Move over Rancilio Silvia, the Crossland Coffee CC1 Version 1.5 espresso machine is here. And it's got credentials in spades: an innovative PID built right into the interface, thermoblock-enhanced steam and even more intuitive controls for perfecting your shot and keeping it consistently delicious. One of the biggest complaints espresso enthusiasts have about other machines at this level is temperature variance. The Crossland CC1 espresso machine minimizes that variance with a programmable interface that displays the brew temperature right on the front of the machine. Easily discover the programmed settings you enjoy and keep them that way, no guessing games involved.
Features & Functionality of the Crossland Coffee CC1
- Installed PID: The easily readable PID displays the brew temperature predominantly on this machine's interface.
- Thermoblock-Enhanced Steam: Pulling water from the boiler and through a thermoblock means you'll be able to switch quickly between steaming and brewing. This also means your boiler is constantly being refilled during the steam function, so no risk of burning it out.
- Large Water Reservoir: The two liter water reservoir on this machine makes it easy to keep the shots and steam coming fast without having to worry about filling the tank every couple of drinks. Keep it clean, though, and don't leave water sitting in there too long.
- Programmable Pre-Infusion: Did we mention consistency? The Crossland Coffee CC1 has the option for programmable pre-infusion, removing any inconsistency by pre-soaking the grinds prior to extraction to make sure the most flavor comes out of your pull.
- Shot Timer: No need to use the fingers, or the "one banana, two banana" trick to time your shots, just watch as the handy timer on the CC1 does all the work for you.
- 58mm Portafilter: Pretty much the industry standard these days, this machine uses a full 58mm portafilter.
- Articulating Steam Wand: This machine makes it easy to get your pitcher in the right position for steaming your milk, as it can rotate easily on it's swivel base.
- Programmable Options: The Crossland Coffee CC1 has three programmable menu selections, making it easy to remove pesky variables from your brewing process. Sort of a "set it and forget it" type deal.
|Ease of Use||4|
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||4|
|Overall Value for the Money||4|
|How Does it Compare?||
The Crossland CC1 Version 1.5 is a well engineered machine capable of finely tuned settings with the integrated PID, and an improved diffuser block to retain more heat.
|Tips and Tricks||
Pre-heat the portafilter in the brewhead. Pre-froth your milk before pulling espresso shots. Experiment with the CC1's PID to hit the temperature sweet spot.
|Product Weight (lbs.)||30.0000|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Cup Clearance||4.0 inches|
|Boiler Volume||17 ounces|
|Reservoir Size||68 ounces|
|Steam Wand Type||Traditional Only|
|Boiler Design||Single Boiler and ThermoBlock|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
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Save your pennies for beans! Dec 11, 2013
Hope this helps. Dec 11, 2013
Hope this helps. Dec 12, 2013
Personally, I use the stock tamper and have no issues with it. Dec 11, 2013
Thanks! Mar 11, 2014
There is very little heat from the top of the unit, there is no danger *at all* of heating the bottom of the cabinets. It barely keeps the items on top of it warm really - you can tell they are slightly warm, but no where near hot. (I have an IR thermometer - just now read temp of 75-80F on both metal and glass.)
The machine heats from cold to service in about 5 minutes or less - I leave mine on all the time and only get to measure this when it is accidentally switched off when cleaned.
Unless you are hyper energy conscious - or put a timer on the unit, I would (And do!) just leave it on. Maintenance energy is unnoticeable really.
The machine is outstanding. I use mine daily and really love it. I don't think you can beat it for the money. Mar 12, 2014
Warmup is quite fast. Because it's an HX machine it is ready for steaming within a few minutes--I generally turn it on, blow some hot water through the portafilter to heat it up, set it on the steam setting and go from there. Maybe 5-6 minutes? Generally it works best to steam first, then do the espresso.
HX steaming is a bit different if you are used to high power professional machines, but if you're switching from a mid range consumer machine I think you'll like it--basically unlimited steam, so if you're after lattes this is a great machine. Lots of temp control with the PID, though the interface is a bit clunky and you need to do your own programming.
Not sure how long you consider a long wait--but my old machine took a lot longer.
Hope this is helpful.
tr Mar 12, 2014
I have had the CC1 for almost a year and I will tell you that the rack heating up your cabinets will not be a problem. In fact, the opposite is true. It takes the machine 45 to 60 minutes to properly heat up. I have a simple mechanical timer that turns the CC1 on 1 hour before I wake up to fix this issue.
I have two machines, the CC1 and a Gaggia Classic. The Gaggia heats up much more quickly, the steam is twice as strong, and it was half the price. The Gaggia doesn't have the fancy temperature controls or programming ability but I can still pull a great shot.
If I had to buy the second machine again I would have bought another Gaggia for my vacation home and took the money I saved and invested in a better grinder.
Hope this helps!
Tim Mar 12, 2014
The clearance issue should be completely fine, it just means that you probably won't store espresso cups up there (one of my few complaints with the machine is actually that the top does not get hot enough to warm glasses). If you are turning off the machine after using it, your cabinets should be fine (only time it ever got quite hot was when it was accidentally left on for awhile). I was genuinely shocked at the speed of heating up when I first got it; presently with a room temp of 60F, it takes my cc1 about 3-4 min to reach brew temp. Perfect for waking up, turning on the machine, actually waking up (going to the bathroom or some movement) and then savoring a delicious morning :)
Hope this helps, this machine is awesome.
Guy Mar 12, 2014
The one downside to this machine, which is typical of all the machines in this price class, is that the steam pressure is just adequate. However, it's nice that it's ready to steam in a few seconds, rather than half a minute or so with some other machines. Mar 13, 2014
But i have left it on for longer so real shot has hot water after my initial purge shot. But i don't wait that long so i am not sure it matters.
as for heat on top.
It barely gets warm. I think it will be all right. but email mr. cross land. he's quick to respond and could give you the best advice.
ps. i love love love mine. best combo of price and features in its class. so glad i got it over a nit picky silvia. Mar 12, 2014
Second question, from room temperature it takes about 3 min to reach 200F for pulling a shot. If you want the brewhead fully up to temperature that takes 15-20 min but you can pull a empty shot (no coffee) to quickly heat the brewhead.
I really enjoy my Crossland and have had zero problems with it. Mar 12, 2014
The clearance is fine. It won't warp your cabinets. It only takes a few minutes to warm up though it is much more temperature stable for milk drinks and such if you let it warm up for longer. This is going to be the case for any compact single boiler machine. In any event it makes great espresso as long as your grinder and technique are up to the task.
Best, Mar 12, 2014
My cabinets are 16.25 inches above the counter and I've had no problems over the past year. As for the time it takes to warm up I generally give it about 20 minutes, however, it beeps to let you know it is up to temperature after about 5 minutes. At this time the brew group has not really warmed up yet. Mar 12, 2014
tr Mar 12, 2014
Regarding warm-up time, it usually takes around 90 seconds to reach 195 degrees, time you would use to grind beans, get milk ready, etc.
Great machine! Mar 12, 2014
When I turn on the steam, the steam power will occasionally lose power about halfway through the steam process. When this happens, I switch back to the espresso 1 or 2 shot option and run the hot water and then the steam power comes right back on.
Am I doing something wrong? Here is my routine:
-turn on machine each morning
-as it heats up to 200deg, I grind my beans
-run a bit of water to get machine going (about 3-5 seconds)
-pull the espresso shot into cup
-run 3-5 seconds of hot water again
-change setting to steam
-wait for the steam ok to show up
-turn steam knob on and steam milk
More than 50% of the time steam power runs out and I have to run the water before it kicks back in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Aug 16, 2014
I've had my CC1 for about one and a half years and love it. I am not having the same issue as you with steaming however my process is slightly different. Here is my technique.
Turn on machine 10 to 15 minutes before doing anything with it. Besides the H2O there is quite a bit of metal in it that also needs to warm up.
Run water through the portafilter for about 4 seconds.
Dry the portafilter and basket and grind.
Pull the espresso shot.
Before switching over to steam turn steam wand on for two seconds to get hot water into the steaming thermoblock and preheat the steaming wand.
Switch the CC1 over to steam mode.
Wait till the steam indicator goes solid and turn steaming wand on for 1 second to clear any H2O.
Steam away. I think I could run the tank dry before it quits putting out good steam. The primary thermoblock will continuously preheat the water for the steaming thermoblock and with the guts of the machine nice and warm before starting this process the wattage of both thermoblocks should have no trouble keeping up.
Hope this helps. Aug 18, 2014
I had a very similar, disappointing, experience with the steamer when I first got it. Fortunately, once I figured it out, everything is fine!
Here is the trick: When you go into steam mode and "ok" shows up, and start turning the knob, *don't stop*. Turn the knob as far as you can until it is "wide open". Once you do, about every 2 seconds you will hear a small "thump" from the pump that is pulling the steam through the secondary heater, and it will do fine and keep going and going.
If you do not turn it all the way on to the max, it simply doesn't work. (This is not a very good design, but that is a separate issue.) Worse, if you have used the big commercial ones, you are trained to only turn it on a little, as they have so much power. Well, that is not a problem with the 1.5 :). It does not have "so much power". But, if you turn it all the way on, it will keep going indefinitely with just enough pressure to stir the milk, and good heat.
Hope that helps, Aug 18, 2014
If none of this works, reset the system software. Call support if you don't have instructions for this. After you reset it try the above again. Aug 18, 2014
I have never had this issue with mine - I get good, strong steam the entire time. I am wondering if your thermoblock is perhaps not heating properly?
One thing I would try though BEFORE contacting SCG - do not turn your machine off. Let it stay on over night and see if this behaviour continues. I NEVER turn mine off. Energy use once hot is tiny, but my thinking is that with the heat-up period, your water may not be as uniformly hot as it should be for the thermoblock - however, my understanding of how the block works leads me to think that it may just not be heating correctly.
Good luck! I love my CC1. Aug 18, 2014
I usually turn on my machine when I get up, then get ready. By the time I start pulling espresso, it's been on for at least a half hour. Gives it time to heat soak.
I usually run water through as I grind beans. Then I pull a shot. Ill usually drink the first shot with just sugar.
I'll refill the portafilter and set the machine to steam. I steam the milk before pulling the shot that goes with the milk (latte) or foam (cappuccino). Then I pull the shot and add the milk/foam to the espresso.
So the main differences for me:
1. Longer time to allow the machine to warm up
2. Steam milk before pulling shot. Aug 21, 2014
- turn on machine, grind, tamp, etc.
- pull shot (do not flush water through the brew head yet)
- turn to steam setting
- steam as normal
- change back to brew setting and flush brew head
Additionally, this may amount to no more than divination, but I turn the steam knob a very slight amount until water starts dripping out, keep it there until actual steam begins, submerge the nozzle in my pitcher, and turn the knob to full power quickly.
For whatever reason, these two in tandem seem to make the pump turn on every time and deliver a long, powerful steam and little to no frustration.
I hope this helps! Aug 19, 2014
My CC-1 bought at SCG works fine, but it is the second one I have in China (240 volt) that has had this problem. Aug 23, 2014
I am writing from memory, since I have been on a trip and haven't used my machine for about three weeks. In any event, I am sure that I turn the steam knob all the way to the end of its travel, and when you get to that point, a micro-switch turns on the pump. With the pump running in seam mode, it produces plenty of steam. Hope his helps. I definitely like my machine after one year of use, and would buy another if I could use it. Aug 20, 2014
You pretty much describe how I use the machine except I only flush the brew head for about a second, instead of 3-5 sec, after pulling the espresso. I have noticed that my machine, when in the active 'steam' mode, does not cycle fresh water into the boiler unless if the steam knob is turned on all of the way. Otherwise I get the same weakening (to the point of no steam) if the boiler runs close to dry.
I hope this helps. Aug 18, 2014
Since its a single boiler machine both functions have to draw from the boiler which is at 200 degrees. Steaming usually happens around 245-255 degrees. Kind of like watching water boil its cools faster than it heats.
Simple fix just need to change up the steps. A friend suggested I steam first, grind and tamp while waiting for the boiler to get back to brew temp(2-3 min) never had a problem afterwards. Aug 18, 2014
Let me know the outcome. Nov 11, 2012
I thought I was descaling properly and often enough. Turns out, I was not. I went into massive descaling frenzy, not the quick 5 min descale 5 min rinse approach, more like the 30 min descale 30 min rinse one. And I did that after making sure the hole was not plugged. That totally did the trick. Now I have more steam than a locomotive and all is well.
I have also improved/changed my cleaning approach after steaming, as some have suggested (thanks). I noticed that milk might have sipped into the wand quite high. So now after steaming, I purge with steam, and then put the wand in a pitcher of water and steam the water for a while. The water typically becomes a bit milky, showing how necessary that process was. Then I purge with steam again, and dry with a towel.
That and increased descaling frequency and I am fully happy. Nov 14, 2012
Rick Nov 12, 2012
I also try to run water through the wand every couple days by leaving the machine in the brew setting and opening the steam knob.
Also, you should unplug and leave unplugged for a couple minutes before restarting in order to reset the software.
Other than that, I got nothin. Nov 12, 2012
This seems to be a design error with the CC1. We have this problem all the time. The best way to solve is to boil water in pot that has high sides. When it reaches a boil. Sit the steam arm in the hot water and let it sit there. Then , take a paper clip, and push it up the opening in the steam arm and wiggle to clear any blockages.
We have to do this all time. Nov 11, 2012
I got the grinder this summer so unless something was different in earlier versions I'd say it's plenty fine to get the job done and result in a great shot. Jan 2, 2013
I have the Baratza Preciso grinder myself and it works great with the Crossland.
I hope you enjoy your new machine.
Danny Jul 26, 2012
The real answer is how much control and systemization you want to have. I'm sure you can pull a good shot with Breville. But like everything else, there's always another level. Jul 26, 2012
Yes, i would recommend getting a better grinder. I currently have the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso and I have to dial it to the finest grind to pull a good shot. It might be my tamping technique, but most of the time, the water would run through too fast.
The CC1 is a great machine though, i would highly recommend it. Just get a really good grinder with it. Jul 26, 2012
Thanks! Oct 11, 2012
Maybe it's about time for me to do a more serious cleaning!
Maybe after the first cup this morning, I will give it a going over. Or not.
JC Jun 10, 2014
Thanks! Jan 6, 2013
hope this helped!! Jan 10, 2013
Good luck -- Jerry Jan 7, 2013
This is in regards to removing and cleaning the steam wand tip on the CC1. It took some effort, but I finally wrestled my steam tip off the wand. Took a wrench to it and I scratched up the tip a bit, but it's off. I've cleaned it now, and even soaked the tipless wand in the Cafiza solution, and a surprising amount of gunk came off. Now that it's clean and back together, when running water, it drips a bit around the seam! I can't tighten it enough to get it to stop. I actually wonder now if there was a tiny rubber gasket there that I dissolved in the Cafiza? That'd be bad.
A week later, it still drips and sputters steam out of the seam. It's not detrimental, but I'm really thinking I dissolved a rubber gasket now.
-Joseph Mar 30, 2014
If it continues to drip, I'd try some teflon tape on the threads as William M suggests. Apr 3, 2014
Thanks again folks. Apr 6, 2014
Needs 20-30 min to warmup and 1-3 min between shots/frothing. Its great for daily use machine for 1-2 people. Any more and it takes forever to make everyones drinks. Jun 10, 2014
Does the CC1 come with both the standard and bottomless portafilters?
Is the included tamper good for everyday use or is an after market tamper recommended? Dec 10, 2013
The actual width is important to me because the machine has to fit a storage space between uses that is exactly 10 1/4" wide. Aug 24, 2014
http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2012/04/06/the-lowdown-on-distilled-water/ Nov 30, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Crossland Coffee CC1 Espresso Machine
|What it Covers:||
Crossland espresso machines
|Who Supports the Warranty:||Seattle Coffee Gear|
|Warranty Contact Information:||866-372-4734 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Notes:||Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||Yes|
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the Crossland Coffee CC1 Espresso Machine
- Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
- Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
- Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
- Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.
User Manual for your Crossland Coffee CC1 Espresso Machine
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CC1 Makes Good Espresso - quality/design suspectReview by jjoel
Quality Price Value
I want to first say that the machine does offer a lot of features. To get a machine with a PID at this price range isn't really matched by anyone else. The espresso machine makes good espresso and does a decent job frothing milk.
I have gone through two of these machines and cannot recommend purchasing. The first machine had major leaking issues and was exchanged. The second machine was much better but the main circuit board ended up being faulty (the machine stopped detecting temperature and would keep warming up until it would trip the over heat fuse).
From a long term perspective, it would make me nervous that so much goes through that one logic board. The logic board is in the same area as all of the water lines and the boiler. It's pretty basic that electronics are susceptible to both heat and moisture. For this reason I would advice some caution before purchasing.
There are lots of good reviews about this machine. It's unfortunate that my experience hasn't been as good as others.
(Posted on 8/28/14)
More than a year...no complaints!Review by MICHAEL
Price Value Quality
I've been using the Crossland CC-1 for more than a year now and I am completely satisfied with the utility and quality of this machine, as well as the service from SCG.
Excellent controls (PID) on this unit reduce the variables in getting a consistent, flavorful brew. Paired with the Rancilio Rocky grinder, I've got a winning pair.
My neighbor (who arrives weekend mornings coffee cup in hand) insists that my blend beats any of the baristas in the area (and there are some really good ones).
I had one minor glitch in the first few days and was able to communicate directly with the owner of Crossland to figure out how to correct the issue.
Don't hesistate to invest in this excellent machine...
(Posted on 3/10/14)
LONG TIME OWNER - PERSPECTIVEReview by BRUCE
Quality Price Value
I purchased my CC1 soon after they were first offered. My previous machine (it will remain unnamed) died after a year of minimal service. By way of reference, I use the CC1 almost every day - 3 shots in the morning for a large Cappuccino and a couple of shots of expresso in the afternoon. I paired my machine with a Preciso grinder.
Here's my take on ownership: The programability is great. I've got two basic setting for pre-infusion and shot duration. The Preciso is just that - precise in grind consistency. I can pull the perfect single shot in 22 seconds and a double in 27-29 seconds. Now the secret for perfectly consistent shots with this machine is to weigh the amount of coffee in each shot. For my single port filter I use 10 grams. For the double I use 18 grams. I clean my head by flushing water through it after making a shot then running a paper towel up in the portafilter groove to clean out the coffee gunk. I flush out my steaming wand and use the back of a scrubbing sponge to keep gunk from building up. I clean the whole system by running coffee machine cleaner and/or vinegar through it about every two months. I digress.
Now, here's the bad news: The machine does not control water temperature very well. This problem has gotten worse over time. Pulling a double shot drops the temperature below 150 F and recovery is slow. On the other end of the scale, the machine overheats the water rapidly to the point that it displays the "HH" code for overheating and shuts down.
I contacted Bill Crossland about this issue and he helpfully sent me two thermal electronic filters and a new injection head. He also provided me a great PDF on installing the head. The problem is, he didn't send a PDF on installing the electronic filters. I requested the additional information on installing the electronic stuff, but no reply. I suspect that my thermal water control issues will get worse and I will have to send it somewhere to be repaired.
Would I buy it again? Yes, for over three years this machine has given me great espresso shots and has been a solid dependable machine.
(Posted on 2/8/14)
Great Machine for Price; Killer FeaturesReview by Greg
Value Quality Price
My Rancilio Silvia died and I needed to replace it (it was a Craigslist find that worked great for about 1.5 years and the boiler went south). I had been considered PID'ing the Silvia before it died, so in looking around I was debating a new PID Silvia or the Crossland.
Based on SCG's videos, it seemed the Crossland was worth a go. I'm a low to moderate espresso drinker -- as a family we probably do 8-10 shots per week, with a few latte's thrown in now and then. So, not heavy use.
Could not be happier with CC1. Works as advertised. SCG's intro videos were very helpful and we were pulling reasonable shots quickly. Focusing on getting good shots without messing with pre-infusion and wait times right now. CC1 seems less finicky to grind than the Silvia. Steam pressure is good, but as noted in other reviews not as strong as Silvia, but with the thermoblock its produces steam forever.
The water reservoir is indeed awkward, but using a pitcher to refill is pretty simple. One dissapointment was that the Silvia portafilters don't work on the CC1 (the keying arrangement is different) -- I got 3 Silvia portafilters in my Craigslist deal, which now will go on eBay.
Also, was considering putting the CC1 on a timer so it was ready in the mornings, but I discovered it comes up to temp very quickly, and pulling some hot water through the brew head warms that up nicely so the time isn't needed.
Overall, a very good machine for the money -- features that cannot be had elsewhere without spending hundreds more. SCG was easy to deal with, and the videos are extraordinarily helpful with all aspects of operation.
(Posted on 11/4/13)
Still Love this MachineReview by Steve
Quality Price Value
I have been brewing for almost 10 months and have not had any problems with the CC1.5. Tried filtered water for a while and found it to be not as good as my softened household Utah water.
Your videos have been very helpful in improving my skills. Even my die hard coffee friends find this machine creates a near perfect extraction.
I descale monthly, back flush after each brew session and purge the brew group after each shot. This keeps the brew head sparklingly clean and always fresh.
I have not found a better shot anywhere in Salt Lake.
(Posted on 9/20/13)
So cute & easy to use!Review by Rain
Price Value Quality
I've only had my CC1 a few weeks, but I think I love him! He looks like a little robot and works hard to make perfect shots & foam! I had to read the instruction manual and watch a few videos to really get the hang of the digital nature of this special little machine. However, within a few hours I figured all the functions out. Having the PID makes it so easy to use. The steamer is strong and makes gorgeous micro foam. I have my CC1 paired with a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso set on 11G. I experimented with other grind settings and 11G seemed to be the most consistently good. The only parts I find annoying are how difficult the water reserve is to get in and out, and having to wait for the temp to go back up between steaming and shot pulling. However, I fixed this by barely pulling it out and using a water pitcher to fill it! Easy peasy! As far as having to waiting for the temp to go back up, I expected it in my price range. I'd have to spend another 1k to purchase a good double boiler. My husband was a bit put off by the industrial, modern design and the fact it's made in Taiwan. I, on the other hand, adore the cute robot "face" and to appease his quality concerns purchased an extended warranty. I highly recommend this unique machine! I will update my review if I encounter any issues in the future.
(Posted on 8/11/13)
This machine is too picky and diffictult to use.Review by Jeannie
Price Value Quality
This is my fourth machine and by far the most finicky. If everything isn't just right, the shot doesn't turn out. The design is not friendly. The water reservoir location makes refilling difficult. I am very disappointed with this machine.
(Posted on 6/5/13)
Great value, not perfectReview by Canadian Northerner
Price Value Quality
This review is for the version 1.0 I have been using this machine for close to a year now with a Mazzer Mini manual.
Espresso is quite consistent where all other elements of the brewing process are consistent (bean, grind, tamp). I have found steam to be inconsistent, occasionally having a huge amount of pressure, and occasionally low pressure. Steam wand is properly cleaned after each use and flushed.
I have noticed the water temperature has started to overshoot by four degrees when reheating, but it does come back up to temperature very quickly, making multiple pulls easy.
Having multiple programmable brew cycles is a great feature as my wife prefers a longer espresso than I do, and the Crossland solves the problem easily.
Fit and Finish:
When I received my machine the water pump was loose in its rubber mounting, but rather than send the unit back I just placed it back where it belongs. I have had to do this twice in the machine's lifetime. It is not a big deal for me. a couple of screws and problem solved.
There are two screws on the bottom of where the trip tray sits that prevents the drip tray from sitting flush, and once the screws were files short, they have not been an issue. The drip tray on the whole is the weakest part of the unit, with a poorly matched, stamped stainless steel drip tray cover (mine arrived slightly warped and gratefully fits snugly enough to hold the slight warping in place) and the tray scratches quite easily, which was very noticeable at first, but has since become less noticeable as the whole tray becomes more uniformly scratched to look well loved ;-)
Steaming is normally fast with a dedicated steam boiler, and the steam is usually endless. A good purge of water from the steam wand is necessary, and occasionally takes longer than I expect, but the performance of the steam boiler is excellent. Bleeding the water from the steam also helps normalize pressure from the stead wand.
The water pump seems to be very consistent on the Crossland, I am very pleased with it. For no fuss espresso, the Crossland is made for those who don't want to have to study the subtle nuances of their espresso machine. Having said that, the built in PID was a major selling feature for me, and that kind of feedback is something I appreciate every time I use the machine.
All in all, for an easy to use espresso machine at this price point, I could not be much happier with the Crossland's performance, but would be a little happier with some fine tuning to the fit and finish of the machine.
I would purchase this machine again, and recommend it to friends looking for a first "better quality" espresso machine.
(Posted on 4/15/13)
Amazing machine for the moneyReview by JackC
Quality Price Value
I have had a lesser espresso machine for many years, minor failure caused me to want to upgrade. Spent an even week watching all the videos on products I could afford and settled on the CC1 as the best combination of features for price.
I have not been disappointed, Although as a geek, I want to learn what the "undocumented" settings are in the setup area, in general, the system produces a marvelous double shot without complaint.
Complaints about the drip tray and water reservoir are valid, but minor issues at this price. To have a system that has a boiler as well as a thermoblock for steam AND a PID all under a kilo-buck is wonderful.
I have set the "single cup" setting for what appears to be the butter zone - 0-0-27 and have almost dialed the grinder into this zone as well. I plan to "play" with settings on the other two available programs. I understand why they are the way they are, but wish they were just labeled "1", "2" and "3" really.
Steam function is a little odd - dial, then press. Getting back to "normal" is apparently backwards though - press, then dial - and DON'T press again - or you get water before you expect it!
The only real issue I have is the system tends to "spit" on occasion. After pumping, the three-way valve dumps the extra pressure in the brew group into the reservoir - sometimes a bit forcefully. If the res. has the right amount of water in it, it will throw water quite a distance.
(Posted on 3/22/13)
Good buy, with minor usability and UI snafusReview by YV
Quality Price Value
The CC1 is a well constructed machine, and I have obtained great results with it, when used in tandem with Baratza Vario grinder. The steam is ample. The design is a good match to our kitchen (brushed stainless appliances and detail). Takes some time to build up steam, but we're okay with it. I've opened the machine up, and the interior functional layout and component choice looks excellent. I appreciate the programmability of temperature, pre-infusion, etc., although I use these features less often than I might have guessed, even when switching beans. The water reservoir is adequate - I prefer to refill the machine more often than to leave water sitting too long in the machine.
I have minor qualms with this machine in ergonomics (drip tray and reservoir could be better designed and positioned), and, above all, in software. Frankly, I think it needs an update. Unfortunately, I don't see any straightforward way for the firmware to be user modified. There are several minor but opaque display bugs that frequently have led us to fail to switch between modes (i.e., brew vs steam). I spent some time on the phone with seattle coffee gear before I understood that the problems we were encountering with the machine (e.g., lack of steam) were due to minor LCD user interface display bugs, and not to functionality of the machine.
In short, this machine has only minor flaws, in my opinion, and seems to be perfect for home espresso use, with only the caveats noted above.
(Posted on 2/13/13)
Very nice piece of equipmentReview by Steve L
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Wow, I studied all your videos before receiving this machine and was pleasantly surprised. Slight bite to the brew, though. I tried playing with time, temp and pre-infusion getting close but not quite there.
A local roaster said before you mess with the machine adjust the grind for the best flavor.
I adjusted Rocky 2 steps toward the coarse and nailed it. Just as smooth as my favorite coffee house.
Nearly every morning I make a double espresso and a double latte.
I am using 0 pre-infusion, 0 wait and 27 sec. brew. Smooth and delicate layers of flavor.
Working on latte art now.
Love the machine.
(Posted on 2/12/13)
Great!Review by Jen
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(Posted on 1/20/13)
Great improvement on Rancilio!Review by Rudi
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Just got this machine prior to holidays - expect a learning curve to get it right. CC-1 is high quality & cleverly designed, allowing manipulation and fine-tuning of coffee extraction and steam set-up. Love the digital temperature read-out, which is where Rancilio Silvia needs to be (at same price as Silvia sans Read-out).
Only gripes are awkward & low-volume water tank that's hard to see water level of due to tinted plastic, and backwash function is not discussed in owner's manual.
(Posted on 12/30/12)
Excellent Value alternative to established brandsReview by Jack Williams
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I am the previous owner of a Breville Cafe Roma. I was looking to upgrade, searching for the better tasting, piping hot espresso & smooth micro-foamy drinks at home. Lots of research and blog reading lead me to the Gaggia/Sylvia choices after initially considering a new Breville; then an accidental discovery of the Seattle Coffee Videos lead me in the direction of the Sylvia + PID.
Since the Sylvia/PID would be $800 or so, I thought maybe I should consider an Oscar. Looking for more information, I called SCG and the CC1 was suggested and an alternative to both. After watching videos and researching specs, I made the decision to purchase the CC1.
The machine looks better in person than online, feeling heavy and substantial. I did not come across any sharp flashings or edges, but the drip dray is stamped and is a bit cheap. The steam wand articulates and feels solid. I like that the bottomless filter is included; however I found it to be messy and more trouble than it is worth.
The CC1 is easy to program and clean. It steams milk beautifully - it last longer than the Gaggia Classic, but the steam is a bit more moist. The cup-warmer is kind of a joke - the metal drain pan sits 1/4" above the hot part of the housing, so it really only takes a chill off slightly. Take the tray off, and I could see cups getting plenty warm up there.
The drain pipe/water tank location is pretty stupid. No other word for it. It works OK, but even the Gaggia Classic can be refilled from above, and that design is older than I am. To mimic so much about the form of the GC, then flub the water tank is kind of a fail; however the value of the rest of the machine outweighs this snafu for me.
(Posted on 12/26/12)
The best value/performance home machine, esp for latte loversReview by Revolver1978
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I called SCG to get help deciding between a PID's Silvia or spending more for a Nuova Simonelli Oscar. SGC suggested the CC1, which I knew nothing about. The combination of long steam time, PID, and auto-priming was perfect.
For less than the price of a PID Sylvia, I get digital control and pretty decent steam, plus a 58 mm portafilter and commercial steam tip. The look is a bit boxy, but the other two - Oscar and Sylvia - are not lookers either.
I had a minor issue when first turning the machine on - it had shipped with the power switch turned on - but was quickly remedied by a call to SCG - on Christmas Eve day!
(Posted on 12/26/12)
excellent machine for the moneyReview by chris
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Was looking at getting a new machine and wanted a PID controlled unit. Kept coming back to the CC1 vs others in this range and happy with my choice. The PID on this unit gives tweaks for almost anything right down to infusions and dwell time, and it's nice having 3 settings at different temps etc to switch between (cup 1, 2, pod which is just a 3rd setting). Looks good too and unique vs other machines in this range, quality is great and components are laid out well inside. Does it have the heavy solid fit/finish of the big stainless machines, no, but then again it doesn't cost a few grand either. Thermoblock gives fast controlled steaming ability and recovery time to pull a shot since you don't have to wait for the boiler to cool down like on the Silvia. For the money it's a bargain for what it offers and it's feature set.
(Posted on 8/21/12)
All I want from a single-boiler espresso machineReview by Wei-ju
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I am a long-time Silvia owner, a machine I had to leave behind when I moved from Europe to the States. This year I decided to buy a new espresso machine for my home and decided that I wanted to see if there was a machine that would fix the little things that I did not like about my previous one, namely the ability to control temperature and shot time as well as more available steam for frothing milk.
I did quite a bit of research and the CC1 seemed to be exactly that machine I was looking for. After I arrived at home and put it into operation, my first impression was that it is quite a heavy machine (which is positive in my opinion), the casing is all stainless steel.
Programming is very easy - I use only two settings: double shot and another one for backflushing.
It took me a while to get my Rocky grinder, the shot/preinfusion time and temperature adjusted, but once I did, the coffee extraction was great, just what you would expect from a great single boiler machine.
Oh, and by the way, what is true for the Silvia is true for the CC1, too: Get a good grinder and never, ever, use pre-ground beans. I now even roast the coffee myself, which makes my setup as good as it gets.
The steam wand on this machine is great, my Silvia V1 often ran out of steam, the CC1 does not, maybe it is because of the thermo block.
The biggest strength of this machine is the consistency of the results, I just dial in the best settings for you and luckily my tamp pressure seems to be consistent enough to give me very predictable results each time. I am a beginner in Latte Art, but I succeed creating a flower pattern almost every time with this machine.
I am not particularly fond of the design of this machine, it looks like a little robot, it's not ugly either, but the Silvia clearly looks better. Another thing I don't like are the push buttons: The responsiveness to pushing is not great and you can't really tell whether you activated the steam or not, an acoustic or visual indicator would be an improvement.
Overall, this is a great buy, the espresso and lattes I get with the CC1 are great and the results are super-consistent. I'd recommend everyone to check it out if you are in the market for a single-boiler machine.
Pros: Price, sturdy, lots of steam, temperature control, shot timer, pre-infusion, three program settings
Cons: Looks, hard to tell whether you switched off the steam
(Posted on 8/18/12)
New kid on the block is an overachieverReview by Kaush
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The CC1 is an exceptional machine. Been using it for over 2 months. It warms up quickly and can deliver a superb shot after only 30-40 minutes of being on. I live in San Francisco and only feed this machine Four Barrel, Sight Glass, Intelligentsia or Ritual coffee. It makes a better shot than any coffee shop in town. It's far superior to my previous two machines (Single boiler Braun from the mid 90s and a Lello machine) Moving from steaming to shots takes less than a minute and I generally do a 10 second blind shot inbetween for best results. Steam pressure is VERY impressive. I'm not sure I would get much added value out of a quality dual boiler unit. Definitely not enough to justify spending almost double the price.
The bottomless portafilter is a must. Also, watch the machine very carefully the first few uses. I filled the boiler properly and still got an HH (overheat) error after my second use. It's really no big deal. The machine has performed flawlessly since.
It has one of the best warranties in the business, so no need to be overly concerned about quality. From what I see, it looks well built.
I should note that I'm using a modified KitchenAid Pro Line grinder and my shots are consistently tiger striped with zero or occasionally, very small sprays. Also, occasionally the machine will drip a few ounces of water from the steam wand during warm up. But I've never used a single boiler or thermoblock machine that doesn't do this.
Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Quiet
(Posted on 5/9/12)
CC1 is a great buyReview by RI_Art
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The CC1 is a machine that I can grow into. I like the built in PID for controling the brew temperature. I also like the ability to accurately control pre-infusion and overall brew time. Switching between steam and brewing is pretty fast and the computer controls are intuitive.
I did have one problem with my CC1 that was self inflicted. Between SCG and Crossland the problem was solved quickly via email. While the CC1 is not a work of art, it seems to me that the money that wasn't spent on nice curves and chrome was put into the functionality and quality build materials.
I have been visiting some local coffee roasters/espresso businesses for a while and I can easily match or better the espresso quality with the CC1 at home.
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean
(Posted on 4/27/12)
The way all espresso machines should beReview by Seattle Food/Coffee Connoisseur
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I recently upgraded from a low end Breville to the CC1 paired with a Rocky grinder. I must say that this was a match made in heaven. I have put about a pound of coffee through the machine of a lighter roast ("City") and a pound of Starbucks Tribute Blend ("Full City" to Dark Roast). Since we like both the small batch lighter roasted coffees in our area as well as some of the Starbucks blends, I found that using the CC1 settings (1cup, 2cup, and Pod) work perfectly. I can set a shorter brew time for the darker roast on the 1cup setting and a lower temp/brew time for the lighter roasts on the 2cup setting. For the Pod setting I set the temp to the highest available (210 degrees) and use it for my hot water. I simply turn the setting to Pod, let it come up to temp (which it does very quickly) and then dispense the hot water through the steam wand. Afterwards I switch back to the 1 or 2 cup setting and have a nice hot Americano without having to heat water in the microwave or on the stove top.
I am very pleased with the performance so far. The machine is easy enough to use that you can be getting very good shots on the first day but yet advanced enough that you feel you have really good control over the product you are making. By controlling the variables using the PID and then saving the settings, I can get repeatable results without having to temperature surf.
With any espresso machine there will be trade offs. Some may not like the "no frills" appearance or the way the water is filled at the side instead of at the top. For me those were not deal breakers and for the price I got some really nice features that normally cost extra as an add on (like the PID that comes standard on the CC1).
As someone who enjoys the fine nuances and flavors of single origin coffee, the CC1 is perfect for pulling out the very best your beans have to offer.
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Quiet, Easy To Clean
A bit plain looking
(Posted on 4/23/12)
Great Lattes!Review by 1990 Alfa Spider
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Had to return first one as there was something in the steam tube. Second one works great. Like the way it maintains brew temp and steamer works very well-nice thick foam. Very tasty espresso. It takes a while to reach desired temp in morning but maintains temp thereafter. I would have preferred to have the steam control on the front so it could be operated by my left hand and I could hold the pitcher in right, but no big deal.
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Great Temperature control, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Steamer works great
Slow start, Noisy
(Posted on 4/4/12)
Great feature setReview by Mike P.
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This is my first espresso machine, but it might be my last, because it's that good. The PID is great for morning convenience because I know the boiler is at exactly 201F, no temperature surfing like its closest competition, the Silvia. I like the programmable settings too, so it can be automatic by time, or semi-auto by setting the shot timer longer than you need. And, the preinfusion makes a difference in my shots! It has the three-way solenoid which is important to me for a dry puck, which makes for an easy cleanup.But the bit that surprises me the most is how often I use the steamer. I normally drink straight espresso, but I find myself making cappuccinos or lattes more often now. The thermoblock steam heats up in the time it takes to get the milk from the fridge, and steams the milk rapidly. And with the PID, the boiler is ready to pull a shot almost immediately after steaming.The water container is easy enough to refill, but taking it out completely is a bit of a hassle and takes a few attempts to get the hang of it. Lastly, I do have a small concern about longevity. [@]and [@]have been around for a long time and parts and mods are readily available. I hope [@]lives up to that same level of after-purchase care!
Programmable, Easy To Use, Pid, 58mm portafilter, Thermoblock steam
New vendor, Awkward water chamber
(Posted on 3/26/12)
Great tasting espresso with convenienceReview by Thomas
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The Crossland is probably the best balance between convenience and great tasting espresso in the under-$1000 semi-automatic category.
In a week day morning, every second counts. Convenience is important. In a weekend, I like to take the time to twist the parameter and try to make an even better coffee. The programmability allows me to reproduce the learning from a weekend with a press of a button.
I turn it on at 6:00am every day: 2+ hours before I use it. Thanks to the boiler + thermoblock design, it can be used with a regular 24 hours timer switch. Although, it is ready within 2 min, turning it on in advance allows the entire machine to be warmed (not just the boiler). The espresso will not be cool by surrounding cold components.
The built-in PID temperature control keeps the machine at optimal temperature, giving consistence shot. As important, it saves time: I can pull a shot anytime without surfing or waiting for the precise temperature.
It lets me programs pre-infusion, wait time, and brew time. Once the button is pressed, I can reach for the fridge and to prepare the milk.
The separate thermoblock for steaming eliminates the wait time between brewing and steaming. The steam wand gives dry steam and is pretty powerful. I am able to warm ~10oz of milk within 2 minutes and making microfoam.
I had a Gaggia Classic before. Crossland is by far better on every aspect.
I was considering between Crossland and Rancilio Silvia with PID. The taste is comparable. The convenience of the Crossland clearly leads. After owning it for two months (making 1 to 2 cups everyday), I am very pleased about my decision.
Usable with timer switch, Easy To Use, Pid, Quick Brewing, Great Taste
(Posted on 3/3/12)
Solid, Sturdy, and ImpressiveReview by grant862
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I upgrade for a Saeco Sirena that I used for about a year. The price is cheaper than other similar machines in this category. The integrated PID is extremely easy to use and the interface is simple, clean, and quick. The construction is solid. Water tank is easy to fill, actually too easy that I fill it when its only 2/3 full. Drip tray is large.
My only minor critique so far. While the portafilter feels great and is balanced well in the hand, the handle is a tad short (as discussed in the other video on the CC1), but as far as functionality and ease of use the portafilter (even with a 'short' handle) is solid and I enjoy using it.
With all the pros that come with this machine, you can't beat it, especially for this price. This machine and a baratza preciso grinder, all for under 1K, I am happy and my student budget is as well.
Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container
(Posted on 9/16/11)