If you love traditional lever machines, you will love the Quick Mill Achille spring lever espresso machine. While the espresso machine has the class and charm of a traditional machine, it’s capabilities are certainly not old fashioned. The combination of the latest technology with a traditional look and feel, make this machine a very unique machine with few or no close competitors.
The Quick Mill Achille’s body and components are constructed of some of the highest quality materials available. The entire exterior body is designed with high quality, acid stain resistant, 304 grade stainless steel. Stainless steel provides long lasting durability and beauty. Stainless steel is also used on other components, including the manual lever, two wands, cup warmer, and drip tray. As an added benefit, stainless steel is rust resistant – an important feature to have on a machine that is constantly in contact with water.
The most distinguishing feature of the Achille is the manual lever design. It’s a feature that many espresso aficionados prefer over other machine designs due to the control is provides in producing the best espresso shots possible. It old provides an old world feel, both in operation and aesthetics. The lever is made of high quality stainless steel that has the durability needed to pull shot after shot for years to come. The handle is equipped with a grip for user comfort and ease of use.
With an output capacity of about 20 espresso shots per hour, the Quick Mill Achille is an ideal machine for your home, office, or small restaurant/café.
A well-insulated copper boiler provides great temperature stability for the best espresso extraction. With 4.5 liter capacity, it has plenty of room for making quite a few drinks. Along with providing temperature stability, the insulation features provide overheating protection to the machines internal components. Boiler pressure can easily be monitored with a front mounted pressure gauge. Additional boiler features include an electronic fill probe and automatic recharge.
Rotary pumps are the frequent choice for commercial espresso machines – the main reason being that the noise level of a rotary pump is generally much less than the noise level of a vibratory pump. Most home or office machines use vibratory pumps, making the Achille rather unique in this market. If you plan on having an espresso machine in your office and if your office has an open environment, this may be the machine for you! If you are a home user with small children, or have different sleep schedules than other family members, you may want to consider a quiet machine like this one.
Pump overheating can cause costly damage to various components that are susceptible to heat. In order to protect your pump from heat related damage it is equipped with a thermal overload protector. For additional protection it also has an automatic shut off feature.
The Quick Mill Achille comes two stainless steel wands – one for steaming and one for hot water. Both wands are equipped with a special no burn technology that keeps the wand exterior cool to touch, providing enhanced safety to the user. This is accomplished through the use of a special insulation material inside of the wands. The steam wand is easy to use and makes milk frothing/steaming for drinks like cappuccinos and lattes a breeze. The hot water wand provides easy access to hot water for hot water based drinks, such as tea or hot chocolate.
To provide greater versatility for your specific situation or needs, the Quick Mill Achille has two water options – one is a 3 liter internal water reservoir and the other is a direct water line connection option. If you have a water line in your home or office, having a continual water supply is a nice feature to have, but if you don’t have that option, the water reservoir is large enough to supply quite a few drink preparations with a refill.
For superior flavor provided by temperature stability, using a warm cup for your drinks is important. That is why the Quick Mill Achille has a machine top cup warmer. Put your cups on top of the machine before use and they’ll be warmed to the right temperature for extraction. As with the rest of the machine, the cup warmer is made of high quality, durable stainless steel.
An oversized, stainless steel drip tray provides users with more extended usage between emptying and makes cleaning easy. The tray can be easily removed, but if so desired the machine also has a direct discharge feature.
A pressure control system in this espresso machine monitors changes in pressure – when the pressure drops, it turns the heating element back on to keep the pressure consistent, and vice versa. The stability in pressure provides consistent performance every time the machine is used. For easy monitoring of the pressure, baristas can use the easy-to-read, front mounted manometer gauge.
The Achille comes with several safety features, including:
Indicator lights on the Achille make it easy to see when the machine is on, when the heater is on, and when the boiler is at the right level.
Extended two-year parts and labor warranty provided.
Does not include printed instruction manual. You can download it here.
|Model||Quick Mill Achille 1 Group Spring Lever|
|Best Use||Restaurant / Office / Home|
|Boiler||Single boiler (4.5 liter)|
|Cup Size||Traditional Cup|
|Output Capacity||20 Espressos Per Hour|
|PID Temperature Controller|
|Plumbing||Plumbed or Reservoir|
|Pump||Rotary pump to fill boiler only. The pump provides no pressure to the group.|
|Convenience / Functionality|
|Drain Tray||Optional to be plumbed|
|Hot Water Spigot||1 No burn hot water spigot|
|Steam Arms||1 No burn steam arm|
|Height||31 inches with lever|
|Amps / Volts||15 Amps \ 110 Volts|
|Colors / Options|
|Features||Stainless steel shell. 3.5 inch clearance from the drip tray to the portafilter spout.|
|Includes||Stainless steel cup warming tray. Two complete portafilters.|
|IZ-03||All specifications are subject to change without notice.
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