ECMSpecial Edition Classika PID Espresso Machine
The Special Edition Clive Classika PID by ECM packs premium features and build quality to create cafe performance in one of the most compact footprints on the market. This edition includes joystick steam control, powder coated white or black finish, matching ECM bottomless portafilter and a matching stainless steel tamper. In all, about $400 of included upgrades at a great price.
Espresso purists and space constrained cappuccino lovers: rejoice! We worked with our friends at ECM to develop a custom and exclusive version of their time-tested Classika espresso machine. We’re thrilled with the result. The Special Edition ECM Classika PID from Clive Coffee packs premium features and build quality, to create cafe performance in one of the most compact footprints on the market.
The timeless lever-actuated e61 group head, mirror polished (or black, or white) panels and upgraded steaming joystick are gorgeous, but this is so much more than a pretty face. Classika’s .75 liter stainless steel boiler is the same size as the brew boiler in the flagship ECM Synchronika, meaning nothing will be sacrificed in the cup. ECM’s patented e61 group head incorporates stainless steel internals and 9 pounds of chromed brass brings amazing temperature stability and mechanical pre-infusion to every shot. The cutting edge PID allows fine tuning of espresso flavors by individual degree temperature adjustment, and the built-in shot timer helps to dial in the grinder and improve shot consistency. When you find your favorite flavors, the machine holds your setting to within 1 degree.
The updated joystick has spring-like action which means steam power is instant on and off, so you can steam your milk to the perfect temperature every time. Flip the satisfying rocker switch to steam mode, and in one minute you’ll have ample steam power for your favorite milk drink. The stainless steel steam wand swivels fully on a ball joint, so you can accommodate multiple pitcher sizes and point the steam right where you want it.
The spotless internal layout and German engineering make it clear that the Classika is built to be long-lasting, with routine maintenance made as straightforward as possible. If it’s all about the flavor in the cup, and you don’t make a lot of back-to-back milk drinks, the Clive Classika is ready to take your coffee journey to new heights.
- ECM Double Spouted Portafilter
- ECM Bottomless Portafilter
- Single Basket
- Double Basket
- Triple Basket
- ECM Stainless Steel Tamper
- Backflush Blank
- Grouphead Brush
- Water Test Strip
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- Insulated steam and hot water arm
- PID-display to regulate the temperature of the coffee boiler
- PID-display shows the brewing time in seconds
- Boiler pressure gauge
- 'No-burn' steam wand
- Low water shut off
- Durable Stainless Steel Construction
- Wood accessory upgrade available
- Fitted with copper water tubing as opposed to teflon or other plastics
If you're and espresso purist who likes the occasional cappuccino on the weekend a single boiler is the machine for you. Single boilers take less time to heat than their larger dual boiler and heat exchanger relatives. They also have smaller footprints, and offer a more espresso focused experience.
The reservoir is the water tank an espresso machine pulls water from to fill its boilers. Having a reservoir means a machine can be more portable and work in homes where plumbing isn't an option.
E61 Group Head
The E61 group head was designed in 1961; the fact that it's still around speaks to its reliability. This style of group head allows for mechanical pre-infusion while also exuding romantic espresso machine style.
These machines are built from the ground up with the home barista in mind. They span a wide range of needs but what they all have in common is a focus on creating a great user experience in a footprint that will fit on your counter, and look great there too.
Vibratory pumps are the most common design in compact espresso machines, because they’re durable, compact and economical. Although they’re a bit louder than rotary pumps, when adjusted to proper 9 bar brew pressure vibratory pumps offer comparable espresso quality.
PID Temperature Control
PIDs allow the most precise temperature adjustment and control of boilers by continuously calculating the amount of power needed to maintain the target temperature. They also allow more detailed information to be displayed to the user than digital temperature controlled systems.
Shot timers measure the brew time from the time the pump is activated. This information is extremely helpful for dialing in an espresso grinder to the ideal 25 second 1.5oz shot, and maintaining consistency.
Joystick Operated Steam/Hot Water
Joystick operated valves make steam and hot water dispensing instant on and off. Simply flick the steam valve when the milk has reached the optimum temperature, and the valve will spring closed. These non compression valves are a very durable and easy to maintain design that has been used in commercial equipment for decades.
|Drip Tray||Stainless steel|
|Drip Tray Cover||Stainless steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity||36oz|
|Drainable Drip Tray||No|
|Reservoir or Plumbed||Reservoir (feeds from bottom instead of through hoses)|
|Capacity||3 Liters/100 fl oz, makes approximately 25 beverages|
|Material||BPA Free Plastic|
|Low Water Shutoff||Yes|
|No Burn (insulated)||Yes|
|Wand Movement||Articulating, full rotation|
|Steam Tip Holes||2|
|Optional Steam Tips||Yes|
|Temperature Control||PID, Gicar brand|
|Brew Temperature Adjustment||Individual degree|
|Display Type||LCD, Fahrenheit or Celsius|
|Pressure Gauges||1, Pump pressure|
|Cup warming tray|
|Cup Rails Removable||Yes|
|Materials||Chrome plated brass body, plastic handle with balancing chrome tip|
|Baskets Included||Double basket holds up to 18 grams, Triple basket holds up to 22 grams, backflush disk for cleaning|
|Tamper||Upgraded ECM stainless steel tamper included|
|Type||e61, lever activated|
|Maintenance||Urnex Full Circle or Cafiza backflush detergent|
|Boiler size||.75 liter/25.36oz|
|Steam speed||6oz of milk in 25 seconds|
|Boiler Automatically Fill||No|
|Insulated||Yes, velcro wrap|
|Pump Type||Vibratory, Ulka brand|
|Recommended brew pressure||9 bar|
|Adjustable Brew Pressure||Yes, accessible from top of machine|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||No|