ECM Mechanika Espresso Machine
Introducing the ECM Mechanika V Slim Espresso Machine! ECM’s reputation for excellence has a tendency to speak for itself, but the Mechanika IV makes an equally audible statement about the quality of their machines. Touted by some as the sister machine of their Technika IV, the Mechanika impresses with both its impressive internal components and external design. Once again ECM has created a competitively priced machine that addresses the needs of a barista who desires prosumer performance and build quality.
Wrapped in a stainless steel exterior, the is tough as nails, yet it still commands attention with its traditional Italian flare. The railed cup warmer and dual pressure gauges are both functional and stylish while the brew lever and custom designed group head pay homage to its heritage. This version of the Mechanika is built with steam and hot water knobs instead of levers, which are labeled “Vapore” and “Acqua” respectively. On the inside the housing rests on a one-piece steel frame that spans the full length of the machine.
The Mechanika brews with an auto-filling 2.1 liter heat-exchange copper boiler and a high performance vibration pump. In line with all of ECM’s home espresso machines, the water lines are all copper as opposed to plastic. The keystone of the brewing process, the E61 group head rests in the front of the machine, helping to maintain a stable brew temperature from the boiler all the way to your cup.
The water reservoir holds up to 3 liters of and is equipped with an automatic shutoff that triggers in the event of low volume to prevent damage to the boiler. As a heat-exchanger machine, you are able to brew and steam at the same time thanks to the thermosyphon system. Both the steam and hot water wands are made of stainless steel and are designed with no-burn insulation to prevent them from getting too hot too quickly.
ECM Mechanika Espresso Machine features
- Weight 57 lbs
- Dimensions 24 × 16 × 24 in
- The Mechanika comes packaged with two weight balanced, chrome-plated brass portafilters and a single and double shot filter basket.
- Balanced portafilter
- Durable stainless steel construction
- Copper plumbing
- 3 liter monitored reservoir
- Insulated steam and hot water wands
- 3 year parts and labor warranty
I've been making espressos and cappuccinos at home for 40 years, following the purchase path over the years from the simple to the more sophisticated (and expensive). My ten year old E61 machine suffered a serious malfunction and after exploring my options I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new machine. Did I need PID? No, I'm dialed in by experience. Did I need a double boiler? No, I'm rarely making a large batch of drinks? Did I need a rotary pump? I'm not plumbed and can't feasibly do so. Would I like a machine that had all the features of my Fiorenzato Volante and is better made, quieter, and with a smaller footprint? Yes! I've had the ECM Mechanika for three days and already feel the love, so much so that I can't wait to get up in the morning and fire it up. Speaking of which, it comes to temperature faster than my old E61, possibly due to the insulated boiler. It's much quieter and consistently pulls shots within a degree or two of expectation. BTW, you won't find a nicer place to purchase this than right here at Comiso.com. I'm in NYC, had never heard of this company, but their 5% discount is unmatched and the people who pick up the phone when you call are super helpful.