The King of the Elektra coffee machines
With Elektra, details inspire the difference in these old world styled espresso machines.* Highly original with its slim look, the Belle Epoque is in a class all of its own, where beauty, functionality, and reliability merge together. The brightness of its metal, shaped to a design with a fascination of the past, makes an immediate impact while providing a striking and finishing touch to an elegant and refined premise.
The machine automatically maintains the correct pressure and temperature for extracting the most flavor from coffee beans, and you can heat the boiler, create steam, and dispense coffee at the touch of a button. The steam tap and copper wand enable rich, thick foam for topping a latté or cappuccino
• Beautiful ultra-polished finish in copper/brass or chrome accented with beautiful dome and eagle.
• Double access windows for access to cup warming surface.
• Multi-directional steam wand and one hot water arm - each with its own drip tray.
• Three position power switch: off, boiler water refill/heating element off, full power on.
• Round gauge glass shows water level in boiler.
• Internal motor and adjustable volumetric pump with vibration damping fasteners.
• 12.5 litre boiler capacity.
• Powerful heating element provides instant recovery when steaming milk.
• Safety thermostat on heating element.
• Dual manometer shows both pump brew pressure for extraction and boiler pressure for steaming.
• Six programmable dosage buttons allows flexibility in dosing pre measured amounts of water through the coffee grinds plus one manual dosage button to use as a semi-automatic.
• Steel frame with anti-rust unit connections.
• Filter on each brew group to filter out particles.
• Electronic control box located near bottom of machine away from heat and humidity.
This is a large machine.* It is 950mm high, 680 mm wide, and weighs 72kgs (82kgs gross).
History of the machine
My wife and I renovated our home in 2006 and built a large kitchen for the purpose of at some point installing a Belle Epoque, a machine we’d seen and fallen for in Europe.* We couldn’t wait too long, so in early 2007, we bought the Belle, installed her in our new kitchen and began our coffee experience.
The Belle is truly beautiful and a centre piece of our kitchen.* It not only makes the best coffee but is a real piece of art.* No one walks into our house without commenting on its presence and beauty, and bigger compliments await once they taste the coffee, and the next, and the next…
The Belle has been looked after meticulously.* Our research before buying it revealed that it could make 250-300 espressos per hour (approx. 2000 per day); with three heads working away, I reckon it could.* Needless to say, our Belle has been used exclusively in our house for the last four and a half years and has probably not produced in this entire time the amount of coffees it could probably produce in a day!* The Belle would comfortably service the needs of a busy commercial cafe operation... The bottom line is that the Belle is barely “broken in” – at the last service, the rep merely played around opening and closing things (and enjoying the coffee I served him) saying that it didn’t need anything but a general clean. That is not to say that the Belle sits around - this is a working machine, operated almost every day, even if just for a few coffees for family and friends.
You would be hard pressed to find a better looking and better looked after machine.* My wife sometimes complains that I look after the Belle better than I do her…* At least my machine performs each and every time I ask it to… without complaint.* There are some very minor marks on her, but you’d be hard pressed to find them and you’d have to look pretty closely.* It looks like new.
Unfortunately, we are moving overseas shortly (Asia) and despite all of our efforts, we are not able to take her with us.* Our only other option is to put her in storage but as we are away for an indefinite period, I am not sure I want her locked away and not being enjoyed.* It truly is a very reluctant but necessary sale.* I envy the new owner.
The Q1C can be purchased at limited stores in Australia for around $17,500.* I am offering it for $14,500.* You are welcome to view the Belle in Kew, Victoria.* As this is my family’s home, only very serious prospects please.* Contact me through CS.