Step 1: Inspect the box and the machine for damage
- Remove the machine from the box. We recommend saving all of the packing materials and boxes.
- Set the machine on stable and level surface.
- Inspect the machine for damage. If you find any damage, please contact us immediately.
Step 2: Water Quality and Filling the Reservoir
- Use the included water test strip to verify the softness of your water. Ideally, we’re looking for a softness near 50 ppm.
- For more information on water, take a look at CliveCoffee.com/water.
- Before introducing any water to the machine, it’s important to test it to make sure it is adequately soft
- The A53 Mini comes with a softener pouch, located in the reservoir. While this can help soften hard water, we recommend using already softened and filtered water, to avoid having to purchase replacement softener pouches.
- Once you’ve verified that your water is adequately soft and filtered, remove the reservoir from the machine, remove the softener pouch, and fill the reservoir to the line two inches from the top.
- Reinsert the reservoir.
Step 3: Filling your boilers and turning on the machine
- Unless it was specified before shipping, your A53 mini will run in 15 amp mode to start. For tips on switching between 15 and 20 amp modes, check out this article, or try the link in the description below.
- Plug in your machine using either the 20 amp plug or the 15 amp convertor cord.
- When it’s plugged in the machine will enter standby mode. You’ll know your machine is in standby when the LUCCA light illuminates and the power light flashes.
- First, we have to fill your brew boiler. Before turning on your machine, press and hold the power and hot water button, located on the top right of the machine. This will activate the pump and begin filling your brew boiler.
- Continue holding both buttons until approximately 4 ounces is dispensed from the grouphead. Then, release both buttons.
- Now, we have to turn on the machine and fill the steam boiler. Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to turn on your machine.
- With the power on, the machine will automatically begin filling the steam boiler.
- At this point, the machine will start heating. You’ll know the machine has come to temperature and is ready to pull shots once the 95 light stops flashing.
- At this point, your machine is ready to pull your first shots.
- We’ve programmed both espresso buttons to deliver roughly 4 ounces of water so it is easier to dial-in your grinder. To stop the shot, simply press the same button again once you’ve reached your target output.
- Once you’re grinder is dialed-in, it’s very easy to reprogram your buttons to deliver the same volume of water every time. For tips on how to program your shot volumes, take a look at this video.