Choose Your Own Adventure: Selecting an Espresso Machine

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In the market for an espresso machine but just not sure where to start? In this interactive video series, Gail will provide some guidance on equipment you mi…


Johnny Chan says:

Hi, I have some doubts about if it’s necessary for example for a gaggia
deco a maintenance every month or just when its necessary? Thank you

Dolf Patijn says:

In September I bought a SIEMENS TE501209RW full automatic Espresso Machine
and I’m extremely happy with it. It is easy to use and easy to clean,
including the brew group. It has ceramic burrs in the grinder and you can
change the water temperature, the strength of the coffee (see no point in
that myself as I have it all set to strongest anyway) and how fine you want
the grind to be. Personally I would have gone for a semi automatic as I
would like more control over the shots but I have another person in the
house who loves coffee but no fuss. I must say though that I’m happily
surprised by the shots this machine makes. In case of a power failure, I
still have my Aeropress and the Italian stove espresso maker (I have a gas
stove) combined with a hand grinder with ceramic burrs. 🙂 I have it all
covered. LOL

Chirag Bansal says:

It looks like a nice machine. Is it worth spending the extra 3 or 4k on a
commercial machine in that range? (I borrowed some money so I have about
5-6k) What is the real benefit and what machines in particular are a
favorite for you in terms of quality and sustainability. Sorry for asking
so many questions I am really new to the industry and want to be able to
provide the best products that I can. =) Visit us at Chocolateboxnj (dot

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

If you can get into a Rancilio Epoca single group, that would fit your
budget and also provide you with the turn around / volume / consistency
required for a business. Let me know if you have any questions on this or
if you were considering other models you’d like some advice on – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

The benefits of a commercial rated machine are in terms of consistency of
product, faster recovery time and speed of use. We have a video called ‘How
Much should I Invest in my Espresso Machine?’ that is worth watching,
because it gives you a way to consider your ROI for your machine’s
investment. Commercial machines are absolutely worth it if you’re going to
have a business that either focuses on it or is heavily complemented by it.
– Kat

Chirag Bansal says:

Hey great videos! Extremely useful and I have learned a lot so far. What
would you recommend for a semi automatic espresso machine for a commercial
business today? I am opening a chocolate store and I am also going to be
selling and serving coffee. I have a budget of about $2000. Any advice
would be appreciated.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Cool! 😀 – Kat

ceci106730 says:

*Kat sorry auto correct.

MrAlligam says:

I believe that I am FIRST for the FIRST time !!! I really like the
definitions at the end of the video!

Pamela Smith says:

Hi, I’m looking to buy an machine for my husband for our anniversary. He
loves coffee and i know this would be a perfect present for him. The thing
is I know he doesn’t like to do a lot of work, but if i do use the machine,
I love my espresso/cappucino just as it supposed to be. I don’t want to
sacrifice much of the quality but at the same time not having to work out
before the coffee is ready. So having said that, which machine would you
recommend under 500?

peter hope says:

P.S. I am only using a cheap Delonghi espresso machine too, as I have only
been into making espresso at home for the last month or so. I guess all
three could be the problem, right? I was just wondering which would be the
main culprit though? or do i just need everything i am using to be better?
LOL 🙂 Thanks in advance, Peter.

Jeff Jarvis says:

Great video ladies! I just got my saeco aroma this week and loving it, I am
however masking the holes on the panarillo with tape to make microfoam;)

David Pascale-Hague says:

Awesome adventure! Thanks Kat and Gail.

guavis2 says:

hi, I will open a coffee shop, which espresso machine (1-2 group) do you
recommend?? Maybe 150 shots per day… Thank you!

JermzzzyFTW says:

Haha when will we ever see the mysterious Kat on camera- I haven’t seen all
the videos so maybe I’ve missed it but she’s yet to make an appearance xP

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I can’t … haven’t used one. Sorry : / – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Well I try to help when/if I can! 🙂 – Kat

vikkys says:

Hi, i love your videos! Thank you for all information you share with us!
Can you tell me is it safe to invest in more expensive model? I am afraid
that i will spend all my extra savings on espresso machine and it wll brake
after a 1 or 2 year warranty… Please help me choose automatic espresso
maker…Thank you!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

If you’re okay with doing some steaming and a little bit of coffee prep
(putting pre-ground coffee into the portafilter), check out the Breville
Infuser. It’s a great little machine, easy to use, nice temp control and if
you decide you want to get into the grind / dial in side of things later,
you can pick up a nice grinder and use the traditional baskets, so it could
grow with you. Let me know if need more info. Hope that helps! 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Take a look at the Nuova Simonelli machines; depending on your budget, they
have several options that can meet your volume needs. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Thank you! 🙂 – Kat

Commander Fluffy says:

I’ve kind of known what I want, but no how to ask or look for it. I want
one where I’m in complete control of the shot making process.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

You can send us a message via YouTube’s messaging system and I can help you
there. 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Have you looked at the Nuova Simonelli Oscar? Great little machine, NSF
rated, not gorgeous but a great, easy to use workhorse with awesome temp
consistency. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Sure – I’ll put it on the to-do list! – Kat

Jay Epps says:

Kaaaat! Just before launching a food truck and want to offer excellent
coffee drinks. Hoping you can recc an automatic machine that can pull a
respectable shot and won’t need it’s reservoirs changed every half hour or
a manual machine that is equipped with it’s own H2O res? Do they make those?

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@jwadleigh1 Thanks! We do talk about Nespresso in other reviews but decided
not to include them in this venture. They’re easy to use, relatively clean
and produce a shot similar to superautomatics, in our opinion. You can
search for ‘nespresso’ on our channel and you’ll see a few different videos
on them – Kat

Daniel Aita says:

i love your videos!!! keep it upppp

Sinecera says:

I’ve been watching your videos for hours now, and I’ve learned so much it’s
hilarious. BUT I can’t for the life of me find a video of Kat and what she
looks like and it’s bothering me lol.. maybe there is? 🙂

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@MrAlligam Cool – did you go through the adventure? What did you think? 🙂

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@VioletaDks If you treat them well, they have an average life of 5 – 7
years, some much longer, but you might start to see part replacement or a
tune-up necessary after a few years. – Kat

Paul Brown says:

Hi Ladies, great videos! Just wondered where you think the Nespresso
machines fit in – I’m guessing they won’t touch the quality of a perfect
shot from the semi-auto you demonstrated here, but do they compare the the
automated machine that grinds the beans and all that?

peter hope says:

Hey Kat. Slightly off topic, but i was wondering if you could help me out
with something…. I recently bought a delonghi burr grinder. It was REAL
cheap, and a few days ago I tried depressurizing my PF, but I couldn’t get
any crema (I tried different grinds and tamps) I Have only been using beans
from supermarkets though, like starbucks dark roast, lavazza and percol My
question is, Do you think my grinder is the main problem, or is it that i
need really fresh beans, or both?

nikolabeg says:

Hello Gail, Can you give me information how i can conctact either of you 2
, because is quite long letter and i cant really post it here, so if you
could send me some sort of mail or a way how to contact you i would be
grateful ,thank you

Awaken dabeast says:

Oops just read you don’t carry gaggia:( hmmm

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