Modeled on the original aluminum Vesuviana,
and known at various times as
Xcell's Via Veneto CX-25
Benjamin & Medwin's Caffe Espresso
Elebak (different exterior shape, same parts)
STOVETOP STAINLESS STEEL ESPRESSO & CAPPUCCINO MAKER
5-Pc Gasket Set
|Includes 1 each of the following rubber gaskets:
5009 Pressure release gasket
5070 Tank gasket
5236 Lid gasket
5642 Gasket for top knob
5691 Inner shaft gasket
Thick Gasket for Lid
|5236 Thick gasket for lid
Gasket for Top Knob
|5642 Top knob gasket
Gasket for Pressure Release Valve
|5009 Pressure release gasket
Gasket for Inner Shaft
|Inner shaft gasket
|5070 Tank gasket
Gasket for Bottom Seal
|5013 Bottom Seal Gasket
Top Lid Screen
|1222 Top lid filter screen
Aluminum and stainless steel
Top Lid Assembly
A210 Coffee valve knob
4211 Coffee valve gasket
C400 Top lid
4241 Coffee tube/spout
Safety Valve Assembly
Safety Valve Assembly
5009 P9 "O" ring for safety valve assembly
SteamValve, Arm & Knob Assembly
until late May
Steam valve, knob, and arm assembly
5009 P9 "O" ring for steam valve
G100 Tightening knob
5642 V-15 Gasket for top knob
|5839 Long side handle
(Not shown in above diagram)
|D220 Brew basket
||Other parts in diagram,
||G240 Internal shaft assembly
D310 Set pieces available separately
Use & Care Instructions
MODEL CX-25 Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
This Espresso & Cappuccino Coffee maker, model CX-25, is a stovetop
type intended for household use only.
This machine has a charming, classic appearance with heavy 18/8
stainless steel construction, safety valve, and heat resistant bakelite.
The Espresso & Cappuccino Coffee machine makes espresso using the steam
pressure method. The espresso is prepared by forcing live steam and hot
water, under the pressure of boiling water, through dark-roast coffee
grounds, extracting all of their pure flavor and aroma. Since boiling
destroys some of the natural elements that make espresso's flavor and
aroma, espresso connoisseurs prefer using the pressurized steam-vapor
method. The remaining water is used to produce steam. "Cappuccino is the
name for a hot coffee consisting of approximately 1/2 to 2/3 cup espresso
and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of hot, frothed milk. You may add sugar, a light
sprinkling of powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, or grated orange peel, or top
with cream and chocolate, according to taste.
Espresso is served in a 2-1/2 oz demitasse size cup.
9 demitasse cups equal about 15-17 oz of espresso.
You can make 3, 6 or 9 cups of espresso by using the brew basket
"reducer" in this machine.
A) When it is New
Before using for first time, rinse all parts thoroughly with hot water. No
soap or scouring is necessary. After all parts have been rinsed, follow
the directions for preparing espresso, except do not load any coffee into
the brew basket. After the coffee valve has been steam-cleaned, close it
and then open the steam valve for a few moments. This procedure may be
repeated periodically if it appears that either of the valves have become
B) Regular Cleaning
1) Remove coffee maker from heat source.
2) Open the coffee and/or steam valve, releasing all the pressure, and
wait until the machine is cool.
3) Unscrew and remove the tightening knob.
4) Remove and rinse the top lid.
5) Take out the brew basket and reducer, if used. Discard coffee grounds.
6) Rinse the boiler, brew basket, and reducer with hot water. No soap or
scouring is necessary, and might leave a residue which could affect coffee
7) Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or
scouring pads on the surfaces, since permanent scratching may result.
NOTE: For easier cleaning, clean off both the coffee and steam valves
immediately after use.
HOW TO PREPARE ESPRESSO
A) Before operating, you will need to prepare:
1) Clean espresso maker
2) Finely ground espresso coffee
3) Espresso cups and clean carafe
4) Leveling spatula
B) Brewing procedure:
1) Unscrew and remove the tightening knob (A17).
2) Remove the top lid (A03).
3) Remove the brew basket (A10) and reducer (A06).
4) Rinse inside of the boiler, brew basket, and reducer, with
5) Fill water in the boiler up to the water level marking for
the desired number of cups. The water level marking plate (009) is on the
inside of the boiler (A02), attached to the safety valve (A15).
DO NOT COVER THE SAFETY VALVE HOLE
6) If you desire 9 cups, remove the reducer from the brew
basket. For 6 cups, insert the reducer, short end down, into the brew
basket. For 3 cups, insert the reducer short end up.
7) Fill the brew basket (A10) with coffee up to the rim, pack
it down and level it off with a spatula or spoon.
8) Clean off excess coffee from the brew basket rim and
silicon O-ring (gasket) in order to guarantee a tight seal.
9) Put the brew basket (A10) onto the main shaft (A08). Make
sure the O-ring is resting against the underside of the brew basket rim
and on the boiler.
10) Replace the top lid (A03) onto the main shaft (A08) with
the coffee valve (A12) opposite the handle.
11) Screw down the tightening knob (A17) clockwise as tightly
12) Close the steam valve (A16) by turning it clockwise.
13) Open the coffee valve (A12) by turning it
14) Place a carafe under the brewing spout (326).
15) Place machine on the stovetop, at the highest heat that
can fit under the machine, without flames coming up the sides.
16) After 3 to 10 minutes (depending on the heat source and
amount of coffee being made), the water will come to a boil and the
espresso will begin to slowly drip out from the brewing spout. The stream
of espresso will become stronger until it is mixed with sputtering bursts
(If you wish
a stronger brew, turn off the coffee valve for 30 to 60 seconds as soon as
the espresso begins to drip out, then reopen it to let the espresso stream
17) Close the coffee valve when the stream of espresso has
been replaced by sputtering, dripping steam.
18) If only espresso is desired, remove the carafe of coffee
and turn off the heat. If cappuccino is desired, leave the heat on and
allow another 3 to 5 minutes for steam to build back up.
19) Pour the espresso into demitasse cups for serving.
HOW TO PREPARE CAPPUCCINO
A) Before you begin, you will need to prepare:
2) Cold whole milk (preferably extra rich)
3) Frothing pitcher
4) Cappuccino cups (regular coffee cups can also be used)
B) Operating procedures:
1) After preparing espresso, close the coffee and steam
2) Allow the machine to continue heating for 3 to 5 minutes
until the pressure in the boiler is sufficient for you to steam the milk.
3) Meanwhile, fill the pitcher with milk to the desired
level, but not more than one-half, since the milk volume will double with
Estimate the fill quantity through
the desired serving proportions of: 1/2 to 2/3 espresso to 1/3 to 1/2
4) Place the pitcher under the steam tube so that the tube
tip is under the surface of the milk.
5) Slowly open the steam valve until you get strong and
6) Move the pitcher slowly from side to side, and slightly up
and down. The milk with swirl and become steamy hot and frothy.
7) Continue until milk foam fills the pitcher, but do not
allow milk to boil. (Producing rich milk foam can be a bit tricky and may
8) Close the steam valve.
9) Remove the pitcher from the steam tube.
10) Remove machine from heat.
11) Turn off the heat source.
12) Clean the steam tube of any excess milk (which can clog
the opening as it dries), by opening the steam valve with the tip facing
down until all the steam has been released.
13) Pour 1/2 to 2/3 cup of espresso into each cup, adding
sugar if desired. Pour in steamed milk and top off with a couple spoonfuls
of milk froth.
14) Sprinkle on a dash of cinnamon, crushed chocolate, or
nutmeg, and serve.
For espresso and cappuccino, we recommend using dark roast coffee
beans, generally called Italian or French Roast, however you might test
lighter roasts to learn what suits your palate the best.
If kept refrigerated, coffee will stay fresh for 2-4 weeks in an airtight
glass or ceramic jar, provided it was freshly roasted when you bought it.
Large quantities can be frozen in multiple small airtight glass or ceramic
jars, then allowed to reach room temperature to prevent condensation
In making the best possible cup, the coffee should be fresh and ground to
the correct fineness.
If you want to further enhance the flavor and aroma, grind the coffee
immediately before preparing. The beans should be ground very fine, but
not to a powder. Using a burr grinder will give you the most consistent
Grinding the coffee too coarse and large produces watery and bitter
coffee. Too fine and powdery, and it can clog the coffee filter. If no
coffee comes out at the right time, remove from the heat source and open
the steam valve to release the pressure before opening the lid to replace
Only coffee grounds and water should be used inside this machine. Other
substances can clog the valves and leave a lasting taste in the machine.
Clean milk off the steam valve as soon as possible, to prevent it from
drying and clogging the tip. After frothing, open and close the valve for
a couple shots of steam to clean off any milk that got inside. If it is
already clogged and this doesn't work, wait for the machine to cool, then
use a pin to clear the opening.
Be very careful when opening the steam valve after
heating. The hot steam can scald you.
Only open the machine after all the steam has been released
and the machine has cooled.
Never cover the hole of the safety valve when filling the
machine with water.
Use the appropriate size burner on your stovetop, and keep
the heat under the machine.
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CX-25 Stovetop Espresso & Cappuccino Maker Manual (54KB)