Getting Started

ECM Mechanika V Slim: Setup Guide Video

Congratulations on your new ECM Mechanika V Slim Espresso Machine. Watch our setup video below to help you get started.


Step 1: Inspect the box and the machine for damage

  • Remove the machine from the box and place it on a stable, level surface.
  • Before turning on the machine, inspect for damage that may have occurred during shipping. If you notice any damage, contact us immediately.
  • Please note that it is normal for a small amount of water to be on the machine when it arrives. It is also normal for the portafilter to not fit perfectly at 90 degrees!

  • Save all packaging as this is needed for returns and repairs.

Step 2: Water Quality and filling the reservoir

  • Before introducing any water to the machine, it’s important to test it to make sure it is adequately soft
  • Use the included water test strip to verify the softness of your water. Ideally, we’re looking for a softness below 50 ppm.
  • Please read The Importance of Water and Your Machine to learn more about our recommendations for water quality.
  • Once you have verified your water is adequately softened and filtered, fill the machine’s removable water reservoir.

Step 3: Turning on your machine and filling the boiler

    • Plug in your machine
    • Flip on the main power switch
    • With the power on, the machine will automatically begin heating and filling the steam boiler.
    • Give the machine at least 15 minutes to warm up.
    • Even when the boiler is up to temperature the machine will need time to warm up the E61 group head to ensure temperature stability.

At this point, your machine is ready to pull your first shots. With coffee in your portafilter, lock it into the group head and simply lift the brew lever to begin pulling espresso. When you’d like to stop your shot, return the brew lever to its off position.

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