Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine

Bezzera Strega Lever Espresso Machine


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A unique offering from Bezzera, the Strega is a traditional, lever-operated heat-exchange machine with pressure profiling capabilities, which stands tall and proud when the lever is fully extended. Find out what it truly means to pull a shot on the Bezzera Strega.

Owning the Bezzera Strega

The Bezzera Strega is an old school lever-style espresso machine that pays homage to the very first espresso machine invented by the company’s founder Luigi Bezzera all the way back in 1901. Ever the innovators, though, Bezzera takes inspiration from a classic lever machine without getting stuck in the past. They’ve integrated both a hydraulic spring and vibration pump to ensure even pressure and offer control over pre-infusion. The Strega was intimidating to some of us, and it does take practice to get the process down, but, the adventurous among us found the Strega to be as fun as it is capable. As a heat exchange machine, it is capable of brewing and steaming simultaneously once you’ve got your shots down, and it can even be plumbed directly into a water line. Bezzera’s specially designed group head electronically heats up to make sure the brew water is never shocked by a cold component, though it will need to be flushed between uses, as the group can heat up a little too much. The Strega allows you to step back in time and experience what it’s truly like to pull a shot.

Using the Strega is tricky at first, but, once you get the hang of it, it’s totally worth it. One of the key benefits to brewing with the Strega is the unique way in which it controls both temperature and pressure. The high temperature of the copper boiler helps to properly heat the puck for a full extraction while the stored heat in the lever group allow for slightly lower finishing temperatures that prevent over-extraction. Similarly, the pressure produced by the machine trails off as well. The pump provides an initial 11 bar followed by the lever spring that starts around 9.5 bar and tapers to about 5.5 bar at the end of the shot. Remember to guide the lever up, because it will snap up quickly, and, we can tell you from experience, it hurts. For milk drinks, the Strega can produce roughly 45 seconds of steam time before needing to recover. The steam wand features a commercial style 4-hole tip that speeds up milk frothing and can require a bit of a learning curve for those who aren’t used to steaming so quickly.


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App Connectivity No

Boiler Configuration Single-Boiler/Dual-Use

Number of Boilers 1

Boiler Features Brew & Steam Simultaneously,Rapid Steam

Brew Boiler Auto-Fill Yes

Brew Boiler Heater Location Internal

Brew Boiler Insulation No

Brew Boiler Material Copper

Brew Boiler Orientation Horizontal

Back Flush Capable No

Brew Group Material Chrome Plated Brass

Brew Group Size (mm) 58 mm

Brew Group Type Sprung Lever

Brew Boiler Wattage 1450

Recommended Application Home / Residential

NSF Certified No

Controls and Additional Features Power Light

Pressure Gauges Brew Circuit

Type of Controls Lever

Cup Height (max, inches) 3.5 in

Cup Warmer Material Stainless Steel

Cup Warmer Size (L-in x W-in) 10.5 x 4.5

Cup Warmer Passively Heated

Drain Line Adaptable (Plumbable) No

Drip Tray Capacity (oz) 24 fl-oz

Drip Tray Cover Material Stainless Steel

Drip Tray Material Stainless Steel

Removable Drip Tray Yes

Portafilter Baskets Included Double,Single

Frame Material Steel

Programmable Grinding Single

Housing Color Stainless Steel

Housing Material Stainless Steel

Recommended Water Filter No Filter Required

Depth (Inches) 17.7 in

Height (Inches) 29 in

Weight (Lbs) 67.24 lbs

Width (Inches) 13 in

Bottomless Portafilter Available Yes

Filter Diameter (mm) 58 mm

Portafilter Handle Material Plastic

Portafilter Material Chrome Plated Brass

Number of Portafilters Included 2

Ground, E.S.E., Pod and Capsule Compatibility Ground Coffee

Portafilter Type Commercial Style

Portafilter Weight (lbs) 1.25 lbs

Portafilter Diameter 58 mm

Adjustable Brew Pressure Yes

Pump Pressure (Max. Bar) 15 Bar

Pump Type Vibration Pump

Pump Wattage 52 watts

Manufacturers Warranty Period 1-Year Limited Warranty

Amps 13 A

Volt 110V-120V (US)

Watts 1550 Watt

Power Cord Length (inches) 50 in

Power Cord Storage No

Steam Boiler Auto-Fill Yes

Steam Boiler Heater Location Internal

Steam Boiler Insulation No

Steam Boiler Material Copper

Steam Boiler Orientation Vertical

Steam Boiler Volume (Oz) 67 fl-oz

Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief Valve Yes

Steam Boiler Wattage 1550 Watt

Steam Wand Features No-Burn,Swappable Steam Tips

Height Off Counter (Inches) 8 in

Steam Tip Hole Count 2

Steam Wand Material Stainless Steel

Steam Wand Movement Type Fully Articulated

Steam Wand Commercial Style

Steam Wand Usable Length 3.75 in

Water Reservoir Access Location Top

Water Reservoir Capacity 135 fl-oz

Water Reservoir Material Opaque Plastic

Water Source Reservoir and Water Line

Maximum Incoming Water Pressure (PSI) 29 PSI

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