LUCCA A53 Espresso Machine by La Spaziale
Designed and built specifically for Clive by La Spaziale, the LUCCA A53 is an elegant and distinctive double boiler espresso machine that is directly plumbed.
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In 1969, La Spaziale of Bologna, Italy, created a patented espresso system that warmed water with steam rather than boiling. The brand continues to innovate. Its new compact machine is made exclusively for Clive Coffee in Portland, Ore., and functions like a commercial model, with stainless-steel filters and a dual-boiler system.
Nothing beats a great shot of espresso or a sweet and delicious latte from the comfort of your own home, so we set out to find the perfect home espresso setup. After testing and experiment with a wide variety of expensive and inexpensive espresso machines, grinders, and accessories, we were head over heels about the LUCCA A53.
The La Spaziale S1 has long been a team favorite here at Clive. Our customers have appreciated the solid build quality and generous steam power.
Our founder Mark traveled to Bologna to work with La Spaziale to develop a few customizations to the S1, specifically designed for our customers. The LUCCA is the result of this collaboration.
The LUCCA mark shines through the control panel’s modern matte finish and the matching matte drip tray contrasts with the gloss black La Spaziale badge. The back of the machine is all stainless, which makes a fantastic contrast to the wood side panels that we make here in Portland.
The volume of water to be dispensed for single and double shots is easily programmable. While most people keep the factory temperature setting of 202°, the brewing temperature can be adjusted to your liking using the control pad.
We find the tall, narrow 53mm portafilter basket to be very forgiving, and a nice espresso blend like the Lovejoy can be dialed in to pull beautiful, sweet shots.
If you appreciate the distinctive shape of the La Spaziale S1 line, you’ll love the subtle design upgrades we’ve added to this well-regarded machine. The LUCCA A53 plumbs directly to your water line, and the A53 Mini has an internal water tank and cannot be plumbed.
- Black handle double spouted commercial portafilter
- Black handle bottomless commercial portafilter
- Double basket
- Triple basket
- Blind basket
- 15 amp converter cord
- Cleaning brush
- Direct plumb kit
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- One-year warranty against manufacturer defects for wood panels
- Swivel stainless steel steam arm
- ETL Listed
- Volumetric dosing adjustable through touch pad
- One degree group temperature adjustability indicated by LED display
- Dual manometer
- Steam tip with 4 smaller .9 mm holes
- Fault diagnosis alarms
- Built-in safety cut out on pump
- Electronic boiler refill
- Semiautomatic hot water delivery
- Programmable passive pre-infusion
- Programmable offset differential
- Rotary pump
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.
Digital Temperature Control
Closed loop temperature control is a very simple and reliable means of maintaining boiler temperature. Brew temperature and steam boiler temperature can be adjusted degree by degree.
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.
- Width: 16.50"
- Depth: 16.50"
- Height: 15.25"
- Weight: 62 lbs.
- Steam boiler: 2.5 L / 1250 Watts
- Group boiler: 0.45L / 800 Watts
- Voltage: 110V