Coffee lovers invest who invest in a professional coffee machine should buy a Scace and find a reliable source for service unless you do it yourself. The scace is critical to own if you need to check PSI of the group head and with Slayer you have various controls for brew pressure including their own patented flow system with a valve that brings pressure to the group head unlike any other coffee machine.
So here is the scace:
The Scace 2 is the next level of Scace temperature measurement tools and is exclusive to EspressoParts.com.
The Scace 2 Thermofilter gives you both temperature and pressure readings directly at the group. This is where we are most interested in receiving data, and now you can do both. The device is very capable of measuring temperature to within a 10th of a degree. The “T” type thermocouple is very fast and accurate when used in conjunction with a Fluke digital thermometer.
While we are fans of the Fluke brand, there are other brands and models of digital thermometers, all you need to make sure of is that the device can read “T” type thermocouples. Pressure is the other fluctuating factor when we discuss stability in an espresso machine. Knowing your brew pressure is just as important as the temperature, and we have found that coffee can taste quite different at variable pressures.
The Scace 2 Thermofilter has an integrated glycerin filled pressure gauge that provides accurate brew pressure. Do you need a Scace device? The question really should be can you afford not to own one? Having the knowledge of temperature and pressure of your espresso machine is very valuable with regards to quality control.
The Scace 2 Thermofilter was previously only available for the La Marzocco equipment specifically, but is now available for the Nuova Simonelli commercial line as well.
Instructions for this product are not included, but the use of the device is the same as with any portafilter: with your machine on and running normally, insert the device into your desired group head. Rotate counter-clockwise (looking directly down at the handle) until the handle stops. Tighten the device a little more, to ensure a proper seal in the group. Press the water dispense button on the desired group head (the one the device has been engaged in). That’s it.
Where instructions really come into play is with the temperature meter that is used in conjunction with the Scace device.
Make your water dispensing pressure and steam boiler temperature adjustments as needed. If you are unfamiliar with how to make pressure and or temperature adjustments, contact your roaster for a referral to a qualified technician. Expect water to exhaust out of the bottom fitting on the portafilter body: the orifice in the fitting has been designed and is calibrated to simulate the flow of water as if you were using a standard portafilter with grounds in it.