So you’ve taken the plunge and started to prepare your coffee shop for its grand opening. You’ve taken all the major initial steps; created a business plan, found a space to rent or buy, started hiring staff, picked out a catchy name and started ordering supplies. Then you realize you’ve forgotten one major component: an espresso machine! Well, lucky for you, I’ve written this guide on how to choose the best fit for your shop!

This is likely the most important purchase you will make for your business, and definitely the most important piece of equipment you’ll buy. It is important to keep in mind that you’ll be purchasing a commercial machine, which is much larger (and thus better suited for a coffee shop) than the small countertop machines meant for home use. However, it is not always as simple as picking out a machine for your home kitchen, as each coffee shop will have different needs and thus require a different machine.