Choosing the Right Commercial Espresso Machine for Your Coffee Business

Choosing the Right Commercial Espresso Machine for Your Coffee Business

When it comes to starting or upgrading your coffee business, choosing the right commercial espresso machine is a crucial step. Absolute Espresso Plus, with over 40 years of experience in the espresso machine and coffee industry, is here to provide expert guidance for both new and seasoned machine users. Our comprehensive range of espresso equipment and consulting services ensures that you're equipped with the knowledge and tools to produce the perfect cup of espresso coffee.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the considerations you need to make when selecting a commercial espresso machine that suits your unique needs and budget.

A Barista Steaming Milk with an Espresso Machine
Understanding Your Espresso Machine Choices

Absolute Espresso Plus specializes in a variety of espresso equipment, helping you navigate through a wide range of options. We offer insights into the key components that contribute to brewing a quality espresso coffee: the machine, grinder, water quality, and user knowledge. With our up-to-date information, you'll be empowered to make an informed buying decision.

Tailored Solutions for Your Business

Unlike brand-specific distributors, we're not tied to any particular manufacturer. This means our recommendations are solely based on what's best for your business. Whether it's a budget constraint, application-specific needs, staff expertise, volume requirements, or environment considerations, we'll help you find the espresso machine solution that fits perfectly.

Choosing the Right Espresso Machine Type

When it comes to commercial espresso machines, there are two main categories: Traditional and Super Automatic.

Traditional Machines

Traditional machines come in various types including Semi-Automatic, Volumetric, Digital Volumetric Multi, and Independent Boiler machines. These machines require skilled baristas and offer more manual control over the brewing process.

Super Automatic Machines

Super Automatics come in one-step and two-step versions.

One-step machines offer convenience by automatically drawing cold milk and producing the drink with a touch of a button.

Two-step machines allow for more control over milk steaming and temperature adjustments, making them suitable for locations without trained baristas.

Heat Exchanger vs. Independent Boiler Machines
Heat Exchanger System Machines

Heat exchanger machines maintain temperature control through a pressure stat, resulting in a slight temperature swing that can impact coffee quality. Higher-end models may feature PID thermostat control for enhanced stability.

Independent Boiler Machines

Independent boiler machines, especially those with PID thermostat controls, provide precise temperature control for both brewing and steaming. This results in consistent, high-quality espresso, making them ideal for larger milk-based drinks and various coffee selections.

Power Requirements

Power needs vary based on machine size and application. Smaller 1-group machines typically require 110-volt power and around 1,700 watts. Compact 2-group machines need 110 or 220-volt power with 1,700 to 2,800 watts, while larger 2 or 3-group models require 4,500 to 6,500 watts for faster recovery times.

Setting Up Your Machine

For proper installation, commercial espresso machines require a 3/8 inch inbound water line and a 3/8 inch outbound drain line. A 2.5-inch hole in the countertop is needed for water line access, and if the electric outlet is placed under the countertop, a 3-inch hole is required.

Selecting the right commercial espresso machine is a critical decision for your coffee business. Absolute Espresso Plus offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process.

Whether you're seeking traditional machines with manual control or super automatics for convenience, we're here to help you make an informed choice.

Contact us today to find the perfect espresso machine solution tailored to your business needs.

Contact Us or Call Toll Free at (866) 711-3456 or (973) 687-5090.


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