Today’s article is about the Sanremo Cafe Racer coffee machine, by Italian company Sanremo, one of the leading coffee manufacturer. Driven by the innovation as its main characteristic, the company is focussed to every detail making its mark and standing at the forefront in the sector. Sanremo headquarter is based in Italy, Treviso. It’s also the official espresso machine of the 2018-2020 Coffee in Good Spirit and the World Latte Art competitions. About the Sanremo Café Racer The idea was to make something that looks stunning. Inspired by motorcycles, from … Read more
In this section of the blog i will discuss the differences about the best italian commercial coffee machines which i have used in Italy and here in London. Every single machine uses a different extraction method. I will try to analyse the technical parts of the machines and the practical aspects in everyday usage. The commercial coffee machines are getting really sophisticated and if used correctly the final product could be outstanding. I will also talk about manual machine such as different mokas, the way to clean the machine properly, the importance of using the right pressure and few suggestions i have learnt during my working experience.Read More
The more I test different machines, the more I know which the differences are when it takes to the everyday usage.
During my working experience in Italy and London I have tested many exceptional products. From large commercial coffee machines to smaller commercial espresso machines that extract a perfectly flavoured coffee and are also perfect for small coffee shops.
Being a professional barista In London, while studying to acquire the right knowledge about coffee; it forces me not to use any commercial bean to cup coffee machines. They are very popular in London and the UK as there are many business offices that need to satisfy a high demand of various coffee drink.
I prefer walking around cool coffee shops and being served by a real barista, hoping he has some time to have a chat about what coffee is brewing. I usually enjoy my coffee in the best coffee places in central London or around the Shoreditch area.
When I have time, I try to put the theory I have learnt into practice.
I love to experiment a bit the science of coffee extraction.
I try to apply slightly different coffee brewing methods charts that I have studied in my books and lessons. I always hope to create the right aroma for my taste. In the coffee extraction process, temperatures, methods, charts, the correct application of the best ways to extract the coffee are important to reach that perfect level of aroma and quality.
In this blog, I am trying to answer a few questions people may have before buying an expensive item that will be the main profitable investment of their coffee shops. Every insider of the coffee industry knows that investing in the right machines would have a great impact on the long term.
The commercial coffee machine price is the main concern to whom is interested to buy a high-quality product. That is why the coffee machine must be chosen wisely and it musts worth the investment. Some Italian coffee machines costs up to 30.000 pounds and those money, if you are a small business, could be spent in advertising or other marketing strategies.
In this section of the blog, I will try to answer a few main questions between such amazing offers and choices and try to give my genuine opinion about the products I test.
-What are people looking for when they buy a commercial coffee machine?
Usually coffee machine buyers are looking for these characteristics:
– Consistency (in peak times and in long-terms)
– Customer reliability (how long it will take to be fixed in case it breaks down?)
– Return of the investment
– Quality of extraction
– Should I buy an Italian espresso coffee machine for my coffee shops or any other model available on the market?
The Italian chain in the UK of coffee machines suppliers list is long and there are some companies that literally sell worldwide through a well-done local distribution that reach real users easily.
La Marzocco, Faema, Dalla Corte, Victoria Arduino are just a few examples of Italian companies that make high-quality products made in italy and are affirmed well-established brands.
Also, there’s some American and European company that are competitive and well established as well.
I will try to describe as many machines as possible to give away as much as information as possible to clarify the huge market demand.
– Which types of espresso coffee machines were the best for my business in 2019?
It depends on the size of the business, the barista experience, the quality of your beans suppliers and roasting methods, the size of the business and what you are looking to offer in your coffee shop. In my coffee shops reviews I write about which coffee machines are trending, in which location, what they offering and the quality of the service and coffee.
This will help understand our readers on which models these popular coffee shops have invested on.
– Which coffee machine or grinder is more consistent, and which is the best one in terms of return of the investment?
I will try to explain which are the best grinders or coffee machines I have tried during my working experience and new models coming up on the market in 2020. Trying the machines in the early stages is always tricky as usually companies will find out manufacturing defects in the early stage of the distribution.
One of the best examples is La Marzocco Leva. It is a high technology italian made commercial espresso machine really well designed but with many issues when it comes to achieve consistency about coffee extractions.
Today it’s (finally) the turn of talking about the Slayer Espresso Coffee Machine. Slayer is a high-end coffee machine manufacturer founded in 1997 by Jason Prefontaine in Seattle, USA. It has been revolutionising the speciality coffee industry since the very beginning, raising the third wave, especially in the USA. The mission is still the same, make coffee better through innovation and design as key elements. Its main goal is to change the way coffee is extracted by controlling the flow rate introducing the patented needle valve technology. They divide the … Read more
This morning I woke up with good intentions. I had a look on my agenda at my article list and after scrolling down a bit, I stopped by the review section and focused on the title “La Marzocco Strada Ep review”. Then I realised that it’s not an “easy” one as this machine requires deep knowledge before dealing with its technology. What does it involve? Let me clarify that. Introducing La Marzocco Strada EP La Marzocco Strada EP (electronic paddle) is a game-changer as it works differently from any other … Read more
(Updated October 2019 the 2nd) Around 1830s it was invented the coolest way to brew coffee thanks to a German called Loeff. I’m talking about the Syphon, the syphon coffee maker. Ten years after a Scottish marine engineer called James R. Napier, designed another syphon brewer named Napier coffee pot. But it was a French woman called Marie Fanny Amelie Massot, who designed the first commercial vacuum pot, who will soon-to-be-famous (it seems that Napier didn’t have the money to deposit the patent). The French one designed a Syphon in … Read more
Today, I’m going to write down about La Cimbali M100 by La Cimbali, one of the world leader coffee brands, famous for manufacturing commercial espresso machines. About La Cimbali La Cimbali started to produce coffee machines in 1930, developing the only one vertical boiler where the heating system was a coal heating or a wood one. In the 1950s, it started to produce a lever machine and the latter was powered by electricity. In 1955 It then patented a new hydraulic group in place of the manual pressure that the … Read more
(Updated 2019 August the 19th) When we write about Faema we cannot fail to mention that it has been the first Italian company that introduced significant innovations in the world of Italian commercial espresso machines, still used in most of the coffee machine competitors. Faema had its greatest success with the E61 model, introducing the concept of atmospheric pressure thanks to a volumetric pump, delivering water at a given pressure, allowing the best possible extraction of the water-soluble parts of ground coffee. Today I write up about its natural evolution: … Read more
(Updated 2019 August the 5th ) The coffee scene is evolving quickly. Are we still in the third wave or are we enter already the fourth one? Now there’s another reason why we truly need to look at it and that’s the new toy by La Marzocco. On February the 1st the company announced a new coffee machine called LA Marzocco KB90, the ultimate version of the Linea PB. KB stands for Kent Bakke, the former La Marzocco International CEO and currently the Chairman of the Board, and 90 as … Read more
I have tested the La Marzocco Leva espresso machine for a few months when I had a short but intense working experience in an Italian coffee shop in London. When I first used it, the Leva coffee machine was just being launched! Therefore, I am quite sure about a few technical problems I am sharing in this post have been already solved by La Marzocco, the mother company of this forward-thinking machine. It is well designed and the first time I saw it I thought it was something in between … Read more
Kess Van Der Westen has always had a clear idea about designing his machines from the very beginning; he wanted to bring together the ergonomicity, the usability and the technology in order to deliver consistency shot after shot. They did it firstly in 2001 with the Mirage and then in 2008 with the Speedster. He then realised the Spirit, an evolution of the Speedster adding separate group boilers (let’s think about the Dalla Corte system). Today I’m talking about this latter version. Kees Van Der Westen Spirit – Main features … Read more
A bit of history Multi boiler concept is now existing in every machine but we can’t forget to mention the company that first introduced this feature, which is Dalla Corte. This Italian company was founded by Paolo Dalla Corte, his father Bruno and his sister Elsa in 2001. So, back to the system the idea was by having independent boilers we can control the temperature in both groups and steamer(s). Basically, by maintaining a constant temperature we keep consistency in both extraction and steaming. At that time this was a real … Read more