It is essential that you set yourself up with or have full access to a commercial espresso machine and grinder for testing your espresso coffee.
It is essential that you set yourself up with or have full access to a commercial espresso machine and grinder for testing your espresso coffee.If you are going to supply coffee to a cafe then you need to have access to the same grade of equipment that cafe’s use.Top tier: La Marzocco (Classic, Linea PB, GB5, FB70, FB80, Strada, Scales) Kees Van Der Westen (Spirit) Slayer (V2, V3, Steam) Synesso (MVP Hydra, Hydra, Cyncra) San Remo (Opera, Racer) Nuova Simonelli/Victoria Arduino (Aurelia, T3/Black Eagle, Gravimetric) Most of these commercial coffee machines brand new sit in the ,000 – ,000 bracket.
I had gone beyond what I was trying to achieve with the coffee but I didn’t actually know I had gone past the point I was trying to achieve because I was testing using unsuitable equipment.
We both looked at each other and agreed I had taken it way too far and there was more than enough acidity to cut through a carton of milk.
Although the brew water is not in the same mass as the bulk of the water in the steam boiler, the brew water is susceptible to temperature fluctuations and coffee is affected by temperature so this means that cafe’s who use a single boiler coffee machine will be offering their customers inconsistent coffees because of the unstable temperatures of the brew water.
For those who don’t know, water temperature can change the taste of coffee.
Some coffee machines have external pumps which also need to draw power from the coffee machine but more importantly there needs to be ventilation.
If the pump overheats then you won’t be able to pull water into the coffee machine under the right amount of pressure so you can’t brew coffee.
One day a friend of mine came over and pointed out the grinder I was using, he said “Dude, why are you using that old domestic grinder? I immediately told him its all I’ve got to work with and he proceeded to let me know that it dulls the brightness and flavors of the coffee.
We took a bag of roasted coffee over to the cafe he was a barista at and we weighed out 20 grams and ran it through the Mahlkoneig EK43.
The Greenline Wega range as well as the top of the line Rancillio machines are quite expensive and have a lot of features, however they don’t carry that same weight as the top tier brands do because they were not deemed as high quality multi boiler machines in the early days.
This isn’t an extensive list of all of the coffee machinery that you can purchase but just some of the well known brands of machines that are floating around in cafes.