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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop
How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop

Breville BES870BSXL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Black Sesame

  • 15 bar Italian pump
  • Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 pounds sealed bean hopper
  • 1600 watt thermo coil heating system
  • 67 fluid ounce (2 Liter) removable water tank with handle

The coffee that we will sell must be tasty and of high quality – these are the minimum requirements for entering the coffee business. What does quality depend on? There are 4 well-known factors:

1. Good coffee beans

2. Correct grinding

3. Professional coffee equipment

4. The skill of the barista

In this article, we’ll look at the third point. You can’t put two teaspoons of instant Nescafe in a glass and sell, something more is expected of us. Therefore, we need to choose a high-quality coffee machine, but first we will very briefly consider what they are and how they differ.

We will use a so-called espresso machine, as you might guess, the main product of which is espresso, and different names of coffee are already made from it.

Types of espresso machines

There are 3 types of professional espresso machines that differ in the degree of automation:

1. Semi-automatic

2. Automatic

3. Super automatic

All 3 types maintain the working pressure, temperature and water level automatically.

Unlike a semiautomatic device, water is spilled in an automatic machine without human intervention. The grinding of the coffee, the formation of the coffee tablet and the removal of the waste are carried out manually in both cases.

The super-automatic machine performs absolutely all actions by itself after pressing one button. The super automatic machine is ideal for fast food or restaurants, it does not suit us, since we specialize in coffee and want to complicate the life of a barista. It is believed that coffee made entirely by a machine does not have a “soul” and is less tasty; moreover, our client should admire how the barista masterly froths and mixes liquids, and also draws hearts with milk.

Between the automatic and the semi-automatic, everything is not so simple. The machine is more expensive, but less demanding on the skills of the barista, while it has higher performance. Outwardly, they usually differ only in the number of buttons.

Number of groups

There are express cars with one, two and three groups. The more groups there are, the greater the price, size and performance. Optimal for a small coffee shop with an average traffic is the presence of two groups. Such a coffee machine will allow you to continuously brew a large number of espresso cups without stopping.

Boiler volume

A boiler is a metal container in which water is heated. This water does not go directly for making coffee, it is used as a heat carrier, in addition, steam is created from it for frothing milk. The larger the volume of the boiler, the more stable the operation of the coffee machine. A good bonus would be the presence of a second boiler.

Power

The more powerful the coffee machine, the faster the water will heat up and the more stable the pressure will be maintained. The main thing is that the network can handle the load.

De’Longhi BCO330T and Espresso Machine, 24″ x 14″ x 14″, Black/Stainless Steel

  • Patented Flavor Savor Brewing System.24 hour digital programmable timer.Pause and serve function allows you to enjoy a cup before the full pot is brewed.
  • Swivel Jet frother mixes steam, air and milk producing a rich, creamy froth for great cappuccinos
  • Durable and long lasting permanent gold tone filter is specially designed to keep even the finest grounds out of coffee
  • Post first coffee brew item goes into keep warm.To brew another cup of coffee ,item must simply must be switched off and on again
  • Input power (W):1500.The warm function keeps a whole pot of coffee warm for up to two hours

Compare options

Let’s consider some options for professional coffee machines with 2 groups. Most of the espresso machines featured have 1-group variations at a cheaper price.

NUOVA SIMONELLI APPIA II 2 GR

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 2

· Country of origin: Italy.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 11 liters.

· Power consumption: 3.2 kW.

The comparison starts with this coffee machine, as I like it the most for the value for money. In fact, this is a necessary professional minimum, which at the same time prepares delicious coffee. Among the shortcomings is a slightly liar pressure gauge. There is a cheaper variant of the Compact with a smaller boiler volume. Option with high groups and warmer cups available.

BIEPI MCe-2

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 3

· Type: automatic (A) or semi-automatic (S).

· Country of origin: Italy.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 12 liters.

· Power consumption: 3 kW.

Similar to the previous, slightly less famous Italian espresso machine.

WEGA Orion

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 4

Type: automatic (A)

· Country of origin: Italy.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 10.5 liters.

· Power consumption: 3.9 kW.

A distinctive feature of this coffee machine is a more adequate ratio of power and volume of the boiler, which makes its operation more stable.

Elektra Kup 2W

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 5

Type: automatic

· Country of origin: Italy.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 12 liters.

· Power consumption: 3.9 kW.

Premium option for comparison. There are a number of interesting options, such as built-in water treatment. Such a coffee machine for a mini coffee shop will not be justified due to the high price

Gino GCM-322

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 6

Type: automatic

· Country of origin: China.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 12.5 liters.

· Power consumption: 4 kW.

As elsewhere, there is a Chinese version. The car has a very good set of options and a reasonable price. Is it worth overpaying for the country of origin? Directly in this category of goods, I believe it is worth it.

Espresso Machine, Latte & Cappuccino Maker- 10 pc All-In-One Espresso Maker with Milk Steamer (Incl: Coffee Bean Grinder, 2 Cappuccino & 2 Espresso Cups, Spoon/Tamper, Portafilter w/ Single & Double Shot Filter Baskets), 1250W, (Black)

  • ✅ Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte & much more instantly! Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker ready for use in 45 seconds!
  • ✅ ESPRESSO MAKER ALL IN ONE SET – Easy to use 19 Bar Pump Machine with everything needs to become a true Barista
  • ✅ LATTE MACHINE WITH MILK FROTHER – Built-in Removable Frother allows you to heat and froth milk to create cappuccinos and lattes.
  • ✅ LARGE WATER TANK – 1.4L large detachable water tank with convenient handle to allow for hassle-free refills and easy cleaning!
  • ✅ SINGLE ESPRESSO SHOT or DOUBLE ESPRESSO SHOT- Two stainless steel portafilter baskets included for the option of pulling a single shot or a double shot during each extraction.

Expobar Zircon Control 2 GR

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How to choose a coffee machine for a coffee shop 7

Type: automatic

· Country of origin: Sweden.

· Number of groups: 2.

· Boiler volume: 11.5 liters.

· Power consumption: 3.35 kW.

A car from the Swedish company Crem International as an alternative to Italy.

The list can be continued for a long time, but you can focus on the price and characteristics of the presented models.

Rent a coffee machine

Are there any alternatives to buying? In any city with a population of several tens of thousands of people, there are organizations that provide coffee machines for rent. Usually not for money, but for buying coffee beans directly in their store. Of course, coffee will be significantly more expensive than regular suppliers.

It seems to me the most reasonable to use the lease in the first year after the opening, and then, if the point turns out to be consistently profitable, already think about buying a new car.

Conclusion

The coffee machine is a significant cost item when opening a coffee shop, but it is not worth saving on it. This is the central element of the establishment, the choice of which must be taken as seriously as possible.

Brentwood GA-125 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, Black

  • Brews 4 Servings
  • Built-in Steamer for Cappuccinos & Lattes
  • Reusable Stainless Steel Portafilter
  • Cool touch 20oz Glass Carafe
  • 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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