A commercial espresso machine is necessary for most coffee shops in Canada these days. All of our machines will be stylish and great to put in the front of house, so that your customers can see your baristas preparing the espresso or cappuccino. But there is a wide diversity between types of espresso machines that you might want to buy, depending on the type of establishment you have.
What kinds of commercial espresso machines are there?
Commercial espresso machines come in three main varieties: superautomatic machines, fully-automatic machines, and semi-automatic machines. In general, the more automated a machine is, the less fine control you have over the details of the espresso.
A superautomatic espresso machine will automate almost every step in the espresso-making process. These are by far the easiest machines to use for a barista, so you don’t have to worry about training staff. It’s almost as simple as pressing a button. These machines will have built-in hoppers that will hold the beans: the beans will automatically grind, tamp, brew, and dispense the espresso. You’ll have control over the settings of the espresso, but the machine itself will do all the work.
With a fully-automatic espresso machine, you will have a bit more control over the espresso-making process. The barista will have to grind and tamp the beans herself. After the portafilter is inserted, the barista just has to select the number of shots they want and the espresso machine will take care of the rest.
A semi-automatic espresso machine will be found in classy, high-end coffee shops, where the customers want to know that the barista went to 8 years of barista school just to learn how to make an espresso by hand — well, maybe not 8 years. But these do require the baristas to be trained and quite talented: they have to do most of the work themselves: grind, tamp, insert the portafiler, start and stop the water based on the number of shots they want. The barista needs to be able to know how to tell if a shot is good quality or not, and be able to fix a problem without much help from the machine. So these machines require a bit more effort, but many coffee shops still choose them because of the amount of control they give you and because high-paying customers don’t want their espresso just from the push of a button.
If you’re unsure of which type of espresso machine you want to buy, give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out: 1-855-388-5999.