Now that we’ve verified your water is adequately softened and filtered, we need to get some water in the machine
If you plan to direct plumb your machine, fasten the braided line to the pump inlet on the bottom of the machine until it is hand tight, then turn it a quarter turn with an adjustable wrench.
Open your water line and check for leaks at all the connection points.
If you’re using the machine’s internal reservoir, now would be the time to fill it up
Step 3: Filling your boilers and turning on the machine
Plug in your machine
Flip the two power switches on the front of the machine to turn it on.
If you’re using the machine’s internal reservoir, it will automatically begin heating and filling the boiler(s).
You’ll notice that the machine’s PID flips between two different numbers. One is the brew boiler and the other is the steam boiler. You can tell the difference between them by the little dot. The brew boiler temp has the dot after the last digit and blinks, and the steam boiler temp has it after the second to last and it’s solid.
You’ll know the machine has come to temperature and is ready to pull shots when PID reads 200°F for the brew boiler.
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 about 90 degrees to begin pulling espresso.
If you got our grinder dial-in service, following the proper dose and shot time with the included coffee will give you a near-perfect shot.
If you didn’t, just watch our video detailing how to pull the perfect shot of espresso.
A few tips before we go
If you’d like to change either boiler’s temperature, you can do so using the two buttons on the PID. First, press both buttons at the same time, which will then display “T1”
T1 represents brew boiler temperature. By pressing the right button, you can enter that setting. You’ll then see the current target temperature (200 by default).
By using the two buttons you can increase or decrease the temperature.
Waiting for a moment will send you back out the main menu, showing “T1”
From here, pressing the left button will move you to “T2”, which represents the steam boiler temperature. You can enter and change this as well.
Pressing the left button again will exit the menu.
When it comes to brew temperature, we recommend staying between 195 and 200°F, using lower temperatures for darker roasts, and higher temperatures for lighter ones. As always, experimentation is highly encouraged.
Steam boiler temperature is set to its maximum by default, and it’s probably best to leave it there for maximum steaming performance.