KnowGood wrote:The only thing to be torn about is how much $$$ you want to part with. The Ellisse isn't cheap and is probably twice as much as the Strega.
The Ellisse is basically a significantly more expensive B2006AL with a fancy shell, isn't it? That's the impression I got from looking at the parts diagrams last year. Definitely not a good value unless you must have a pretty all-stainless machine.
beanflying wrote:I think you are misreading a bad Italian translation of the manual. To my read there is two version available of the Strega one has a Pump and Tank fitted (version S) and the other is built for being plumbed in and has no pump (version R).
Pumps on these machines are just used for boiler fill, pre infusion is done by boiler pressure which is lower than line pressure. The machines without a pump as standard just use a solenoid back through a standard boiler fill arrangement.
The specifications of the R version on all translations of Bezzera's site show a vibe pump installed. I would be all over a direct connection version of this machine with regular line level pre-infusion.
As for the vibe pump in the pourover version, here is a direct quote from Bezzera's site: "Before coffee delivery the pump fills the lever group providing a pre infusion between coffee and water. During delivery the pump stops, and the pressure in the group unit is developed by two springs...". From the German video it's pretty clear that description is accurate.
From idrinkcoffee's description, as expected: "The Strega uses a 2.0 litre copper boiler with heat exchanger". This explains the need for the pump in the pourover version, but not for direct connect.