La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi

The La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi is a unique manual fill single group espresso machine with internal 3L water tank. Made in Italy with a passion for excellent espresso.

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The La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi is unique in that it has an internal water tank 3L which is filled manually. That means no water mains connection is required. It's the first manual fill espresso machine in the UK, making it extremely suitable for home use as well as commercial premises which have limited space and a steady but comparitively low demand for espresso. It does of course also feature an integrated driptray so there is no need to have a waste pipe fitted underneath the machine.

This added functionality and flexibility does not mean the S1 Mini Vivaldi fails to live up to the performance that can be expected from a La Spaziale machine. Eventhough it is compact, it still features La Spaziale's patented steam heat exchange system as well as giving you complete control over the temperature of the espresso shot; allowing you to regulate the water temperature with steps of 1 degree at the simple press of a button. Inside the machine you will find a smaller boiler (0.45L) for coffee delivery to make space for the internal water tank. However, there is still a separate 1.2L boiler for steam and hot water delivery which ensures you have the power available to quickly deliver both espresso and steam when required.

The La Spazialle Mini Vivaldi weighs approx. 27kg and features a professional stainless steel finish. The coloured side panels lift the overal appearance of the machine. The internal water tank is easy to remove and there is ready access to the drip tray. A lever replaces the traditional turning knob for the delivery of steam. One of the benefits of a steam lever is the ability for instant delivery of steam and the similar ability to stop the steam immediately by knocking the lever back up. A simple control panel allows you to program the proportions of the doses. The panel also features the LED strip which indicates the current temperature.

Like the plumbed S1 version (S1 Vivaldi), the inside of the machine demonstrates the high quality of workmanship through the exclusive use of high grade materials. The Mini Vivaldi features a built-in vibrating pump as well as a built-in safety thermostat; semi-automatic hot water water delivery for infusions; fully electronic boiler refill and electronic temperature regulation of the coffee delivery group. The machine monitors the water level inside the 3L water tank and an indicator will alert you to refill this. Inside the 3L water tank is a filter cartridge to provide a consistent quality of water and prevent scale build up.

Patented Heat Exchange System
What really sets La Spaziale aparts from its competitors is the patented Heat Exchange System which uses steam to heat the tube which contains the water for the espresso shot. This is instead of passing the tube through the hot water in the boiler itself. Why is this important? The temperature of the water in the boiler naturally fluctuates. This fluctuation increases when the demand for espresso increases. Steam on the other hand always retains a consistent temperature, regardless of the number of drinks produced. Because of this the water temperature at the group head is also always consistent. The image below demonstrates this process and below the image you will find information on why temperature is critical to delivering a consistent shot of espresso.

La Spaziale patented heat exchange system

Different coffee at different temperatures
It is important to have a consistent and predefined temperature at the group head. We have tested our espressos bean at various temperatures on our own La Spaziale machine. Slowly moving up and down through the various temperatures, it is amazing to find how big the difference in taste was even at a single degree difference. It was creating a very bitter espresso at a too high a temperature and a sickly shot without a defined body when the temperature was too low. We found that our espresso beans really hit the sweet spot and taste amazing at 94 degrees (boiler at 119 degrees). When you run a business or you simply care about your espresso, you want to be able to consistently produce a good espresso. La Spaziale machines allow you to do this because of the unique steam heat exchange system; ensuring every coffee you make tastes exactly how you intended it.

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