Breaking down the cost of espresso machines

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When considering the purchase of a traditional espresso machine, the following  four basic features will define the category in which the espresso machine is placed. These features will also significantly increase the price of the espresso machine. We’ve listed the features by  cost, beginning with the basics. The first two features listed, place a machine in our Traditional espresso machines category and the last two features, place a machine in our Traditional Precision espresso machine category. We hope this information will be helpful in determining the traditional espresso machine right  for you or your business. As always, we are  here to clarify and answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact us.

1.  Quality

stainless steel espresso machineMetal, stainless Steel, and a lot of brass will significantly drive the cost of a basic commercial espresso machine upwards. A quality traditional espresso machine is designed for brewing temperature stability. Many manufacturers can reduce the cost of their machines by the materials they use for frame, body, and internal construction. Although external features such as industrial plastics used for siding will not affect the quality of your coffee, weaker framing, which is responsible for holding group heads and components firmly in place, may. Other materials, such as the quantity of brass in group heads can mean abrupt temperature swings.  You may be able to reduce the cost of a quality espresso machine by selecting a manual or semi-automatic operating style.  A basic two group volumetric dosing machine will range, depending on quality of materials, from approximately $6000 to 14,000. Tag: Traditional (Essential)  View Machines  

  2.  Digital Display

Classe 9 with Digital Display

Classe 9 with Digital Display

Adding a digital display to your traditional espresso machine will help simplify the brewing process. Traditional espresso machine’s featuring a digital display offer a superior level of temperature stability and are manufactured using high quality materials. The digital display offers tools such as shot timers, pre-infusion delay, hot water temperature adjustment, on/off programming, filter or regeneration replacement prompts, cleaning programs and equipment diagnostics. These non precision machines are typically available in volumetric dosing only and a two group machine will range from approximately $10,000-$14,000  Tag: Traditional (Essential)  Tag: Digital Display    
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3. Brew Temperature Adjustment
(Dual-Boiler System)

Linea PB with Dual-Boiler

Linea PB with Dual-Boiler

These Precision (Traditional) espresso machines are designed with a temperature controller for the brew boiler. This feature is for those wanting more control over their brewing temperature and who wish to avoid temperature variance that can be experienced in the traditional (Essential) espresso machine. This type of espresso machine operates with a dual-boiler system, utilizes a PID, comes with a digital display and is constructed using high quality materials.  Machines are available in several different operating styles and you may be able to reduce some cost depending on which operating style you select.  A two group machine in this category ranges from approximately $13,000 to 18,000. Category:  Precision (Traditional)  Tag: Brew Temperature Adjustment Dual-Boiler System.     View Machines

4.  Precision Individual group temperature adjustment
(Multi-Boiler System)

Black Eagle with Multi-Boiler

Black Eagle with Multi-Boiler

These Precision (Traditional) espresso machines are designed with multiple-boilers advanced temperature control technology for individual brewing groups. This feature is for who want definitive control over brewing temperature, wish to profile coffee, or serve more than one coffee roast. These espresso machines usually have a higher-end or distinctive design, a digital display with an abundance of barista controls, and are manufactured with high quality materials. You will not have a large choice of operating styles if you are considering this type of espresso machine. A two group machine with precision individual group temperature adjustment ranges in price from approximately $13,000 to $22000. Category: Precision (Traditional)  Tag: Brew Temperature Adjustment for Individual Groups Multi-Boiler System.     View Machines 

 

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