Espresso machines are just what you need for producing the best coffee and espresso.
Ranging from fully automatic commercial coffee machines for cafes to affordable coffee machines for your home, there are several different ways to make your morning or afternoon espresso.
At Di Stefano, it is our goal to help our customers brew delicious espresso from anywhere! To help you better understand the different types of coffee espresso machines, we will be discussing four options so you can choose the best one that suits your needs.
What is an Espresso?
Espresso is a type of coffee that is produced using the espresso brewing technique.
Frequently, espresso is mistakenly referred to as strong coffee. While espresso is a powerful coffee (indeed, the strongest coffee of all brewing techniques), it is not the strength that distinguishes it from other types of coffee. Whether coffee is espresso or not depends on the brewing process.
It’s important to note that "espresso beans" don’t exist. Espresso coffee is made by grinding up regular coffee beans into a fine powder. There are blends that are designed specifically for an espresso style extraction. Espresso style extraction involves a pressurised seal optimal at 9 bars combined with water temperature between 89 and 95 degrees Celsius. The coffee is ground to what is considered fine but not pulverised. If your grounds end up like powder or chalk, you would end up with something similar to a Turkish coffee brewed in a briki pot.
So how does an espresso machine work?
Espresso is made from an espresso machine by forcing pressurised hot water between 89C and 95C over a bed of finely ground, compressed coffee. Espresso draws out the most beneficial compounds from coffee grinds while leaving behind the bitter ones. The final result is a flavourful, robust, and high-quality espresso.
Types of Espresso Machines
Whether your espresso machine is manual or automatic, they all operate on the same principle. Let’s take a look at some of the different espresso machines available.
1. Fully automatic coffee machines
More homeowners, cafes, and workplaces are switching toward automatic espresso coffee machines to save time and energy.
Even though super-automatic espresso machines handle the work, many of them give you the ability to select from a variety of settings or pre-programmed choices. You can adjust the temperature, grind size, or shot strength when using automated espresso equipment.
Some fully automatic espresso machines allow you to customise practically every aspect, while others are primarily designed to work on a standard program.
Fully automatic espresso machines have a milk frother. They either have two kinds of milk systems: a milk carafe or a steam wand. If the espresso machine is a dual boiler, you can brew coffee and steam at the same time.
For businesses or cafes, fully automatic commercial coffee machines are fantastic. If you’re looking for an espresso machine for your home, automatic espresso machines that are smaller might be the better option.
2. At-home coffee and espresso machines
Want to taste lattes and shots that rival those of a barista without having to visit your neighbourhood coffee shop? You can brew a wonderful cup of espresso in the comfort of your home thanks to at-home espresso equipment.
Most home espresso coffee machines require the user to perform a lot of manual labour, including drawing an espresso shot, steaming milk, and filling the drip coffee filter. Many consumers prefer this kind of machine since it gives them a lot of control over the coffee.
If all you want in the morning is a simple cup of brewed coffee, a basic at-home espresso machine will suffice. If you enjoy espressos and gourmet coffee, you may want to invest in an at-home espresso machine with a steamer.
3. Automatic brewing
An automatic coffee machine can save you ample time without sacrificing flavour. If you don't want to do any work, you can choose between a completely automated coffee machine or an automated espresso machine that will serve cafe-style coffee at the push of a button.
If you're searching for a coffee maker for your home or a small area, the best automated coffee machine will be one that is small and convenient. On the other hand, if you're looking for a coffee maker for busy cafes or businesses, commercial automatic coffee machines will be more suitable.
4. Commercial coffee machine
Whether you run a high-volume cafe or want to add espresso to your business, you need an espresso machine that can consistently make excellent coffee. Commercial coffee machines offer the ease of barista-quality coffee at your fingertips.
They are reliable, dependable, and deliver a superior cup of coffee. Plus, since commercial coffee machines allow for customisation, you can deliver practically anyone's drink preferences.
Are you in the market for a commercial coffee espresso machine? With hundreds of options available, we hope to make your decision a little easier. Complete Coffee has a wide range of commercial espresso machines that produce coffee of the highest quality and standards.Shop Di Stefano's unique Signature Blend for high-quality coffee beans that are compatible with espresso machines. Or browse our collection of specialty coffee beans that can provide an intense, rich, and enjoyable coffee experience.