What is the heat up time for an Italian coffee machine?

by Paul Sadler

I'm often asked about heat up time. Traditional HX and DB Italian espresso machines have an E61 group (the Star Trek looking thingy out front). The boilers in these machines heat right up in about 5 minutes, but allow 20 minutes for the E61 group to heat up to thermal equilibrium before pulling your shot. If you are in a rush you get a great espresso after 10 minutes by running water through the group to heat it more quickly.   

Never give up an E61 group on an Italian coffee machine to save a few minutes during heat up. The E61 is legendary for good reasons including thermal stability and gentle pressure ramp up during brewing.  

The best solution - a power point controller to switch the machine on in the morning.

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