La Marzocco GS/3 Espresso Machine :: Paddle Version
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La Marzocco GS/3 Espresso Machine :: Paddle Version

The GS3 dramatically resets the gold standard for performance among all espresso machines. 




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Barista Starter Kit

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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso Coffee Grinder | $270.00

Based on the popular Virtuoso, the Preciso adds extra precision and control. It retains the 40 grind adjustment steps, but a second micro adjustment lever further divides each of the 40 steps into 11 distinct settings. Smaller steps means more control over your espresso grind, enabling you to pull that perfect shot.

Baratza Vario Coffee Grinder | $404.00

Here's the short answer on why this grinder is worth $404: It has the serious quality of a professional level espresso grinder, with precision adjustment to achieve the perfect espresso shot, yet it can switch to your favorite French press or coffee maker setting without losing your micro espresso setting.

MACAP M4 Stepless Adjustment Espresso Grinder | $604.00

Its worm gear-driven stepless adjustment makes it one of the best stepless adjustable grinders on the market today. The worm gear makes it simple to make even a minute adjustment, and the best part is that you can do it with either hand.

MACAP M4 Stepless Adjustment Espresso Grinder | $495.00

Its worm gear-driven stepless adjustment makes it one of the best stepless adjustable grinders on the market today. The worm gear makes it simple to make even a minute adjustment, and the best part is that you can do it with either hand.

Breville Smart Grinder | $180.00

The perfect coffee starts with a precise amount of freshly ground beans. The Breville Smart Grinder™ contains Dosing IQ™ which automatically calibrates each dose every time the grind settings are adjusted, giving you the perfect amount you need each and every time.

Mazzer Mini Espresso Grinder | $625.00

Don't be fooled – the “Mini” is a Giant in both legendary status and quality, one of the many in a line of Mazzer grinders upheld as the gold standard in the specialty coffee industry.

Mazzer Mini Doserless Espresso Grinder | $925.00

The Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless grinder is one of our favorite espresso grinders for its accurate grind, intuitive electronic dosing controls, and control of static (the grinds just drop right into your portafilter without spreading over your countertop!).

Compak K8 Fresh Espresso Grinder | $1400.00

The new Compak K8 Fresh Espresso Grinder is an innovative grinder that combines precision and advanced technology. The K8 Fresh features 3 modes of operation for consistent dosing: manual, automatic, and two pre-programmed shot times. Its powerful 1/2 horsepower motor has a gear reduction system to keep the coffee form overheating, and it's stepless adjustment allows you to totally fine-tune your grind.

Compak K10 Fresh Espresso Grinder | $1920.00

The new Compak K10 Fresh Espresso Grinder is an innovative grinder that combines precision and advanced technology. The K10 fresh walks the line of providing maximum quality for the most demanding customer.

Barista Starter Kit | Included Free ($75 value)

A good home barista setup requires good tools. Here's a basic kit to get started on making great drinks at home.

Kit Contains:
• 1 12 oz bag of our craft-roasted coffee beans
• 1 Aluminum Rattleware Tamper
• A set of 2 Espresso Shot Glasses
• 1 12 oz Frothing Pitcher
• 1 box of Cafiza Cleaning Tablets
• The Craft of Espresso

Barista Cleaning Kit | $50.00

Having a regular, thorough cleaning regimen is one of the most important things you can do to ensure quality drinks and extend the life of your espresso machine and grinder.

kit contains:
• 1 20 oz canister of Full Circle Espresso Cleaner
• 1 Coffeetool Three-in-One Group Brush
• 1 Steamy Wanda Steam Wand Brush
• 1 box of Grindz Grinder Cleaner
• 1 box of Dezcal Descaler
• 1 4 oz bottle of Rinza Milk Frother Cleaner

Barista Deluxe Kit | $90.00

Upgrade your home barista station with our Barista Deluxe Kit.

kit contains:
• 1 Stainless Steel Motto Knock Box
• 1 Cafelat Corner Tamping Mat
• 2 Inker Tina Espresso Cups & Saucers
• 2 Demitasse Spoons

Please note, panels are a hand made item and currently require 4 weeks for delivery.

Walnut

(+395.00)

Wenge

(+695.00)

Custom Engraving

(+195.00)

Wood Paddle and Steam Knobs

(+75.00)

Custom Engraving: 

We can custom engrave your wood panels with pretty much any logo, initials, or image. The process uses lasers to burn the digital image directly on the wood, leaving a slightly textured black engraving. We've produced custom engraving for Rapha and Path.com, among others. The fee is $195 for most images that are under 5" tall by 10" wide.  


Here is the process:

1. We will need an EPS or vector image file to do the engraving. After placing your order, you can email these files to sales@clivecoffee.com with a general description of size and where you'd like the image to appear on the panels.


2. We will email you back a mockup showing placement. You can approve or request changes to size and/or placement. We will do up to two rounds of revisions.


3. If you want additional design help, such as modifying a logo, changing fonts and so on, we can provide this for $50/hour, with a minimum of 1/2 half.


For details or to discuss your engraving ideas, call us at 800.520.2890. 

Extras

Customize your package with these additional items.

La Marzocco Bottomless Portafilter

(+110.00)

Water Filtration & Softening System

(+110.00)

Water Softening and Filtration System | $110.00

This combination water softener and filter system contains everything you need to connect your espresso machine to your water source and protect it at the same time from mineral deposits. The carbon filter removes odor and taste and filters to 10 microns, and the softener removes 15,000 PPM. The filter housings are generic 10" and the tubing and fittings are John Guest and require no wrenches to install.

La Marzocco Bottomless Portafilter | $110.00

Behold the beauty of an espresso shot pulled without spouts! The resulting shot is sweet and full of crema. La Marzocco makes these portafilters out of chromed stainless steel. We use a Strada 21 gram basket in ours and love the results.

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What the warranty covers:


Replacement parts and labor costs to correct defects in materials and workmanship are covered for a period of two years from the original delivery date.


Shipping costs related to warranty replacements or repairs will be covered by Clive Coffee for the first 30 days from the time you received your machine.


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La Marzocco GS/3

The La Marzocco GS/3 dramatically resets the gold standard for performance among all espresso machines. Its performance meets and surpasses the finest high volume machines on the market today. In surprisingly small footprint, with water reservoir or plumb-in options, the GS3 suits high-end home use and has sufficient steam power and performance for many commercial applications including restaurants, catering, and professional offices.

A mechanical paddle controls the flow and water and pressure through the grouphead via an internal valve. Manual pre-infusion allows you to bring out different flavor components which affect the balance and body of the shot, and produce a rounder, softer espresso that highlights brightness, sweetness and delicate notes.

Double Boiler:


Double boiler espresso machines have one boiler each for steam and espresso. You can steam and pull shots simultaneously. Additionally, the steam boiler has a dedicated power switch, which gives the user the option to provide power only to the group head boiler if milk steaming won’t be necessary. Double boilers typically control the temperature digitally for the most consistent temperature. If you want the best, consider a double boiler.


Visit our Espresso Machine Buyers Guide for more information on boiler types.

PID Temperature Control:


A PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) controller closely monitors and electronically regulates the water temperature at the brew group. A PID sends short bursts of power to your boiler, keeping the temperature within a very narrow range. With a machine like the Izzo Duetto, you can control the temperature to within 1 degree of accuracy. Heat exchangers cannot be used with a PID, and instead rely on a mechanical pressurestat to regulate temperature. Single boilers can have PID control, and are an upgrade option on machines like the Quick Mill Alexia.


PIDs are not required for a good espresso shot, but they do allow you to precisely dial in your brew temperature. This is especially important for single origin espressos and straight shot enthusiasts.

Paddle Brew Group:


With the mechanical paddle, the user has direct control over the profiling of each shot extraction. The primary benefit is manual control over pre-infusion, which allows the user to affect the balance and body of the shot.

NSF Certified:


No other independent testing programs require companies to comply with the strict standards imposed by NSF and its product certification programs. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, NSF is the only third-party testing organization to undertake a complete evaluation of every aspect of a product's development before it can earn a certification.


A Product that is certified or listed means that NSF:


  • (1)
  • Reviewed the Product, most often through a sampling of the Product and its components, materials, and compounds.
  • (2)
  • Determined at the time of the review that the Product complies with the relevant NSF consensus standard and/or protocol ("Standard"); and
  • (3)
  • Conducted or will conduct periodic audits to review whether the Product continues to comply with the Standard.

ETL Listed:


A product bearing the ETL Listed Mark is determined to have met the requirements of prescribed product safety standards. Moreover, the mark indicates that the manufacturer's production site conforms to a range of compliance measures and is subject to periodic follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance.

  • PID Temperature Control

  • A closed loop temperature controler gives the user remakable control over espresso extraction and steam.
  • Double Boiler

  • When paired with a PID, isolated boilers provide superior temperature precision and predictability.
  • Paddle Brew Group

  • A tactile method of espresso extraction that allows manual control over shot profiling.
GS/3 Panels

Custom Wood Panels

Make the GS/3 your own with our custom wood panels. We worked with a Portland craftsman to produce custom, hand-made wood side panels for the GS/3. The contour and lines of the panels precisely follow the stock side panels. We've chosen a beautiful domestic wood, Oregon black walnut, and two exotic woods, Bubinga and Wenge as standard options for the wood panels, but we can work with you to use material of your choice. Custom engraving is also available.








The wood panels are made from 2" to 3" thick panels of wood that are carefully selected for the most attractive grain. The wood is finished with multiple coats of Tung oil, and you may specify a gloss or matte finish. To protect the wood panels, the inside is lined with fiberglass insulation.

  • PROS:

    • Dual boiler:
    • Dedicated boilers for steam and espresso mean that recovery time is rapid and temperature stability is excellent.
    • Saturated Brew Group:
    • With a direct connection to the brew boiler, saturated groups can provide exceptional thermal stability.
    • Temperature control:
    • The PID temperature controler gives the user remakable control and precision over espresso extraction.
  • CONS:

    • Maintenance:
    • Due to the engineering of the head, gaskets may need to be replaced every 6-12 months.
    • Pre-infusion:
    • To fully utilize this functionality, the machine must be plumbed.
    • Digital Programming:
    • Programming is not always intuitive. If you have a question, give us a call. We are more than happy to help.

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GS/3 Specifications

  • *Paddle Version Pictured. Glass Panels Not Available.

Digital Programming:


Allows easy adjustment of machine parameters.

Water Reservoir:


An integrated 3.5 liter water tank makes plumbing optional.

Precision Portafilter:


Stainless steel portafilters and precision baskets improve your cup quality and consistency.

Hot Water Dispenser:


Enables fine tuning of water temperature for tea and americanos.

Getting Started:

Pre-Installation Checklist

Direct Plumbing & Water Quality:


What is “good” water quality?

Generally, water quality refers to the mineral content which contributes to either the softness or hardness of your water. It’s important to make sure that your water is soft but not distilled nor RO (Reverse Osmosis). Both distilled and RO water are void of mineral content, which will adversely affect your espresso machine by interfering with the water fill probes. However, there are some RO systems that have the ability to remineralize the water back to proper operating levels for your machine. For best results, we recommend using an ion-exchange softener to address the mineral content without completely eliminating it from your water source.


What is the difference between filtered and softened water?

Filtered water typically refers to water that has been treated by a device that uses a filtering media combined with carbon to address issues of taste, odor, impurities and debris while not affecting mineral content. Filtering is intended to treat the "aesthetic issues" of water, but has no impact on the mineral content. If your water is hard, it will result in scale buildup in your machine. Water softening removes problematic minerals (e.g. calcium, magnesium) and replaces them with minerals that don't cause scale buildup. Even though the overall mineral level doesn't change, the "soft" minerals will not lead to scale buildup that can inhibit the performance of your espresso machine. This way of softening water is referred to as ion-exchange and is the most preferred way of treating hard water for espresso/coffee equipment.


To determine specifics about water quality in your region, contact your local water bureau. If sourcing from a well, we advise you test your water to determine hardness. There are a variety water quality test strip kits to make this process easy and affordable, and many of our machines include a test strip in the box (including machines by Izzo, Quick Mill, and La Spaziale).

Electrical Requirements:


Most home espresso machines are designed to perform on 15 amps, which is standard to most outlets and circuits within a home. While 20 amp may be an option to some espresso machines, it is not necessary for home use. Generally, the 20 amp option on an espresso machine is used when the machine will be used in a light commercial setting (e.g. bar, office, etc) or if you are making a lot of drinks at once. Typically, 20 amp mode allows the machine to power both steam and espresso boilers at the same time, while 15 amp mode will rotate power between the two boilers in fraction of a second intervals. If you are unsure of the amperage on your circuit, check your circuit breaker or ask a qualified electrician to help out.

Regular Maintenance:

Procedure Daily/Per Use Weekly Yearly
Dispense Coffee Puck, Clean & Dry Portafilter
Wipe & Purge Steam Wand
Purge Group Head
Backflush
Clean Dispersion Screen & Gasket
Clean Grinder
Replace Gasket

Visit our Machine Maintenance Guide for more information.

FAQ's:


What does "Semi-automatic" and "super-automatic" mean?

A semi-automatic machine gives you control of making a great espresso drink. You grind the coffee beans, tamp them down in a portafilter, and control how long the machine brews an espresso shot. On most machines you do this by pressing a button or lifting a lever, then turning it off when the shot has reached the right volume.


A super-automatic machine controls all aspects of making espresso: grinding, tamping, pulling a shot, and steaming milk. They are very convenient, but typically the quality of the espresso and final beverage is not as good as that from a semi-automatic machine.

What are the differences between the boiler types?

The first thing to consider when purchasing an espresso machine is boiler type. Steaming milk requires a higher temperature than pulling an espresso shot, so some boilers allow you to do both at the same time while others require a waiting period when switching between the two modes. 


There are three main types of espresso machine boilers: 


Single Boiler | Single boiler espresso machines have one boiler for steam production and espresso brewing. These machines have 2 thermostats to separately control the steam and brew temperature.

While you aren’t able to steam milk and brew coffee simultaneously, it’s quite simple to get the rhythm of heating to steam mode, frothing your milk, cooling the machine down, preparing your espresso and then pouring your latte or cappuccino.


Heat Exchanger | Heat exchange machines have a single boiler that is always set to steam temperature. A metal tube runs through the boiler, which flash heats the water at around 200 degrees to the grouphead. This clever design delivers fresh water from the pump to the grouphead, and mimics the capabilities of a double boiler machine.


With a heat exchanger machine, dry steam and hot water are available at all times, without the need to flip any switches or switch any modes. Also, you are able to steam your milk and brew your coffee at the same time, leading to the freshest, professional-style latte.


Double Boiler | Double boiler espresso machines have one boiler each for steam and espresso. You can steam and pull shots simultaneously. Additionally, the steam boiler has a dedicated power switch, which gives the user the option to provide power only to the group head boiler if milk steaming won’t be necessary. Double boilers typically control the temperature digitally for the most consistent temperature. If you want the best, consider a double boiler.

Do I need a PID?

A PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) controller closely monitors and electronically regulates the water temperature at the brew group. A PID sends short bursts of power to your boiler, keeping the temperature within a very narrow range. With a machine like the Izzo Duetto, you can control the temperature to within 1 degree of accuracy. Heat exchangers cannot be used with a PID, and instead rely on a mechanical pressurestat to regulate temperature. Single boilers can have PID control, and are an upgrade option on machines like the Quick Mill Alexia.


PIDs are not required for a good espresso shot, but they do allow you to precisely dial in your brew temperature. This is especially important for single origin espressos and straight shot enthusiasts.

If I buy a single boiler machine, do I need to “temperature surf”?

If you’ve done any online research about the Rancilio Silvia and other single boiler machines, chances are you’ve come across talk of something called “temperature surfing.” Temperature surfing refers to a method of regulating the temperature of the brew water. It requires determining the precise water temperature relative to the machine’s position in the boiler heating cycle and timing the preparation of your shots accordingly. Some people recommend timing the shot while the boiler is heating (how many seconds since the boiler power indicator light switches on.) Other methods recommend timing the shot as the boiler is cooling (how many seconds after the light switches off.) There are a number of different methods described on various websites; some are quite simple while others require specialized measurement devices and repeated scientific experimentation. How deeply involved you care to get is entirely up to you.


Over the years we’ve tested many ways to regulate temperature on the Silvia, and we have a simpler method. It may not be as precise as some of the 19 step processes you’ll find online, but for most people it will suffice to pull a sweet, rich shot.


In short, we recommend that you steam the milk first, then bleed off the excess pressure and steam out of the grouphead. If you leave the brew switch on for about 15-25 seconds, or until the steam dissipates and only water is coming out of the grouphead, there will be enough of a temperature drop in the boiler that the thermostat will force the boiler to start heating up again. Once the boiler has turned off, if you wait about 30 seconds, you’ll be pretty close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and ready to pull a good shot. This process should take 2-3 minutes, which is just about the time you’ll need to grind and tamp in preparation for pulling a shot. Be sure to swirl and gently knock your pitcher of steamed milk to maintain consistent texture and “keep it alive.”

What is the difference between vibratory and rotary pumps?

Hook your espresso machine up to your kitchen plumbing and you’ll never have to worry about filling up your water tank! Direct connect kits usually attach to your cold water line going to your refrigerator. These kits are designed to be installed by the homeowner, without extra trips to Home Depot.


When direct plumbing, we recommend installing an inline softener and filtration kit. These can be purchased for around $110. Softened water will prevent mineral buildup from accumulating in your boiler, and the filter will ensure your espresso tastes like it should.

What are “no burn steam wands”?

The typical steam wand can get really hot to the touch and can burn milk residue, creating a buildup that must be cleaned off. Some of our machines offer “no burn wands,” which are steam and hot water wands that are double-insulated so they're cool to the touch, even while steaming or dispensing hot water.

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