A lot of small businesses purchase an espresso machine purely for its function. Function is a necessity yes but form is very important to small coffee shops. The appeal of most small shops is the atmosphere. Part of that atmosphere includes how it looks and sounds behind the counter. If you are using a machine that does’t match your aesthetic or is too loud then you might be losing repeat customers. They lose that feeling of professionalism that you need to cultivate.
So keep in mind the various aspects of your shops design. Do you need a small but fully featured machine for a small shop or can you easily fit a bigger machine for handling more customers at once. How big can you go before it feels cluttered and crowded? That’s really only a question you can answer.
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- It can deliver the best quality of coffee.
- They can handle high demand periods of several customers
- Ideal for coffee shops and restaurants.
- Takes some learning to be able to use effectively
- More expensive than other models.
After all, everyone who wants to buy an espresso machine has their own classification of what kind of espresso machine they will buy. Maybe, some of the following are among the classifications that can determine what kind of espresso machine they will buy for their coffee shop.
Here are the common classifications for choosing espresso machines:
FEATURES THAT COMPLETE THE ESPRESSO MACHINE
How do you use the features of the espresso machine? Is it in accordance with the needs of our coffee shop? For example, the indicator light features on the espresso machine are in accordance with the existing lighting in our coffee shop. It’s because there are some colors that are not friendly with lighting, then this feature is also a consideration for choosing an espresso machine. You need to make a list of questions to answer whether the espresso machine is appropriate, and then answer it yourself to make sure the espresso machine you are going to buy is the right choice for you.
You must also consider these points:
– The portafilter handles from the espresso machine do matter. How does it look like when the portafilter is locked at the group head and everything else around at the group head section.
– How far is the distance of the cup container with the spout on the portafilter, does it match the cup we are going to use?
– Where is the position of the switch button? Is it convenient when we press it to make a cup of espresso?
This is not to determine whether or not the espresso machine is good, but to choose which one is suitable for our barista’s brewing style.
ESPRESSO MACHINE BODY MATERIAL
In general, people will choose the ones made from solid materials because this supports the physical endurance of an espresso machine. However there are also parts like the portafilter handle which is not made of solid material, so it must also be considered.
If there are some sides that are not made of solid material, it does not mean that it is not good. An espresso machine manufacturer has calculated the materials used appropriately for their machines. It’s just whether it fits with our brewing style or not.