Owning the Nuova Simonelli Musica Direct Connect
The Musica Direct Connect stands out from the crowd with its Art Deco styling bolstered by NSF rated commercial-grade components. Its creator, Nuova Simonelli, is revered on the barista championship circuit for its ultra precise commercial machines, and the Musica brings the championship glory home. Unlike the Oscar II, where there are separate reservoir and plumbed versions, the Musica packs both options into one machine, featuring both a 3 L reservoir and the option to plumb. It’s a heat exchange machine, so its 2.5 L boiler is capable of brewing and steaming simultaneously, and it features many of the same great commercial components as the Oscar II. For example, the Musica improves on the steam wand, swapping out the 4-hole commercial tip on the Oscar II for a latte art one; plus, said steam wand is operated by a switch rather than a knob, so you can immediately steam at full power, or throttle the switch for additional precision. Nuova Simonelli also incorporates their own E61 style group head into the Musica, which syphons hot water through the brew circuit to aid in temperature stability throughout. In combination with the heat retentive copper boiler and tubing, the Musica makes for a highly temp stable machine. The feature to rule them all, however, has got to be the control panel. You can program each of the buttons to dispense for a set time, according to your preference, turn on or off the pre-infusion function, and even program a dedicated hot water button for making Americanos, teas and cocoas. This Art Deco dream is a beauty, and she brews a bold shot.
Just like on the Oscar II models, Nuova Simonelli designed the Musica to be safety conscious, self sufficient, and smart. Measures are in place to ensure the machine powers off after 90 seconds of consecutive brewing to avoid overheating; the Musica alerts you to low water in the tank or when the boiler is actively heating to brew temperature in the boiler; and its steam wand is outfitted with an anti-siphon valve, which prevents milk from being sucked into the boiler. A new addition to the Musica is its accessible pressurestat, which can be adjusted from the outside of the machine in order to affect the boiler temperature. Changes are reflected immediately in the newly incorporated pressure gauge. Because of this commitment to quality components and design, the Musica is backed by an NSF certification and can slide onto any cafe countertop ready to perform. We do recommend high volume cafes consider one of Nuova Simonelli’s commercial offerings, however. Take care of the Musica’s maintenance and she’ll take care of your brews shot after shot, year after year. Take a look at the Oscar II for a bit smaller of a machine with a lot of the same great features and all the quality of the Musica; or, light up your life with the illuminated Musica Lux in either Pour Over or Direct Connect.