Nuova Simonelli Musica Review: make your espresso with style

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Nuova Simonelli Musica Stainless Steel Pour Over Espresso Machine w/ Black Lining Once you land eyes on the Nuova Simonelli Musica, you realize that buying such a machine is an ultra-classy choice to make; you just know that this is a serious espresso machine and you know that it has a lot of style.

The Musica is a fantastic and a rare espresso machine that deserves the affection of coffee aficionados. This machine integrates the best of commercial-style technologies, such as the volumetric control of the drinks a powerful heat exchange boiler. One of its most incredible features is the commercial grade, professional steam wand that operates by the highest Nuova Simonelli standards.

In our Nuova Simonelli Musica review, we explain that both its lovely state-of-the-art chrome housing and its amazing features define the sophistication of the machine.

Key features:

  • A heat exchange espresso machine
  • Volumetric, offering coffee dose programming
  • Copper-and-brass boiler with auto fill function
  • Professional steam wand
  • Professional 58mm portafilter
  • Lever that controls steam pressure
  • 101-ounce water tank
  • Cup warmer
  • Pressure gauge

Pros

A professional commercial-grade machine that brews and steams at the same time make barista-style coffees

It has an incredibly powerful steam wand that will let you experiment with the texture of the milk, adjusting it to different coffee recipes

Consistent coffee shots are guaranteed by the volumetric control of the machine, and you can customize and program coffee doses to your taste

A top quality espresso machine with a durable housing and a durable boiler

Cons

Pricey

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Powerful looks that announce a powerful performance

The Nuova Simonelli Musica looks powerful and sophisticated with a housing that comes in stainless steel or silver for everybody’s different design preferences. The espresso machine has a radiant bulky presence represented through the its bulging front. Undoubtedly, you cannot compare this machine to any other—not to De’Longhi machines, not to Breville ones; the machine is THAT outstanding.

You can get the Musica as a pour-over or as a plumbed-in machine, but you can’t have the same machine be both pour-over and plumbed-in. Similar to that, you can get the machine with LED light stripes on its sides or choose the version with the black stripes instead.

The Musica features an elegant control panel with lovely programmable backlit buttons, which you can dim or brighten by preference. Lovely as well is the group head of the machine, accenting the power of the Musica with its polished design. Nuova Simonelli really has a way of portraying the abilities and the elegance of its machines through their designs, and that is exactly what the design of the Musica conveys.

Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux Pour Over Espresso Coffe Machine Starter Kit No comfort zones— the Musica is multi-purpose

Certain machines, like the Rancilio Silvia, are best to use in one setting only, but not the Musica.

As we already pointed out, the spectacular Nuova Simonelli Musica is a machine that is truly capable of an extensive performance throughout the day. Everything on the machine, from the large capacity of the tank and the drip tray, to the performance of the steam wand and the heat exchange boiler is designed to make the Musica suitable for different venues. Needless to say, the machine will perform impeccably at your home and let you entertain your family and friends with commercial-style coffee drinks. Apart from its in-house capabilities, however, the Musica is also precious for your office, small shop, and diner as well. That said, this brilliant machine is highly-applicable and suitable for almost every scenario where you wouldn’t use the Jura GIGA 5, meaning venues that are not high-volume.

A heat exchange boiler for simultaneous brewing and steaming

With the Nuova Simonelli Musica, you can steam your milk and make your espresso simultaneously. Although even smaller machines like the Gaggia Classic Pro quickly transition from brewing to steaming, the Musica does the two things at the same time; it’s a high-end machine, so what else can one expect?

Thanks to the machine’s copper-and-brass heat exchange boiler, there’s going to be water ready for both brewing and steaming anytime.

Heat exchange boilers have two separate parts: a smaller tube inside for brewing water and a larger area for steaming water. With a boiler designed like this, simultaneous brewing and steaming is always possible under the correct brewing and steaming temperatures. This technology furthermore translates into hot, delicious, barista-grade espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, and more.

Another amazing feature of the heat exchange boiler is that it automatically refills itself once its water level drops. The auto fill technology is crucial for the wellbeing of the boiler, preventing a heat damage from happening. The auto fill and the pressure gauge that displays the current boiler pressure make the maintenance of the machine easy. All is well-thought-out, all is well-designed!

A volumetric machine for precise espresso shots

The Musica is a volumetric machine that it doses the coffee by volume— a technology very useful in a small coffee shop, for example; the technology makes for a smoother workflow and consistent coffee shots.

This machine lets you program three coffee doses that you might find necessary. The doses are programmable through the simple-to-use buttons on the control panel of the Musica.

Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux Pour Over Espresso Coffe Machine Starter Kit An incredibly powerful steam

If you’re looking for a machine with an automated milk carafe, you could check out the Lattissima Pro, for example; the Musica steams through a wand and not just any kind of wand, but a PROFESSIONAL HIGH-END wand.

The steaming performance of the Nuova Simonelli Musica is one of its most remarkable abilities. With a 4-hole steam wand tip seen on Nuova Simonelli espresso machines used in barista championships, you can only imagine the power of this machine’s steam.

The wand rotates at 360° as well, releasing a steam so powerful that it brings out the perfect texture of just about any milk. Its length makes it possible for you to transform your milk into froth, creating its body by submersing the wand deeper or less deep into the milk. With a wand this long and a steam pressure lever located right above the wand, your milk art is limitless and you have full control over it.

On the mechanism that heats up the group head

Even though it’s not an E61 group head, the group head of the Nuova Simonelli Musica is designed to have water from the heat exchange boiler of the machine constantly circulating within the group. With a design like this, the group head of the Musica has its temperature regulated and optimized for delicious shots of espresso. If the group head of the machine was cold, the temperature of the espressos would’ve been way below their recommended level. Instead, this group head keeps itself hot all the time to support the perfect espresso extraction at the optimal temperature.

Careful and patient with espresso for its fantastic flavor

The Nuova Simonelli Musica prepares your espresso by taking coffee through pre-infusion, a short waiting time, and, finally, through the brewing process. The machine carefully executes all these steps to make the coffee grounds in its 58mm portafilter bloom, degas, and extract the espresso.

With these methods, every coffee blend shines with its optimal flavor and the subtle undertones embedded into its taste; the natural aroma of the coffee is, of course, submerged within the espresso. An espresso made this way will later be a fantastic base for cappuccinos, lattes, and other milk-based drinks.

Other cool features for a greater versatility in beverages

Apart from everything that we talked about so far, the Nuova Simonelli also has a separate wand for teas, hot chocolates, and other hot drinks frequently requested at a coffee shop and also at home. There’s furthermore, a way to connect the machine to an E.S.E. pod adapter and make it possible for the Musica to work with espresso pods. The design of the portafilter, furthermore, makes for an easy time tamping and E.S.E. use by laying flat when positioned horizontally. We love these extra perks!

FAQ about the Nuova Simonelli Musica

Is the boiler of the Nuova Simonelli Musica insulated?

Yes, the boiler of this espresso machine is well-insulated.

What is the difference between the Musica Lux and the Musica?

The Musica Lux comes with side lights as a design perk, while the Musica has two black stripes accenting its sides.

Where is the Nuova Simonelli Musica made?

This machine is made in Italy.

Conclusion

The great performance and beauty of the Nuova Simonelli Musica espresso machine are undeniable. This truly is a spectacular machine that has made it to a few of our best lists, including the list of best high-end espresso machines. We highly recommend the Musica for you if you want to take the flavor of your coffee drinks to a professional level and see what true coffee tastes like. Be it at your home or at your small coffee shop, the Nuova Simonelli Musica will make every cup of coffee a little piece of art.

Are you interested in super-automatic coffee machines? Check out our reviews on Jura machines and let them inspire your next coffee!

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