It's finally arrived! If you're trying to figure out whether it's right for your business, this Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave review is going to give you the information you need. We're covering all the features detail by detail to help you decide.
Here is what you'll learn...
- The key features of the Nuova Simonelli Wave and how they'll help your business.
- Different configurations the Wave comes in and what makes them unique.
- Brand background and history for a reliability assessment.
- How similar models compare to the Wave.
- What types of operations you'll need this machine for.
Let's dive in...
Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave
Featuring cutting-edge innovations like Pulse-Jet and Smart Water technology, the Aurelia Wave is the premium espresso machine for businesses looking for maximum control and flexibility in crafting the most extraordinary espresso beverages. It's the best choice for medium to large specialty cafes that want to cultivate a reputation for excellence and revolutionize espresso service.
Key Features And What They Mean
Coffee professionals and enthusiasts have eagerly awaited this upgrade to Nuova Simonelli's soft infusion system.
This exciting technology moves beyond pre-infusion, the initial brewing stage of saturating the coffee bed for even extraction, making a seamless, user-controlled transition to the infusion stage and finally to post-infusion.
As the machine operator, you'll determine the length of each stage and the intervals between to maximize each and achieve mastery of the brew cycle.
The genius of this system is that it allows you to arrange different pulse patterns and create custom extraction profiles. With Pulse-Jet technology, baristas are empowered to pinpoint specific features of the espresso to enhance with unprecedented clarity.
The post-infusion stage comes from careful research on the life cycle of the espresso in the extraction process.
Leveraging this data has steered Nuova Simonelli toward incorporated this final stage to reduce bitter, acidic flavors in the espresso aftertaste, creating a sweeter finish.
Between these three stages, the Aurelia Wave is carving a path to a new level of enhanced flavor, body, and extraction yields never before seen in espresso machines.
*Note: Pulse-Jet technology comes with the Aurelia Wave T3.
Smart Water Technology
Smart Water technology is a brand new option that can measure water parameters in real time.
Tracking the TDS (total dissolved solids) range and the Ph (alkalinity) range gives the user in-depth information that helps baristas better manage the machine and ensure optimal espresso flavor.
In case quality changes in the TDS or Ph arise, the machine will now display a warning to the user. This also acts as a safeguard against damage that could cost you in the long run.
Considering the fact that water quality is at the root of up to 70 percent of reliability issues in espresso machines, this trailblazing tech is a lifesaver.
Read next: Find the top commercial espresso machines on this exclusive Majesty Coffee School buyer's guide.
Combined Volumetric and Manual Dosing
Aside from the stunning new technology, Nuova Simonelli has continued to offer flexible functionality in the Aurelia Wave that professionals need.
You have the options of both volumetric and manual dosing. This means you can switch between them as needed, increasing efficiency and creativity.
When you hit the volumetric dosing button, the machine will automatically dispense the programmed amount of water for the correct espresso volume.
This makes it simple even for green baristas to achieve incredible consistency in their espresso shots. No matter who's operating the espresso machine, your customers will enjoy the same level of quality in your product.
The nice thing about the manual button is that you have access to customizing the espresso at any time as you'll be manually starting and stopping the brew cycle.
If your customers want a long shot or a ristretto shot, your baristas will be able to accommodate them on the fly.
Comprehensive LCD Display
The Aurelia Wave's high-resolution touch screen display is a pleasure to navigate. It's a no-nonsense system that places major functions right at your fingertips.
The LCD display houses operations like dosage programming, boiler pressure management, pre-infusion, and even power savings settings.
(Yes, the Aurelia Wave comes with power saving options that boost its already environmental-friendly design.)
Being able to access to these functions intuitively and easily will give you better control, proving that advanced technology is enhanced by user friendliness.
High Performance Automation
From a performance standpoint, the Aurelia Wave elevates automation from a science to an art as it works with baristas on a truly integrative level.
The optional Auto-purge system in the insulated group heads kicks in when you remove the portafilter to dispose of the spent coffee puck. This means that the machine will run the water through the group head and purge the coffee residues for you.
Not only is this time-saving, it also gives baristas peace of mind. When it gets busy, it can be easy to forget these details that are critical to machine function and espresso quality.
Fortunately, Nuova Simonelli has also built the Aurelia Wave with automated cleaning. Baristas can simply push a button and engage the self-cleaning cycle, saving time and energy.
User Friendly Steaming
Between the Cool Touch wands and the milk light to increase visibility, steaming is safer and easier with the Aurelia Wave.
The Cool Touch wands will stay nice and cool so that you can clean them without risk of burning yourself. Plus, these wands discourage milk from sticking, which makes cleaning much easier.
There is also a milk light to illuminate the steaming area so that you can see everything you're doing while texturing the milk. The light will go off automatically when you're done steaming, saving energy.
Instead of a turning valve, the Aurelia Wave also comes with an ergonomic push-pull steam trigger, so making lattes all day will be a breeze. Just tap the switch into the on and off positions.
Raised Group Heads
If your business offers multiple cup sizes, raised group heads will make drink production more efficient.
You'll be able to fit tall cups under the group heads of the Aurelia Wave and brew directly into them, saving you the time (which = money) it takes to transfer the espresso from shot glasses.
Discerning customers will greatly appreciate this, too. Direct brewing will ensure that the crema remains intact and undisturbed, allowing you to skillfully float beautiful shots on Americanos and other espresso beverages.
Greatly extending visibility during the extraction process, there is a reverse mirror incorporated into the back plate of the Aurelia Wave.
Not only will you be able to clearly see while you position the portafilter in the group head, you'll have access to every angle of the espresso while brewing.
Monitoring the espresso for color, consistency, and indicators of quality is instantaneous, helping you to make sure that only an optimal product reaches your customers.
Built-In Maintenance Indicators
With a bar pump gauge that displays the pump pressure, you can observe a key internal aspect of the machine that will inform your brew process.
Drops in pump pressure will signal changes you'll need to make to your grind, tamp, and other brew ratio variables. But in case the pump ever needs replacement, you'll also know by checking this gauge.
The convenient water level indicator in the Aurelia Wave will show you boiler water levels to help you keep an even closer eye on machine functioning. Should clogs happen, the water level indicator will make them immediately apparent.
In concert with the Aurelia Wave's Smart Water technology, these features will ensure the longevity of the machine and maximize your ROI.
Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave Digit
Available in two-group and three-group versions, the Aurelia Wave Digit builds on the Aurelia II Digit with unparalleled dimensions of efficiency and performance for the ultimate user experience.
In addition to the features listed above (excluding Pulse-Jet tech), this configuration of the Aurelia Wave comes with the following impressive features:
- Surface LEDs for better work area visibility.
- Optional EasyCream wand, which automatically steams and textures milk to perfection by programmed density and temperature.
- Choice of three programmable hot water temperatures and volumes for teas, Americanos and other hot water-based drinks.
The Aurelia Wave Digit is designed to make life much easier for baristas.
Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave T3
The Aurelia Wave T3 is a barista's dream. Like the Digit, the T3 comes in two-group and three-group versions.
Incorporating the functional features of the Digit, the T3 boasts other state-of-the-art features:
- Pulse-Jet technology
- T3 technology
- Espresso Management System
Nuova Simonelli's T3 technology provides excellent thermal regulation with multiple copper boilers working together.
It allows the barista to set each group head's temperature independently with complete control of the primary boiler and coffee group boiler temperatures.
Equally sophisticated is the Espresso Management System. This innovative feature of the Aurelia Wave provides the opportunity to store shareable data from the machine.
The option of the cloud-connected Aurelia Wave lets you access the machine's data remotely. You'll find hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly statistics right from your computer or smartphone.
And if you have multiple Aurelia Waves, you can synchronize information while you optimize your business and cultivate best practices.
If you want an unparalleled experience with an espresso machine, the Aurelia Wave T3 will not disappoint.
Victoria Arduino White Eagle Digit
For the most part, if you're looking for a machine to compare to the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave Digit, it's going to be difficult.
Fortunately, the Victoria Arduino White Eagle Digit has many of the same features for excellent comparison.
Here are some of the major functions these machines share:
- Volumetric and manual dosing
- Easy-to-use LCD display
- Raised group heads
- Cool Touch wands
- Reverse mirror
- Automated cleanings
- Energy efficiency
- Two-group and three-group models
- Boiler size (14 liters for the two-group, 17 liters for the three-group)
However, the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave Digit's new features, like the optional Smart Water tech, make it unique.
These machines are also very different style-wise. The curved appearance of the Aurelia Wave Digit and the stepped panels of the White Eagle Digit are elegant in distinctive ways.
But when it comes to function, despite the fact that the Aurelia Wave Digit is a little more cutting-edge, these machines are pretty close.
Victoria Arduino White Eagle T3
Victoria Arduino also makes a T3 version of its White Eagle model, which might be the closest comparison to the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave T3.
In addition to the features of the Digit configurations, these come with other high-tech features, namely the T3 system.
However, only the Aurelia Wave T3 comes with Pulse-Jet technology, Smart Water technology, and the Espresso Maintenance System.
If you're looking for the basics of a T3 model (can we really call them basic?), the White Eagle T3 is another excellent choice.
About the Brand
The Aurelia Wave demonstrates the kind of technology that has made Nuova Simonelli the official machine of the World Barista Championship.
Since its creation in 1936, Nuova Simonelli has been discovering new ways to make espresso machines both advanced and user-friendly.
Baristas recognize the name Nuova Simonelli for its dependability and innovation. Other top-of-the-line models from this brand include the Aurelia II, the Wave's predecessor, and the Super-automatic Talento.
Ideal Machine Applications
High-volume coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants of medium to larger sizes can greatly benefit from the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave.
But since different businesses have different requirements, one of the two configurations might be a better fit.
The Aurelia Wave Digit is an incredibly accessible machine for users of any skill level. It can make a perfect addition to any coffee shop, cafe, or location seeking to accommodate a high volume of traffic with superior espresso service.
The Aurelia Wave T3's advanced features like Pulse-Jet technology would support specialty coffee shops in particular, or any shop establishing a reputation as the coffee shop in the area.
It's also excellent for business owners managing multiple coffee locations thanks to its Espresso Management System.
The more specialized your offerings, the higher the likelihood that you'll gain the greatest advantage from the Aurelia Wave T3.
What Customers Say
As the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave is brand new, we eagerly await feedback from our customers.
We've noticed that our Nuova Simonelli espresso machines earn superb reviews from our customers. They're hard-working machines that set the bar for performance high.
Our customers also find Nuova Simonelli espresso machines to be user-friendly, which is important for getting the most out of your investment. And they're not bad to look at, either.
Side Note: We got to play with this machine at the latest SCA Coffee Expo in 2019 and have to say that it is all that it's cracked up to be. We highly recommend it to our high volume customers.
At Majesty Coffee, we're dedicated to bringing you the most cutting-edge espresso equipment at affordable prices.
We proudly offer the two-group Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave T3 for $18,500 and the three-group model for $20,500.
Our Aurelia Wave Digit models are priced at $14,500 for the two-group models and $17,050 for the three-group models.
For expert service and the best prices, be sure to check out these machines from this guide on Majesty Coffee...
- Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave T3
- Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave Digital
- White Eagle T3 Espresso Machine
- Victoria Arduino White Eagle Digit Espresso Machine
And do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions!
For a look at this machine in video format, we highly recommend the video below...