Thank you for purchasing the ECM Synchronika dual boiler espresso machine. Your German designed and built E61 machine features a rotary pump with a built-in PID and shot timer that can be direct plumbed or run on its built-in reservoir. In this manual, you should find everything you to need to operate and maintain your machine. Please read carefully before using your machine. And if we've missed anything, you always know how to contact us. Let's get started!
!! NOTE: ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL PACKAGING IN CASE OF RETURN FOR SERVICE !!
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The function of a PID-Temperature Control is to regulate the temperature of both boilers. The temperature of the boilers are programmable and controllable independently from each other. You have the ability to extract coffee at varying temperatures. PID stands for “proportional-integral-derivative” The temperature plays an integral role in coffee preparation. The PID-control displays the temperature of the coffee boiler and the steam boiler alternately. The position of the period indicates which boiler's temperature is currently being displayed.
*temperature displayed in Celsius
Water supply connection
USING MACHINE WITH WATER TANK
USING MACHINE WITH DIRECT WATER CONNECTION
For directions on how to plumb in your machine take a look at our plumbing guide.
The water connecting hose is to be connected to the water supply adapter (image 1). When using the machine with direct water supply, the valve has to be turned towards the opposite side of the water supply adapter opening (image 1). The water supply adapter is located in the rear part of the bottom panel (image 1). Additionally, place the switch behind the drip tray into position “1” (image 2). Please make sure that your water tap is always open during water-connection usage so that the machine never runs out of water! Clive highly recommends using a pressure regulator with plumbed in machines.
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Valve in position “1” for operating Place switch into position “1” for
machine with direct water connection direct water connection
Machine in use with water tank
When using the machine with a water tank, please turn the valve towards the water supply adapter (image 3). Additionally, place the switch behind the drip tray into position “0” (image 4).
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Valve in position for operating Place switch into position “0“ when machine with water tank operating machine with water tank
Figuring out the right water to use doesn’t need to be super complex. Primarily, we are looking for clean, filtered water that has some but not too much mineral content. We recommend using water hardness test strips (we also include them with every direct-plumbable machine purchase). These test strips will allow you to measure exactly how hard your water is. We recommend using a water softener if you get a measurement of above 50 parts per million (PPM) or 3 grains per gallon (GPG). As mentioned above, some mineral content (above 30 PPM) is necessary for the best-tasting espresso, and also for the machine to run without overfilling the boilers. Reverse osmosis systems typically will take all the mineral out of the water, and this is problematic as well as the machine requires mineral content for many of the internal sensors.
Checking your water hardness cannot be stressed enough because water that is too hard can cause excessive scale buildup inside your machine. This will reduce heating efficiency, can clog water passages, lead to inaccurate readings from temperature and level probes, and cause failure of valves and seals which can cause a mess on your countertop. Also, because water quality in city water sources and wells changes seasonally, we recommend checking your water every three to four months.
The other basic requirement is filtration. This removes solids from the water, such as tiny pieces of dirt, rust, or grit. Additionally, water filters can reduce chlorine and other tastes and odors. Even if your water looks clean, there will still be a small amount of particulate matter that passes through, and this can lead to clogged water passages and leaking seals.
Filtration and softening prevent the most common threats to the reliability of your machine, but there are many other factors to consider. We recommend you seek out a local expert if you have any questions or concerns about your area’s water.
Remember that problems arising due to poor water quality are not covered by warranty. But if care is taken in filtration and softening, your machine will serve you well for years with minimal maintenance.
Water Options - Reservoir
Always check your water quality with test strips first because if you are in an area with soft water, you may only need to filter it. There are plenty of options for filtering and softening your water. A few options are filter/softening pitchers such as the Soma Water filter pitchers, in-tank water softeners, and bottled water. With bottled water, these also vary in terms of mineral content, so we also recommend testing the bottled water with test strips. A couple of affordable water bottle companies with just the right amount of mineral content are Crystal Geyser and Poland Springs.
Water Options - Direct Plumbed
If you plan to plumb in your machine or have it plumbed in already, we carry water filter only systems, and water filter and softening systems that come with all the fittings you need to connect directly to your water source on one end, and the water line directly to your machine on the other end. These are easy to install and will ensure you are getting the ideal water to your machine with every use.
PROGRAMMING TEMPERATURE VIA THE PID DISPLAY
During normal operation, the temperatures of the coffee boiler (t1, left dot on the display) and the steam boiler (t2, right dot on the display) are indicated alternately. The controls are factory pre-set so that both boilers are heated consecutively, whereby the coffee boiler (t1) has priority. This means that the steam boiler (t2) is activated only after the programmed temperature of the coffee boiler has been reached.
Turn off PID display feature:
There is the option to turn the PID display off: Press the + button until the display turns off. A dot will appear on the display, which indicates that the machine is still turned on. The display will be turned on again by pressing the +button once more.
Programming the group cleaning mode:
With the Synchronika you have the option to program a reminder for next the group cleaning at the PID display. The machine is set to 0 at the time of delivery. Please take the following steps to program the cleaning reminder: Press + and – at the same time and “t1” will appear on the display. Press the – button until you reach “CLn”. Now you can carry out the programming in steps of 10 by pressing + and -. In order to leave the programming mode, wait until “CLn” appears and then press the – button. Alternatively, the temperature indication appears automatically after 15 seconds. For example, if you have programmed 90, then you will be prompted with a “CLn” on the display to clean the brew group after 90 brewing cycles. Clean the brew group in such a manner that the brew group is flushed with at least 10 brewing cycles until the temperature indication re-appears on the display (see 7.2 Brew group cleaning, page 28).
We recommend a cleaning of the brew group after about 90 to 140 brewing cycles.
Now you're ready to start pulling shots! Check out our All About Coffee & Milk section to learn about steaming milk, latte art, our suggested starter espresso recipe, grinder dial-in tips and much more!
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