Refurbished Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine

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Refurbished Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine  By Bezzera

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The Refurbished Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine pays homage to the very first lever style espresso machine invented in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera, the Bezzera Strega is a fusion of Italian tradition and modern technology. Lever style machines are responsible for coining the term “pulling a shot,” referring to using a manual lever to generate the required pressure for brewing espresso. Refining this method, the Strega uses a hydraulic spring and ulka style vibration pump that ensure even pressure with every pull while still offering fine control of pre-infusion. The result is a machine that emulates the charm and modesty of the origin of espresso while keeping up with the changes that have improved the process over the last century.

Similar to the Bezzera BZ10, the Strega is housed in polished AISI 304 stainless steel and rests on 1 ¾” elevated feet. All of the edges on the Strega have been smoothed and rounded giving the machine a streamlined appearance while eliminating any sharp or jagged points. On top of the machine the frame wraps around three of four sides of the passively heated cup tray which can be opened up to access the 4 liter water reservoir. The machine can also be plumbed directly into a water line, eliminating the need for refilling. Italian speakers are likely to find the name Strega (the Italian word for witch) to be a bit of a misnomer given just how beautiful the machine actually is.

On the inside the Strega accomplishes the magic of brewing with an Ulka vibration pump and a 2 liter heat exchange stainless steel boiler. 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 overextraction. Similarly, the pressure produced by the machine trails off as well. The ulka 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.

For milk drinks, the Strega can produce roughly 45 seconds of steam time before needed 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. As a heat exchange machine, the Strega does allow for simultaneous brewing and steaming so with practice you'll be able to cut your drink preparation time in half.

This enchanting machine gives you the tools to brew high quality espresso while emulating the very first machines invented by Luigi Bezzera. Experience firsthand what it means to pull a shot with the Bezzera Strega espresso machine.

Dimensions: 13\" W x 17.7" D x 28" H

Weight: 67.24 lbs

Dimensions and Weight

The Bezzera Strega measures 13" W x 17.7" D x 28" H and weighs 67.27 lbs.


Going back to the roots of espresso brewing, the Strega uses a spring loaded lever as opposed to the more modern brew switch to start the extraction process. Temperature stability is maintained throughout the brewing process thanks to the Strega's copper boiler and thermosyphon system.

Stainless Steel Construction

Beautiful and durable, the Strega is housed in AISI 304 commercial grade polished stainless steel with traditional Italian styling.

Frothing and Hot Water

The Strega froths using a commercial style steam wand with a 4-hole tip. The machine can produce up to 45 seconds of constant steam before having to recover. On the opposite side of the machine the hot water wand can product hot water for drinks like tea, cocoa, and americanos.


Property Value
Boiler Configuration Single-Boiler/Dual-Use
Number of Boilers 1
Brew Boiler Heater Location Internal
Brew Boiler Material Stainless Steel-Lined Aluminum
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) 3.5
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 Double,Single
Frame Material Steel
Housing Color Stainless Steel
Housing Material AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Recommended Water Filter No Filter Required
Depth (Inches) 17.7 in
Height (Inches) 29
Weight (Lbs) 67.24 lbs
Width (Inches) 13 in
Hot Water Reheat Time (Typ. Seconds) 0
Hot Water Temperature (8oz, Deg. F) 199 f
Hot Water Time (8oz, Seconds) 6
Sound Level while Brewing (dB) 58 dB
Time to Heat (Minimum Seconds) 600
Time to Heat (Recommended Seconds) 900
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) 1.25 lbs
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 6-Month Limited Warranty
Volt 110V-120V (US)
Watts 1550 Watt
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