One of the first things you’ll notice about the portafilters are how balanced they feel in your hand. The weighted end offsets the weight of the basket, keeping you from having to overcompensate with your wrist. On par with commercial grade machines, the Technika IV’s portafilters are made of chrome-plated brass for increased temperature stability.
Durable Stainless Steel Construction
ECM refers to the Technika as the Rolls-Royce of semi-automatic machines, and for good reason. The housing is made entirely of stainless steel, and has been smoothed and curved on the edges, resulting in a sleek and streamlined machine. ECM wasn’t content with simply welding the drip tray onto the machine, it’s actually part of the frame for enhanced durability and build quality.
Monitored Water Reservoir
The ample water reservoir holds nearly 3 liters or 101 ounces of water, allowing you to pull shot after shot without having to refill. To prevent your boiler from running dry, the reservoir is fitted with a sensor that will automatically switch off the boiler to keep it from running when the water level gets too low.
Horizontally Mounted Heat Exchange Boiler
Similar to a commercial machine, the 2.1 copper liter boiler is mounted horizontally by a solid bracket. The heat exchanger allows the Technika IV to brew and steam at the same time and the boiler is heated by a 1400 watt element for a consistent brew temperature of approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sirai Pressure Stat and Brew Pressure Gauge
Brew pressure is monitored with a commercial grade Sirai pressure stat and can be viewed on the gauge on the front of the machine. Brew pressure can also be adjusted via a switch located on the bottom of the machine.
Insulated Steam and Hot Water Wands
To help prevent accidental burns, both the steam and hot water wands have been insulated to keep them from getting too hot too quickly. The steam wand sports a two-hole tip, ideal for frothing milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The hot water wand can dispense water for tea, cocoa, Americanos, and more.