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  • Finally got my Bezzera Mitica TOP

    Well this morning was the day I finally got my Bezzera Mitica TOP!

    First impressions was the heft of it. Beefy and just feels quality all around. Taking off the laser protective tape and inspecting the drip tray and coffee cup tray and it's built excellently. The power switch rocker is nice and hard to turn on/off
    and I honestly can't wait to start pouring a few shots! I'll edit this post with a more in-depth write up on my impressions on it as I get familiar with it, as there isn't a whole lot of info on the Mitica TOP online, so I hope it will help someone else in future.

    It's my first proper HX so I will have a little learning to do and get a feel how it all works but it's all very exciting. Here are a couple of images. Don't mind the Breville grinder that's just temporary until my Eureka Atom arrives

    I do have a quick question though (one of many no doubt)

    I kep hearing a click maybe 3-5 times a minute while the machine is idle. Is this normal?






  • #2
    Mmmm, classy...

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Lovely looking machine. The Bezzera Portafilter handles really set it off nicely.

      I was seriously tempted by one last week at a crazy run-out price of $2430 on EvilBay.

      Wasn't looking for a new machine or an Hx but came awfully close to hitting the button.

      Originally posted by JZ4 View Post
      I do have a quick question though (one of many no doubt)


      I keep hearing a click maybe 3-5 times a minute while the machine is idle. Is this normal?
      Probably just the Pressurestat doing its thing?

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      • #4
        Hi JZ4.
        Congrats on the new machine.
        I looked at the pics first and was thinking how good a Eureka Atom would look next to it....then I read through the rest of your post Very nice.
        Could the clicking you're referring to be the pressurestat cutting in and out after the boiler is up to temp?
        Enjoy your new setup.

        Cheers
        Mal

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        • #5
          The clicking is the contactor switching the element on and off, this is normal.
          New Bezzera machines are using contactors rather than a PCB mounted relay for element switching now, i assume it will be more reliable.

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          • #6
            It is a nice looking machine. It is interesting that they have gone back to mechanical relays.

            I think my 1992 Bezzera BZ-40P had a small black box in it that had a number of wires running into it but also probably mechanical relays.

            It was a good machine. Excellent.

            Enjoy!

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            • #7
              Nice looking machine JZ4, the lighting really sets it off!


              A Printed Circuit Board mounted relay is still a relay. They've moved from relays to contactors by the sounds of it, louder noises but longer lasting and easier to replace. A contactor is just a relay's beefier cousin.

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              • #8
                Well done JZ4, lovely looking machine, great series of photo's.

                As everyone here knows I'm a big fan of Bezzera machines.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by level3ninja View Post
                  A Printed Circuit Board mounted relay is still a relay. They've moved from relays to contactors by the sounds of it, louder noises but longer lasting and easier to replace. A contactor is just a relay's beefier cousin.
                  Looking at the Bezzera Mitica TOP parts list it shows a Sirai PRESSOSTAT P303T01 which certainly looks like it's built to last -

                  https://www.fluidconcept24.de/media/downloads/p303.pdf

                  Noticed recently on the Barazi Coffee Machines website (Australian Bezzera distributor) that there is a Mitica TOP PID model (no Pressurestat) listed which seems to be replacing the current model?

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                  • #10
                    Hey guys thanks for letting me know about the clicking sound coming from the machine. I noticed this morning when I looked at the gauge for the boiler/pressure as soon as the gauge comes down
                    to 1bar or so the machine will click, the pressure will rise once it hits 1.4bar or thereabouts it clicks again. Holds the pressure for a while until it drops then it rinses and repeats. I was a little worried, but you never know until you ask right?


                    The lighting is a LIFX Z strip, a bit pricey but the brightness and the vibrancy of the colours are just next level when compared to say the Philips HUE. A bit more expensive but worth it.


                    I've made about 8 coffee's already and all have been excellent. I thought the E61 will be a bit more of a learning curve but honestly it just feels natural to pull shots on it. I'll be getting this thing plumbed in as soon
                    as the new fridge comes. I'm not a huge milk drinker when it comes to coffee if i do it's only a piccolo, my wife prefers the milk based drinks as do most of the family and I was a little concerned about the steaming power
                    for when we entertain, and I must say the performance from the wand is great and has not disappointed. Very easy (and quick) to get a nice foam and it's my first time using a twin tip wand and i've nailed it everytime, when it comes to consistancy of this milk not the art that is


                    CafeLotta, that's who I bought my machine off. Well, it was Coffee Machine Specialist but I believe these guys are the Barazi people who have been around for a long time. And you'd be correct, the new PID model is replacing the non PID
                    and i've noticed already from a few site sponsors that the non PID is offically gone and they only carry the PID. But for me if the HX without a PID is good enough for the biggest coffee aficionado's it'll be fine for me.




                    Yelta, yes i've read every yearly update thread for your Bezzera, it was some of the reason why I went with Bezzera in the first place I was keen on a Rocket but thought these guys been around for 118 years so they must be doing something right!


                    Here is a piccolo I did this morning. The consistency from the shot even with a shitty breville grinder is great. Can't wait to see how it tastes with a Eureka Atom!

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                    • #11
                      Ah...
                      Now, it begins.

                      Mal.

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                      • #12
                        I know this sounds like those people whose backyard backs onto a rail line....but you really don't notice the pressurestat clicks after a while.

                        On my machine the cycle is something like click to heat for about 20 seconds...then click to turn off for about 90 seconds. I posted the figures with corresponding pressure values sometime ago.

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                        • #13
                          I used the most softest microfiber cloth and still got an abundance of surface scratches on the side panels. Shattered!

                          I'm assuming this is just inevitable?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JZ4 View Post
                            I used the most softest microfiber cloth and still got an abundance of surface scratches on the side panels. Shattered!

                            I'm assuming this is just inevitable?

                            Bad luck JZ4, are you sure they are not just surface scratches that can be removed with some type of stainless polish?

                            First thought is there must have been something abrasive embedded in the cloth, my Galatea is 10 years old with barely a mark, other than on the drip tray and cup holder.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JZ4 View Post
                              I used the most softest microfiber cloth and still got an abundance of surface scratches on the side panels. Shattered!

                              I'm assuming this is just inevitable?

                              As per Yelta. Drip tray yes, cup warmer some, side panels no scratches at all on my 4.5 y.o. machine.

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