Are you a small cafe or restaurant owner looking to buy a commercial espresso machine for your premise? Cannot decide which machine to get?
We can help you with choosing the right commercial espresso machine for you and have put together a guide of the best commercial espresso machines by price to cut down your research time considerably.
Looking for more details on what to look for in an espresso machine for commercial purposes? Read our extensive buyers guide below.
Elektra ART.SX Microcasa Semiautomatica Commercial Espresso Machine - Copper
Key Feature: Looks absolutely stunning, Dimensions: 25 x 10 x 10 inches
Quick Mill New Vetrano Espresso Machine HX
Key Feature: 2-year parts and labor warranty, Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 16.2 inches
La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R - 1 Group Commercial Espresso Cappuccino Machine
Key Features: Fully portable machine, no direct plumbing required. 150 drink per day capacity, Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 22 inches
Jura-Capresso 13413 Impressa F8 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
Key Features: Automatically grinds, tamps, brews, and cleans in less than 1 minute, Dimensions: 13-1/2 by 11 by 16 inches
La Pavoni PUB 1V-R - 1 Group Commercial Espresso Cappuccino Machine
Key Features: Make 6 shots at a time! 6-1/2-liter copper boiler; oversized filter holder allows for fast, multi-shot production, Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 21 inches
Want more information about commercial espresso machines? Read on.
Below we will talk about the 4 types of machines you can consider. After deciding the type of machine most suitable for your venture, we will talk about the features you need to take into account when choosing the final product.
Sometimes called a piston machine, there are only few manufacturer making them due to lower demands. Though preferred by serious Italian barista, it is not suitable for busy cafes as it is hand-operated and physical labour is needed. Suitable for fairs, catering trucks, low traffic location due to lower cost and some do not need electricity to run.
Requires someone to manually stop the pour. You need to train your staff to operate the machine though it cost lower than an automatic as it relies on older pressurestat system. Temperature stability is not as precise as automatic machines.
Delivers pre-set amount of espresso depending on what you programmed, allowing the operator free to steam milk. Most cafes and coffee houses use the automatic espresso machine for increased productivity. You can customised your shots with more consistency.
This machine does almost everything from grinding coffee, brewing espresso shot and ejecting grounds into the built-in dump box. More expensive but operator foolproof. Suitable for fast-food chains, bars, hotels or places where training is almost not required. As it is more complicated, regular maintenance and servicing is needed.
We've narrowed the huge field of candidates for best commercial espresso machine down to 4 top picks. These products represent the perfect mix of quality vs price and value for money, along with a very good user review history for peace of mind.
|Espresso Machine Model||Product Feature Snapshot||User Feedback||Guide for Price||Our Rating Out of 5|
|La Pavoni BAR T 2L||Suitable for small shops, front machine access in case of repairs, Automatically measures water level by the sight glass!||Very Good||Affordable||4.5 / 5|
|Elektra A1 Mini Verticale||Precise adjustment of the brewing temperature (+/- 1 C), safety thermostat on heating element, steel frame with anti-rust unit connections.||Best rated lower priced product||Low Price||4 / 5|
|Nuova Simonelli Talento||Top rated model that does come with a price tag to match. Can handle up to 150 espressos in an hour, clean and classy, easy to use (minimal staff trainign required).||Best rated overall - Exceptional!||Higher Price||5 / 5|
|Grindmaster, Kobalto 2/2||A good competitor to Nuova Simonelli Talento at a lower price point, LED display and easy to use, produces 45 servings in an hour.||Very Good||Higher Price||4.5 / 5|
Now that you know how each type of machine delivers espresso, here are some features to look out for when choosing the right brand and size.
Here are the some points to consider:
How many cups are you expecting to product in an hour? Many companies will tell you their machine will do x number of 1 ounce shots of espresso coffee and not how long it will take to product lattes, cappuccinos etc.
Can the machine deliver quality espresso with consistency? Brewing at consistent temperature, pump pressure and volumes affects the flavours of the coffee. Same goes for producing quality steam at right pressure and right angle.
The size of the boiler plays a part in delivering steam and hot water. One group machines range from 1.8 - 5 litres, two group machines from 5 - 12 litres, three group machines from 11 - 18 litres and four group machines from 20 - 22 litres. You will need to think if you are selling takeout drinks with 16 and 20 ounce of lattes/teas etc or 6 and 8 ounce single cappuccino.
Independent boiler systems? Dual boiler system? One for hot water and steam, the other for all the groups?
Do you want to train someone to operate the machine? Is it easy to clean up at the end of the day? Is there a large enough area for cup warming? Are the steam valves or hot water valves easy to operate?
What is your standard coffee drink? Is it two shots of espresso or 1 shot? One group machines can make 2 espressos, two group machines make 4 espressos, three group machines make 6 espressos at the same time. 2 group machines are popular for coffee outlets, 3 group machines are found in busy locations like airport kiosk and 4 group machines are found in high volume coffee chains.
Is it attractive looking? Believe or not, looks matter to customers. Studies have shown that size is related to sales, customers perceive your business as professional with a two group machine as compared to a one group machine.
For two group machines, a second barista is able to step in and help.
Interesting fact: Starbucks usually have four group machines.
Varies based on the number of features like complexity of features, cup capacity, industrial coffee maker brand, inclusion of a coffee bean grinder, type of machine (manual, semi-automatic, automatic, super-automatic).
Watts are important to gauge how much can your machine reproduce steam, boil water, maintain temperature or recover after making espressos. The bigger the machine, the more power it consumes and the quicker it can recover.
1 group machines draw usually less than 3000 watts in power with a 13 amps plug (3000 watts divided by 240 volts is 12.5 amps) while two group machines around 4000 watts. You will need to take into account these calculations, it is best to consult the manufacturer or the sales person and an electrician.
How is the after sales support? You can have the best machine in the world but it is useless if it not working as it should be.
Here are our top 8 commercial espresso machines, the list contains 2 machines from each type (manual, semi-automatic, automatic and fully automatic) to suit for all volume traffic.
A very beautiful and classy machine that will impress your customers. It features include:
*** Our top pick for best professional espresso machine ***
This machine is suitable for small shops with low volume traffic as it is manual and has two groupheads. Here are some of it features:
With Electronic Paddle (EP) Technology to control gear pumps providing precise pressure control. Absolute and direct control of pressure at any point during the extraction.
An innovative espresso machine of the highest class. Its maker - Rancilio is a good industry brand for commercial espresso machine. Suitable for maintaining traditional values with latest in technological advancements and modern styling.
The entire body of the Classe 10 is made of aluminium. The internal components are designed with the utmost care insuring reliability over many years. In addition, the easy access to these components facilitates the technician's inspections.
DR Pro was designed to let you work intuitively to make the highest level of quality, cup after cup. The machine is encased in a beautiful body design, made of high quality and resistant materials for an unique elegant look.
*** Our top rated small commercial espresso machine ***
With a very unique, elegant and traditional design, Elektra inspire the difference in these old world styled espresso machines. Your customers will be taken in by its beauty and brightness of the metal.
The most expensive super-automatic espresso machine but it is top of the line. It makes high quality coffee easily. The Talento can handle up to 150 espressos in an hour allowing waiting time to be shorter.
It features dual boilers and grinders. You can use caffeinated and decaffeinated beans at the same time. The interface is clean and classy. Learning to use the Talento is very easy too.
A good competitor to Nuova Simonelli Talento, the Grindmaster's design is all about simplicity. The features allow you to set it up as a self dispensing counter if that is your aim.
Little training is needed for operating this machine as everything is done with a push of a button. The Grindmaster can produce 45 servings in an hour and there is a LED display to help users select flavour and monitor the stages of production.
We've found that a website such as Amazon.com is typically the best place to fid quality coffee machie sfor commercial use. The benefit of shopping at Amazon is that you can look through further information about the products above and then make an informed buying decision. No doubt though, there are plenty of fantastic options when it comes to commercial coffee machines on the market.