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Traditional Espresso Machines Advice

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There is one key element across over 100 manufacturers of traditional espresso machines that are out there, and that is pressure. The concept of an espresso machine originated in Italy and the key point is high-pressure extraction of intensely flavoured and concentrated coffee in short measure. This strong brew has spread from Italy to the entire world as a favourite coffee fix – with the Caffia range of beans it comes in a variety of taste styles but should always have a good ‘crema’ – the emulsion of coffee oils that floats on top of the drink (it’s a good idea to stir your espresso to blend this in).

As you probably already know, the coffee beans are ground to a fine consistency and ‘tamped’ (pressed firmly) into a strong handle which is known as a group handle or portafilter, this is not unlike a very small saucepan. Once secured in the group head on the machine by means of a quarter of a turn the machine’s pump is triggered to force water through the ground coffee at around 140psi (but low flow rate) and the result is this intense extraction.

Milk heating, foaming and texturing are undertaken with the machine’s steam arms – this is a skill that takes practice but don’t worry – we train you on all of this by giving you barista training at your restaurant or at our London traditional espresso machine showroom in Gee Street, Clerkenwell.

Strong points of commercial espresso machines are smart looks, good cup warming storage, good ‘theatre’ as customers can see the drink being crafted for them, good prices and robust performance. Have you seen our range of 8 different espresso coffee beans?

Also consider that these machines do take time to make a drink as well as skill acquired by practice – also with a human operator (s) there can be a degree of inconsistency in the end product.. it’s fair to say that traditional espresso machines are rare in the office setting as they are not really automated enough to be convenient.

Caffia Coffee Group offers a range of both ‘workhorse’ and luxury espresso machines, grinders and barista training which you can see by clicking to our website here.

If you run a high-pressure outlet where speciality coffee is not the main focus, have high staff turnover or are in a self-service situation (eg: an office kitchen) you might be better off with an automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine.

Traditional Espresso Machines Advice
Traditional Espresso Machines Advice

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