As well as combining all of the above features from their range, they have also added 4 new features that are serious game changers for those within speciality coffee.
The Strada X offers unparalleled consistency due to its Smart Saturation feature. Instead of pre-infusing coffee manually or with a timer, the Strada X automatically saturates the espresso puck at a low pressure set by a pump that feeds consistent pressure into the machine.
The barista will no longer need to guess when their coffee has reached its saturation point; instead, the Strada X uses data from internal flow meters to sense the exact moment it should increase the pressure. Because the coffee is thoroughly wetted to the exact same amount every time, espresso profiles have a repeatable flow rate that achieves the same beverage weight at the same time until the grind size is changed.
No matter how unique or inventive the espresso profile is, Smart Saturation ensures that every shot pulled is exactly what the barista intended.
In 2009, the Strada EP pioneered variable-pressure espresso profiles, and now the Strada X has perfected them.
Along with an independent boiler, each group head has its own variable-pressure motorised pump. Like the Strada EP, the Strada X can run three profiles simultaneously at different pressures without affecting espresso quality.
The difference comes from the Strada X’s Smart Saturation feature, alongside updated programming software. The Strada X operates with algorithmically generated pressure modelling using data collected from thousands of espresso shots to gently increase or decrease pressure. Even if the barista were to run the paddle from 0 to 12 bars of pressure in the space of two seconds, the Strada X would map out the transition in a way that protects the integrity of the espresso puck.
While the barista still has full control to set custom profiles, the Strada X guarantees that even the most adventurous pressure curves can evenly extract repeatable shots of espresso.
Mass based profiling:
The Strada X maps new profiles based on pressure and beverage weight, adding a new layer of consistency to boundary-pushing espresso. With independent variable pressure motors for each group head, the barista can set pressure profiles to bring out coffee flavors unachievable on other espresso machines.
By tying that variable pressure to a target beverage weight, the Strada X ensures that, while the flavors are unique, your results are not. Paired with Smart Saturation, Mass Based Profiling means even the most adventurous espresso is repeatable for every single customer.
Mass Based Profiling also frees the barista up to focus on grinder adjustments to experiment with shot time, limiting the number of variables they would have to juggle while dialing in.
With beverage mass as a constant, shot time now becomes the main variable for the barista to adjust to experiment with coffee quality.