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ECM Classika PID Espresso Machine

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Crafted for home baristas with tighter budgets and kitchen space, the ECM Classika II PID is a high performance semi-automatic espresso machine for those who demand quality without the restriction of cost. The result is a machine that utilizes many of the same commercial grade components ECM relies on for their prosumer models but at a more modest price point. 
Externally, the machine boldly reinforces the fact that no corners were cut with its polished stainless steel housing and custom machined E61 group head.(it may be a standard E16) On the top of the machine, the large capacity railed cup tray doubles as a passively heated cup warming surface and can be removed for access to the water reservoir. Removing the tray also allows access to the pump pressure adjustment screw. As you make adjustments, you can monitor your changes can be with the pump pressure gauge mounted on the front of the machine. Beneath the pressure gauge, brew temperature can be monitored and adjusted with the PID temperature controller.
The Classika brews with .5 liter stainless steel boiler and a high-performance vibration pump. Like all ECM espresso machines, the internal plumbing avoids using teflon or other plastics in favor copper tubing with brass fittings. The water reservoir holds 3 liters and is fitted with a sensor that shuts off the machine off at low volumes to prevent the boiler from running dry.  An advantage of brewing on a PID machine is that you can set the temperature to match your exact parameters. This becomes important when trying to extract specific notes and flavors from certain coffees. The vaunted E61 group head performs a vital function in helping to maintain these temperature conditions thanks to its thermosyphon system. 
Hot water and steam are dispensed through a shared wand located on the left side of the machine. Whether you dispense steam or hot water is controlled by a steam switch that raises the temperature in the boiler when flipped on.The Classika froths using a commercial style, two-hole steam tip ideal for crafting lattes, cappuccinos, and other milk drinks.Compact and capable, the ECM Classika II PID has the features you want and quality that you can depend on.
Dimensions (with portafilter): 9.84" W x 21.85" D x 15.47" H
Weight: 40.78lbs


3 Liter Monitored Reservoir

The water reservoir holds an ample 3 liters of water and is fitted with a sensor that shuts off the machine at low volume to keep the machine from running dry.

Durable Stainless Steel Construction

The Classika II PID is housed in polished stainless steel that is both tough as nails and easy on the eyes. ECM wasn't content with simply welding the drip tray onto the machine, it's actually part of the frame for enhanced durability and build quality.

PID Temperature Controller

The PID temperature controller allows you to monitor and adjust the temperature of water in the boiler to create more precise brewing conditions.

Insulated Steam and Hot Water Wand

To help prevent accidental burns, the dual purpose steam/hot water wand has been insulated to keep it from getting too hot too quickly. The wand sports a two-hole tip, ideal for frothing milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Hot water can be dispensed for drinks like tea and cocoa.

Balanced Portafilters

One of the first things you'll notice about the portafilter is how balanced it feels in your hand. The weighted end offsets the weight of the basket, keeping you from having to overcompensate with your wrist. On par with commercial grade machines, the Classika’s portafilter is made of chrome-plated brass for increased temperature stability.

Copper Plumbing

As an ECM machine, the Classika is fitted with copper water tubing as opposed to teflon or other plastics


Misc Data
Manufacturer: ECM
Model: Classika PID
Dimension - Width (Inches): 10
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.75
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 17.75
Weight (lbs): 41
Watts: 1200
Volts: 115
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 32
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Frame: Steel
Tall Legs: Yes
Power Cord Length (Inches): 48
Cup Height
High (Inches): 3.25
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Commercial Style
Wand Movement: Articulating
Usable Length (Inches): 4
Height Off Counter (Inches): 4 to 6.5
Number Of Holes: 2
Water Source
Material: Plastic
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 95
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Access: Top
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Type Of Controls: Lever
Display Type: PID
Power Light: Yes
Temperature Control: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Pressure Gauges: Brew Only
Brew Temperature Display: Yes
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 10x10
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Quantity Included: 1
Weight (lbs): 1.25
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: Single & Double
Bottomless Portafilter Available: Yes
Tamper Size (Millimeter): 58
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: E61
Preheat: Yes
Three-Way Valve: Manual
Back Flush Capable: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: No
Rapid Steam: No
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Single Boiler
Brew Boiler Watts: 1200
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): .5 liter
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel
Brew Boiler Orientation: Vertical
Brew Boiler Heater Location: Internal
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 52
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Brew Pressure Adjustability: Yes
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 300
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 600
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 45
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 42
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 177
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 20
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 74
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 63
Descaler Used: Durgol
Back Flush Cleaner Used: Cafiza
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home Use
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282


omar asked:

The  downfall is that most single boiler machines is that you need to run water through the steam wand to make sure the boiler is full. Since there is no automatic refill circuitry, the boiler can run dry, and there is potential for the heating element to be damaged .

should i activate the pump each time before i use the machine?Does i need to activate the pump manully between each time I brew coffe?what will happen if I forget to activate the pump?how to now that the boiler is running dry and I am burning it?

Answer by Sanfam:

While it's not necessary to do so, It's generally good practice to rinse water through the group head of a Single-Boiler/Dual-Use machine like the ECM Classika PID after powering it on.  As water can only be dispensed once the boiler is adequately filled, this ensures that the boiler is correctly filled before it is allowed to heat to brew temperature (where actual damage could potentially occur)

Is there an ESE pod kit available or does the machine support ESE pods at all?

Answer by Sanfam:

While ESE pods typically work adequately with single-shot baskets, this machine is designed to be used with a properly loaded portafilter.  If the ESE pod can't sit evenly, it may result in an inconsistent or uneven extraction.  Essentially, "Maybe," but it's not guaranteed to make a for a great shot.

Stephen asked:

Is there an owner's manual for this machine I can download?


Answer by Erik:

I will look for one and see what I can find for you.  If you have any questions about the machine I would be glad to answer them at 1-888-411-5282 ext 5193


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