Cafelat Robot Barista Manual Lever Espresso Maker

Product Code
robot-barista-green-cafel-pp
$449.00

Due to increased shipping costs associated with COVID-19 and changing tariffs we've had to increase the price for the Robot.

Summary

Out-of-this-world retro style and amazing espresso extractions - the Cafelat Robot can promise you both!

Measurements

Weight
9 lbs
Length
10 in
Width
16 in
Height
8 in

Details

Not to worry, humans, the Cafelat Robot Barista isn't here to subjugate anybody - its true goal is to make fantastic espresso that will astonish your taste buds. Its fun aesthetic is only part of the winsome package which is rounded out by an all-steel portafilter with removable spouts, a cleverly designed basket and piston system, and an attached pressure gauge which will ensure you're pulling amazing shots consistently. With the spouts attached you can easily split your shot into two demitasse cups, or you can go spoutless for a great view of the bottom of the basket as the shot progresses.

The Robot Barista comes fully equipped to make fantastic espresso. In the box you'll find a unique 57.5 mm steel basket, with its own steel dispersion screen, plus a fitted steel tamper. While using the Robot is somewhat unconventional, the espresso it produces is top-notch and on par with the best shots you'd find in a cafe. Pulling shots manually takes some practice and patience, but it is highly rewarding and fun! We do recommend pre-heating the portafilter and basket for best results, and usually just pouring some hot water through them before brewing does the trick.

How to use the Robot:

  1. Start by heating your water to about 205-210 F (you'll lose some heat as you pour, so we recommend starting hotter than you wish to brew)
  2. Measure and grind your dose of coffee - we like about 18-20 grams of coffee. Your grind size should be appropriate for espresso, meaning it will be fine-textured and slightly clumpy.
  3. Add the coffee to the basket, tap to settle, and then tamp firmly, as evenly and level as possible.
  4. Add the dispersion screen to the top of the tamped coffee.
  5. Add the hot water directly on top of the dispersion screen. For an 18 gram dose, we use around 60 grams of water to account for both the desired output and the water retained by the coffee puck.
  6. Insert the basket into the portafilter and prepare your cup.
  7. To insert the portafilter into the Robot, first raise the arms to raise the piston. Insert the portafilter with the handle straight out, and turn either left or right to lock in.
  8. Begin your extraction by softly lowering the arms. As you apply more force, you will see the pressure gauge indicate higher pressure.
  9. For a soft pre-infusion, apply about 2-3 bars of pressure until espresso begins dripping out of the portafilter.
  10. Increase pressure to about 8-9 bars for the duration of the shot, and release pressure when you wish to stop your shot.
  11. Tip: An Acaia Lunar scale will fit under the bottomless portafilter if placed diagonally!
  12. Once your shot is finished, raise the lever arms again and remove the portafilter.
  13. To clean up, knock out your puck, rinse and wipe the basket and portafilter, and wipe down the piston.
  14. Enjoy your tasty shot of espresso!

What's in the box:

  • Cafelat Robot Barista Espresso Maker
  • Steel portafilter with detachable spouts
  • Steel brew basket and dispersion screen
  • Steel tamper
  • Silicone drip mat
  • Spare parts kit with silicone piston seal, silicone portafilter spout o-ring, piston screw, teflon spacer, and food safe grease

Features

  • Manual espresso maker with attached pressure gauge
  • Capable of true 9 bar shots
  • Retro aesthetic with fun color options
  • Steel portafilter, basket, and dispersion screen
  • Basket holds up to 25 grams of ground coffee comfortably
  • Includes steel tamper
  • Detachable portafilter spouts with silicone o-ring seal
  • Can fit an Acaia Lunar scale
  • Requires source for hot water
  • Nonelectric - does not heat or steam

Specifications

Model: Cafelat Robot - Barista Model
Operation: Manual Lever
Boiler Type: No boiler - requires source for hot water
Coffee basket capacity: Up to 25 g
Coffee basket volume: Approx. 145 mL (holds both ground coffee and water)
Coffee basket diameter: 57.5 mm
Height: 12 in | 19 in with arms raised
Width: 10 in
Depth: 6.5 in
Weight: 7.5 lb
4.73333 stars, based on 15 reviews

Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

7/25/2020 3:36:47 AM

5 / 5 stars

Absolute control of your shot.

Absolute control of your shot. Do have to worry about temp of water as you do not have control like in a boiler. I set the protafilter in a bowl and preheat while grinding the beans. Easy to set up and do the extraction. Applying the pressure by hand is not too difficult. Quick to do multiple brews in a row. Very easy to clean.

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7/18/2020 4:49:53 PM

5 / 5 stars

I’m smitten...

The Cafelat Robot is my first device and my first foray into home coffee/espresso. I love it. The quality pulls I get out of this thing are exceptional. I enjoy the hands on process from start to finish. You do have to be willing to put time and effort into dialing in your shots, but that is the case with any quality device or machine. Note, a good espresso grinder is a must with this device (I paired mine with a Orphan Espresso Lido-ET manual grinder). The quality of the build and straight forward nature of this device are beyond admirable. I have nothing but positive things to say about the Robot. Well worth the investment (especially when you taste the quality of the shots this thing pulls). Highly recommend!

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6/4/2020 12:06:00 PM

5 / 5 stars

Well made and a pleasure to use

Its quite simple to use, easy clean up, and makes good tasting espresso.

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6/3/2020 1:48:07 AM

5 / 5 stars

Fun to use and looks

Fun to use and looks fantastic.

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2/2/2020 3:27:24 PM

5 / 5 stars

Love It!

Cute as can be and after a hour or so of grinder setup have been making excellent espresso. I have only used the Robot for a couple weeks and appreciate the gauge to help calibrate me. I tend to pull the levers too hard, but can see eventually not needing the gauge. Paired with the Bellman stovetop steamer and I feel set for life.

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

1/30/2020 6:39:09 AM

5 / 5 stars

A fantastic Espresso maker at a low cost!

Someday I'd love to own a machine with temperature, pressure, and preinfusion controls.... But those are all simply too expensive to justify at this time in my life. In comes the Cafelat Robot. It does all of these things for less than $400, with the only downside being that it takes some manual effort and strength to make it happen. Once you get the hang of this thing, you'll get absolutely phenomenal results that can challenge machines that cost a thousand bucks more. The pressure gauge is hard to read when using the machine, but eventually you'll get muscle memory and no longer need it. I like to use a small mirror on my counter so I can watch the naked extraction while I'm working, and adjust the flow as necessary. Additionally, getting a small scale is extremely helpful for knowing when to end the shot. If I bought this again, I'd save the money and skip the barista edition and just go with the regular one...

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

1/9/2020 1:19:15 PM

5 / 5 stars

Cafelat Robot

It would be hard to add anything new abiut this manual lever espresso machine. So know it's built to last, produces some of the best espresso I've had, and the workflow is not much more than my HX machine. Know it requires a good grinder to get good results and you have to get your variables dialed in, but I highly recommend this product.

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

1/2/2020 11:18:49 PM

5 / 5 stars

Works Great Tastes Great!

After only one try we had our first great tasting espresso in our own house! The robot is super easy to use, and you don't even have to preheat any of the parts of its design. The pressure gauge is great for a beginner to practice with too, 9 bar is a lot more than you might think! Plus it looks super cute on the counter top. Special thanks to the folks at Prima Coffee for helping me get this before Christmas time.

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12/31/2019 7:57:27 PM

5 / 5 stars

They built it like they used to

This is a quality item. You never see this kind of workmanship in really much of anything you buy these days. I have only used it once and i realized it would not work with the grinder i have. It grinds too large for espresso. I could not even get a reading on the pressure gauge. I am looking forward to my experiments once i get the new grinder. Until then it will have to hang around the house looking good.

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

12/28/2019 3:53:19 AM

5 / 5 stars

Robot Espresso Maker

Compact, easy to use, and produces consistent great espresso

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

12/28/2019 4:06:58 AM

5 / 5 stars

I love it!

I got the Cafelat Robot Barista for Christmas. The Robot produces great espresso. It is an excellent machine. I love the hands on experience. The work flow is very easy to Master and you can tweak your process to pull excellent espresso from any type of roasted beans. I'm current using a light roast and I'm getting great results. I love that the Robot is travel friendly. I won't ever have to be without excellent espresso. I'm already planning road trips with it.

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Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

6/10/2020 4:43:20 PM

4 / 5 stars

Simple

Simple to use and makes a very tasty espresso.

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Verified Reviewer

12/20/2019 3:37:52 PM

5 / 5 stars

Best bang for your buck

This is my first espresso machine I've owned. I paired it with a Kinu M47 Phoenix grinder. After a little research and four shots playing with dose and grind, I had delicious espresso! This machine is super forgiving. The build quality is superb, and there's nearly no maintenance at all. If you're willing to put in a little work, I highly doubt there is another machine/grinder combo that will give you as excellent of results for ~$600.

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Verified Reviewer

12/12/2019 10:41:59 PM

5 / 5 stars

The Law of Attraction

I was just thinking, why can’t Prima carry the Cafelot Robot? Ordering it from Hong Kong seemed overly complicated. Save a green one for me! I have to wait until payday. You guys are taking all my money! Lol. FYI James Hoffman has a good review of this on YouTube.

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Verified Reviewer

3/5/2020 3:32:06 PM

2 / 5 stars

Robot Barista - Mean espresso, troublesome device

First thing's first : this thing makes an absolutely fantastic espresso, some of the best. But Jimi Hendrix can make a cheap Squier guitar sing, if you catch my drift. The final product is the result of quite a bit of frustration. Problems pop up constantly. There's always SOMETHING to troubleshoot with the Robot, which is strange because I purchased it due to its inherent mechanical simplicity. From squeaking arms, to the portafilter not fitting in easily like it did two days ago, to lack of a seal after applying a thin layer of Molykote 111 as directed to the piston seal, to the basket and screen becoming slightly bent with proper use over time, to... and on and on. All of these things seem to occur after a few months use. I feel as though most reviews are done after a week or two of owning one, however after months of use, the honeymoon ends and while I was wide eyed with a 5 star review during the first two weeks, the joy has dwindled. When a tool becomes a pain to use, it doesn't matter how great the end result is. Regarding issues, one last one I will mention is metal/paint flaking. After a few weeks of use I noticed a divot in the metal, as though the arm is grinding through the inner side of the body. It produces metallic flakes and paint chips. I wipe them away and have for weeks now, they still appear. Would they ever get inside my espresso? I doubt it; nonetheless it's a bit concerning. They are all handmade in China so troubleshooting and acquiring components is a time consuming process. The new Barista Robots also come with a few things mine didn't, which is a shame. Overall, eh (for the price).

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