The Victoria Arduino White Eagle Commercial Espresso Machine is a high volume commercial espresso machine that is suitable for specialty coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes.
It is also suitable for demanding operators such as skilled baristas and competition participants, that will utilise features such as t3 technology, soft infusion system, volumetric dosing, reverse mirror, built in shot timer, cool touch steam wand, and a raised group.
When you walk into a specialty coffee shop that employs the use of a Victoria Arduino White Eagle, it is likely that you will immediately notice it due to its dominating presence, and drop dead gorgeous looks.
With the t3 variant of the White Eagle, it is possible to get in with an all white back panel, which really looks stunning, especially so when paired beside the Victoria Arduino Mythos Grinder, which is available in the same shade of white. Observe it from the front user perspective, and that sense of awe grows even stronger.
The entire machine looks premium, feels premium, and of course, carries a premium price tag as well. Aside from looks, an informed user will probably notice immediately that the White Eagle is built with individual group head controls that are actually positioned directly onto the adjustable raised group heads itself, which makes you want to further inspect it to see what the White Eagle is hiding under its pretty facade. Upon further inspection, you’ll find it there is indeed a lot more than meets the eye.
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Under the hood, the White Eagle contains a wealth of features to provide even the most demanding of baristas, competition baristas included, with a high performance, precise, and unrelenting espresso making experience.
These features and technologies not only allow for precise calibrations during set-up, but are also built to be easily adjustable, for on-the-fly customisations for specific drinks. This helps provide high levels of control and management of the extraction process, and even features a manual dosing mode if you ever decide to wing it on a particular drink.
Let’s take a look at some of these features on the White Eagle that make it such a joy to use as a commercial espresso machine in a specialty coffee shop or high volume operation.
Inherited from parent company Nuova Simonelli, the White Eagle also features t3 technology which is essentially a system that enables the user to customise each individual group head in terms of shot timing and volumetric dosing. However, the real party trick of this feature, is the ability to set individually different temperatures for each of your group heads.
While the White Eagle is not the very first machine in the world to achieve this, it is important to note that there are actually many similarly priced commercial espresso machines in the market out there that still do not offer such a technology.
In a real world application such as a specialty coffee shop, you can then easily set the group head for the optimal brewing process for a particular blend that you are carrying. This is pertinent as it is not uncommon for a specialty coffee shop to offer a choice of more than one blend or single origin.
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There are numerous inconsistencies that can be encountered when dealing with commercial espresso machines during the espresso making process in a specialty coffee shop. The most common of these issues, is the issue of inconsistent tamping of the coffee grounds.
With the soft infusion system, a small amount of jet water is sprayed into the coffee grounds inside the portafilter, prior to the actual coffee extraction process. This helps to settle the coffee grinds, and significantly reduce any impact of inconsistent tamping of the coffee grounds, thus resulting in a much more consistent coffee shot pulled each time.
When paired with other features such as individual group head temperature control, volumetric dosing, and built in shot timer, the Victoria Arduino White Eagle can become a real powerhouse of consistency, even when it is put through its paces as a commercial espresso machine over the course of an entire six hundred cup day.
Truth be told, volumetric dosing is a fairly standard feature on most commercial espresso machines today, and is in some regard, a point of parity rather than a stand out feature. However, what is worth noting, is that while the White Eagle offers volumetric dosing, it also offers manual dosing.
This is not so common in commercial espresso machines. Most of the time, when a coffee machine offers volumetric dosing, this is the only dosing mode available and it seldom comes with the manual dosing function which can be used as a sort of override, when you need to pull a ristretto on the fly, but don’t want to reprogram your group head just for that one drink.
In essence then, having a manual dosing feature as well as volumetric dosing on the same machine, offers you unrivalled flexibility and precision. If you are a barista who runs a high volume operation in the day, and trains for competitions in the evenings, this could be the one machine to rule them all, as you get the best of both worlds.
Most people will regard this as a rather minor feature and won’t think too much about it, but it is still worth noting that Victoria Arduino, or should we say, Nuova Simonelli, bothered taking the time to provide for this.
With the reverse mirror, baristas are able to observe the shot through a reflection, and instantly tell if the crema texture is wrong, or if there are other issues with the shot pulled. While not critical to operations, we like the fact that the White Eagle has paid attention to the minor details, keeping in line with its reputation as a top end commercial espresso machine.
If you consider that most baristas who work on a commercial espresso machine without a built in shot timer, will end up buying a separate timer for each group head anyway, the inclusion of a built in shot timer on the White Eagle becomes a big deal.
Not that the technology in itself is particularly advanced, but if you are looking for a high performance commercial espresso machine that will give you the most complete user experience, then a built in shot timer can definitely help in that regard.
More than just having the timer for the sake of keeping time, the built in shot timer can actually help in keeping consistency as well. Throughout the course of a day’s operation in a specialty coffee shop setting, your grinder calibration is bound to deviate after two hundred to four hundred grinds.
While it is not efficient to constantly check in on your grinder calibration, checking your shot timer is. If your grinder is producing a consistent grind, your coffee shots pulled should in theory, take about the same amount of time. A drastic deviation in the shot pull timing, will almost always correspond with a difference in the crema quality when checked visually, and a likely deviation in your original preset grind size on your grinder.
The only other variable that is up for debate, is perhaps the tamping consistency of the barista, but in the case of the White Eagle and it’s soft infusion technology, this is likely mitigated and ironed out. So while a built in shot timer as a feature can be seemingly dull and basic, it is as important as it is simple, and could save you precious time troubleshooting a variance in coffee quality when operating in a high volume specialty coffee shop.
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To wrap up the discussion, the Victoria Arduino White Eagle comes with a cool touch steam wand, which is a rubber coating on the exterior of the steel steam wand, which allows the barista to handle the steam wand barehanded.
This eradicates the situation where a barista might fumble around with a dirty, milk-soaked cloth, trying to handle a searing steam wand, and is by and large, a nice touch that once again makes sense on a high end commercial espresso machine like the White Eagle.
Another nice feature on the White Eagle that is not so common among its competitors, is the raised group function, which allows the barista to move the group head up and down depending on the drink size they need to produce. In most cases, when baristas operate other commercial espresso machines with a fixed group, they use shot glasses to collect the shot, before transferring them to the larger or taller cups for bigger sized drinks.
However, this transfer can sometimes break up the crema and affect the end product, especially if the specialty coffee shop you operate serves coffee with latte art. Viewed from another standpoint, the ability to raise and lower the group head also prevents splatters when dispensing into a smaller cup, which makes for easier clean up at the end of the day.
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