SETTING UP MACHINE
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.
USING MACHINE WITH WATER TANK
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 below 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. For most optimal results, we recommend hardness above 80ppm and below 150ppm.
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.
What is the right water setup for you? Are you planning to plumb in your machine, or use the water reservoir?
For the 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 affordable water bottle companies with just the right amount of mineral content are Crystal Geyser and Poland Springs.
For direct plumbed machines
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.
Feel free to contact us with any questions on water or finding the right setup for you!
ADJUSTING TEMPERATURE ON THE PID
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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