Victoria Arduino Athena Classic Leva Brass - 3 Group
The ancient art of coffee still lives in the Athena Leva, the espresso machine so beloved by espresso professionals. Its lever delivery system ensures a high level of customisation of the drink, but at the same time requires a high level of competence on the part of the barista.
Operating the Athena Leva is straightforward and intuitive and, given
the simplicity of the movements and mechanisms, the machine is extremely
The lever system of this professional coffee machine lets the barista modulate the pre-infusion manually
for each delivery. When you lower the lever hot water from the boiler
enters the group, wetting the coffee. The more the barista pulls the
lever, the longer the pre-infusion phase. A good professional waits for
the first drops of coffee to come out before lifting the lever; this
means that water will have permeated all the coffee. For effective
pre-infusion, the pressure of the water as it enters the group should
not exceed 2 bars.
In typical lever espresso coffee machines the water that enters the
group is straight from the boiler, which is well known to have a
pressure of 1 to 1.2 bar, corresponding to 120-130 C. Basically it is
the same water used to generate steam. Instead, in the Victoria Arduino Athena Leva, which uses heat exchangers (even though it is a lever machine), the water temperature
can be controlled to optimize the quality of extracted coffee. In this
case, for an excellent pre-infusion, a special pressure reducer reduces
the pressure of the water supply, which is normally 4 to 6 bar. With
these specifications, coffee extractions with the Athena Leva are
particularly creamy and not burnt (as may happen with water at high
Victoria Arduino marketed its first lever machines at the end of World War II, in 1946. They were the WAT series of espresso machines, ancestors of the exquisite Athena Leva, the first of which was made in late sixties in Casorate Sempione (VA), Italy.
The materials used for the internal and external components make the espresso machine particularly exquisite. The bodywork, completely hammered by hand by expert craftsmen, is an expression of uniqueness and tradition that is also reflected in the final cup, a perfect espresso.
* Cups are not included with the machine
W 84 cm x D 71 cm x H 55 cmWeight:
Heat ExchangerBoiler Capacity:
22.8 lTemperature Control:
Single and Double Portafilter, Tamper, Blind Basket, Detailed Manual
Warranty: 1 Year of parts and Labour
Who provides the warranty for this product?: iDrinkCoffee.com is an authorized service centre for Victoria Arduino.
VIM Eligible: No.