La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II Espresso Machine
The La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II is the answer to many requests for a tank version of the ever popular La Spaziale Vivaldi II. Holding true to the form and most features on one of the most popular prosumer espresso machines on the market, the Mini Vivaldi II trades the rotary pump for a 3 liter front loaded water tank and vibratory pump while still featuring the digital temperature control. While the electronic passive pre-infusion is not available on this model due to the lack of direct connection to a water source, there is an optional upgrade for a pre-infusion chamber that would be installed prior to shipping. Just as is the case with the Vivladi II, the Mini Vivaldi II benefits from a large community of satisfied owners who claim it to be the best home machine on the market.
- Double Boiler: Group - 450 mL, 800 watt heater and Steam - 1.2 L, 1250 watt heater
- Faema E61 lever action grouphead. A commercial quality grouphead that helps greater ensure temperature stability
- Ability to Adjust Group Head Temperature in One Degree Increments from 91C (195.8F) to 97C (206.6F) on front control panel
- Programmable Volumetric Dosing (can select dosage for a single and double shot)
- Programmable Offset Differential makes sure the temperature programmed is the temperature exiting the group.
- 3 Liter Water Tank in front of machine with water softener
- 20 Amp or 15 Amp Mode (If 15 amp is needed, please select option above when adding to cart)
- Articulating Stainless Steel Steam Wand with 4 hole tip
- Steam and Group Pressure Gauges
- Hot Water Tap
- Fault Diagnosis Alarms
- Updated Temperature Probe that sits directly in the boilers
- Built-In Safety Thermostat
- Optional Pre-Infusion Chamber that allows low-pressure water to saturate the coffee. (Select option when adding to cart)
- Before flipping the steam lever, point the end of the steam wand into an empty container or point it towards the drip tray. This is to get rid of any water that might first come out when you turn on the steam wand.
- When dry steaming begins exiting the steam wand, you can turn it off. You are now ready to start steaming your milk.
- Do not fill your milk pitcher more than halfway full with cold milk
- Make sure the tip of the steam wand is fully submerged before you turn on the steam.
- After you begin steaming, you can raise the steam wand so that the tip is barely submerged. If the tip is submerged too much the milk will begin to squeal meaning it needs more aeration. If you bring the tip too far out you will hear a heavy chirping or sucking sound. This will result in big bubbles and a possible mess.
- You should aim for slight chirping up until the milk reaches room temperature. At that point you can submerge the tip of the wand to one side of the pitcher to create a swirling motion. Continue this until the steaming pitcher becomes too hot to the touch or a couple seconds after you have to take your hand off of the bottom or side (this should be around 140°).
- Two complete 53 mm portafilters (one single and one double)
- Rubber blank disk for backflushing
- Extra set of shower screens
- Wrench to remove shower screens
- Extra Group Gasket
- Group Brush for Cleaning
- We recommend purchasing a 53 mm Prima Coffee Tamper from the drop down menu above
- The double boiler, which includes a dedicated 1.2L steam boiler with the same size heater as the Vivaldi II, provides plenty of steam.
- The hidden, 53 mm group ensures no accidental burning.
- Ability to control the water temperature from 91C to 97C.
- Option to upgrade to 20 amp with the flip of a button.
- While cheaper than than the E61 sporting Vibiemme Double Domobar, the Vivaldi II still carriers a premium price tag.
- If the machine has been idle for more than ten minutes, a blank shot pull is needed to bring the group head back up to temperature.
- Plain water backflushing should be done at least once a week. To backflush, use the portafilter's backflush disc. Take out your single or double basket and securely place the blank insert into the portafilter. To perform a plain water backflush, place the portafilter into the group head. Then raise the brew lever all the way up for 15 seconds, and then lower it. Water will forcefully discharge out of the bottom of the group into the drip tray; this is normal. Repeat three to five times.
- Backflush with detergent like Cafiza (see options above) once every fifty extractions.
- Descale coffee boiler once a month to keep temperature probe clean.
- Descale steam boiler once every three to six months.(Descaling can be performed through reservoir mode to avoid disconnecting the water supply line.)
- Warranty: One-year parts and labor provided by US distributor.
|Model:||Mini Vivaldi II|
|PID:||No - Group Temperature Adjustment|
|Three Way Solenoid:||Yes|
|Basket Size:||53 mm|
|Coffee Boiler:||.45 L|
|Steam Boiler:||1.2 L|
|Water Reservoir:||3 L|
|Electrical:||110 volts / 1250 Watts Steam/ 800 Watts Boiler / 15 or 20 Amps (select above)|
|Dimensions:||16.5" W x 16.5" D x 15" H|
*Image is a representation. Actual product may vary based on model, size, and options selected.
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