1: START BY PLUGGING IN AND ADDING WATER
Add water to the water tank. The maximum water level should not exceed the mark on the side of the tank. Flip the master power switch next to the power cord plug to the “On” position
2: POWER = HEAT
Press the power button on the lid. The power button will illuminate, the pump will run to fill the boiler with water and the status light will start pulsing, indicating the boiler is heating up. Keep the portafilter in place in the grouphead while the machine heats up to get everything nice and warm. If the middle switch is to the left the boiler will heat up to espresso temperature, if it's to the right it will heat up to steam temperature. When the status light stops pulsing, the boiler is at temperature. Flip the switch at the front to the right, run the pump for 5 seconds and purge water from the system. Placing a mug under the portafilter to catch the water saves filling up the drip tray.
3: GIVE ME STEAM
To ready the machine to steam milk, flip the middle switch to the right. The status light will start pulsing slowly, indicating the boiler is heating up and will stop pulsing when the boiler is at steam temperature. The pump will run occasionally to maintain boiler pressure.
4: PREPPING THE PORTAFILTER
While waiting for the machine to heat up, add your ground coffee to the portafilter basket (a double shot is 17/18 grams) Distribute the grounds evenly in the portafilter with a few taps of your hand, then tamp with a tamper using about 30 lbs of pressure. It is important to prep the portafilter so it can be attached to the group head as soon as the machine is ready to pull the shot.
5: PRESSURE RELEASE
With the boiler now steam ready, first, purge the condensation from the steam wand by directing the steam wand into a cup or a rag and turning the steam knob counterclockwise 1/2 rotation. Keep purging until the water is replaced by pure steam and then turn the steam off.
6: MILK STEAMING
Fill pitcher roughly half full with milk then place the pitcher under the steam wand and submerge the wand tip into the milk. Turn the steam knob fully on and steam the milk. It's normal for the status light to start pulsing while you are steaming, indicating that the boiler is heating up. Keep steaming until the bottom of the pitcher becomes hot to hold and the milk becomes foamed. Tap the milk pitcher on the countertop to release large bubbles and give it a swirl to combine the foamed milk with the less foamed milk.
7: CLEAN AND PURGE
It is very important to quickly clean the steam wand after milk steaming to 'purge' the steam wand of leftover milk particles. To do this simply release a little steam into a rag and wipe down the outside of the steam wand (Take care, it will be hot).
8. COOL THE BOILER
It's time to cool the boiler to espresso temperature. The quickest way to do this is to run hot water out of the boiler so it is replaced with cold water from the water tank (make sure the water tank is at least half full before you start). Place a cup under the grouphead, flip the middle switch to the left to make the boiler heat to espresso temperature and flip the front switch to the right to run hot steamy water out of the grouphead into the cup. Run water for 15 to 17 seconds.
Flip the front switch to the left and check the status light, if it's constant, you are at espresso temperature. If it's pulsing, the boiler is too cold and will need to heat up a little, if it's flashing then the boiler is too hot and you need to run more water out.
9: PULL YOUR BEST SHOT
With the status light constant, mount the prepped portafilter in the grouphead. Place your espresso cup under the portafilter spout and flip the front switch to the right. A double espresso shot is 1.5 fluid ounces and should take 25/30 seconds to pour while the pressure gauge reads between 9 and 10 bar. A well-poured shot will have three layers, with a top crema layer which is about 1/4” thick.
10: LATTE TIME
Its time to pour your coffee. There are lots of techniques for pouring the perfect coffee, we believe in just giving it a go, pouring the milk into the espresso with circular motions, and giving it a bit of a shimmy.
11: CLEAN UP
Now that your coffee is made, you can either repeat steps 3 to 10 to make more espresso drinks, or you can clean up and turn off the machine (AnZa will turn off automatically after 15 minutes with no activity) Both Concrete and White machines are easy to clean by wiping down the exterior of the machine, removing and washing the front trays, and wiping down the steam wand. To clean coffee grounds from the grouphead, remove the portafilter, flip the coffee switch to the right and run some hot water through to wash out any excess coffee grounds.