Which espresso machine will fit your professional needs? If you're asking this question, this Nuova Simonelli Oscar II review is for you. We're discussing the details of this machine to help you choose the right equipment for your business.
Here's what you'll learn...
- What the Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 key features mean for you.
- How the Oscar II performs next to espresso machines with similar features.
- What type of operation this machine is most suitable for.
- What the benefits of each machine configuration are.
- A little about the brand's background and reliability.
Let's get started...
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Nuova Simonelli Oscar II
The Oscar II is the preferred commercial espresso machine for many small businesses and prosumers looking for premium functions like soft infusion and programmable dosing. Choose the Oscar II if you need a machine that offers a selection of high-end features at a low cost.
Key Features And What They Mean
Soft Infusion System
Soft infusion refers to an advanced pre-infusion technique that optimizes extraction during the coffee brewing cycle.
With soft infusion, the coffee grounds are gently saturated in the group head with a low-pressure stream of water before the pressurized water is released.
This prevents channeling, which can deter the water from reaching all the coffee grounds and produce espresso with less nuance and clarity of flavor. In short, soft infusion draws out the full flavor of the coffee.
There's another major benefit to soft infusion for both baristas and customers. Pre-wetting and settling the coffee grounds eliminates issues with tamping errors, further reducing the risk of poor extraction and creating consistent product excellence your customers will take notice of.
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The Nuova Simonelli Oscar II comes with programmed dosing buttons that make this machine easy to use for all skill levels, from green baristas to experts.
Baristas can choose between single and double shots, elegantly simplifying the process. More importantly, these buttons can be programmed without any fuss.
The ability to program your shots will not only make production faster and easier, it ensures quality consistency as each shot is perfectly timed.
The reverse mirror is designed to allow baristas full visual access to the extraction process.
Baristas are trained to detect a range of cues in espresso production by sight. With the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II's back plate mirror function, baristas can monitor the espresso from all angles.
With the ability to quickly identify even slight issues if they should arise, your baristas are empowered to maintain the highest of quality standards.
Push Pull Steam
If your espresso machine isn't designed ergonomically, running it can quickly tire your baristas out.
The push-pull steam switch on the Oscar II can be operated with a gentle tap in the in and off positions, saving your baristas' wrists from the wear and tear of difficult levers and knobs.
Heat Exchange Boiler
The insulated two-liter heat exchange boiler in the Oscar II allows it to brew and steam at the same time.
This boiler type is built with a separate internal compartment and a copper tube that siphons water to the group head, heating it to perfect brew temperature. This is how the machine keeps brewing and steaming temperatures at optimal levels.
And since the boiler is insulated, it's more energy-efficient, which equates to money saved on power bills.
Articulating Steam Arm
With an articulating steam wand that can move in the direction you need it to, the Oscar II allows for greater steaming control.
This feature provides you with the opportunity to angle the milk pitcher as needed and create better microfoam.
Because the steam arm is long, it will easily reach down into the pitcher and distribute heat evenly while you froth the milk.
Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 Direct Connect
This single-group Oscar II model is direct-connect, meaning that it's designed to be plumbed into your water system. What this provides is automatic refilling of the water reservoir.
For commercial enterprises, this is not only helpful, it's a necessity. Busy baristas don't have time to stop the customer line and manually refill an empty reservoir several times a day, which can eat into profits when fewer customers are served.
Direct connect machines also allow you to install a water filter or softener that will not only improve the flavor of the espresso but also guard against heavy scaling issues that could cause the machine to slowly break down.
Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Pour Over
Unlike direct-connect machines, pour-over machines require manual refilling. While this isn't recommended for busy establishments, it can be suitable for home or office use where demand doesn't require constant refilling of the reservoir.
A benefit is that the machine can go anywhere as it doesn't require proximity to a water hookup.
But the thing to really be aware of is that you'll need to carefully clean and regularly descale the machine to prevent buildup. And since you can't install a water filter, keeping filtered water handy for the reservoir is recommended for best espresso flavor.
La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II
With similar functions and a single group, the La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II has many features that make it comparable to the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Direct Connect.
Here are some of the significant ones:
- Stainless steel construction
- Simplified dosing buttons
- Direct-connect design
The La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II is the more expensive of the two as it comes with some extra features, including a dual boiler that delivers extra power to get through rushes.
The Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Direct Connect is a bit more pared down for ease of use and versatility in a variety of environments.
La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi II
This is the perfect machine to compare with the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Pour Over model.
It shares the majority of its attributes with the La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II, including a bit of a higher price tag, but it operates via manual reservoir replenishing.
Either of the two pour-over models, whether from La Spaziale or Nuova Simonelli, can work well for any kitchen or break room.
About the Brand
Since 1936, Nuova Simonelli has been an innovator in the espresso machine industry. Highly respected by professional baristas, Nuova Simonelli has enjoyed the spotlight as the official machine of the World Barista Championship.
This brand has an outstanding reputation. Check out some of its other top-of-the-line espresso machines like the Musica and the Aurelia Wave.
Ideal Machine Applications
Choosing an espresso machine isn't a one-size-fits-all situation. That's why we offer various configurations that match different needs.
The Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Direct Connect is a wise choice for small coffee shops, bars, restaurants and business owners who want to offer their clientele a quality cup of coffee.
While the Direct Connect model can also save home users time and energy in descaling maintenance, the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Pour Over is a suitable option for home and office applications.
There's an added bonus with both machines: They come with an upgraded warranty for extra peace of mind.
What Customers Say
The feedback we get for our Nuova Simonelli espresso machines is overwhelmingly positive. They're high-performance machines that professionals love.
The functionality combined with their easy operation make these machines highly valued by our customers. The aesthetic appeal doesn't go unnoticed, either.
The price ranges for our Nuova Simonelli machines are some of the most affordable, especially for the quality and craftsmanship.
We offer our Nuova Simonelli Oscar II models well below the 2,000-dollar mark for accessibility to budgets large and small.
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