La Marzocco Strada EP
The La Marzocco Strada was designed with user-friendly operation in mind, and features to create the most desirable workflow for any particular ‘style’ of operation behind the espresso machine. As such, there is a Strada that meets every kind of barista’s needs and preference with regards to workflow and desired level of control. This EP model includes pre-infusion for brewing, which minimises the impact of any human error on your cup quality, and increases evenness of flavour extraction. With this feature being fully controllable too, you can achieve the highest levels of coffee flavour extraction using digital assistance, and without having to waste more coffee than you usually would in such a pursuit.
A more detailed insight into the Strada EP’s features is below for you:
- Multiple coffee boilers, plus a large steam boiler. The number of groups in a Strada corresponds to the number of independent coffee boilers inside it. However, you still get a large steam boiler included separately to all of those, so the performance of your espresso brewing and steam release are not interdependent at all.
- Programmable temperatures on all coffee boilers. What does this mean to you? You can choose to achieve different brewing profiles on each group by temperature (and pre-infusion settings), or can opt to achieve the ultimate consistency across them all. Since no group will be impacted by any other while brewing, your water flow, pressure and temperatures can be much more accurately programmed to your needs.
- Programmable pre-infusion on each group. As above for temperature, your groups can all be independently programmed to use different pre-infusion recipes, meaning that you can extract multiple different coffees or the same coffee to different levels on each group (if desired). See below for an often missed benefit of this feature too.
- The neglected benefit of programmable temperatures and pre-brewing profiles on each group is your ability to counter any issues you have with water pressure, water flow or blockages on different group heads. Occasionally over time, people miss the ideal window for changing their water filtration, or choose not to use one. If this were to happen on your Strada, you could counteract the issues normally associated with not being able to extract enough flavour with a restricted water flow by increasing brewing temperature and/or adding time to your pre-infusion. Not a feature we hope that you’ll need, but a virtue if it ever happened to you in the long run.
- Steam wands that do not burn your staff – the steam wands on Strada models are all cold to the touch, meaning less issues with accidental burns and less problematic steam wand cleaning over time.
- Ergonomic workspace – this may seem like an odd or relatively unimportant benefit of a Strada, but it will be surprisingly useful for you in service. The drip tray of these machines is raised, large and slightly more protruding towards the barista. It simply means more workspace, more visibility, and less chance of spillage for both milk and coffee. Hard to visualise but a real bonus when you’re juggling tasks in service.
- Stainless steel portafilters as standard – La Marzoccos arrive with stainless steel portafilters. This means clean, taint-free espresso for you all day, every day, with minimal maintenance required too. No more tarry espresso taints building up below your espresso basket, tainting every shot with heavy, bitter flavour and reducing clarity and sweetness in each cup.
- Precision portafilters – your portafilters weigh the same upon arrival, eaing you won’t need to tare your scales when you move from using one side of the machine to the next. This will save you a serious amount of time, error and waste in the long run and is a benefit not to be ignored!
- Electronic paddle operation – paddle-operated brewing has pre-infusion built into it, so no need to worry about getting that bit wrong when using the EP’s more ‘manual’ approach to brewing. All you have to do is stop the espresso by pushing the paddle back across.
- Hot water control – your hot water spout for rinsing or tea brewing is programmable by dispense time and temperature, for control and precise dosing of water.
- Exposed group heads – the groups of a Strada are built to extend out of the front of the machine, meaning greater visibility of brewing since groups are not set back from the machine’s faceplate. This is also easier for cleaning.
Optional features worth thinking about
- External pump – if you want to manually adjust your water pressure, perhaps choose an external pump as an optional extra for your machine. In our opinion, the pre-infusion feature of the Strada does not necessitate it, but it is of course up to the user to decide their own brewing style.
- Glass panels – no performance benefit whatsoever, but it looks pretty interesting on the inside of one of these machines. These panels will be the thing that allows your customers and yourselves to see just what you have got under
La Marzocco Strada EP Brochure
Click here to see the La Marzocco Strada EP brochure. This includes all the specifications and features for this espresso machine model.
Is a La Marzocco Strada EP Right for Me?
If you’re wondering whether the La Marzocco Strada EP is right for you, or if a different model would be better for your specific circumstances, we can lend a helping hand. We’ll listen to what you want out of an espresso machine and discuss all the different options to ensure you end up with a machine perfect for your needs.
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Buying an espresso machine is a big decision so let us help you understand everything you need to consider. We can guide you through the whole journey so you end up with a machine that works for you.