If it is good enough for discerning cafe owners, then it has to be great for your home! The main feature of the Sixties one group espresso machine in a commercial environment is its extreme compactness - the result of a design study in placing a whopping 5.5 liters of boiler capacity into such a small frame and body when compared to commercial standards.
This is the new version of the Elektra T1 - It does not have a pressurestat to regulate the boiler pressure which is directly proportional to the temperature of the boiler and water in the heat exchanger. This espresso machine has an additional probe in the steam boiler that is connected to an electronic controller which regulates the boiler steam pressure.The additional functionality of this same probe is that it will save the heating element from damage from a lack of water in the machine's boiler - for example, the water company shuts off the water supply due to a water main break.
Other new features on the T1! This machine is so new that we still have not learned all the programmability of this newly designed machine. Shown below, the touchpad with a K has a series of lights. These lights in program mode can indicate which menu the machine is in. The black electronic control box (shown below on inside of machine) that has a single series of lights exemplifies the particular setting the machine is in for the particular menu on the touchpad. We will post more here as we learn the different features.
Night Cycle Programming!The Elektra T1 has a programming feature that can record the top of the hour. With this programmed, you an also program the top of the hour for the machine to go into Night Cycle (reduced energy usage) and to wake up in the morning (on the hour) to full power. This avoids the need for a separate timer which blast full power to the machine's circuitry upon start up.
One can steam milk at the the same time as making espresso for large parties. This machine's high wattage heating element is desired to heat the boiler quickly for quick recovery and temperature stability. The Sixties Series even generates a lot of heat to keep those cups nice and toasty on top - you may want to place this machine with an open overhead area. With a direct water line connection, you never have to worry about filling any water tank, but you do have to remember to recharge the water softener and change the water filter.