Nuova Simonelli is a company who is the maker of the famous Aurelia which in the coffee world is known as one of the best of the best. Nuova Simonelli has created the Appia II machines to have many of the same coveted features in a more basic, economical package. The Appia II comes in a few different variations including semi-automatic and volumetric and is also available with one or two groupheads depending on your needs. The volumetric is an enviable option that will be attractive to users who are looking for a top-notch machine for their low-volume commercial application such as a small café, small restaurant or catering business. Excellence in performance packed into a small package, this machine would also serve well the devoted coffee enthusiast looking to purchase for the home. The performance and price make this machine an unbeatable value.
EXPLANATION OF THE VARIATIONS
The Appia Life (previously Appia II) comes in multiple variations to fit the needs of as many consumers as possible. It is available in semi-automatic, volumetric and compact volumetric. The semi-automatic has more user control and requires a higher level of knowledge when operating as they control the extraction with a push button. The volumetrics are automatic machines, meaning users can simply select what kind of shot they would like and the machine does all the rest of the work. The compacts are designed to have a smaller footprint and come available with 2 groupheads. The semi-automatic is available with one grouphead. The volumetrics are available with 2 or 3 groupheads. The final difference between these machines (besides the boiler sizes to accommodate the extra grouphead) is the steam wand. The 1 group volumetric and the compact volumetric have the option of adding on a smart steamwand while the semi-automatic comes with 1 standard steamwand. The 2 group volumetric comes with 2 steamwands.
EASY OPERATION WITH PUSH-BUTTON CONTROLS
Nuova Simonelli has recreated the Appia Life with ergonomic, responsive push buttons to program with ease. The buttons located above the grouphead allow users to make selections for a short single shot, a double short shot, a long single shot, a double long shot and a manual button.
SUPERIOR EXTRACTION WITH SOFT PRE-INFUSION
One of Nuova Simonelli’s primary objectives with each machine is optimization of the flavor and consistency of the extraction. They have creatively added a larger pre-infusion chamber to draw out the saturation period and create a delay before the maximum pump pressure is reached, this improves saturation and results in a more consistent extraction.
TALL CUP CAPACITY
Many espresso machines have a traditional cup capacity, meaning the grouphead is low enough to accommodate only a shot glass or espresso mug. This means that a barista must extract into a shot glass or mug and transfer to a taller cup which can decrease efficiency and thus waste time. Nuova has specially developed a high grouphead to accommodate cups of taller sizes, a very handy feature if you are making cups to-go.
INNOVATIVE AUTO SMART STEAM WAND (ONLY AVAILABLE ON SOME VARIATIONS)
The auto smart steam system aims for perfection and consistency in every froth. The auto function enables even the most novice of users to create a perfectly velvety froth for milk-based beverages. Steam is automatically stopped when the preset temperature has been achieved. The wand is specially thermo-insulated to prevent the build-up of dried burnt milk as well as prevent burns from touching the wand during steaming. Please note only the 1 group has option of auto smart steam wand as the 2 group has 2 standard steam wands.
ERGONOMIC PUSH-PULL CONTROL
Nuova Simonelli has specially designed a push-pull system for use with steam or hot water wand dependent on the variation selected. For hot water, users can push lever down to start stream and pull up to stop. For steam, users can tap lever upwards to deliver bursts of steam and lock in the downwards position for continuous.
DIRECT WATER LINE CONNECTION WITH DRAIN
A very desirable feature on this unit is the ability to directly connect it to a water source as well connect to drain. No more lugging around heavy water tanks for constant refills or emptying overflowing drip trays. This system is more convenient, efficient and clean. An empty water tank can also cause severe damage to the machine, a direct water connection will prevent this from happening.
FEATURES ON THE 1 GROUP VOLUMETRIC:
- Durable commercial build
- Single grouphead
- Two 58mm portafilters (single and double)
- Volumetric dosing
- Automatic boiler fill
- Soft preinfusion
- Direct connect water line with drain
- Option of auto steam smart wand or standard steam wand
- Stainless steel swivel hot water spout
- Commercial rotary pump
SPECIFICATIONS FOR 1 GROUP
- 5 liter boiler
- Heater: 1,500 watts
- 15 amp
- 120 volt
- CSA electrical & sanitation, NSF standard 4, UL approval
- Height: 20.75 inches / 52.7 centimeters
- Width: 15.75 inches / 40.0 centimeters
- Depth: 21.50 inches / 54.6 centimeters
- Weight: 97 pounds / 246.4 kilograms
Review of the Appia 1 Group
Nuova Simonelli Engineering
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Youtube Video: Appia 1 Group Installation
Aligned Cup Warmer
SIS Pre-Infusion System
Turbocream Milk Frother
Volumetric Push Button Control Panel
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Approximate Time Owned 4 months Rating Overall 5/5 Reliability Rating 5/5 Value for the Price 5/5 Usability Rating 5/5 Aesthetics Rating 5/5 Detailed Review Absolutely love this machine. Volumetric were simple to set. It’s so pretty!
Approximate Time Owned 1 Rating Overall 4/5 Reliability Rating 4/5 Value for the Price 4/5 Usability Rating 4/5 Aesthetics Rating 4/5 Detailed Review Good