ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine
The ECM Synchronika is a dual boiler espresso machine that combines rational, modern design with subtle race car elements, while boasting a number of technical improvements.
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From the sister company of Profitec, ECM introduces their highly anticipated flagship dual boiler espresso machine: the Synchronika. When we first saw this machine, we were very excited about this combination of German design and Italian heritage. Why the love at first sight? ECM has applied subtle beautification and refinement of the little things that set apart the offerings in this equipment class. This machine offers exceptional espresso performance and steam power in a package that would look and feel perfect in the design-conscious home, office or restaurant, and its clean internal layout will warm the heart of every engineer. Front and center is ECM’s patented update of the most iconic group head design on the market, which now utilizes stainless steel internals and a simpler single top cap. The reason for implementing more stainless steel parts is their durability, cleanliness and ability to resist calcium buildup for simpler maintenance routine.
ECM also added a pair of new stainless steel joysticks with insulated “no-burn” wands, which make steam and hot water dispensing instant on and off. These spring loaded joysticks swivel on a ball joint for easy locking at any point on the rotation, and the steam power can be fine-tuned for different steaming preferences by adjusting the steam boiler using the PID controller.
Next, take in the stunning custom brew and steam pressures gauges. The big block letters and red needle evoke the feel of interacting with a hand-made timepiece or a classic European sports car. The updated PID with chrome finish adds new functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. The Synchronika displays the temperatures of the steam and brew boilers, and has a built in-shot timer to improve shot consistency. The PID’s brushed metal finish combined with the new ability to easily turn the display off means the technology doesn’t have to distract from the timeless looks. It also has the option to turn on an adjustable group cleaning reminder, which could be helpful for building the habit of backflushing your machine. We know some people have questions about why and how to adjust the brewing temperature, as well as the accuracy of the temperature shown on their machine. Rest assured that all of our Italian-made dual boiler machines retain control of brew temperature as well as offset. This means we can always make sure your machine is brewing at the correct temperature in either fahrenheit or celsius, and help you fine tune your machine for different coffees.
With a capable espresso grinder, the Synchronika can create an espresso experience that rivals your favorite coffee shop. Whether you love traditional Italian-style espresso, or the more subtle and nuanced specialty style, this has the flexibility and consistency to excel.
- ECM single spouted portafilter
- ECM double spouted portafilter
- ECM stainless steel tamper
- Single basket
- Double basket
- Braided plumb-in line
- Drip tray cup riser
- Drip tray drain attachment
- Grouphead brush
- Backflush blank
- Water test strip
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- PID-display: individual adjustment of the temperature in both boilers, an optional display to remind you of the group cleaning, integrated shot timer
- No-burn, stainless steel steam and hot water arms
- Pump pressure gauge
- Steam pressure gauge
- Joystick steam and hot water valves
- BPA free water reservoir
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.
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.
Switchable Water Source
A switchable machine is not limited to either a water reservoir or plumbing. Large water reservoirs are always available for portability, but the plumbing line is also included and switching the water source between them is a breeze.
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|
|Drainable Drip Tray||Yes|
|Reservoir or Plumbed||Both|
|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|
|Steam Boiler Adjustment||Individual degree, control max steam power|
|Display Type||LCD, Fahrenheit or Celsius|
|Display Can Be Disabled||Yes|
|Display Cleaning Reminder||Yes, optional and programmable|
|Pre-Infusion||Yes, and can be extended when plumbed in|
|Pressure Gauges||2, pump pressure and steam boiler pressure|
|Cup Warming Tray|
|Materials||Chrome plated brass body, plastic handle with balancing chrome tip|
|Baskets Included||Single and double shot|
|Bottomless Portafilter||available separately|
|Tamper||Upgraded ECM stainless steel tamper included|
|Type||e61, lever activated|
|Maintenance||Urnex Full Circle or Cafiza backflush detergent|
|Brew Boiler Size||.75 liter/25.36oz|
|Steam Boiler Size||2 liter/67.6oz|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1200|
|Steam Boiler Watts||1400|
|Boilers Automatically Fill||Yes|
|Heating Element Access||Accessible from bottom|
|Insulated||Yes, velcro wrap|
|Pump Type||Fluid-o-Tech brand, rotary vane|
|Recommended brew pressure||9 bar|
|Adjustable Brew Pressure||Yes|
|Recommended Application||Home or office|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||No|
|Max Wattage||1400 Watts, for standard 15 amp breaker and outlet|