The new Casa V from ECM Germany is our most eagerly anticipated Italian-built machine under $1,000. We see it combining the best of German design and Italian craftsmanship. This position has been held by the Rancilio Silvia for the last 8 years, but we love the cleanliness and build quality of ECM, and their pedigree as one of the longest established makers of top-of-the-line equipment.
What features have us excited about the Casa V? Our technicians love the heavy duty construction, both inside and out. There are no plastic switches or bezels to chip, and it's clear that this machine been designed to make maintenance straight-forward for years to come. Casa has a fully polished stainless steel case and a large .4 liter brass boiler. This boiler paired with a powerful 1200 watt heating element yields a 5-8 minute warm-up time (faster than most machines in this class), great steam power, and solid temperature consistency in the shot. The Casa V also includes a beautiful ergonomic and chrome plated commercial 58mm portafilter, and a fully articulating steam wand. Because it rotates on a ball hinge, you can accommodate multiple pitcher sizes and angle the steam tip right where you want it. The brew pressure is externally adjustable, and that pressure is displayed during your shot on the custom gauge. Once the steam button is pressed, ample steam power is available in about a minute.
Aesthetically, ECM has updated the profile of the Casa and added a distinctive gauge that reminds us of Italian race cars.
If you're looking for a beautiful workhorse that can produce excellent espresso, steam occasional milk drinks quickly, and will be maintainable for the long haul, the Casa is ready to impress. If you'd like to entertain or make multiple drinks back to back, we recommend you also take a look at our heat exchanger and dual boiler espresso machine models.