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What is the difference between the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II & Musica?

We've put together a quick and easy guide to understanding the key differences between the Oscar II and Musica espresso coffee machines. 

Musica is an elegant compact volumetric machine capable of delivering high-quality espresso. This machine size, output, and styling making it ideal for a number of venues.

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The Oscar II was built around the idea of bringing professional quality espresso into the home. The Oscar II features an ergonomic steam lever, timed dosage, and improved steam-wand. Inside the machine, the Oscar II maintains its professional sized group head and copper boiler. Making the Oscar II the perfect machine for any coffee enthusiast.

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  • Single group
  • Pre-infusion
  • Heat exchange boiler
  • Push & Pull Steam levers

Nuova Simonelli Oscar II vs. Musica Espresso Machines


Designed with high-tech features, this espresso machine will impress both the home user and the small business. If you are looking for a powerful espresso machine with both style and functionality, Musica is the right choice for you.

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Home users love the simple commercial features of this machine. It delivers professional results in your kitchen, in the office, or even in a small business environment. Choose this machine if you only require basic commercial features with a low-budget price-quality ratio.

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Time dosage vs. volumetric dosage

This is a relatively small difference between the two machines. The Musica has a programmable volume dosage, which corresponds to an automatic dosage based on the shot volume. While with the Oscar II you can program recordings on time instead of volume.

Why are these functions useful?

Programmable dosing means that the machine does part of the work for you, allowing you to multitask. Another advantage is that it helps users of all skill levels to make perfect espresso shots.

Musica manual dosage button

Although both machines offer programmable doses, only one of them is equipped with an optional manual dosing button. In addition to volume dispensing, you can also choose manual dispensing with Musica. To brew manually, press the button both to start and stop the brewing cycle, giving you full control and allowing you to draw shorter or longer shots. Manual dosing does require more finesse, but it is an option that many knowledgeable baristas and home baristas like to have access to.

The Oscar II has a light on the silicone touchpad that indicates when the machine is ready, which essentially does the same as the Musica boiler pressure gauge.

However, the indicator light on the Oscar II doesn't give you much information and you may need to give the Oscar II a little extra time during the first warm-up time for the day, even after the light goes out.

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