Coffee & Espresso Machine
Coffee & Espresso Machine can vary with regard to capacity, functionality, cost and quality, which means that purchasing a new machine can be a difficult process.
At All Cater we’ve worked tirelessly to sell and promote the best in commercial coffee machines currently available on the market and fostering strong relationships with suppliers, from all the leading brands.
The cornerstones of any café are coffee machines, they’re the key to your establishment, the soul to your business, the machines that can provide a potential abundance of loyal coffee drinkers.
Owning the right coffee machines and appliances can help you get the most out of your business, and determine the end result of your establishment’s popularity.
Make the most out of your new coffee machine with the huge range of other commercial kitchen equipment from all our major brands, and keep those customers walking through the door.
How to Choose Your Commercial Espresso Machine
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.
What kind of coffee shop will you be running?
This is what will truly decide what kind of machine you end up purchasing as you need a machine that matches your needs. However, there are a few different factors that determine what “kind” of business you will be operating. First, you need to check in with what type of establishment you’ve envisioned with your business plan.
Of course, you’re opening a coffee shop if you’re purchasing a commercial-grade espresso machine. However, in this case, I’m talking about strictly coffee drinks and maybe some pastries. Thus, the coffee will be the main product and should be of the highest quality. You also need to make sure the machine you purchase can handle high volumes of production. Depending on other factors, the best option is often a semi-automatic machine, as it makes the highest quality and has the most flexibility for customizing specific espresso drinks.
Like a coffee shop, a cafe set up involves coffee drinks as the primary product as well. However, in a cafe setting there will be more food being served, often times full meals as opposed to just pastries or sandwiches typically served at coffee shops. Thus, coffee is still important as a product in a cafe setting, but not as important as in a coffee shop.
Okay, not many readers on this site will be opening a restaurant, but it’s worth a brief mention. The meals in a restaurant are always the most important, with coffee usually only ordered after the meal with dessert. In this setting, a super-automatic machine will suffice, and perhaps just a normal drip coffee machine as espresso isn’t always necessary at restaurants.