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Product Description

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.
Pros
  • Programmability - The CC1 enables you to set different variables, such as pre-infusion and brew time, so it's easier to make coffee the way you like every time.
  • Built-In PID - Temperature variance is a thing of the past with this machine's built-in thermostat displayed right on the interface.
  • Compact - With all of the features on the CC1, we'd expect it to have a larger footprint. That's not the case; it won't take up much space on your countertop.
Cons
  • Steam Power - The steam is not as powerful as a dual boiler due but the thermoblock function allows it to compare favorably to other single boilers.
  • Digital Screen - We know some users have an aversion to digital screens because they can malfunction sooner than expected.
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.

Additional Information

Model Number 1001.01
Manufacturer Crossland Coffee
Width 9.75 inches
Depth 12.0 inches
Height 14.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 30.0000
Watts 1150W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.0 inches
Boiler Volume 17 ounces
Reservoir Size 68 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Single Boiler and ThermoBlock
NSF Certified No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Is the Coffee Tamper included with the CC1 good for everyday use or should one invest in an aftermarket 58mm tamper such as the Rattleware Stainless Steel?
A shopper on Dec 10, 2013
Best Answer: The tamper that comes with the machine is plenty sufficient. I personally think an upgrade from "this good" of a free/included tamper is a luxury. Did that prevent me from buying a Cafelat VST fitted tamper? No. But did I need it? I really didn't. Your espresso's taste will vary considerably more from brewing temperature, the blend of beans you're using, and the grind size. I wouldn't worry about the tamper too much. If you're on a budget, definitely consider a better grinder or just buy some freshly roasted beans. These things will take your espresso so much farther than an upgraded tamper.
Reply · Report · Mohammed A on Dec 11, 2013
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Two questions actually. The height of this machine is about 15.5" I have 18" of height under my counter. Will only have 2.5" above the machine be a problem? Will it get too hot? Will it heat the bottom of my cabinets above it? Also, how long does it take for this machine to warm up. I can't think of anything worse than having to wait a long time for my morning espresso!

Thanks!
stephendag on Mar 11, 2014
Best Answer: My cabinetry is 18.75" from counter top and I have three frothing pitchers atop the CC1 - it's tight, but they do come off when needed. I just measured an "actual" bottom to top of 14.75 on my CC1. he additional height is actually the rails - don't count that as true height for the cups you may have atop the unit.

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.
Reply · Report · Jack C on Mar 12, 2014
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Hello, I recently purchased the CC1 and am slowly learning how to get the best out of this lovely machine. I am, however, having a small issue with the steamer.

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!
Danny paneta on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Dave,
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.
Reply · Report · David K on Aug 18, 2014
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Hi, yesterday morning the steamer on my CC1 started having issues and it essentially does not emit steam anymore. Has anyone encountered this issue? I am going to contact support of course (machine is 10 months old) but curious if it's an isolated case. I typically steam about a pint or so once a day, occasionally I do a bit larger batch. Thanks
Francois D on Oct 11, 2012
Best Answer: No issues yet. You didn't say whether anything was coming out. Is there water, but no steam? Does the little "OK" light come on in the steam mode? I am very careful about cleaning the wand and head and I always pump a little steam through it immediately after using it with milk. It's possible that you just have milk crud packed up inside. You can buy wires that you can shove up into the nozzle to see if that's the issue. Also, you can unscrew the head and (hold on to the wand with a pair of vice grips) and soak it in vinegar and water or a coffee machine cleaner. If you don't hear a pumping sound, you may have a serious problem. If you do hear the pumping sound put nothing comes out - well that's a problem - but maybe its just a milk or cruddy water packing the holes in the wand head.

Let me know the outcome.
Reply · Report · BRUCE A on Nov 11, 2012
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Currently I have a Breville Smart Grinder - would I need to upgrade to a better grinder for good shots on the Crossland CC1?
Jason B on Jul 12, 2012
Best Answer: If anyone is having any doubts I wanted to offer my opinion since I actually have both of these machines, the Breville Smart Grinder and the CC1 that I just purchased last week. I'm upgrading from a Saeco Aroma that I got last year and have been practicing on (eventually buying the grinder and depressurizing the portafilter). My Saeco would typically handle the grind level almost in the middle of the espresso range on the grinder, anything else would clog. When I got the CC1 and reading these comments I was worried, so I set my grinder and proceeded to clog the CC1 at the finest grind level. This happened four more times until I got to about 3 ticks left of the finest setting. Currently getting great shots and tested so far with Ceremony, Counter Culture, and Whole Foods beans, all within the week of the roast date. The bottomless portafilter also came with my CC1 order and the novelty of watching the crema pour out of the bottom has still not worn off.

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.
Reply · Report · andrey d on Jan 2, 2013
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I own this machine (purchased from SCG). After some initial success, I can no longer produce a decent shot. No matter what type of bean, grind, dose, or tamp, I can't get a shot under 125mL. Is there a way to "reset" the machine to factory settings? I haven't adjusted the PID at all, just the basic settings (duration, temp, pre-infusion, etc.) but I am running out of options and getting frustrated. Thanks.
A shopper on Oct 4, 2014
Best Answer: I can help you there, but first I need to know what grinder you are using. Sounds like the grind is still way too course, even if you have it at the finest setting.

General rule: if you cannot produce a fine enough grind to choke your machine (no or little espresso comes out), your grinder is either inadequate for espresso or needs to be internally re-adjusted to the "next step" to further produce finer grinds (some grinders have an "internal" floor/ceiling on grind courseness that can be manually adjusted).

Thanks,
Reply · Report · Michel M on Oct 6, 2014
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Hello. Does anyone have a problem with the wobbly water release tube? Is there a way to tighten it so the excess water goes into the hole of the drain board rather than splash out the back or on to the countertop?

Thanks!
A shopper on Oct 11, 2012
Best Answer: If you have not done this yet, try scewing it tighter (counter clockwise). Once tight, you can also carefully bend it slightly so point is in between slats.
Reply · Report · Thomas H. M on Nov 4, 2012
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Is the portafilter spout removable / changeable to a single spout on this machine?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2013
Best Answer: The portafilter is a double spout which accommodates a single, dbl, or blind filter insert which come with the machine. You can however purchase an optional basket which turns it into a "spout-less" unit. This may be what your referring to. When loaded and tamped correctly the espresso all flows to on drip point. Hope this helps!!
Reply · Report · rick t on Apr 30, 2013
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Do you guys remove the Group Head for cleaning as well as the Shower Screen? I noticed when looking at the exploded view in the manual that it appears easy enough to remove, and since the Group Head Gasket is a user replaceable part, it occurred to me that perhaps I should be taking this off to clean regularly.
Joseph L on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: I have had the CC1 for just about a year now and have not - yet - removed the head for cleaning. I have occasionally (about twice a month?) brushed and wiped the seal, since the group basket occasionally sticks if I don't, but that's about it.

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
Reply · Report · Jack C on Jun 10, 2014
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I'm confused, the machine has a Pod setting, yet is incapable of using ESE pods? Can someone clarify this for me?

Thanks!
A shopper on Jan 6, 2013
Best Answer: Crossland uses different terminology than what is typical- eg. pre-infusion is called "pre-steam"......Then you have settings for "1 cup, 2 cup, "pod".....they are really just different "profiles" if you will. So you can program different settings re: pre steam (pre infusion) wait time, temperature, etc., for different beans, and store those settings. Perhaps they should be labeled 1, 2, 3 or A, B,C,....but basically think of the "pod" setting as just an additional profile to store settings that are different than 1 cup and 2 cup.....A bit more confusing than it should be,. not sure why the different approach towards terminology, but outside of that, this machine I believe is right at the top for any semi under $1200!!!...

hope this helped!!
Reply · Report · rick t on Jan 10, 2013
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What grinder would you recommend for the Crossland CC1? Do you think the Baratza Encore would suffice or would I need to upgrade to a better grinder? Thanks in advance...
dannyx d on Aug 1, 2012
Best Answer: I would suggest looking at a grinder with slightly more settings for use with the Crossland CC1, such as the Baratza Preciso or the Rancilio Rocky.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Aug 4, 2012
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I posted this last week as a response to someone's response to a question, but didn't see a reply so am trying again as a new question.

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.

Any thoughts?
-Joseph
Joseph L on Mar 30, 2014
Best Answer: I took mine off yesterday based on this question ... it was indeed on very tight. I saw no rubber gasket but did see some tan stuff that looked like plumber's putty. I cleaned that off and reassembled ... it did leak at first but tightening with pliers fixed that. I used a kitchen towel to protect the tip from scratching.

If it continues to drip, I'd try some teflon tape on the threads as William M suggests.
Reply · Report · Gregory on Apr 3, 2014
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What is the pressure set at & is it adjustable?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2013
Best Answer: Pressure is not adjustable and I do not know what it set at or how to test for it. My first Espresso machine and I am enjoying it thus far.
Reply · Report · Chris H on Jan 12, 2013
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i have found the single shot filter that came with the CC1 difficult to use. the shape does not allow proper tamping. i can fit 6 grams of coffee in and the tamper bottoms out on the edge where the filter is shallower. if i put more coffee in, tamping is better, but the coffee volume is so high that it touches and then sticks to the group head. i am interested in reading about other owners' experiences. what are your experiences? thanks. C.
A shopper on Oct 12, 2012
Best Answer: I too have not had great luck with the single shot filter. When it seems like the right emout of grounds, the grounds touch the head, as you noted. I've found the right amount ot put in it (not by weight sorry, but by time on my Vario grinder) . You just have to tamp lower than you'd think you should. It works, just not as well as the double shot.
Reply · Report · Joseph L on Jun 8, 2014
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Is the boiler in the CC1 made of brass or some other material? Are the heating elements internal? Thanks!
Dave R on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: The CC1 boiler is stainless steel with an internal heating element. The steam is made by running water from the boiler through a aluminum thermoblock.

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.
Reply · Report · Jason Y on Jun 10, 2014
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2 quick questions:
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?
Brian M on Dec 10, 2013
Best Answer: The tamper that comes with the machine is plenty sufficient. I personally think an upgrade from "this good" of a free/included tamper is a luxury. Did that prevent me from buying a Cafelat VST fitted tamper? No. But did I need it? I really didn't. Your espresso's taste will vary considerably more from brewing temperature, the blend of beans you're using, and the grind size. I wouldn't worry about the tamper too much. If you're on a budget, definitely consider a better grinder or just buy some freshly roasted beans. These things will take your espresso so much farther than an upgraded tamper.
Reply (1) · Report · Mohammed A on Dec 11, 2013
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is there a single spout portafilter made and /or will fit the cc1?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2012
Best Answer: Just take off the splitter. Less to clean that way anyhow. Or, get a bottomless portafilter. Love mine, you can really see what's happening. And it's easier to clean.
Reply · Report · Joseph L on Mar 23, 2014
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hey cat and gail ! i was wondering if you can do a comparison with other espresso machine with this one? for example, maybe the rancilio, and other relatively same in value
Benny C on Mar 14, 2012
Best Answer: There are a couple of videos you can check out that cover the CC1 and compare it to other machines:

http://youtu.be/PQaOTwpDV80
http://youtu.be/-KUlocRydXw
http://youtu.be/E7zucKr008M

Hope that helps!
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Mar 16, 2012
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Is the steam tip removable on this machine?
Christopher H on Feb 14, 2012
Best Answer: Actually, the steam tip is removable. I remove mine once a week for cleaning.
Reply · Report · Mohammed A on Aug 9, 2012
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My shots are pouring too quickly and are bitter. They used to be excellent. I have a heavy tamper and have played with different grinder settings on my Rancilio grinder, to no avail. Any suggestions?
Cathleen L on Feb 2, 2015
Best Answer: If your shots are quicker than 20 seconds, you are probably getting more sour notes, which are often mistaken for bitter. To correct for this, you will need a finer grind, but there are some steps to keep in mind. Whenever you make a change to the Rocky (or any grinder for that matter), you need to be sure to grind at the same time as you make that change. On the Rocky, this can be quite difficult, so grab a helper, or be patient as you slowly work both hands to make that change! Once you've made your change to the grinder, be sure to grind out about 1 portafilter-worth of grounds and discard them. This will be a mixture of the old and new setting, and you will want to be sure to be 100% on the new setting. After making this change, now fill your portafilter and try the timing, if it's still shorter than 20 seconds, go a bit finer still.

It really is all about finding the right grind setting first off, and keeping all other factors consistent while you find the right grinder setting. When the right grind setting is found, then you can concentrate on other factors like the temperature, tamp pressure or dosing, to really dial it in from there so you're getting the flavors that you're looking for!
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Feb 9, 2015
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I have the CC1, version 1.5, and in the manual it says, after turning the machine on, to "Press the button to activate the boiler filling process. Note: If the Menu button is not pressed after the power is turned on, the machine will automatically turn on after 60 seconds.", which I've found to be true. So this should mean that I can't put it on a timer to make the machine come on before I wake up, which of course means I have to wait 20 or so minutes before my morning coffee. Not ideal, and considering a SCG sales rep told me I could put a mechanical timer on the power switch, I should have returned this when I first bought it based off that. But other than that I do love the unit and have been using it for over a year now.

But reading this forum I see another member Tim said he does precisely that — puts a timer on his. I've never actually tried it since in my mind obviously once the timer turned it on, if no one was there to press the run water through, it'd turn off. Or now I'm thinking, since the power switch isn't actually being activated, then maybe the machine is being "tricked" into staying on. But then the boiler isn't being filled — presumably some of it dribbles out since it was last used? Sounds like it's dangerous for the machine.

What's your guys' experience with timers? Tim is using his successfully, but is it harming the machine?

-Joseph
Joseph L on Jan 9, 2015
Best Answer: Unfortunately, it really does depend on the version of machine that you're using. We have certainly put ours on a timer before, but I believe that our demo version is an older version that just hasn't been updated yet. If your machine requires you to press the Menu button to essentially prime it before it will heat up, then you wouldn't be able to do that. Since our manual also states that this is a requirement, I believe this was added as an additional security feature to ensure that you don't accidentally burn out your boiler, either by not priming it when the machine is first purchased, but also if the machine's water tank were empty when it was started up, so that it doesn't burn out the boiler, causing costly repairs.

I'm sorry this feature is not available on the updated version, but I think it's for the machine's overall safety. I will be in contact with Crossland Coffee to confirm though. So long as you're keeping water in the machine and the tank, I would give it a try and see if the power switch staying in the on position, possibly you're still able to use it on a timer as you suggested? So long as there's a full boiler, it's not harmful to the machine, as the boiler certainly doesn't drain when the machine is switched off. Let us know what you find!
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What is the actual width of the CC1 including the steam knob on the side? The specs say the width is 9.75" but I am not sure if this is for the cabinet only or if it includes the extra width due to the steam knob. If the width (including the steam knob) is more than 10 1/4 inches, can the steam knob be easily and repeatedly removed to allow the machine to fit a 10 1/4 inch storage space?

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.
PotentialSommer on Aug 24, 2014
Best Answer: The total width of the Crossland CC1 is 9 3/4 inches including the steam knob, so you should have no problem storing it in an area that is 10 1/4 inches wide.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 26, 2014
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Essentially, what is the difference between the model 1 and model 1.5?
John P on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: The CC1 version 1.5 has had a few upgrades from the original, including a diffuser block upgrade, a software update and electrical filters. The two units are still very similar, but I hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 6, 2014
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Is there a burn-free steam wand replacement or mod for this machine?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not offer any no-burn modification or replacement for the steam wand on the Crossland CC1.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 16, 2014
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Is the boiler interior stainless steel, and is it true that this machine is manufactured in Taiwan?
Diane H on Mar 5, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Crossland CC1 is made in Taiwan. It has a stainless steel boiler and an aluminum thermoblock for steam.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 5, 2014
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We have never owned an expresso machine before. Can we also use this model as a coffee maker as well as an expresso machine. Does it have a coffee bean grinder ?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2014
Best Answer: No, this Crossland CC1 does not have a grinder and requires a separate grinder at the level of the Baratza Virtuoso or above for good results. It is an espresso machine only, not a coffee maker, but you can make an Americano which is a shot of espresso with hot water added to it.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 17, 2014
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Would you say this machine is comparable to the Nuova Simonelli with a smaller footprint?
frank s on Feb 12, 2014
Best Answer: Though the Oscar is roughly the next jump up in price after Crossland CC1, it is very different. The Crossland is a single boiler machine that offers a PID to adjust temperature. The Oscar is a heat exchanger that allows you to brew and steam at the same time, but really lacks any bells and whistles. The Crossland is a bit newer on the market and is make in Taiwan, while the Oscar has been around a bit longer and is made in Italy. Both will require a good quality grinder to dial in your shots along with about 30 minutes to heat up in the morning. Hope this helps you decide, but contact us at support@seattlecoffeegear.com if you have any other questions!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 13, 2014
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Can I use distilled water?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2013
Best Answer: Though you can use distilled water in this CC1, you will get better flavor from water with some minerals in the water. Read more about distilled water in this article from Kat:

http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2012/04/06/the-lowdown-on-distilled-water/
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 30, 2013
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Hi, does this machine dispense hot water?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, you can get a stream of hot water from the steam arm of the Crossland CC1 when you have the machine hot at brew, not steam, temperature.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 22, 2013
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Does it have a brass or an aluminum boiler?
Stephen M on Aug 4, 2013
Best Answer: The Corssland CC1 has a Stainless Steel boiler, and the thermoblock for steam is aluminum.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 6, 2013
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Does this dispense hot water for making americanos?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, the Crossland CC1 does allow you to dispense hot water for Americanos as a stream from the steam arm.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 30, 2013
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Can I use the CC1 for my pre-ground white coffee? Any concerns while brewing white coffee in this machine?
A shopper on Feb 16, 2013
Best Answer: It is fine to use pre-ground white coffee in the CC1. You will need some time to experiment with the PID control and your tamping to get it to your liking. The solenoid valve should help to create a nice dry puck regardless of coffee used.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Feb 19, 2013
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Does anyone know if a Rancilio bottomless portafilter will fit into the CC1?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately the Silvia bottomless portafilter is not compatible with the CC1. Sorry!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 21, 2013
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How do i get hot water out of the Crossland, for tea or cafe americano? There is no program for "hot water."
A shopper on Oct 15, 2012
Best Answer: You can get hot water out of the Crossland through the steam arm. There is no need to use any special programming, simply heat the machine to brew temperature and turn the steam dial to allow water to flow from steam wand. You do not want the machine to steam temperature, so you will not select steam in the menu.
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Warranty Information for the Crossland Coffee CC1 Espresso Machine

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Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
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

Crossland Coffee CC1 User Manual


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Reviews

No, no, noReview by Vinylsound
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Actually I hate leaving bad reviews but I just have to say this machine is not for me and it all revolves around the steam function. If you have LOTS and LOTS of time to let this thing heat up for steam then go for it. It does make a nice shot of espresso, it does have good and variable functions, but if you want to pull shots for two cups then steam the milk be prepared to carve out 30 minutes for this project.
I had one of the CC1s just fail after a week and was happy with the no hassle return and replacement of the SCG folks, but after another week with the second one, I'm just sending it back.

Now...in all fairness the coffee counselor at SCG recommends I steam the milk first, then pull the shots, but I just want something reliable, easy to operate and doesn't require more than about 10 minutes to get a latte (or the like).

I would have bought the bottomless portafilter for it, but wanted to see if I could tolerate the wait time (they are specially made for the CC1). Glad I waited.

One last thing. I purchased this machine after reading reviews and watching Gail and Kat do videos. Very helpful, but I think in all fairness to every product, they should run a timer and not simply cut the video to the finish. Show the timer from beginning to end of every product so we have an idea about the whole process.

Again, if you have the time (I don't) this might be the machine for you. It does a lot of things right it just takes forever to do them...

Please send me a short list of excellent home machines. I promise I will buy one of them! (Posted on 2/16/2015)
Simple and solidReview by RDav
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After two years of daily use, I can confidently say that this machine was a good investment. No problems, consistent extraction, nice crema. It takes a few minutes to warm up so I turn it on first thing, feed the cats and dog, get the paper, etc. and it's ready. (Posted on 11/7/2014)
Pulls a good shotReview by Jim
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I have had the CC1 for over two years and have had no serious issues as described by others. Use of macine is daily with 3 to 5 double shots being made. I did have one instance of water dripping from the steam wand but it styopped on its own. If the industrial look is OK with you, I do recommend ths machine. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
CC1 Makes Good Espresso - quality/design suspectReview by jjoel
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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 8/28/2014)
More than a year...no complaints!Review by MICHAEL
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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 3/10/2014)
LONG TIME OWNER - PERSPECTIVEReview by BRUCE
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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 2/8/2014)
Great Machine for Price; Killer FeaturesReview by Greg
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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 11/4/2013)
Still Love this MachineReview by Steve
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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 9/20/2013)
So cute & easy to use!Review by Rain
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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 8/11/2013)
This machine is too picky and diffictult to use.Review by Jeannie
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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 6/5/2013)
Great value, not perfectReview by Canadian Northerner
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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 4/15/2013)
Amazing machine for the moneyReview by JackC
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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 3/22/2013)
Good buy, with minor usability and UI snafusReview by YV
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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 2/13/2013)
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.
Wonderful!
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 2/12/2013)
Great!Review by Jen
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Nice lattes! (Posted on 1/20/2013)
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 12/30/2012)
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 12/26/2012)
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 12/26/2012)
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 8/21/2012)
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 8/18/2012)
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.

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Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Quiet

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Leaky (Posted on 5/9/2012)
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.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

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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.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Quiet, Easy To Clean

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A bit plain looking (Posted on 4/23/2012)
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.

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Great Temperature control, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Steamer works great

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Slow start, Noisy (Posted on 4/4/2012)
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!

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Programmable, Easy To Use, Pid, 58mm portafilter, Thermoblock steam

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New vendor, Awkward water chamber (Posted on 3/26/2012)
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.

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Usable with timer switch, Easy To Use, Pid, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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Water filling (Posted on 3/3/2012)
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.

Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container

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(Posted on 9/16/2011)

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