italiano Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2002 Posts: 27 Location: France Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Germany Tecknika IV Grinder: Mazzer Mini and Pasquini...
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2012, 1:29am Subject: ECM Tecknika IV
Does anyone own a ECM Tecknika IV E 61 group espresso machine. It is my understanding that the manufacturer of this machine is ECM Germany in Hidelberg Germany which actually resulted from a spin off from ECM in Italy. This is a relativily a new machine for the U.S. market I am trying to find information about this machine from people who actually own this machine. I am interested in possibly purchasing one in the near future.
wsfarrell Senior Member Joined: 12 Sep 2012 Posts: 43 Location: Sacramento Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012, 8:47am Subject: Re: ECM Tecknika IV
I've had one for a couple of weeks; got it from 1st-Line. Absolutely wonderful machine. It's paired with a Mazzer Mini B, and I haven't pulled a bad shot in the time I've owned it--thanks in no small part to forums like this and youtube--and I'm still using the plastic tamper that came with it (Reg Barber on order). I'm running Crystal Geyser in the tank at the moment; will plumb it in eventually. The rotary pump is quiet; it steams like crazy; and the portafilters are distinctive and gorgeous. The levers (as opposed to screw knobs) for steam and water are great for a newbie like me (one less thing to coordinate). I'm using Peet's beans at the moment, and have a list of beans gleaned from the forums that I'm looking forward to trying.
DavecUK Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2005 Posts: 1,466 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 5:28am Subject: Re: ECM Tecknika IV
Does anyone own a ECM Tecknika IV E 61 group espresso machine. It is my understanding that the manufacturer of this machine is ECM Germany in Hidelberg Germany which actually resulted from a spin off from ECM in Italy. This is a relatively a new machine for the U.S. market I am trying to find information about this machine from people who actually own this machine. I am interested in possibly purchasing one in the near future.
I have reviewed a number of ECM machines....they are good and have steadily improved (small incremental improvements) over the years. The ECM Barista is probably one of the best value for money machines in their line.
A link to my (independent) review of the UK model of the ECM Barista, I used it for some weeks....3 I think and that's good for a review machine, because usually I go back to my Izzo Duetto fairly quickly. I know your asking about a different machine, but the barista is well worth a look! The review is fairly comprehensive at 15 pages and will pretty much give you all the information you need to decide if it's for you or not. I also reviewed the Mechanika and a few other models, all on the same web site. Can remember if I did the technika, but inside they are all pretty similar in the mechanika/Technika ranges.
retemple Senior Member Joined: 17 Dec 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Indiana Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi...
Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 3:43am Subject: Re: ECM Tecknika IV
I've had one for a few days now. I really like it. I have a Rocket Cellini at work which prompted an upgrade for my home machine (I had a Gaggia with PID and adjustable OPV). I wanted something similar to the Rocket, but with a plumbable option and a rotary pump. Fit and finish is amazing (I haven't seen many E61 machines in person, my reference is the Rocket).
I admit that I'm not a very proficient user. I have no idea how I'm doing wrt temperature. I may get the group head thermometer. My first shots were amazing, but the last couple days they haven't been as good. Note, that I'm using some over roasted local beans that I really dislike. And my grinder isn't up to par.
A side note. I had trepidation about the joystick levers, but I like them much better than the knobs after using them.
I'm currently using the tank, but I find that I have to fill it at an annoyingly high rate. I will be plumbing it in shortly.
Because of my lack of local bean sourcing options, I ordered a roaster that's on the way as well. And my Gaggia MDF doesn't have precise enough adjustment - I think I'm going to order a Vario.
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