Victoria Arduino espresso machines are now a symbol in coffee history as well as in the history of Italian and European customs and culture. A Symbol. When the name Victoria Arduino is mentioned, references to literature, art and society are inevitable, because Victoria Arduino is a symbol for many things. Symbol means “put together”. One needs to go far back in time to a period when it was customary to break a coin or an object into two irregular halves that would then serve as a means of identification. A symbol is therefore a part, something that creates an identity, a value (half a coin is worth nothing). So what does the Victoria Arduino symbolize? A wide range of things. Beauty. Elegance. Refinement. Exclusiveness. Uniqueness. Society, Elitism, Tradition, Culture, Refinement, Quality and Excellence. The first Victoria Arduino was made in 1905, not long after the dawn of the century that more than any other, was to change the history of the world. Victoria Arduino is a witness to and leading figure of the 20th century. It has taken on board all of the changes of this period, the styles and the events, while keeping its ultra-personal image intact. The man behind this original espresso machine was Pier Teresio Arduino. Inventor, engineer and doubtlessly, an innovator who wanted to “put together” (perhaps anticipating that his machines would become symbols), classicism, modernity, style and pleasure
VA388 Black Eagle
The SPECIALTY machine
When you combine tradition and experience with breathtaking innovation, the result is high technology and high reliability. Witness VA388, the specialty coffee shops espresso machine. VA388 combines high value materials and the accuracy of details guaranteed by craftsmanship, with the most innovative technologies that are opening up new frontiers for the whole world of coffee. In VA 388, for the first time in an espresso coffee machine, are both “T3” and “Gravimetric” technologies. The first ensures thermal stability, the second always provides the right amount of coffee in the cup. The combination of these two technologies means the barista can ensure a consistently excellent espresso, personalized by enhancing the features and aromas of each type of coffee.
Revolutionizing the world of espresso, T3 technology has broken down the seemingly insurmountable wall of temperature stability in espresso coffee machines. T3 means three-dimensional temperature which provides baristas with guaranteed results in the cup that are always excellent and personalized. The system is highly evolved. With absolute flexibility and accuracy the barista can independently set on each group three different temperature parameters, steam, water infusion and delivery group. Extreme precision is accompanied by the guarantee of excellent extractions. Electronics does the rest. In each dispensing group three different digital probes for pressure and temperature instantly send information to the control unit which, through 1+2 independent PID (for each group), actively manages each variable. The result is immediate unmatched precision, control and accuracy, regardless of the coffee machine’s workload, or the environmental conditions in which the barista is working. The advantages of T3 respond to new trends in the market where professional baristas often use different blends, depending on the demands and needs of their customers. So it is important to associate certain temperature parameters with each coffee blend.
Baristas can interact with the customers thanks to the machine’s new low profile. Operation has been simplified with just three buttons (short, long and manual) above the group head. All the component materials are pure including copper, stainless steel and aluminium to ensure absolute temperature efficiency and mechanical durability. “We wanted to move away from a masculine design and towards one with more curves and lines.” says James Hoffmann. Baristas have full control of the machine thanks to a TFT display with rotary switch menu management. Baristas can set and monitor the weight of liquid in the cup, shot time, brewing temperature, group temperature, boiler pressure, additional pre-infusion and energy saving. The group display means the barista can control the weight of extracted liquid and the shot time. The “Cool Touch” steam lever is thermally insulated to be safe for the barista and easy to clean. The Push&Pull lever system lets the barista work in total safety.