance reminders to tell you when it is time to backflush, and you can set the name presented on the display.
For power settings, the CREM ONE DUO-V offers an ECO mode and Standby Mode. Both are adjustable from off to 12 hours. ECO Mode reduces the steam and group boiler temperatures to 105ºC and 65ºC respectively. This function is recommended during low usage times since it will reduce energy usage but still allows the machine to heat back up to normal operating temperature with just a few minutes when needed.
The CREM ONE DUO-V includes a 7-gram filter basket, a 14-gram filter basket, a 21-gram basket, a cleaning brush, cleaning tablets, a blind filter basket, flat metal tamper, extra 3-hole steam tip, 10 oz frothing pitcher, and 1 double narrow spout portafilter.
Why You Should Get It
Crem and their machines can only be described as cutting edge, and the CREM ONE DUO-V is no exception. Dual boilers, dual PIDs, water reservoir as well as a water line hook up, a drain line hook up, and high quality parts deliver one of the strongest prosumer espresso machines available. Innovations like the shot mirror and automatic power on/off are incredible convenience features, as well, along with a massive drip tray for fewer trips to empty the tray compared to most other machines.