ECM Synchronika

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ECM Synchronika

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Install It

  1. Carefully unbox the machine.
  2. Place machine on your counter.
  3. Remove the two wingnuts on the bottom of the machine. These wingnuts secure the pump during shipping and are unnecessary for home use.
  4. Plug the machine into a non-GFI outlet
  5. Fill water tank with soft water before turning the machine on, or ensure that the machine is connected to a water line.
  6. Using the switch behind the drip tray, make sure the desired water source is selected.
  7. Turn on your machine. Let boilers fill and heat. Heating will take approximately 30 minutes.
  8. After turning on the machine, the PID will read "FIL". Raise the brew lever for 30 seconds, then lower it.

Get it Good & Hot

It's time to get heated.

  1. Turn on the machine.
  2. Lock the portafilter into the group head.
  3. Wait 30 minutes.
  4. Take this time to start reading up on how to brew and froth below, if this is your first machine or you're new to pulling shots.
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Get a Handle on your Tamp

  1. Level off the grounds in your portafilter
  2. Keep your tamper level with the basket
  3. Apply consistent force downward, evenly, and level with the portafilter
    • 30 lbs. of pressure is a good rule-of-thumb to follow for beginners

How To: How Do You Tamp for Espresso?

Brew Better

  1. Lock the portafilter into the brew group.
  2. Lift the brew lever all the way up.
    • Aim for 2 to 2.5 oz. in about 25 seconds.
  3. Drink your shot to test.
  4. Repeat until properly motivated to get work done.

The big secret to finding that exact flavor you're after, that big punch-in-the-mouth feel, is dialing in your grind. For a basic rule-of-thumb, a coarser grind makes for a lighter, fluffier coffee, and a finer grind makes for a more intense, flavorful espresso. Check out the video on the right for more info.


How To: Basic Espresso Technique - Dialing in Grind Size

Brew the Best You Can Brew

For more control, you'll want to know about how brew ratios and weighing your shots can help you keep a recipe so you can repeat your favorite results. Brew rations and weighing take all the guesswork out of the process so you always know what you're going to get.


How To: Basic Espresso Technique - Brew Ratios & Weight

Preinfusion and You

You can think of preinfusion is sort of a special trick to help bring out the best flavor in your coffee just before extraction. The idea is to softly wet the grounds before pressure is exerted by the pump.

  1. Bring the brew lever to a 45 degree angle. You will feel it stop there.
  2. Lift the lever slightly higher. This will allow for water to flow, but with no pressure from the pump.
  3. Lift the lever fully when satisfied and you're ready to brew.
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Pre-infusion on the Expobar Brewtus IV Espresso Machine

Get Frothing

If you like cappuccinos, lattes, Flat Whites, and other milk drinks, you're gonna need to know how to froth.


Milk Frothing for Beginners

Froth Better

For a few quick tips to improve your frothing technique, check out the video on the right. You'll learn a few tricks to make your drinks even better.


Quick Tip: Five Basic Tips for Frothing Milk

Frothing and Habits to Avoid

Frothing can be a delicate process. There's a number of mistakes you can make that really bring down the quality of your drinks. Check out the video on the right to learn some easy things you can avoid going forward.


Quick Tip: Six Common Milk Frothing Mistakes

Steam & the Heating Sweet Spot

The literal sweet spot for steaming milk falls between 140°F and 155°F, with smaller drinks on the lower end and larger drinks on the higher end. A quick rule-of-thumb we follow is to steam just until the frothing pitcher becomes a little too hot to hold comfortably.


What is the Best Temperature for Latte Milk?

Steam with Thermometers

If you're using a thermometer, you'll want to learn about lag time and how to read a frothing thermometer to correctly gauge the steaming process.


How to Use a Thermometer When Frothing Milk for Latte and Cappuccino

Don't Break It

Preventative maintenance is incredibly valuable to the ongoing health of your machine. To learn about preventing machine-killing scale build-up, check out the video on the right.


How To Stop or Reduce Scale in Dual Boiler Espresso Machines

Steam Tip Compatibility

There are several different steam tips for ECM and its sister brand Profitec, some of which are interchangeable and others not. Consult this comprehensive document on the topic for more information.
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Steam Tip Compatibility