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Nuova Simonelli Musica Espresso Machine

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The Nuova Simonelli Musica Direct Connect is a beautifully designed stainless-steel machine that harbors professional functionality combined with an easy-to-use button interface. As for its espresso-making qualities, a programmed pre-infusion system gets a full extraction from your grind and brews consistent espresso shots every time. The steam wand on this machine is one of the best we've ever seen, featuring an easy to use lever that opens up a high-pressure steam flow so you can master both lattes and cappuccinos.
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The Nuova Simonelli Musica is a beautifully designed stainless steel machine that harbors professional functionality combined with an easy-to-use button interface. As for its espresso-making qualities, a programmed pre-infusion system gets a full extraction from your grind and brews consistent espresso shots every time. The steam wand on this machine is one of the best we've ever seen, featuring an easy to use lever that opens up a high-pressure steam flow so you can master both lattes and cappuccinos.

Features & Functionality of the Nuova Simonelli Musica

  • Heat Exchanger: The Musica uses heat exchanger functionality, which ensures that each espresso shot is brewed at a consistent temperature to give you the best tasting shot possible.
  • Beautiful Interface: The Musica's interface displays beautiful back lit programmable buttons. With intuitive functionality, you aren't left guessing what buttons brew and which knobs steam.
  • Professional Portafilter: This machine uses a high quality and durable 58mm portafilter.
  • Great Steam Pressure: High pressure steam gives you the option to froth your milk almost any way you like. The steam handle on this machine is one of the best designed units we have ever seen; no pesky knobs, just a sliding valve.
  • Cup Warmer: The top of this machine functions perfectly as a cup warmer, with about enough space to hold nine shot glasses cappuccino cups.
  • Sturdy Construction: Wonderfully designed stainless steel body with professional internal parts.
Pros
  • Excellent Shots - Once you tweak the machine to your liking, it will make drinks just how you want them every time with little to no variation from the settings you have chosen.
  • Aesthetics - The Musica has a practically all stainless-steel construction, which looks great on any counter.
  • Steam Performance - This machine will have your milk hot and frothed in no time. The actual knob to turn on the steam wand is one of our new favorites. It features a simple slide up and down, which opens up the valve.
Cons
  • Large Size - The size of this machine is quite large, so you'll need to measure the space in your kitchen.
  • Water Reservoir Design - Some users may not like the water reservoir design. The water spigot tends to spray everywhere.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

An SCG Crew favorite, the Musica stacks up favorably against any espresso machine out there. And you can't diss the disco lights!

Tips and Tricks
  • This unit can be used as an automatic and a semi-automatic.
  • The Musica also includes a vibratory pump. To prevent damage on plumbed models, a regulator on the water line is recommended.
Manufacturer Nuova Simonelli
Width 12.75 inches
Depth 16.0 inches
Height 16.75 inches
Watts 1200W
Volts 110V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3.5 inches
Boiler Volume 2 liter
Reservoir Size 3 liter
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 25 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified Yes
Pod Friendly Yes - with adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Nuova Simonelli Musica Espresso Machine
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A shopper asked: How does this compare to the Rock et Espresso Cellini Premium Plus V2? Jan 29, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Both of these machines are heat exchangers that offer the ability to brew and steam at the same time, and the Premium Plus Rocket and the Musica are tank machines. The biggest difference between the two is that the Musica offers programming for your single and double shots, while the Rocket uses a lever for brewing. We did a video going over the differences between the Giotto Rocket and the Musica for reference, and I would just say to keep in mind that the Cellini refers only to the flat sided body, while the Giotto is a flared sided body. The video is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVrE86pylz4

Take a look and let us know if you have any other questions!
Jan 29, 2014
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vinny p asked: Does the gauge only show boiler pressure? Do you find not having a brew pressure gauge an issue? May 13, 2013
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Ken R: Yes, the gauge only shows the boiler pressure... Never been an issue for me - for the most part the machine has plenty of pressure to run the steamer at the same time you're drawing a shot. Really a great machine - simple to use and consistent in its ability to draw quality shots with good consistency. I would highly recommend to anybody who doesn't want to "micro-manage" their machine to get good results. May 13, 2013
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Shannon W: Only boiler pressure. Does not affect me as the system is set up as a hybrid between a semi auto and automatic. If you want more control you may not like this system. I do love mine and feel the machine pours great shots. May 13, 2013
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Ron H: Vinny- I use the Musica in a light commercial setting. It pulls great shots and the steam wand does a great job with the milk. I'm happy with it. In a busier situation, it might not keep up. May 14, 2013
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Paul B: The gauge is only boiler pressure. We had some initial concerns about that but haven't found it to be a problem at all. May 14, 2013
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H S: Noup, not an issue, the machine works great.
h
May 13, 2013
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T J R: Vinny, The great thing about this machine is that there is really only 1 variable to change, and that is time--time the shot is made. And this is pretty much determined by the yield you want, depending on the bean and the grain size of the grind. Everyone that visits thinks I make the greatest lattes in Denver and I do, and I did it within about one hour of opening the box. After doing research on the web I could see that this could easily evolve into a huge spreadsheet issue with all of the variables involved. I really do not drink or make espressos, so for this you might want another machine with more variables to fiddle around with. But for lattes, this machine is really cool and does a great job for me and all of my friends. I waited for 20 years before I took the leap. I guess I was lucky, as I never tested it out. But for lattes, I know I made a great choice. May 14, 2013
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Tang Fung C: The gauge at the lower left hand corner ONLY indicate the steam pressure AVAILABLE for the steam wand. There is no gauge for the brewing pressure. So far, I found the pump is reasonable with different grind setting. I did choke it once with an oily medium dark roasted bean and very fine setting when I test out the new grinder. Last Sunday, I have relatives come over, and I found even continuous brew is not an issue either. I hope I give you the answer you are looking for. May 14, 2013
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Peter F: I am a gauge freak, but in this case and having both temp & Pressure would be nice, it was very easy to live without. Would I like it ...yes. Would it keep me from buying it...no.
Peter
May 14, 2013
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vinny p: Seems like everyone loves their Musica! Thanks.. I just have to decide if I want to go the DB route. May 14, 2013
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judgejon asked: saw the video, location of reservoir tank is well noted.

question remains about weight of machine. I'll need to pull out from under a cabinet to refill. Possible?

Gone through many Krups machines and Cuisinart machines. Time to move up.....
Jul 22, 2013
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Tang Fung C: It is not possible to pull out the machine if the rubber feet are in contact with any kitchen counter. One alternative, I suggest, is to place a plastic tray under the machine. You may even want to install some slider disks that you can buy from the Home Depots so that person with less mussel power will be able to move it.
One thing I need to caution you. If you live in an area which will have earthquake, I do not recommend placing this machine on a tray or any slider disk as it will fly out during a sever earthquake. Unless you tie it down with Velcro or other anchor devices. It is complicated, if you do not know what you are doing, please stay away from this practice.
I hope this helps.
Jul 23, 2013
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Robert C: Jonathan,
I purchased this machine last December and we use it every week. The Musica is a little heavy, but the feet on the bottom of the legs allow the machine to be moved fairly easy. This machine makes an awesome cup, much better than many coffee shops that I have visited. The only drawback is the water dispenser, you need to be careful not to burn yourself when getting hot water out, but when it comes to the coffee, the extraction time is perfect, about 20 to 25 seconds and you can steam mike at the same time your pouring the shot. Money well spent for a quality product. Take the plunge, it makes thousands of micro-bubbles and stretches the milk perfectly.

BR
Bob
Jul 23, 2013
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Ken R: I have the exact same situation - under the cabinet. Pulling the machine forward is not a problem at all - it moves relatively easily. I pull the reservoir, fill it, and put it back.

I usually pull/push using the feet of the machine - there's enough clearance to get fingers underneath to grip the front feet.

Cheers!
Jul 23, 2013
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marion m: Mine sits user the cabinet when not in use. I slide it out when using to make refilling easier. I only use on weekends and holiday so not an issue. You would have the same issue with any quality machine.

This is a superlative machine and worth the very minimal effort it takes to slide it forward.

M
Jul 23, 2013
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T J R: This is a real machine. I have mine on the counter and slide it out from underneath the top cabinets until the front feet are almost off the countertop. Tank then easily slides out for refill with no problem.

1.5 years later, and I am still like a kid with a new toy, making a wonderful latte every morning.
Jul 26, 2013
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Beuford D: Jonathan
I do the same thing. My machine is on the kitchen counter, under an overhead cabinet. Sliding it forward to fill the reservoir and sliding it back is no problem.
beuford
Jul 24, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This Musica weighs about 45 pounds, so if you have a cabinet above, it will be tricky to move it to refill the water tank at that back center of the machine, unfortunately. Jul 23, 2013
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Shannon W: Machine is pretty heavy, I would not like to have to do that. I would guess machine ways at least 50 pounds? Jul 23, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is this a good machine? What are negatives about this machine? Jun 5, 2013
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Ken R: Honestly, I can't name anything terribly specific as a negative... The machine is very simple and user friendly. If you have a good grinder with a consistent grind using this machine becomes almost automatic.

The water tank is decent size - sure, I guess it could always be bigger. I have the unit on the counter under a cabinet, so to refill the tank you have to pull the unit forward to get the tank out.

The front of the unit does take some cleaning to keep it looking nice, but that's par for the course with this type of units.

Really, the unit is so great. The boiler is plentiful - I love being able to draw a shot and steam at the same time with tons of steam. The recovery time is very quick - great if you're entertaining - you can keep going with drink after drink with no down time.

For any potential buyer who is looking for an easy to live with machine I would say the Musica should be at the top of your list - no reservations.
Jun 15, 2013
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T J R: This is a great machine! Everyone that visits my home says I make the best latte in Denver, and I do! There is only one parameter to set, and that is time that you pull the shot. I let the time be dictated by the yield, which is a function of the grind and the bean. It took me a couple of hours one evening just before Christmas of 2011 to make a great latte, and I have not changed anything since (though I have played with different beans), and the machine has worked perfectly. I still feel like a kid with a new toy each morning when I make myself a treat. Jun 14, 2013
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Vincent D: This is a GREAT machine !

I have found only one minor problem: When using the hot water wand, you
have to be very careful. It releases some air with the water and this causes the water to spray for a few seconds. If you hold the cup, carefully, have the tip of the wand slightly submerged in the water, you can avoid this,
completely.
Jun 14, 2013
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Tang Fung C: 1, This is a reasonable machine for home use may be even for light commercial use (It has very good steam power and recovery rate).
2, other than the steam wand could use more insulation.
I do not see any issue with this machine.
Jun 13, 2013
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Beuford D: I am not an expert so you have to keep that in mind.
It is the best I personally have tried. I used the manual 'La Pavoni' for years. I do prefer this semi-automatic, and get the best coffee at home now --- better than I get 'out'.
Jun 13, 2013
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marion m: It has been exactly what I expected. High quality, good frothing and incredibly easy to clean and maintain. Jun 12, 2013
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Jared S asked: Can you leave the machine on if you use it everyday , just like a commercial one ? Nov 26, 2013
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Tang Fung C: I did leave it on all day long and it is not a problem. However, you may want to consider the cost of electricity because the cup warmer is on as well. Nov 27, 2013
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T J R: yes, absolutely. Mine is on all the time, unless I go out of town. Just as easily, one could turn it off everyday. Nov 26, 2013
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Nicki M: Yes! As long as you ensure there is enough water in the machine, you can leave it on everyday. Nov 26, 2013
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Beuford D: I have left it on for ~ 36 hrs; typically mine is on ~ 12hrs / day (turn it off overnight). Nov 26, 2013
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a f asked: can I leave the musica switched on for a long period? such like weeks? or months? Jan 4, 2014
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Tang Fung C: To be honest with you, I do not know. The longest time I left the machine on is a little more than 1/2 day. Even though it is a NSF machine (Commercial grade) Best, please check with the manufacturer to see what is their recommendation. or email SCG and have them to contact the company for such information. Jan 6, 2014
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greg m: yes if you are using it. no if youre not or traveling or something. They actually say its best to leave it on so that it is not heating and cooling off everyday. Jan 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: Would this pair with a Rancilio Rocky grinder? If not what would be a good grinder to pair with this machine.

Thanks
Mar 7, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, you can certainly get good results from this Musica pairing it with the Rocky. If you'd like some additional grind settings, you could also look at the Baratza Vario or even up to a step less grinder like the Mazzers for some additional options.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-vario-burr-grinder-with-upgraded-h2-display

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/mazzer-mini-electronic-grinder-type-a
Mar 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does the Lux have a PID? Jan 15, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, the Muscia Lux does not have a PID, nor does the regular black version. Jan 15, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Nuova Simonelli Musica

What it Covers:

Nuova Simonelli espresso machines and grinders

Length:

- 2 Year (Parts and labor on all home espresso machines and grinders)

- 2 Year (Parts limited warranty for all commercial machines and grinders)

- 1 Year (Standard SCG labor warranty for all commercial machines and grinders)

- Variable (See below)

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes:

Commercial class espresso machines have several different service plans available from which you may select during order placement. Please speak with your commercial sales rep for details on coverage duration, service level and individual policies.

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Oscar and Musica models only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Nuova Simonelli Musica

  • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
  • Backflush the brewhead every couple weeks to ensure the best tasting espresso.

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Perfect latte every morning, no matter how tired I am. Using Lavazza super crema, I set up a program to brew the perfect cup everytime. So good that I stopped using a sprinkle of sugar on top. And so good that I am often disappointed when I get a latte at a coffee shop. Saving me money though, because I take my own from home now instead of buying out. Had a problem with the pressure value gasket and (after the hassle and cost of return shipping) had a super positive experience with Seattle Coffee replacing the gasket and return shipping promptly. Then my mornings were filled with Musica again. Happy with the Ranchillio grinder Seattle Coffee recommended as well, esp since my husband brews drip occasionally and can easily change the grind. Thanks Seattle Coffee for the demo video that sold me on this morning miracle machine.

(Posted on 7/28/13)

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Overall design:
I brought the Lux version. The overall "look" stands out from the rest of machines in the similar price range. All the knobs and switches are intuitive. The electrical switches on top are well designed and protected with a soft touch glossy pad. The power on/off rocker switches are all hidden. Once the power switch is on, you will see the machine "on/off" switch light start flashing. It tells you the machine has power but it is not on. After the on/off switch is pressed for a few seconds, then the entire panel is all lighted up to tell you the machine is on. The casing has polished stainless steel finish. The drip tray is made of stainless steel heavy gauge wire grid similar to the commercial soda fountain drip tray. The bottom is of heavy gauge plastic. Cleaning is reasonable easy. The portafilters (a single and a double ) are heavy and with a nice polished chrome finish.

Cleaning: very easy. Just run some water right after every shot by pressing the manual shot switch, then wipe with a soft towel. I've checked this method of cleaning after one week of use by removing the splash screen under the group head, and found the group head is quite clean. For the steam wand, I recommend to clean with a towel that was wet with cold water. As the steam wand is very, very hot. It will burn you if you do not use cold water towel. I also recommend to remove the stainless steel filter from the portafilter handle to remove all the oil that can trap inside the portafilter.

Function: (I am a very busy person and I do want everything quick!)
This machine takes about 5-6 minutes to warm up and ready for the first shot. There are two ways you can find out if the machine is ready. First, you will hear a click on/off sound from the valve, and the second is by looking at the pressure gauge. By the time, I put the toast in the toaster and finished the grind, usually the machine is ready for the shot. One very good feature about this machine is the ability to do automatic dosing. ( Remember I want everything quick.) I do not have to baby sit the machine as with other manual machines. Once the shot begins, I can go get the milk and start the steaming process. The steam is powerful and it is "HOT". It does heat up the milk very quickly. By the time, I finish the steaming, coffee is ready done, my toasts are ready done waiting for me. Then, breakfast is ready.

Learning curve (!) : Remember I never make coffee like this before.
Thanks to the videos from Seattle Coffee Gear, I am able to make a decent shot within 5 tries (I also brought a grinder from Seattle Coffee Gear). Plus, this is a semi-automatic machine, and I do not have to guess how much water I need to run thru the coffee. (I do not have time for that). I just use the milk to adjust for the strength of the coffee.

Other things you also want to know:
1, The steam wand is very, very hot, and the black rubber insulator is very skinny. Therefore, never touch the steam wand even with the rubber insulator on the machine. You will get burn!
2, This machine is made in Italy, and there are a lot of spell mistakes thru out the instructions and on the machine.
3, If you are picky with product finishes, you will notice a slight warping with the stainless steel drip tray. It is due to the numerous welding made to this wire mesh. It is not a function problem but the company can do a little more QC to correct this welding shrinkage issue.

All and all it is a very easy to use machines, very easy to clean, and it is not an industrial looking machine in my kitchen.

(Posted on 5/12/13)

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This is a fantastic machine in every way.

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