Are you wondering if you should take the plunge and get a Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima for your business? There are some things you should know ahead of time to help you determine if it really is the best option for you.
We’re here to provide you that information in this Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima review. We’ll be diving deep into the Eagle One Prima here, discussing the following subjects:
- The Eagle One Prima’s key features, and what they mean for you.
- Alternative options to the Eagle One Prima.
- A brief overview of Victoria Arduino as a manufacturer.
- Information about the price of the machine.
Let’s get started…
Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima
The Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima is the offspring of the Eagle One. As such, it’s a model of efficiency, specifically created to use both water and energy efficiently. Perhaps best of all, its petite size is perfect for small businesses or homes that can’t accommodate a full-size espresso machine.
Direct-Connect or Pour-Over Compatibility
Try as you might, you can’t make an espresso without having access to water. With the Eagle One Prima, you’ll have two different ways of providing that water: through a direct connection or through pour-over.
What’s the difference? Direct-connect plumbing means that the espresso machine is hooked up to your water line. Because of the connection, the water tank will replenish itself automatically.
On the flipside, pour-over means you must add water yourself when the tank gets low. The biggest advantage to this design is portability. Since the machine doesn’t need to be connected to your water line, you can use it virtually anywhere, making this configuration an excellent option for coffee carts or caterers.
You can’t deny the fact that the way your business looks matters. Your décor is a huge part of the business’s atmosphere and can either draw in or repel new customers.
An espresso machine can play into your décor. That’s why the look of your espresso machine matters, and the Eagle One Prima can help you in this regard.
We sell it in three colors: a refined black, a modern white, and a chic silver. With these options, you can be sure you’ll end up with a machine that graces your countertop with beauty.
Purging your group head is an important part of daily espresso machine maintenance. This means running the group as soon as possible after pulling a shot.
The main reason you do this is to simply keep the espresso machine clean. Purging the group for a couple seconds removes any traces of grounds or oils that were left behind.
With the Eagle One Prima, even on your busiest days, your employees cannot forget to purge the group head. Thanks to its auto-purge function, the machine will purge its own group head for you.
Taking its energy efficiency even further is the fact that the Eagle One Prima has boiler insulation. Just like with your heating at home, insulation helps stabilize the temperature within an espresso machine’s boiler.
One reason this is so useful is that it keeps your espresso machine from having to work as hard to maintain the proper temperature. In the end, that leads to less energy consumption and, of course, lower utility bills.
Another reason this is beneficial for you is simply the fact that the temperature is more stable. An untimely fluctuation in the water’s temperature can tarnish the taste of an espresso. Boiler insulation reduces the risk of that happening.
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Within easy visual reach, the Eagle One Prima has a boiler pressure gauge right on the front of the machine.
Pressure might just be one of the most important parts of brewing the perfect espresso, if not the most important. For that reason, you or your baristas need to be able to see where the pressure in your machine is at constantly. That way, if there are any issues with the pressure, your employees can make adjustments accordingly.
The Eagle One Prima makes such adjustments easy with its gauge. You won’t need to look hard to find it, because it’s front and (almost) center.
The Eagle One Prima isn’t just energy-efficient – it’s efficient when it comes to conserving space, too. It takes much of the convenience and technology from the Eagle One and packs it into a significantly smaller package.
To give you an idea of exactly how small the Eagle One Prima is, let’s talk numbers. The Eagle One Prima measures at a petite 15 inches tall, 20 inches deep, and 16.25 inches wide.
If your business doesn’t have much room or you need a compact machine to transport with you, the Eagle One Prima is the perfect choice.
New Engine Optimization (NEO)
What makes the Eagle One Prima so amazingly efficient is how well it has been optimized. Instead of expending energy on eliminating heat loss throughout the whole machine as water travels to the group head, the machine brings the water up to temperature right before it enters the group.
At the end of the day, this helps conserve energy. That makes the Eagle One Prima more environmentally sustainable and results in lower utility bills due its reduced rate of energy consumption.
Cool-Touch Steam Wand
Anyone who’s been a barista long enough has probably been burnt by a scalding steam wand at least once. Needless to say, it doesn’t feel great, and it can lead to employees being intimidated by the espresso machine.
Thankfully, the Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima couldn’t be any less intimidating. Its cool-touch steam wand stays completely cool all day, no matter how much your baristas need to steam milk.
Beyond eliminating the risk of burns, there’s an extra benefit to the wand: it stays cleaner. Milk won’t get caked onto the outside since it doesn’t get hot, which means you or your baristas won’t need to work as hard to clean it up.
Are you searching for an espresso machine that’s both compact and affordable? We can’t recommend the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II enough, as it’s one of the most budget-friendly espresso machines out there.
This could be another excellent option for mobile businesses. Because it’s available as a pour-over model, you can take this machine on the go with you.
Here are some other Oscar II highlights:
- An extended steam arm that can reach deeper into milk pitchers.
- A shelf on top that keeps your cups toasty and doubles as storage.
- An antimicrobial copper boiler that’s designed to heat up efficiently.
You can learn more about the Oscar II in our detailed Nuova Simonelli Oscar II review.
The La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II is another espresso machine that’s a dream for anyone short on space. Just like the Eagle One Prima, it has an incredibly compact size that will fit in on just about any counter.
The front panel on this machine also has a dual manometer. By quickly glancing at the gauge, you can confirm the pressure levels in both the group and boiler. This lets you know if there’s something wrong with the pressure so you can make any necessary adjustments.
These are some additional important features of the Vivaldi II:
- Rotary pump that enables the machine to run more quietly than your average espresso machine.
- Fault diagnosis alarms that let you know if there are any failures in the machine so you can preserve its longevity.
- A robust dual boiler design which lends the machine a surprising amount of steam power.
About the Brand
Victoria Arduino is one of the most competitive brands out there in the world of espresso machines. Perhaps due to the fact that they’ve been in the game since 1905, you’ll find that their designs are generally high-end and reliable.
In fact, some of Victoria Arduino’s machines are used in barista world championships. That’s how confident you can be in the quality of anything made by Victoria Arduino.
The Victoria Arduino Eagle One Prima was designed to be used in smaller businesses or businesses with a lower volume of espresso orders. This is due largely to the fact that it has a single group head, as opposed to more.
However, its compact and sleek design is also easily suitable for home baristas who’d like to step up their espresso game at their own personal coffee bars.
What Customers Say
At the time of this review, we do not yet have any customer feedback regarding the Eagle One Prima. What we can tell you, however, is that if world champion-level baristas trust Victoria Arduino, you can, too.
The quality of this machine is clearly up to Victoria Arduino’s high standards. For that reason, we believe our customers will love it.
If you’re worried about the cost of the espresso machines we mentioned in this post, we’ve got good news for you: Majesty Coffee offers the best deals online for our espresso machines.
If you have any questions or concerns about our espresso machines, our team is here to help you. Give us a call at 888-978-5224 or send us a message through the chat in our store.