STARTING THE MACHINE, AND HOW TO USE

 

EUROPPICOLA AND STRADIVARI

Fill the boiler with an amount of water that is proportional to the amount of coffee you wish to make (the capacity of the machine is equivalent to 8 cups of espresso coffee for the Europiccola and Stradivari models and to 16 cups of espresso coffee for the Professional and Stradivari Professional models).

 

The amount of water will not have to exceed the top part of the level glass and will not have to drop below the visible lower part of the same. EUROPICCOLA MODEL - Press the switch which, by lighting up, will indicate that the machine is on; at the same time the warning light will also switch on indicating that the heating element is activated. Wait for the warning light to switch off; turn the steam tap knob  slowly, by turning it anticlockwise, and discharge the “false pressure” due to the air that is left in the boiler; then close it again by turning it clockwise. The warning light will switch on again; wait for it to switch off. Now the machine has reached the correct pressure and is ready to deliver coffee and steam. When the green lamp starts blinking alternatively it is due to the normal functioning of the machine, which automatically regulates the pressure in the boiler

 

PROFESSIONAL MODEL - Place the switch  on the on position; lighting it up, will indicate that the machine is on. - When the pointer of the pressure gauge  will have reached the green zone, turn slowly the steam tap knob by turning it anticlokwise, to discharge the “false pressure” due to the air left in the boiler; then close it again by turning it clockwise and wait for the pointer of the pressure gauge to reach the green zone. Now the machine has reached the correct pressure and is ready to deliver coffee and steam. The pressure will be automatically regulated and maintained by the pressure switch which acts on the heating element.

 

STRADIVARI MODEL - Press the switch which, by lighting up, will indicate that the machine is on and that the heating element is activated. Wait for the warning light to switch on; turn the steam tap knob  slowly, by turning it anticlockwise and discharge the “false pressure” due to the air that is left in the boiler, then close it again by turning it clockwise.The warning light turn off and wait for it to switch on again. Now the machine has reached the correct pressure and is ready to deliver coffee and steam. When the green lamp starts blinking alternatively it is due to the normal functioning of the machine, which automatically regulates the pressure in the boiler.

 

STRADIVARI PROFESSIONAL MODEL - Place the switch  on the on position; lighting it up, will indicate that the machine is on. - When the pointer of the pressure gauge  will have reached the green zone, turn slowly the steam tap knob by turning it anticlokwise, to discharge the “false pressure” due to the air left in the boiler; then close it again by turning it clockwise and wait for the pointer of the pressure gauge to reach the green zone. Now the machine has reached the correct pressure and is ready to deliver coffee and steam. The pressure will be automatically regulated and maintained by the pressure switch which acts on the heating element. The alternation of the warning light is normal because it means that the pressure switch adjusts automatically the pressure in the boiler.

 

If during the operation the machine is left without water, the safety thermostat will intervene by interrupting the machine power supply. In this case the thermostat will have to be reset – Causes for Operating Failures. COFFEE DELIVERY To obtain a good cup of coffee it's important to use a good quality coffee, well roasted and correctly grinded. The coffee espresso machine needs the use of a thin mixture grinded; if the grinding is too coarse we will obtain light and pale coffees and without cream. If the grinding is too thin we will obtain dark and strong coffees with little cream. The grinding is optimal when the espresso is black and “creamy”. To obtain a good cup of coffee you should follow these rules: with the machine under pressure put the filter-basket , with grinded coffee, inside the filter-holder , and together under the group; pull up the lever and after few seconds the coffee starts dripping from the filter holder. The machine will be in the best condition for coffee deliver. We suggest to grind the coffee, with a coffee-grinder, at the moment of its use, because once grinded, it looses its fragrance in a short time. Please do not use a blade-type grinder because it makes too much coffee dust and produces an irregular grind.

 

Choose the correct filter and put it into the filter holder. Use the small filter for 1 cup (or for pods use) and the big filter for 2 cups. Wait till the machine reach the correct temperature with the filter holder fitted up. In the meantime prepare cups, coffee, milk ect. Besides we suggest to warm the cups. - After the heating take away the filter holder  and fill the filter , with ground coffee using the measure of the machine . Please consider a measure for each cup of coffee.  Press the coffee using the coffee press  provided and clean the edge of the filter basket from any coffee powder left. One cup filter  is suitable for pods use. The pod must be put into the filter taking care that the filter paper doesn’t extend beyond the edge of the filter holder.  Holding the machine firm by the lever handgrip, insert the filter-holder in the place provided in the unit  and fix it in place through a brief rotation from right to left. - Lift the lever  (with your left hand hold the filter-holder handgrip, and make sure that the machine remains firm) and hold it in this position for a few seconds; as the first drops of coffee come through, pull it down as much as possible. This operation will have to be repeated depending on the desired amount of coffee.

 

To obtain a uniform delivery of coffee, the pressure exerted on the lever will have to be proportional to the resistance met by the lever itself during the delivery. Repeat the same operations depending on the desired number of cups of coffee. - When you have to make the first cup of coffee, once the machine is ready, we suggest to lift the lever  halfway up and then pull it down again for four or five times, so as to allow the unit , the filter-holder  and the filter basket  to heat up; doing this you are sure that the first cup of coffee will be at the proper temperature and with a good cream.