Selecting a Commercial Espresso Machine

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In the market for a commercial-class espresso machine, but don’t know where to start? In this primer, Gail talks to us about the four primary considerations …


Urbino237 says:

Wonderful – can’t wait. You guys are doing great things for coffee.

mark2500 says:

I’m still ogling at my favorite cafe’s S1 Epoca. Smart of them to have
bought the red finish.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I’m not familiar with it and how its internals are designed so, sadly,
can’t comment on how it fits into the grand scheme – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We’ll be working through a Choose Your Own Adventure series during 2013
that will focus on selecting a commercial machine. This is just a primer. –

Mace Cajis says:

Hi Gail, thanks for all your videos., quick question, what can you say
about Carimali “Tema style” commercial Espresso Machine? Also with the
Carimali K1 grinder? TIA…

MrSypherin says:

I know right, I wasn’t expecting it at all, my boss told no one, just
happened to come in with a wooden crate and just smiles at us.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Oui 🙂 – Kat

Joe Rickard says:

The caffe I work at has a Vibiemme Replica with two groups. I was wondering
where you would place that machine in the spectrum you mentioned?

Awake The Fate says:

rancilio levas are beastly

frank828 says:

looks like a mahlkonig K30 vario

coolchef09 says:

what is the commercial grinder you showed

Dane Monnin says:

so luckyy!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Haha – totally agree! – Kat

MrSypherin says:

We just got a new Slayer in, it’s such a stunning machine. Great
information though. 🙂

Gig103 says:

Since the home machines don’t give duty cycle or rating, I am just curious
what a Silvia, CC1, or Via Venezia handle per hour? I feel like a Saeco
recycles in a few minutes which would be 30 an hour… But the pump is
probably the limiting factor. I promise I’m not asking to try and use an
SBDU for commercial use, I’m just curious!

Sam Caruth says:

hey Kat, call me crazy (and don’t tell gail this or she might get mad) (;
but my commercial machine i use 2 times a week and probably only make 40
drinks a hour, and i use a ec155… hahaha. it actually does a lot better
than you’d think!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Super awesome!!!! – Kat

foodmaniax says:

Thank you great video, straight to the point

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We haven’t used this equipment and aren’t familiar with it, so sadly, no
input for you. Sorry! – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

You could kind of extrapolate from our ‘how much time to make 4 lattes’
videos, because that includes the time to recover, etc. You’d also have to
keep refilling those tanks like crazy! 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I can’t really answer this, as it’s more about your technique and not as
much about the machine. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

You’re welcome! 😀 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Thank you!! – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Cool! Yeah, folks always use smaller machines but we can’t sell them
smaller machines because otherwise they’d be on our cases for not selling
them a machine that does what they need to do 😉 But we’ve heard of every
machine we sell being used commercially in some way or another 😀 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

What he said 😀 – Kat

Lazyeyewitness says:

Great information as always!!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

You’re welcome! – Kat

Urbino237 says:

Wow, really well done! You two sure know your stuff. Minor quibble: would
be nice to see – if even briefly – an example of a machine (or two) in each
price range.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Thank you! – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Mahlkonig K30 Vario – Kat

surfminion says:

What commercial grinder was that beast, don’t recognize it?

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