LUCCA A53 Mini Espresso Machine by La Spaziale
$1,895.00 – $2,490.00
A special version of the wildly popular Vivaldi II espresso machine. This beauty is custom made for Clive by La Spaziale and available in standard black panels, or hand made local hardwoods. If your kitchen requires a modern expression of a commercial quality espresso machine, this may be your daily driver.
In The Press
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 Lucca A53 espresso machine is a custom machine produced by La Spaziale specifically for Clive, based on the sturdy the Vivaldi II espresso machine platform. Mid-century modern design, beautifully wrapped in stainless steel, front and back and complimented with an attractive matte black display panel, this machine is at home in any kitchen.
On the inside, it is commercial quality La Spaziale throughout. Huge double boilers, great steam power, a saturated style group head. It comes to temperature incredibly fast and rebounds quickly from each shot. This is the perfect espresso machine for those looking for the capability to make multiple back to back drinks. Further, it is an excellent beginner machine. It’s a semi-automatic machine that can be programmed for specific volumetric dosing. Also, it has a forgiving 53mm portafilter that makes your espresso puck deeper and reduces the potential for channeling.
With a front-loading water reservoir, and low clearance it can fit in almost every kitchen. Easy to maintain and can be passed along to your children. We use this machine daily at Clive HQ in Portland and it will stand the test of time.
- Black handle double spouted commercial portafilter
- Black handle bottomless commercial portafilter
- Double basket
- Triple basket
- Blind basket
- 15 amp converter cord
- Cleaning brush
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- One-year parts and labor warranty by Clive Coffee for commercial use.
- One-year warranty against manufacturer defects for wood panels
- Volumetric dosing adjustable through touch pad
- One degree group temperature adjustability indicated by LED display
- Dual gauge, displays pump pressure and steam boiler pressure
- Electronic boiler refill
- Programmable offset differential
- Fault diagnosis alarms
- Built-in safety cut out on pump
- Swivel stainless steel steam arm
- Semi-automatic hot water delivery
- NEW - Steam tip with 4 smaller .9 mm holes
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- ETL/NSF certified for commercial use
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Body panel material||Stainless steel front, top and back panels|
|Side panel material||Black plastic, or optional wood|
|Drip tray||Matte black plastic|
|Drip tray cover||Stainless steel|
|Drip tray capacity||54oz|
|Drainable drip tray||Yes, with optional drain kit|
|Reservoir or plumbed||Reservoir only (direct plumbed A53 available with rotary pump)|
|Capacity||3 Liters/100 fl oz, makes approximately 25 beverages|
|Material||BPA Free Plastic|
|Removable||Yes (front loading)|
|Low water shutoff||Yes|
|No Burn (insulated)||No|
|Wand movement||Articulating, full rotation|
|Steam tip holes||4|
|Optional steam tips||Yes|
|Temperature control||Digital temperature control|
|Brew temperature adjustment||Individual degree, Celsius|
|Steam boiler adjustment||Individual degree, Celsius (controls max steam power)|
|Display type||Light up numerical display (numbers blink to indicate heating)|
|Brew control||Both semi-automatic and volumetric programming|
|Pre-infusion||Optional chamber adds fixed 6 second preinfusion|
|Hot water tap||Button operated (electronic solenoid)|
|Pressure gauges||Dual guage displays both pump pressure and steam boiler pressure|
|Cup warming tray|
|Materials||Chrome plated brass body with plastic handle|
|Type||Commercial 53mm (deeper baskets hold as much as 58mm equivalents)|
|Baskets included||Double basket holds up to 18 grams, triple basket holds up to 22 grams|
|Type||Semi-saturated, electronic solenoid activated|
|Maintenance||Urnex Full Circle or Cafiza backflush detergent|
|Materials||Brew boiler is nickel plated brass (inside and out), stainless steel steaming boiler|
|Brew boiler size||0.45L /15.2oz|
|Steam boiler size||1.2L /40.5oz|
|Brew boiler watts||800|
|Steam boiler watts||1250|
|Boilers automatically fill||Yes|
|Recommended brew pressure||9 bar (calibrated during bench testing)|
|Adjustable brew pressure||Yes|
|Warranty||2 years for home use, 1 year for commercial use|
|Recommended application||Home or office (for businesses we recommend direct plumbed A53)|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||Yes|