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the detailed review - microcasa semi automatica
MicroCasa Semi Automatica - Specifications
Introduction | Overview & History | Specifications | First Use | Operation | Maintenance | Performance | Comparisons | Long Term | Conclusion
Elektra Semi Automatica
Product Pricing

The Electra Micro Casa Semi Automatica is available from various US and Canadian espresso machine sellers. The prices listed below are the average price as of October, 2012.

SX Model SXC Model SXCD
SX Model
Brass and Copper for $1,899
SXC Model
All Chrome model for $1,899
SXCD Model
Beautiful art deco model with Murano Glass, $1,995, May be unavailable.
CoffeeGeek Testing

CoffeeGeek received the Elektra Microcasa Semi Automatica, model art.sx, in the early fall of 2002.

Testing was conducted in six sessions:
- October-December, 2002
- February 2003
- May 2003
- June 2003
- September-October 2003
- November 2003 - January 2004

Testing Tools Used:
- Fluke Series 52 II Dual Bead Probe Thermometer
- Salter Gram Scale (0.01g accuracy)
- Salter Scale (25lb capacity)
- CoffeeGeek Grouphead brew temperature tool
- Calibrated measuring beakers
- Digital 1/100 second timers

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As a continuing feature for all CoffeeGeek Detailed Reviews, we've amassed an extensive amount of data and information about the machines we test. The specifications below are measured by CoffeeGeek where possible; we rely on the Manufacturer and/or Product Supplier to provide us with information we cannot measure or test.

Name Microcasa Semi Automatica
Model ART.SX
Company Elektra
Manufacturer Elektra SRL
Country of Origin Italy
Manufacture Date May, 2000
Machine Type Consumer, Semi Automatic, Heat Exchanger
Height 58.6cm (23") (with Eagle Lid)
Height with Cups N/A
Width 28.4cm (11.1") (incl. steam wand)
Depth 25.7cm (10")
Weight Empty 11.4kg (25lbs)
Weight Full 16.8kg (37lbs)
Reservoir Size 2.3 litres max capacity, 2.1 liters real
Reservoir Water Temps 1 hour: 86.8F, 2 hours: 109.9F
Boiler Size 1.9 litres max (measured), 1.55 litres operating
Filter Size 58mm
Portafilter Material Chromed Brass, African hardwood handle, boned and polished
Portafilter Weight 568g (20oz)
Portafilter Length 20cm (7.9")
Portafilter Spring Yes
Portafilter Clasp No
Portafilter Spout Type Removable, Double Spout
Second Portafilter No
Filter Baskets Supplied Single (8.8g), Double (16g)
Blind Filter Supplied No
Backflush Capable Yes
Machine Materials, Outer Marine grade polished brass, polished copper, clearcoat finish
Boiler Material Marine grade brass
Grouphead Material Brass, double walled
Steam Wand Yes, 3 hole, traditional wand
Steam Wand Movement None
Wand Clearance 21cm (8.25")
Hot Water Capable No
Drip Tray Volume 180ml
Cup Height to Portafilter 6.4cm (2.5")
Machines Controls Power, pump activation, manual boiler fill, steam knob.
Machine Control Type Mechanical, on/off switch, press switch, rotate knob
Indicator Lights Two, power switch light (self contained), boiler active light
Indicator Dials Boiler Pressure BAR dial
Pressure Relief Valve Yes
False Pressure Relief Yes, boiler pop valve
Heat Exchanger Yes
Dual Boiler No
Thermoblock No
Dual Use, Single Boiler No
Pump Type Vibration diaphragm style, Ulka pump
Pump Watts 52w
Cup Warmer N/A
Cup Storage Space N/A
Cup Warming Temps N/A
Start Up Time 12:51 to boiler ready (avg of five measurements)
Real Brewing Ready 31:55, grouphead measures 150F
Cycle Time 9.42sec, average over five measurements
Time Between Cycles 24.77sec, average over five measurements
Volts 110-120
Watts 800 boiler, less than 1,000 overall
Suggested Retail $1,695
Lowest Retail $1,295
Safety Certified ??
Included in Box Professional portafilter, Manual, Single and Double and single filter basket, plastic tamper, measuring spoon
Warranty Yes, one year, through reseller

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