9 best professional coffee machines — Rating 2022

The edi­tors of the Exper­tol­ogy mag­a­zine invit­ed pro­fes­sion­al HoRe­Ca con­sul­tants to coop­er­ate, who offered a selec­tion of the best pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines to date in terms of price, per­for­mance, func­tion­al­i­ty and qual­i­ty.

Features of professional coffee machines

To begin with, let’s define the main char­ac­ter­is­tics that dis­tin­guish house­hold cof­fee mak­ers from pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines.

Lossless performance

Cof­fee mak­ers that can pre­pare cof­fee and var­i­ous drinks quick­ly and a lot are far from always pro­fes­sion­al only on this basis. It is also impor­tant that the pre­pared drinks do not lose qual­i­ty due to such a speed. This, in par­tic­u­lar, can dis­tin­guish pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee mak­ers from office cof­fee mak­ers, which, although more pro­duc­tive than home ones, are not quite capa­ble of meet­ing the needs of an estab­lish­ment with more or less active traf­fic.

Anoth­er char­ac­ter­is­tic dif­fer­ence between pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines in terms of per­for­mance is the abil­i­ty to pre­pare sev­er­al dif­fer­ent drinks at the same time, which implies the pres­ence of sev­er­al “seats” for cups.

Resource

In gen­er­al, a pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machine should be, by def­i­n­i­tion, more durable, durable and fault-tol­er­ant. All this implies a delib­er­ate­ly increased qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als and assem­bly, and hence a sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er cost.

Autonomy and automation

The dif­fer­ence in ter­mi­nol­o­gy between a cof­fee machine and a cof­fee mak­er is very con­di­tion­al, but there is an accept­ed dif­fer­ence — a cof­fee machine implies a com­plete cycle from grind­ing cof­fee beans to obtain­ing a fin­ished drink. The task is to make the bar­tender-barista require a min­i­mum of move­ments if the estab­lish­ment does not involve the prepa­ra­tion of author’s “craft” cof­fee. For fast food estab­lish­ments with inten­sive traf­fic, this is a pre­req­ui­site.

Convenience

This char­ac­ter­is­tic is relat­ed to the pre­vi­ous one and has some­thing in com­mon with per­for­mance. There are more sub­jec­tive cri­te­ria than objec­tive ones, but there are also quite clear rec­om­men­da­tions. For exam­ple, a use­ful, and often nec­es­sary, acces­so­ry for a cof­fee machine is the top com­part­ment for dry­ing dish­es.

Functional

Final­ly, in most cas­es, the cof­fee machine requires the abil­i­ty to pre­pare not only clas­sic espres­so, but also Amer­i­cano, cap­puc­ci­no, lat­te, and oth­er drinks, such as tea. Also, the char­ac­ter­is­tic of the func­tion­al includes the infor­ma­tive­ness of the machine — the pres­ence of a screen with an indi­ca­tion of the sta­tus, errors, ser­vice mes­sages.

Rating of the best professional coffee machines

The best budget professional coffee machines

To begin with, con­sid­er a selec­tion of cof­fee machines, although entry-lev­el, but still pro­fes­sion­al. The term “bud­get” applies to them only rel­a­tive­ly — in com­par­i­son with high-per­for­mance machines for HoRe­Ca, which we will pay atten­tion to in the sec­ond part of the review. Such mod­els are designed for offices or cater­ing estab­lish­ments where cof­fee is not the most pop­u­lar menu item. The mate­r­i­al is based on the results of the analy­sis of tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics on the resource https://rankquality.com/coffee-maker/.

Saeco Lirika One Touch Cappuccino

Rat­ing: 4.9


Saeco Lirika One Touch Cappuccino

Let’s start with the most inex­pen­sive device that can cope with aver­age loads, pro­vid­ing decent qual­i­ty drinks, con­ve­nience and speed, with­out requir­ing too much atten­tion from the barista. The man­u­fac­tur­er is the Ital­ian com­pa­ny Sae­co Inter­na­tion­al Group SpA with almost half a cen­tu­ry of his­to­ry. Since 2009 owned by Philips. This mod­el is direct­ly assem­bled in Roma­nia.

This is an auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine designed for cof­fee beans with one brew group for one to two cups. The device dimen­sions are 22x38x45 cm, weight is 8 kg, body col­or is metal­lic sil­ver. Oper­at­ed by elec­tron­ic push but­tons, equipped with a com­pact LCD dis­play. Pow­er — 1850 W, pres­sure — 15 bar (with­out pres­sure gauge), boil­er-type heater. Sep­a­rate boil­ers for cof­fee and boil­ing water are used.

The cof­fee machine pro­vides a full cycle, from the grind­ing of grains. The degree of grind­ing can be select­ed from 5 posi­tions. The raw mate­r­i­al con­tain­er holds about 500 g of cof­fee beans. The vol­ume of the water com­part­ment is 2.5 liters.

The cof­fee machine has the fol­low­ing basic pro­grams: cap­puc­ci­no, espres­so, lat­te mac­chi­a­to, amer­i­cano, ristret­to. Cap­puc­ci­no prepa­ra­tion is even includ­ed in the name of the mod­el thanks to the One Touch Cap­puc­ci­no func­tion — cook­ing with one touch. To be extreme­ly metic­u­lous, then you still need two clicks on the fac­to­ry set­tings, and one — if you pro­gram the but­ton.

Addi­tion­al use­ful func­tions: cof­fee strength con­trol, hot water por­tion adjust­ment, pre-wet­ting, auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion. The machine allows you to adjust the cof­fee tab and the vol­ume of the drink based on one cup. For the con­ve­nience of the barista, the height of the dis­pens­ing unit can be adjust­ed. For safe­ty against acci­den­tal (or non-ran­dom) access, a lock is pro­vid­ed on the con­tain­er lid.

The deliv­ery set of the cof­fee machine includes a sep­a­rate pow­er cable, a grid for a drip tray, a cap­puc­ci­na­tore, a spout for boil­ing water, a grind­ing degree adjust­ment knob, and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The for­mal­ly described mod­el is con­sid­ered for home use, but its func­tion­al­i­ty and resource are enough for a small cafe­te­ria, and the price at the same time can­not be com­pared with pro­fes­sion­al options in every sense.

In gen­er­al, there are prac­ti­cal­ly no seri­ous com­ments on this mod­el. The only warn­ing from the pro­fes­sion­al con­sul­tants of our pub­li­ca­tion is that the cap­puc­ci­na­tore still falls short of the pro­fes­sion­al lev­el in terms of resource and endurance.

Advantages

  • Euro­pean assem­bly;
  • large tanks for cof­fee, water and milk;
  • five degrees of adjust­ment of the degree of grind­ing;
  • sep­a­rate boil­ers;
  • One Touch Cap­puc­ci­no func­tion;
  • sim­ple clean­ing;
  • com­bi­na­tion of price, func­tion­al­i­ty and qual­i­ty.

Flaws

  • weak cap­puc­ci­na­tore, breaks down after a few months of inten­sive use.

Philips EP3243 Series 3200 LatteGo

Rat­ing: 4.8


Philips EP3243 Series 3200 LatteGo

The sec­ond rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive cof­fee machine in our review, close to pro­fes­sion­al char­ac­ter­is­tics, is one of the pop­u­lar Philips mod­els. It is slight­ly less pro­duc­tive than the pre­vi­ous one, but allows you to sig­nif­i­cant­ly more fine­ly adjust the degree of grind­ing. The Philips brand needs no intro­duc­tion and the machine is assem­bled in Roma­nia.

This is also a ful­ly auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine, like the pre­vi­ous one, but with dif­fer­ent types of suit­able raw mate­ri­als — the device pre­pares drinks from both ground cof­fee and grains. At the same time, there are as many as 12 degrees of grind­ing, the con­tain­er is designed for 275 g of grains. Touch con­trol, back­lit LCD screen. The pow­er of the device is 1500 watts. The capac­i­ty of the water tank is 1.8 liters, for milk — 0.26 liters. The water lev­el indi­ca­tor is not pro­vid­ed, which is incon­ve­nient for use in the HoRe­Ca area. Max­i­mum pres­sure — up to 15 bar, no pres­sure gauge.

The water hard­ness in this mod­el can be adjust­ed, but auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion for descal­ing is not pro­vid­ed. The prepa­ra­tion of cap­puc­ci­no is com­plete and auto­mat­ic, and the tech­nol­o­gy of the Lat­teGo cap­puc­ci­no mak­er allows you to obtain per­fect milk foam at the opti­mum tem­per­a­ture. Main auto­mat­ic pro­grams: cap­puc­ci­no, espres­so, lat­te mac­chi­a­to, amer­i­cano. The machine also allows you to adjust the vol­ume of a serv­ing of boil­ing water, the tem­per­a­ture of the drink (3 posi­tions), the strength (3 posi­tions). Well thought out waste dis­pos­al and clean­ing sys­tem. The waste con­tain­er is designed for 12 serv­ings of pre­pared cof­fee.

The absence of the auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion func­tion men­tioned above is part­ly com­pen­sat­ed by the use of the Aqua­Clean fil­ter. This is a patent­ed tech­nol­o­gy devel­oped by the Ital­ian com­pa­ny Sae­co, which allows you to pre­pare up to sev­er­al thou­sand cups of cof­fee before the inside of the cof­fee machine needs to be descaled, and the machine will specif­i­cal­ly report this need.

Addi­tion­al mod­el fea­tures that may mat­ter: remov­able brew group, ceram­ic mill­stones, two serv­ings, eco mode, 2 year man­u­fac­tur­er’s war­ran­ty. The pack­age includes the afore­men­tioned Aqua­Clean fil­ter, lubri­cant in a tube, a mea­sur­ing spoon, a cov­er for stor­ing the cap­puc­ci­na­tore, and an indi­ca­tor for deter­min­ing the hard­ness of water.

Advantages

  • qual­i­ty and con­ve­nience;
  • raw mate­ri­als — grain or ground cof­fee;
  • 12 degrees of grind­ing adjust­ment;
  • cap­puc­ci­na­tore Lat­teGo;
  • Aqua­Clean fil­ter includ­ed;
  • con­ve­nient and fast clean­ing;
  • equip­ment.

Flaws

  • no auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion;
  • no water lev­el indi­ca­tor.

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Saeco SM5573 PicoBaristo Deluxe

Rat­ing: 4.7


Saeco SM5573 PicoBaristo Deluxe

Now con­sid­er anoth­er Ital­ian cof­fee machine brand Sae­co. This time it will be an entry-lev­el mod­el, but still a pro­fes­sion­al one with­out any reser­va­tions. Advanced func­tion­al­i­ty, a good resource, fine set­tings, sav­ing a lot of recipe pre­sets — all this allows you to suc­cess­ful­ly use the machine in the HoRe­Ca field in an estab­lish­ment with mod­er­ate traf­fic.

First, let’s briefly go over the key tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of the mod­el. The machine is ful­ly auto­mat­ic, accepts ground or grain cof­fee as raw mate­r­i­al. Elec­tron­ic con­trol. The screen is small, but col­or­ful and quite infor­ma­tive. Max­i­mum pres­sure — 15 bar, pres­sure gauge is not pro­vid­ed. Holds 1.7 liters of water, up to 250 g of grains in a sep­a­rate con­tain­er and up to 0.5 liters of milk in a jug. Boil­er type heater. The brew group is one, allows you to pre­pare two cups of the same type of cof­fee at the same time. Machine dimen­sions — 21x43x34 cm, weight — 7.2 kg. Case mate­r­i­al — plas­tic with met­al fin­ish.

The device is designed to pre­pare cap­puc­ci­no, espres­so, lat­te mac­chi­a­to, lun­go, amer­i­cano, ristret­to in dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions to taste. You can get the right taste by fine­ly adjust­ing the recipe — there are 12 pre-installed pro­grams, and the device also allows you to cre­ate your own recipe pro­grams and save up to 75 orig­i­nal recipes in mem­o­ry. This oppor­tu­ni­ty allows you to eas­i­ly devel­op a “sig­na­ture” recipe for a par­tic­u­lar insti­tu­tion, which will be unique in its own way.

The speed of prepar­ing drinks for this mod­el is not a record, but accept­able. Warm-up time — more than 70 sec­onds, direct­ly prepar­ing a cup of cof­fee — about 40 sec­onds. The fortress can be adjust­ed with­in 5 lev­els, the tem­per­a­ture — with­in 3 lev­els. These and oth­er set­tings can be saved to a sin­gle user pro­file — up to 4 pro­files in total.

A strange flaw in this mod­el is the lack of a sen­sor for fill­ing the waste con­tain­er. This may seem like a tri­fle, but not for a pro­fes­sion­al device, delays in the work of which can cre­ate incon­ve­nience for the cus­tomers of the estab­lish­ment. The con­tain­er is designed for 14 con­di­tion­al serv­ings, and if you do not keep track of the over­flow, clean­ing is like­ly to be quite uncom­fort­able in terms of time and effort.

Advantages

  • full pro­fes­sion­al lev­el;
  • qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als;
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty;
  • sim­ple and clear con­trol;
  • 12 degrees of grind­ing;
  • tem­per­a­ture and strength adjust­ment;
  • sav­ing up to 75 recipes;
  • sup­port for up to 4 cus­tomiz­able user pro­files;
  • sup­port for Aqua­Clean fil­ters.

Flaws

  • there is no sen­sor for fill­ing the waste con­tain­er, in gen­er­al, not the eas­i­est clean­ing.

Saeco SM7580 Xelsis

Rat­ing: 4.7


Saeco SM7580 Xelsis

And anoth­er cof­fee machine from the Ital­ian Sae­co brand is the Xel­sis mod­el with even more inter­est­ing func­tion­al­i­ty, flex­i­ble set­tings and decent per­for­mance in HoRe­Ca con­di­tions. Its cost is sev­er­al times high­er than the first mod­el in our review, but the char­ac­ter­is­tics ful­ly jus­ti­fy this price.

This machine has one brew group, which means it is quite com­pact and suit­able for a small cafe-bar — 28x39x49 cm and weighs 8 kg. Ful­ly auto­mat­ic, ground or grain cof­fee is suit­able as a raw mate­r­i­al. Oper­a­tion — touch pan­el with con­ve­nient large but­tons and a com­pact LCD screen. The max­i­mum work­ing pres­sure is 15 bar. Boil­er type heater. The vol­ume of water is 1.7 l. The vol­ume of the waste con­tain­er (hmykha) is designed for 14 stan­dard serv­ings.

The func­tion­al­i­ty of the Sae­co SM7580 Xel­sis is gen­er­al­ly sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous mod­els, but there are impor­tant dif­fer­ences in the direc­tion of improve­ment and expan­sion of capa­bil­i­ties. So, in addi­tion to adjust­ing the tem­per­a­ture, strength and vol­ume of a por­tion, the “quick steam” func­tion has been added here. There are 12 degrees of cof­fee grind­ing and the same num­ber of stan­dard drink pro­grams. The fortress can be adjust­ed with­in 5 degrees. Indi­vid­ual set­tings of the cof­fee machine can be stored in an indi­vid­ual barista pro­file, up to six pro­files in total.

An impor­tant improve­ment in this mod­el is the improved pro­tec­tion against scale. So, com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with inno­v­a­tive Aqua­Clean fil­ters has also been intro­duced here, and in addi­tion, an auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion func­tion has been imple­ment­ed. The use of Aqua­Clean fil­ters alone is enough to make up to 5,000 cups of cof­fee, and in com­bi­na­tion with auto­mat­ic clean­ing, this gives an almost com­plete guar­an­tee against limescale get­ting into drinks and mal­func­tion­ing of the device.

Advantages

  • mate­ri­als and assem­bly;
  • ease of use;
  • 12 degrees of grind­ing;
  • per­fect milk foam using Lat­te Per­fet­to tech­nol­o­gy;
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty, reli­a­bil­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty;
  • dou­ble pro­tec­tion against scale — Aqua­Clean fil­ter and auto­mat­ic decal­ci­fi­ca­tion func­tion;

Flaws

  • Still, some users con­sid­er the price too high.

Caffitaly Professional S9001

Rat­ing: 4.7


Caffitaly Professional S9001

The selec­tion of rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines accord­ing to Exper­tol­ogy mag­a­zine will be com­plet­ed by a mod­el whose pro­fes­sion­al lev­el is already empha­sized in the name. And this is not a mar­ket­ing ploy. In a num­ber of impor­tant para­me­ters, it dif­fers sig­nif­i­cant­ly from the above options, and our experts includ­ed it in the review, not least for this rea­son — the machine sat­is­fies some spe­cif­ic require­ments and con­di­tions.

The fact that the car is clear­ly not for the kitchen in a city apart­ment is already indi­cat­ed by its dimen­sions and weight — 55x40x44 cm and 26 kg, respec­tive­ly. Mate­ri­als and assem­bly are excep­tion­al­ly high-qual­i­ty, reli­able. Stain­less steel is used in the most poten­tial­ly vul­ner­a­ble nodes, which guar­an­tees dura­bil­i­ty, fault tol­er­ance and, in gen­er­al, a sig­nif­i­cant resource.

This mod­el is already designed only for cap­sules, and cof­fee beans or even ground loose cof­fee as a raw mate­r­i­al will not work. This can be con­sid­ered a dis­ad­van­tage that lim­its the flex­i­bil­i­ty of using the device, but it must also be said that such a nar­row spe­cial­iza­tion is by no means rare in pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines.

The sec­ond impor­tant dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture is the pres­ence of two inde­pen­dent brew­ing groups. They are even phys­i­cal­ly sep­a­rat­ed by a block with a con­trol pan­el. The water tank is the most impres­sive com­pared to pre­vi­ous mod­els — 4 liters. But this is not the lim­it, and if the traf­fic in the cafe­te­ria dur­ing peak hours “rolls over”, the machine can obvi­ous­ly be con­nect­ed to the water sup­ply for unin­ter­rupt­ed sup­ply. The capac­i­ty of the waste con­tain­er is also decent — up to 60 cap­sules.

Anoth­er lim­i­ta­tion that the buy­er may not like is only man­u­al prepa­ra­tion of cap­puc­ci­no. But this is a moot point, as many baris­tas will dis­agree that ful­ly auto­mat­ic cap­puc­ci­no is some­thing good. More­over, this mod­el has a spe­cial noz­zle — panarel­lo, with which you can get the per­fect foam for cap­puc­ci­no, lat­te and oth­er sim­i­lar drinks.

The machine is easy to use and its pro­fes­sion­al sta­tus will not scare away even a novice bar­tender. The con­trol pan­el but­tons are large and infor­ma­tive, they change col­or depend­ing on the mode: green — ready to start the func­tion, yel­low — cook­ing in progress, red — some­thing is wrong, inter­ven­tion is required.

Advantages

  • two inde­pen­dent brew groups;
  • height-adjustable dis­pensers;
  • fast heat­ing of the boil­er;
  • the abil­i­ty to con­nect to the water sup­ply;
  • sta­ble qual­i­ty of drinks;
  • large ser­vice bins (water, waste);
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty, fault tol­er­ance, dura­bil­i­ty.

Flaws

  • raw mate­ri­als — only cof­fee cap­sules;
  • man­u­al prepa­ra­tion of cap­puc­ci­no.

The best high-end professional coffee machines

In the sec­ond part of the review of the best pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines for the HoRe­Ca indus­try, we will intro­duce you to the most remark­able high-end mod­els. All of them are very expen­sive, and old­er mod­els can only be afford­ed by very con­fi­dent HoRe­Ca enter­pris­es or new estab­lish­ments with decent invest­ments.

Let’s make a small remark. This part of the review will include semi-auto­mat­ic machines. Semi-auto­mat­ic — this should not be under­stood in any way as a dis­ad­van­tage. Here and below, the retreat from full automa­tion is just a sign of high class. The thing is that full automa­tion elim­i­nates the role of a barista and makes it dif­fi­cult to pre­pare cof­fee for real gourmets who dis­tin­guish the sub­tlest shades. There­fore, full “auto­mat­ic machines” are good for fast food enter­pris­es, and for more sophis­ti­cat­ed and expen­sive estab­lish­ments, some space is already need­ed for the real­iza­tion of the baris­ta’s tal­ent and pro­fes­sion­al skills.

Nuova Simonelli Appia II 1Gr V high groups

Rat­ing: 5.0


Nuova Simonelli Appia II 1Gr V high groups

We are the first to bring to your atten­tion a cof­fee machine man­u­fac­tured by the famous Ital­ian com­pa­ny Nuo­va Simonel­li. The com­pa­ny has been pro­duc­ing high-qual­i­ty equip­ment for the prepa­ra­tion of cof­fee drinks since 1936 and exports it all over the world. Appia II has become a suc­cess­ful con­tin­u­a­tion of the suc­cess­ful and sought-after mod­el of the first gen­er­a­tion Appia. Actu­al­ly, the sec­ond from the first is fun­da­men­tal­ly no dif­fer­ent.

This is a pro­fes­sion­al rozhkovy cof­fee machine of semi-auto­mat­ic type of com­mer­cial ori­en­ta­tion. There is an even new­er series in the Nuo­va Simonel­li line­up — Appia Life, but Exper­tol­ogy experts rec­om­mend Appia II, as it is con­sid­ered in pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ties to be some­thing like a “default cof­fee machine” for the HoRe­Ca indus­try. It is much more care­ful­ly test­ed by time and by many estab­lish­ments around the world and in the CIS in par­tic­u­lar.

There are sev­er­al mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the series that dif­fer in the num­ber and para­me­ters of the brew groups. They are indi­cat­ed direct­ly in the name, respec­tive­ly — 1gr, 2gr and 3gr with let­ter pre­fix­es that indi­cate the para­me­ters of the groups (low, high, dif­fer­ent) and the avail­abil­i­ty of options (pow­er, boil­er vol­ume, etc.).

The most ver­sa­tile is the 2gr mod­i­fi­ca­tion with two brew groups. But as a start­ing point, we will take the most rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tion 1Gr with the pre­fix V, which implies high groups — the dis­tance from the work­ing sur­face to the nose of the horn is 140 mm.

The pow­er of the machine is 2000W. The mate­r­i­al of the horn is only met­al, and this is anoth­er indi­ca­tor of a high-end device. The boil­er heater is made of cop­per. Vol­ume — 5 liters. Lim­it­ing pres­sure — 15 bar. There is a pres­sure gauge, but the accu­ra­cy of its read­ings is not per­fect. There are such impor­tant func­tions for pro machines as pre-wet­ting and warm­ing cups. An anti-drip sys­tem is not pro­vid­ed, which upsets some buy­ers. This mod­el is only for ground cof­fee as raw mate­r­i­al.

The machine is not that very over­all — 40x53x55 cm, but def­i­nite­ly heavy — 42 kg, which must be tak­en into account when plan­ning the instal­la­tion site. The case is made of durable ABS plas­tic, the design is very attrac­tive and pre­sentable. Sta­ble land­ing on rub­ber feet.

Advantages

  • a leg­endary brand with a cen­tu­ry of his­to­ry, recog­ni­tion all over the world;
  • expen­sive and high qual­i­ty mate­ri­als;
  • time-test­ed;
  • met­al horn and cop­per boil­er;
  • Pos­si­bil­i­ty of con­nec­tion to the water sup­ply.

Flaws

  • not too accu­rate pres­sure gauge;
  • there is no anti-drip sys­tem.

La Spaziale S9 EK, 2 low groups

Rat­ing: 4.9


La Spaziale S9 EK, 2 low groups

In con­trast to the pre­vi­ous com­pact one-group mod­el, con­sid­er a pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machine from anoth­er man­u­fac­tur­er — La Spaziale. This is also an Ital­ian com­pa­ny with a rich his­to­ry dat­ing back to the 70s of the last cen­tu­ry.

This machine is already ful­ly auto­mat­ic. Dimen­sions — 580x530x520 mm, weight — 54 kg. The body is met­al. Con­ve­nient con­trol pan­el, the same con­ve­nient and reli­able levers for sup­ply­ing steam or water. The device is avail­able in sev­er­al body col­ors — black, white, red and anthracite. The heater is a boil­er with a vol­ume of 5 liters. Steam serves as a heat agent in the prepa­ra­tion of drinks — this way it is not only pos­si­ble to achieve high con­sumer char­ac­ter­is­tics of drinks, but also save elec­tric­i­ty, and also part­ly pre­vent the ear­ly for­ma­tion of scale.

Steam is sup­plied by the machine through rotat­ing pipes, boil­ing water — through taps. Dos­ing is car­ried out auto­mat­i­cal­ly. For per­son­al con­trol of the barista over the pres­sure in the pump and boil­er, pres­sure gauges are pro­vid­ed for each group. Each manome­ter is equipped with a dou­ble scale to con­trol sep­a­rate­ly the pres­sure in the boil­er and pump. The boil­er here has improved char­ac­ter­is­tics — cop­per with a nick­el-plat­ed sur­face, increased strength. There is a water lev­el sen­sor.

The pow­er con­sump­tion of the machine is 2.3 kW. In addi­tion to the appli­ance itself, the deliv­ery set includes three fil­ter hold­ers, a spare set of fil­ter screens for the brew group, a fil­ter extrac­tor and a brush.

Among the fea­tures of the mod­el, one can also dis­tin­guish elec­tron­ic tem­per­a­ture con­trol in the boil­er, while these tem­per­a­tures are dis­played by a baro­graph with a pleas­ant back­light. From emer­gency sit­u­a­tions asso­ci­at­ed with over­heat­ing, pro­tect the ther­mo­stat. Any dif­fi­cul­ties or mal­func­tions will be sig­naled by the machine.

Advantages

  • mate­ri­als and assem­bly;
  • met­al case;
  • two inde­pen­dent brew groups;
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty;
  • fault indi­ca­tors;
  • high strength boil­er;
  • pre­cise pres­sure gauges with dou­ble scale;
  • safe­ty ther­mo­stat;
  • equip­ment.

Flaws

  • no fun­da­men­tal dis­ad­van­tages and sys­tem­at­ic com­plaints were found.

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Ascaso Barista T Zero two-group, black

Rat­ing: 4.9


Ascaso Barista T Zero two-group, black

The third pre­mi­um pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machine in Exper­tol­ogy’s the­mat­ic review is a bright prod­uct of the Span­ish com­pa­ny Asca­so. Here, pre­mi­um mate­ri­als, pow­er­ful per­for­mance and impec­ca­ble qual­i­ty are com­bined with the same impec­ca­ble style.

The Barista T Zero mod­el is aver­age in terms of price and fea­tures in this series. We take it to demon­strate the pos­si­bil­i­ties. In the assort­ment there is also a one-group Bar One and also a two-group, but more expen­sive Barista T Plus. It is more expen­sive by as much as 2 thou­sand euros, and whether the addi­tions are worth that kind of mon­ey is a big ques­tion.

The dimen­sions of the cof­fee machine are quite impres­sive — 700x535x475 mm, weight — 71 kg. Yes, in terms of weight, this espres­so machine has noth­ing “house­hold”, it weighs like an adult, and this must be tak­en into account from the very begin­ning. It is pow­ered by a 220 V net­work, the pow­er con­sump­tion lev­el is 3.5 W. The appear­ance is unusu­al­ly spec­tac­u­lar — the sur­faces sparkle with real stain­less steel and chrome. There is no place here, not only props and imi­ta­tions, but even the slight­est sav­ings on mate­ri­als. This is evi­denced even by the case, the walls of which are made of stain­less steel 2.5 mm thick! Restrained, but unusu­al­ly styl­ish exte­ri­or with wood trim ele­ments.

Let’s take a quick look at the spec­i­fi­ca­tion. The machine is built using mul­ti-cir­cuit tech­nol­o­gy — in this case, two cir­cuits are meant, giv­ing com­plete inde­pen­dence of the brew groups. Sep­a­rate steam boil­er. Devel­ops pres­sure up to 20 bar. It is pos­si­ble to con­nect to the water sup­ply. There is a PID con­troller with a fac­tor of + 0.1º for each group sep­a­rate­ly and for the steam boil­er. Steam­er with 360 degree swiv­el free­dom. The work area is bright­ly lit.

Two sep­a­rate stain­less steel boil­ers, com­bined with oth­er remark­able fea­tures, pro­vide excel­lent ther­mal sta­bil­i­ty with­in +/- 0.2º. This already allows you to pre­pare drinks that can sat­is­fy the del­i­cate taste of a sophis­ti­cat­ed con­nois­seur.

Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth adding that this mod­el is also not with­out belong­ing to high tech­nolo­gies. Asca­so’s author’s recipes were orig­i­nal­ly incor­po­rat­ed into the device’s soft­ware, and the man­u­fac­tur­er peri­od­i­cal­ly releas­es updates.

The deliv­ery set of the machine includes: a hold­er with two feed spouts, a hold­er plug, a tam­per, a fil­ter for one espres­so, a fil­ter for two espres­sos.

Advantages

  • pre­mi­um class;
  • expen­sive and high-qual­i­ty mate­ri­als;
  • ele­gant style;
  • per­fect brew­ing of espres­so;
  • per­fect tem­per­a­ture sta­bil­i­ty;
  • many set­tings;
  • 5 pro­gram­ma­ble vol­ume options;
  • oppor­tu­ni­ties for cus­tomiza­tion;
  • con­ve­nient clean­ing and main­te­nance.

Flaws

  • no fun­da­men­tal flaws were found.

Dalla Corte Evolution Nera (3GR)

Rat­ing: 4.8


Dalla Corte Evolution Nera (3GR)

The review of the best pro­fes­sion­al cof­fee machines of 2020 accord­ing to Exper­tol­ogy will be com­plet­ed by the most pow­er­ful, pro­duc­tive and expen­sive pre­mi­um machine from the more or less afford­able HoRe­Ca seg­ment for medi­um-sized busi­ness­es. This is a three-group mod­el Evo­lu­tion Nera man­u­fac­tured by the Ital­ian com­pa­ny Dal­la Corte, which has its roots in the mid­dle of the last cen­tu­ry.

Machine dimen­sions — 940x505x550 mm, weight — 89 kg. There are no ques­tions at all about the qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als and assem­bly, the name Dal­la Corte alone is enough here. The fact is that the com­pa­ny dur­ing its his­to­ry has gained fame not only for cof­fee mak­ers and cof­fee machines, but for a num­ber of engi­neer­ing inven­tions and improve­ments in this area, as well as for a tru­ly fanat­i­cal dili­gence in terms of atten­tion to small details. Even such a seem­ing­ly ele­men­tary acces­so­ry as a portafil­ter, if its man­u­fac­tur­er is Dal­la Corte, can eas­i­ly cost 500–600 US dol­lars.

Now let’s go through the main points of the spec­i­fi­ca­tion. As you can already see even from the name, the machine includes three work­ing groups. All of them are com­plete­ly inde­pen­dent, each has a sep­a­rate boil­er, and one more specif­i­cal­ly for steam. Only ground cof­fee is used as raw mate­r­i­al. The pow­er con­sump­tion is more than sig­nif­i­cant — up to 6300 W — this must be tak­en into account dur­ing instal­la­tion, it may be nec­es­sary to replace the elec­tri­cal wiring sec­tion.

The exam­ple men­tioned above with the cost of a portafil­ter can be imput­ed to this cof­fee machine as a dis­ad­van­tage. Com­po­nents and spare parts for it are pro­hib­i­tive­ly expen­sive, and any repair is a pure ruin. The car itself is reli­able and durable, it doesn’t just break down, but it’s still advis­able to try to elim­i­nate any threats, espe­cial­ly the human fac­tor.

Advantages

  • a brand with an impec­ca­ble rep­u­ta­tion;
  • the high­est tech­no­log­i­cal lev­el;
  • the man­u­fac­tur­er’s unpar­al­leled atten­tion to detail and qual­i­ty con­trol;
  • three inde­pen­dent work­ing groups;
  • four boil­ers for work­ing groups and one sep­a­rate­ly for steam;
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty and non-fail­ure oper­a­tion.

Flaws

  • pro­hib­i­tive high cost of parts and com­po­nents.


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Atten­tion! This rat­ing is sub­jec­tive, is not an adver­tise­ment and does not serve as a pur­chase guide. Before buy­ing, you need to con­sult with a spe­cial­ist.

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