The Elektra Micro Casa a Leva home espresso blog

The Elektra Micro Casa a leva is a beautiful home espresso machine. But is it capable of making great coffee? Follow my pursuit of ultimate espresso coffee as I learn to use this exciting machine.

Location: Trondheim, Norway

Monday, February 28

The importance of the tamper

My Reg Barber tampers; 49 mm african rosewood and 58 mm maple.

Most espresso machines are shipped with a plastic tamper. But it is highly recommended to buy a proper tamper, even though they can be quiet expensive. With a metal tamper it is much easier to obtain a level and consistent tamp, because it is heavier than a plastic tamper and with a much better grip.

Some tampers can even have a beautiful look, and that surely applies to the tamper that I ordered and received some weeks ago. It's a 49 mm Reg Barber tamper with a handle made out of african rosewood (bubinga). The base is convex. Actually, I've never had a flat tamper base, so I can't tell whether there's a noticeable difference or not, my tamping technique considered. The convex base helps in preventing channeling between the side of the basket and the coffee, because the coffee is pushed slightly away from the center of the basket and towards the side.

So the situation now is that I'm still waiting for the espresso machine and the grinder, but I already have a very nice tamper with the correct dimensions for the Micro Casa basket (49 mm).

I have heard that Mazzer is shipping the grinder from Italy today. That's great news!

Wednesday, February 23

What it's all about....

I am new to blogging, and I want to try posting my first picture. I still haven't received my new grinder and the Micro Casa, so there are no big news yet. But then I realized that an appropriate "first picture" could be the one above -espresso in a porcelain cup.

When the espresso machine and the grinder arrive I might become very technical about my new acquisitions and the whole process of making espresso with a lever machine. But what it's all about is the little cup of espresso that can be so tasteful. And it is when you forget about all the technicalities, when you find yourself with a well made cup of espresso in your hand without having thought much about how you made it....that is when it is perfect. A tasty espresso can give you energy and lift your mood. But first, before I get there, I will have to work myself through the technicalities of the new machine, practise the moves, adjust the grind and do a lot of experimenting and tasting. But it will be fun!

Tuesday, February 22

Starting up a web log!

I'm patiently waiting for a couple of postal parcels to arrive. One of them is an Elektra Micro Casa a Leva espresso machine. At the moment I own a la Valentina ala di Vittoria espresso machine. That is a great performing machine, and for me the Micro Casa is not an upgrade from that machine. I'm buying the Micro Casa out of curiosity! The Micro Casa is a spring piston lever machine, and should be a quiet different experience from using a vibratory pump heat exchanger machine like the la Valentina. I will of course come back with details of how these machines work and how they perform....

The second parcel that will arrive in (hopefully) a couple of weeks is a Mazzer Mini espresso grinder. This can be said to be an upgrade from my former Rancilio Rocky grinder, considering the quality of the build, but also considering the accuracy of the grind setting. I'm excited about getting a Mazzer! I have ordered a dark red model, in a moments opposition against the common opinion that silver or black are the best looking models. I hope I won't regret it when I see the grinder in the kitchen.

It's tough to wait for postal parcels to arrive. But when it finally does, I will post all my experiences, starting with out-of-the-box and first use.