Cafelat Robot Barista Manual Lever Espresso Maker
Out-of-this-world retro style and amazing espresso extractions - the Cafelat Robot can promise you both!
Not to worry, humans, the Cafelat Robot Barista isn't here to subjugate anybody - its true goal is to make fantastic espresso that will astonish your taste buds. Its fun aesthetic is only part of the winsome package which is rounded out by an all-steel portafilter with removable spouts, a cleverly designed basket and piston system, and an attached pressure gauge which will ensure you're pulling amazing shots consistently. With the spouts attached you can easily split your shot into two demitasse cups, or you can go spoutless for a great view of the bottom of the basket as the shot progresses.
The Robot Barista comes fully equipped to make fantastic espresso. In the box you'll find a unique 57.5 mm steel basket, with its own steel dispersion screen, plus a fitted steel tamper. While using the Robot is somewhat unconventional, the espresso it produces is top-notch and on par with the best shots you'd find in a cafe. Pulling shots manually takes some practice and patience, but it is highly rewarding and fun! We do recommend pre-heating the portafilter and basket for best results, and usually just pouring some hot water through them before brewing does the trick.
SPECIFICATIONS:58mm filter baskets the same size as professional semi-automatic machines. Our baskets are extremely high quality, they are made by the same factory that makes all the best baskets in the world.
Stainless Steel Tamper 1 piece stainless steel tamper designed and machined to precisely fit snugly in the basket and has tapered side walls to prevent ground being sucked back when you lift the tamper.
Pressure gauge Our Patent Pending system takes the pressure reading from inside the basket. Add to that the manual pressing of the lever arms, it enables you to manipulate pre-infusion, flow and pressure in real-time to get the best from your coffee.
Extraction pressure Ignore the magic 9 bar, that figure originally referred to the pump output pressure of a Faema E61 machine, when in actual fact the pressure at the group will be lower, maybe even 1-2 bar lower. Traditional lever machines (as measured by us) typically extract at 6-7 bars, and since the basket and piston on the Robot are the same size, we suggest you initially aim for 6-7 bars as well and adjust as preferred.
Temperature management The Robot is clearly not going to give you a La Marzocco type flat temperature profile. But water off the boil poured into a gently pre-heated basket will yield approx 95 deg c water, and will give you up to 88 deg c coffee output from the basket.
Extraction ratios Certainly a 2:1 ratio of beverage mass to ground coffee is possible i.e. a 16g coffee dose can easily yield a 32g beverage weight. You can increase the beverage weight up to 40-45g if needed.
Bottomless is best For best results we recommend using the portafilter without the spouts - but when using the pressurised basket it is best to use with the spouts attached.
It's a lever machine Lever machines can be very forgiving thanks to their gentle pre-infusion and the soft ramp up to full pressure.
Approx 2.8kg (6.2lbs), including the tamper
The main body and bases are aluminium
All other parts are stainless steel
The piston seal is FDA approved silicone
It is completely plastic free
IN THE BOX:
- The main body of the Robot with the arms and base assembled.
- Full set of pressure gauge installed (Barista version)
- 1 portafilter and 1 portafilter spout
- 1 professional 58mm basket
- 1 stainless tamper
- 1 stainless steel filter screen
- 1 bag of filter paper as a replacement of filter screen
- 1 silicone mat
- Piston blanking plug and Teflon washer (Barista version)