PID Control Retrofit KIT for Saeco Aroma and Starbucks Barista

Starting at: $149.00

  • Model: KIT-BSTR


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Product Description:

This PID controller kit is designed to retrofit into the Saeco Aroma, Starbucks Barista as well as the Saeco equivalent (Rio Profi,Rio vapore, Estro profi, Via Venezia, and Estro Vapore). By adding a PID controller to the heater control circuit, brewing water temperature can be controlled to ±1 F° accuracy. Thus, it will significantly improve the taste of your espresso. Users can also easily adjust the brew water temperature to suit their own tastes. 

The kit includes:

  • Custom manufactured PID temperature controller with parameters set for the machine.
  • Bright anodized (or powder coated black ) aluminum box with pre-cut mounting slot  and wiring hole sealed with rubber grommet.
  • Solid state relay with mounting hardware and heat conductive paste.
  • Platinum RTD temperature sensor with tip made for the Barista
  • High temperature resistant wires, color coded, cut to length and terminated with proper connectors
  • Digital version installation guide and operation manual with text and photos

To install the kit, users will need to have or do the following:

  • Basic knowledge of electronics wiring and safety
  • Screw driver, pliers, a socket wrench and small amount of alcohol.
  • You will need to drill one small hole (3/16") inside the machine for passage of the wires
  • Estimated install time is about 30-60 minutes

Unique features:

  • The PID controller in this kit is specifically modified for home espresso brewing applications. Two additional parameters are included to balance the requirements of cold start speed, shot recovery speed and long term stability. This is especially important for the Barista, because its small boiler size is difficult to control. This is a different controller than our universal controller SYL-1512.
  • The platinum RTD temperature sensor used is more accurate and has greater long-term stability than thermocouple sensors. The sensor was specially made to easily fit inside this machine. Temperature variations within the controller’s environment will not affect the accuracy of its reading. In addition, the sensor is built inside of a screw and will fit into the existing thermowell for the coffee thermostat
  • All the cables in the kit have higher temperature endurance than the original cables used by the manufacture. We use color coded cables with either fluoropolymer or silicone insulation. This will prevent the potential electrical shock caused by PVC insulated wires touching the boiler during operation. 

Compared to buying the controller and components separately, this kit is a great value. It not only offers better performance but also saves you time and money. The kit includes 20 different types of parts that would cost substantially more if purchased separately (26 pieces total). In order to save customer’s time on assembling and reduce the chance of making mistake, we also pre-assembled these parts and set all parameters for the controller. The only work needed either has to be done during installation or is difficult to ship pre-assembled. This reduces the project time from days (or even weeks considering ordering these parts separately) to less than an hour.

90 days warranty and 30 days money back guarantee is offered.

The kit works for 115 VAC and 240VAC. The default PID parameter setting is for Fahrenheit units for order shipped within US. Order shipped outside of US will be set for Celsius. Please specify if you want it changed.
Two different colors of the controller box are offered, the silver and black. The silver box is coated with clear anodized aluminum with a brush finished stainless steel front panel. It is suitable for machines with stainless steel chassis or machine with silver paint. The black box has a durable powder coating. It is suitable for other colored espresso machine. Please select the color of the box at the top of this page. 

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 08 March, 2008.

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