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La Marzocco Strada Mechanical Paddle 3 Group Espresso Machine

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SKU: Strada MP 3 Group

For most companies it's hard to find motivation for pushing out new products if you find yourself on top already. This is not, however, the case with La Marzocco. The Italian based espresso machine manufacturer continues to push the envelop when it comes to innovations in espresso machine technology. The newest line from La Marzocco continues their progression in the specific areas of temperature stability and pressure profiling. We've discussed the Strada Electronic Paddle version in detail in our Strada EP blog post and listing for the 3 Group Strada EP. The Strada Mechanical Paddle employs technology similar to the Mechanical Paddles on other La Marzocco models but with a few new features including individual pressure gauges, digital PID control, and dedicated group boilers.

This listing is for the three group. For the two group, please see the Strada MP 2 Group Listing

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Highlighted Features

Mechanically Controlled Pre-Infusion

The La Marzocco Strada MP allows the barista to control the pre-infusion of the coffee via the mechanical paddle. This gives the barista control of water flow and pressure mechanically via an internal valve. The pressure can be monitored with the analogical pressure gauge attached to each group.

Dedicated Coffee Boilers

Each grouphead on the Strada MP has its own dedicated coffee boiler. This means that the barista can digitally control the temperature of each grouphead independently.

Digital Display

Intuitive programming make it easy to adjust machine parameters This includes controlling the the temperature of each individual group via P.I.D.. The display also features a digital shot timer.

Temperature Stability

La Marzocco has taken every step possible to ensure the greatest degree of temperature stability in their machines and the Strada is no exception. Temperature stability is important as coffee can easily become bitterly over-extracted due to temperatures too hot or under-extracted due to temperatures too cold. The Strada MP implements three means of ensuring this much needed temperature stability: saturated group heads, pre-heated intake water, and P.I.D.

The saturated group heads are exposed to the hot water from the coffee boiler ensuring the group remains at proper brewing temperature. The pre-heated intake water takes water headed to the brew boiler through a heat exchanger which ensures that the water freshly entering the brew boiler does not impact the brew temperature selected. The P.I.D. is technology that electronically controls the boilers to precisely maintain the specified brewing temperature.

Additional Features

  • Mechanical Paddle - Mechanically controlled pump pressure provides the ability to control pre-infusion time.
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  • Hot Water Economizer - Enables you to set the tap temperature.
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  • Cup Warmer - Helps keep cups at a proper temperature.
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  • Tall Cups - Two adjustable levels for the drip tray allows the barista to adjust as needed.
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  • Stainless Steel Portafilters - Easy to clean single and double stainless steel portafilters with snap-on spouts and integrated tamping stand.
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Specifications
Manufacturer: La Marzocco
Model: Strada MP 3 Group
Machine Type: Paddle
Groups: Three
Basket Size: 58 mm
Coffee Boiler: 1.3 L per Group
Steam Boiler: 11.8 L
PID: Yes
Group Head to Drain Tray: N/A - Adjustable (2 Positions)
Electrical: 220 volts / 6400 Watts
Dimensions: 39.5" W x 26" D x 17.8" H
Weight: 200 lbs.
Color: Stainless / Yellow & Black Details
Warranty: One Year Parts and One Year Service
List Price: $17,000
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Whether or not their competition admits it, La Marzocco's influence on the espresso world is unprecedented. Double-boilers and saturated group heads are just a couple of the technological innovations they have brought to the masses. Their espresso machines are well-known for their workmanship and durable build, crafted to handle the highest volume environments without compromising quality.
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