Hi-tech without the high price, Crossland’s CC1 brings the best of budget-friendly features to beginner baristas. Temperature accuracy, cross-compatible accessories, and some of the best milk-steaming at this pricepoint make the CC1 a serious small-brand contender. Here are the basics: The CC1 starts as a PID-controlled single boiler espresso machine—just the thing for consistency in your espresso shots. For milk drinks, a separate thermoblock handles steam production for texturing. This preserves the heat stability of the boiler, while giving you quick access to steam for the occasional cappuccino or latte. Catering toward convenience, the CC1 also includes 3 programmable shot profiles (though one is labelled Pod), programmable pre-infusion, and an overpressure valve for backflushing.
Features and Functionality
Temperature Accuracy – A 16-ounce stainless steel boiler and a generously sized heating element are the perfect base for the PID-controllers careful heat moderation.
Programmable Profiles – Set and save up to three shot programs! Each profile lets you set pre-infusion, wait time and shot time.
Minimalist Controls – Two knobs and a backlit digital screen give you access to programming and shot controls.
Separate Steaming – Instead of adjusting the steam temperature, the CC1 pulls reservoir water through a thermoblock to reach steam temperature. This is excellent for both recovery time and heat management.
Shot Timer – The CC1 automatically shows shot time on its digital display, an unsung hero for day-to-day use.
Shot Consistency – The boiler-and-PID setup really does make intrashot consistency better than many other machines in this segment.
Easy Programming – And, the CC1’s dedicated programming gives you repeatable pre-infusion and shot times at a touch.
Classic Accoutremonts – A classic 58mm group lets you drop in new baskets, swap to a bottomless portafilter, and keep up with regular maintenance like backflushing with ease.
Meager Milk – The separate thermoblock for steaming is great for maintaining shot temperatures, but lacks power for regular latte drinkers.
Non-simultaneous – Built with only one vibratory pump, you’ll have to steam milk before pulling your shot.
How Does it Compare?
The Crossland CC1 Version V2 is nearly identical to the 1.5 before it. The main difference lies in an updated thermoblock designed for a longer service life.
Tips and Tricks
The drip tray can be a little tricky to remove if you’re not used to it. Pull up on the front of the tray and slide it out at an angle.
Ditto for the water tank, which takes some advanced geometry to fit into place. Start with the reservoir to the left of the machine, tuck the tubes in first, then slide the tank into place.