Temperature Probe Only for La Spaziale (Special Order Item)

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This is a special order item and will ship separately.
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks (typically) for shipping.

Thanks to the efforts of one very enthusiastic and talented coffee guy, we have the opportunity to bring you the device of the year.

Mr. Greg Scace, The inventor of the Espresso Machine Thermofilter Temperature Device, and are proud to join in an effort to get this highly acclaimed tool into the hands of espresso machine techs, engineers and coffeegeeks everywhere.

Aficionados know the importance of temperature when it comes to brewing espresso. The temperature of the brewing water must be kept within narrowly defined parameters in order to obtain the best taste. If one properly prepares the coffee and brews under the correct temperature and pressure conditions, then the customer experiences coffee nirvana. But if the brewing temperature is different from that required by a specific coffee and degree of roast, then sour or bitter tastes spoil the experience.

The brewing temperature must be the same time after time in order to produce consistent results. Unfortunately, the brew temperature produced by many espresso machines varies with frequency of brewing (duty cycle), making it difficult to produce top-notch drinks. Expert baristas understand the shortcomings of their machinery, and compensate for them.

A person seeking to produce the highest quality coffee may have many temperature related questions such as these:

  • How do you know if your machine brews at the temperature recommended by your roaster?
  • How do you learn to brew at the correct temperature over a variety of duty cycles?
  • How can you easily and quickly learn the flaws in your machinery and then learn to compensate for them?
  • When machinery is serviced or replaced, how do you know that your new equipment is performing properly?
  • How can you diagnose problems when things don't seem right?

These questions are easily answered with a portafilter thermometer (Thermofilter).

Thermofilter Description:

The "standard" Scace Device has three main components residing inside of a standard 58mm (but this one is a 53mm Spaziale) brew basket: the temperature sensor, an insert, and a flow controller. The sensor measures the water temperature immediately below the shower screen and above the coffee. The insert and flowmeter produce temperature and pressure conditions nearly identical to actual brewing conditions. The insert mimics a coffee cake in volume so that the same amount of water exists above the insert that exists above the coffee during actual brewing. And the insert's thermal properties are similar to those of a water-saturated coffee cake, insuring that the temperature measured by the Thermofilter will accurately reflect actual brewing temperature. The flow controller regulates the water flow rate through the pft. It meters the amount of water required to produce a double espresso shot in 25 to 30 seconds, plus the amount of water absorbed by a dry coffee cake. The flow resistance of the controller simulates an actual coffee cake, so that the water pressure builds to actual brewing pressure.

Thanks to the efforts of one very enthusiastic and talented coffee guy, we have the opportunity to bring you the device of the year.

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