LUCCA A53 Mini Espresso Machine by La Spaziale
$1,895.00 – $2,490.00
Designed and built specifically for Clive by La Spaziale, the LUCCA A53 Mini is an elegant and distinctive dual boiler espresso machine that uses a water tank.
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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 line is one of the most popular and well proven dual boilers on the market, and 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 A53 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.
There are a number of the reasons for this machine’s reputation and continued popularity. Forgiving dual boiler performance with great steam power and modern saturated style brew boiler (more efficient, so it warms up and reheats faster than e61 machines). Deeper 53mm portafilters (double spout and bottomless are included) hold as much coffee as their 58mm alternatives, but the thicker coffee puck is more forgiving of channeling.
True commercial DNA means maximum durability and easy access to parts for service. Simple and intuitive design makes it less intimidating and easier to learn than some machines. You can pull shots manually, or program the shot volume. There is a front loading three liter water reservoir.
The machine is easily switchable between 15 and 20 amp modes, meaning you can use the machine on any outlet. If you have 20 amp circuit breakers available, the machine can heat both boilers simultaneously. This cuts warmup time to 15 minutes, and improves steam regeneration for bigger volumes and back to back drinks. If you’re looking for a beautiful, durable and powerful espresso machine, it’s hard to do better than the LUCCA A53 Mini.
- 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 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 Listed for commercial use
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|
|Material||Nickel plated brass (inside and out)|
|Brew boiler size||0.45L /15.2oz|
|Steam boiler size||1.2L /40.5oz|
|Brew boiler watts||800|
|Steam boiler watts||1250|
|Max wattage||In ECO (15 amp) mode 1250 watts, in switchable 20 amp mode 2050 watts|
|Boilers automatically fill||Yes|
|Recommended brew pressure||9 bar (calibrated during bench testing)|
|Adjustable brew pressure||Yes|
|Recommended application||Home or office (for businesses we recommend direct plumbed A53)|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||Yes|