Dalla Corte Mina Espresso Machine
Mina’s cutting edge hardware offers unprecedented control over coffee extractions, with automation and total repeatability made easy with a Bluetooth smartphone application. From pour overs to modern specialty espresso, this stunning commercial tool is ready to impress demanding shops or purists.
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In The Press
Espresso machine manufacturer Dalla Corte is coming out with another single-group machine that straddles the professional and consumer line, and offers a novel lever-style means of activating a digital control over water delivery.
In the United States, we identify with brands, and there are a core group of names that people identify with espresso. Dalla Corte is still a new name to all but the most discerning enthusiasts, but this commercial manufacturer has been at the forefront of the multi-boiler movement since 2001, and the Mina is a vision into the future of espresso.
Many commercial manufacturers have put their DNA into compact machines, so what makes Mina different? For a start, the patented DFR (Digital Flow Regulation) valve, which can be closed to one-hundredth of a millimeter allowing the extraction to start at zero bars of pressure. Now picture user control of this DFR in a five-stage profile with adjustment increments of, you guessed it, one-hundredth of a millimeter. The brew lever of the Dalla Corte Mina allows on-the-fly control of the water flow and pressure through these five stages, but you can also make your favorite routine easily repeatable by toggling from manual mode to button operated volumetric. Keep the satisfaction of manual stick shift experience when you want, and in the blink-of-an-eye, it becomes a super consistent commercial workhorse. The level of control and ease of automation are where Mina differs from other paddle operated machines like the Slayer. This machine also has an amazing level of customizability in the panels using different metals and natural fibers. The four included baskets can accommodate 11-26 gram coffee doses, and the drip tray can even be removed leaving the front of the machine open for pourovers! We know this sounds crazy, but the brew temperature can be adjustable by tenths of a degree and the water flow can be controlled on-the-fly.
How are these adjustments made, and these profiles created? A powerful bluetooth connected smartphone application gives the user an unprecedented amount of information and control over their machine. (Android currently, IOS coming soon) For those that want a pure, analog espresso experience to rival any shop (or break out from the norm), the Mina stands ready. There’s no expensive LCD display to wear out, or distract from the experience. And for those that want this amazing control to be easily harnessed and repeatable with push button consistency, Mina is an NSF certified tool that’s ready for heavy commercial work, yet it can fit under cabinets at home. Like most full commercial machines, Mina requires direct plumbing for the inlet and drip tray.
The Dalla Corte Mina is made entirely of parts sourced within 30 miles of Milan. You will see the difference.
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- Dalla Corte stainless steel tamper
- Rubber tamping station
- Complete set of flexible water connection hoses and plumbing connection
- Two single-dose filters, 11-13 gram capacities
- Two double-dose filters, 16-26 gram capacities
- Two showerscreens
- Blind filter
- Cleaning brush
- Box of cleaning tablets
- Cloth for cleaning external parts
- Zero lead brass constructions
- Swiveling stainless steel steam wand
- Flow profile with five customizable stages
- Brew profile and boiler temperatures can be changed through Bluetooth smartphone application
- Programmable volumetric dosing and manual modes
- Hot water tap
- Boiler temperatures can be adjusted by tenths of a degree F or C
- Brew pressure and steam pressure gauges
- 4 hole steam tip
- Electronic boiler refill
- Rotary pump
- ETL/NSF certified for commercial use
Direct plumbing means you can hook a machine directly a water line and never have to worry about refilling your reservoir again. These machines also allow you to connect the drip tray to a drain so you don't have to make that tightrope walk to the sink.
Saturated Group Head
Saturated group heads are essentially surrounded by an extended section of the boiler. This means they warm up much faster than E61 group heads and hold a specified temperature more precisely.
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.
Looking to pull some espresso at a wedding or serve cappuccinos to all your holiday party guests? Want to upgrade your office coffee setup? You’ll need a durable machine that can keep up with the crowds. Any of these espresso machines can bring the heat and look beautiful doing it.
Pressure or flow profiling allow the user control over a coffees flavor profile. Acidity, sweetness and body can be changed by altering the rate and volume of water flow. Profiling machines also have different options for saving profiles for ease of automation and repeatability.
Dedicated temperature controlled boilers for brewing and steaming means both functions can happen simultaneously, with the additional advantage of fine tunability. Sour and bitter espresso flavors can be minimized by raising or lowering brew temperature, resulting in a smoother shot. Adjusting the temperature of the steam boiler can increase or decrease the amount of steam power to suit different drink size milk drinks.
The rotary vane pump offers whisper quiet performance just like your favorite cafe’s machine. This super robust design also allows plumb-ability.
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.
Volumetric programming gives the option of precisely dispensing a desired amount of liquid with the push of a button. For example, the double shot button can be programmed for a double shot, and the single shot button can be programmed for a 1oz rinsing flush.
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.
- Width : 15.15"
- Height : 18.9"
- Depth : 15.15"
- Weight: 73lbs
- Steam boiler capacity: 3 liters
- Brew boiler capacity: .5 liters
- Wattage: 2000 total watts
- Voltage: 110V