*For Home Use Only
Brew and steam simultaneously with this two chamber boiler, semi-professional espresso machine!
The Faema Carisma is an espresso machine designed for the home or office user that wants a top of the line, commercial grade espresso machine in their home and for the small café / hotel owner that wants to provide high quality espresso to their customers, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high end commercial espresso machine (could literally be an investment of many thousands of dollars more). It is beautifully designed and comes with patented technologies, including a metal coating that protects users from heavy metal ingestion, and a commercial grade E-61 brew group.
Watch this Video from Chris's Coffee Service (our supplier partner) for a comprehensive review of the Faema Carisma.
Equipped with a 1.6 liter copper boiler, the Faema Carisma allows numerous espresso shots to be brewed without any down time associated with the machine having to “catch up”. The patented Ruveco Teck coating on the boiler keeps water from coming in direct contact with metal on the boiler, where it is possible for heavy metals to get mixed with the water.
All metal parts that come in contact with brew water have been coated with a treatment that meets the EC 1935/2004 food specification directive and meets the requirements of NSF 51. This treatment prevents heavy metals from being picked up by water when it comes in contact with metal. The treatment, known as Ruveco Teck Coating, has been applied to the steam valve, hot water valve, heat exchanger, copper boiler, and all other metal parts that brew water could come in contact with as it goes through the espresso machine. Exclusive rights to this technology are held by Gruppo Cimbali.
The Faema Carisma espresso machine has the best, or, certainly one of the best water tanks in it’s class. One of the nicest features of the tank is a built in pump protector – a magnetic feature on the machine will stop the brew process when the water gets below a certain level, preventing catastrophic damage to the pump if it operates without water. When the brew process is stopped, the machine puts itself in a hold mode and sends a message to the LCD gauge informing the user of the problem. The background color of the gauge also changes to red for a clear visual indicator that something is wrong. Another outstanding feature is a built in water softener that greatly reduces lime scale build up and helps the machine deliver much better tasting coffee. The water tank is made with high quality, food grade plastic and is easily removable. IMPORTANT NOTE: At first use, remove the water softener from the intake hose in the water tank. Look for any damage or resin leaks. If you see a resin in the water tank, wash the water tank to make sure all resin has been removed. When rinse has been completed, recharge the water softener.
The commercial grade E-61 brew group is a legendary brew group that Gruppo Cimbali (makers of Faema) has been producing since it was invented in 1961. The main benefit of this type of brew group is that it allows for a quick change between brewing and steaming. It also has a pre-wetting feature called prefusion, that wets the coffee grounds just prior to brewing and enables better extraction of espresso.
Get very accurate boiler temperature control with a PID-type digital control unit. The temperature of the boiler is adjustable through a round LCD gauge on the front of the Carisma espresso machine. The gauge offers precise temperature control features and dual temperature monitoring – the set temperature and the current temperature. There are three temperature adjustment buttons on the gauge, one for raising the temperature, one for lowering it, and an “OK” button for setting the temperature once it is been set. See product photos for a close up of this feature. Readable in Bar, Fahrenheit, or Celsius.
18" H x 11.13" W x 17" D
1100 watts, 120 volts, 60 hertz
Single spout filter handle, double spout filter handle, instructional manual, single cup filter basket, double cup filter basket, coffee scoop, 55-57mm plastic tamper, rubber insert for backflushing. And S.E. single dose pod basket,
An overfilled drip tray can be a pain to drain, but with the Faema Carisma you don’t have to worry about this. It has a mechanical drip tray level warning that rises when the water rises. When a warning indicator appears in the opening you know it’s time to empty it.
The body of the of the Faema is made of highly polished stainless steel, making the espresso machine look absolutely incredible in any kitchen, office or business environment. Use precaution when cleaning as you do not want to ruin the finish by using something like a scrub pad or abrasive cleaner. Please look up instructions on how to clean stainless steel before attempting to clean your new Faema Carisma espresso machine!
Made of high quality stainless steel, the Faema Carisma has two articulating wands – one for steam and one for hot water. The swivel joints on the wands allow for easy movement when using them for frothing or hot water. The steam knob and water spigot are also made with stainless steel and are very easy to use. Rubber insulators on both wands protect users from dangerous burns.
Access to the high limit control is a simple as sliding out the drip tray. The disassembly that is required on some machines isn’t the case with the Faema Carisma! Once the drip tray is out, the control is easily adjustable.
Positioned opposite to the boiler temperature gauge, the brew pressure gauge shows the brew cycle water pressure.
A vibratory Ulka 41 water pump on the Faema Carisma provides you with all the pressure you’ll need. Included on the pump is a thermal overload protector for added equipment protection.
One year limited to manufacturer’s defects.
What is the difference between the Faema Carisma and the Quick Mill Andreja Premium?
One of the machines that the Faema Carisma is commonly compared to is the Quick Mill Andreja Premium. Customers often what the main differences are between the two machines.
Should the Faema Carisma be descaled on a regular basis?
We strongly recommend that this machine is only operated while using softened water. Not distilled water, but soften water. Distilled water has no minerals, while softened water has some minerals, but not as much as hard water. It is our opinion that if you use softened water, descaling won’t be necessary.
How do you brew espresso or steam milk with Faema Carisma?
It quite easy make espresso and espresso based drinks with this machine, especially after you’ve done it a time or two. The owners manual has detailed instructions on how to brew coffee and steam milk. Make sure to go through this manual thoroughly to get a full understanding of the machine operation.
Which is better, a heat exchanger or a double boiler espresso machine?
It all depends on what you are looking for in an espresso machine. This great video by Home-Barista.com provides a good comparison between the two machine types. Once you watch this you’ll have a better understanding of which machine is right for you.
You can see additional photos of the Carisma by Faema on this Pinterest board:
The user manual is available as a downloadable PDF, here. Topics in the user manual, along with page numbers, include (only use instructions for the Faema Carisma S1):
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