While other machines can brew up a great cup of espresso, only a commercial machine will deliver the same results you would get in your favorite coffee house. Commercial machines are much larger in size and designed for brewing dozens of cups of espresso at the same time. Most come with a large instructional manual too, which may take you some time to get through. Commercial espresso machines are generally best for those who own or operate businesses like hotels or restaurants than those making espresso at home.
5 Best Commercial Espresso Machines
1. Jura Impressa XS90 One Touch Automatic Coffee Center
Making coffee for a crowd is a cinch with this Jura machine by your side. Designed for commercial applications, this machine will work well in a restaurant, hotel or even bar. Its 15-bar pump system can accommodate all the drinks you need to make without slowing down. With push-button controls, it’s so easy to use that you can train your workers in minutes and cut down on training. The burr grinder comes with six settings that let you decide how you want the machine to grind your beans, and it comes with an automatic feature that lets you know when you need to add more beans. Internal containers can hold up to 10 ounces of whole beans and more than one gallon of water, which lets you make up to 40 cups. It’s perfect for businesses that make and sell 50 or more cups of coffee in a single day.
2. Nuova Simonelli Oscar Pour Over Espresso Coffee Machine
If you want an espresso maker that your guests will drool over, you can’t go wrong with this model. With its sleek chrome accents and stylish design, it looks like something from another era. As much as your guests will love the design, you and your workers will love how easily you can operate it. This machine functions as a pour over coffee maker, which means that you simply add your coffee grounds to the machine and add the right amount of water. The machine will pour the water over the beans to extract all the delicious flavor, and you can then press a single button to brew a cup. It also comes with a dual heat exchanger that heats and steams your milk at the same time that it brews coffee. With the attached steam wand, you can heat up milk for making cappuccinos and other drinks for your guests.
3. Espresso Maker Rancilio Silvia Doser Grinder & Base
When guests enter you restaurant or shop and see this machine, they’ll know that you’re serious about coffee. Unlike other machines that have a built-in grinder or require that you use ground coffee, this machine comes with its own attached grinder. That grinder has a removable tank that you can use with your favorite beans. You can even mix and match different beans to make your own unique and custom blends. The grinder also lets you adjust the settings for coarser or smaller grounds. The machine itself has an ergonomically-designed handle that you’ll love when making dozens of drinks over the course of the day and convenient buttons for brewing different drinks. There is even a steaming wand for quickly bringing milk or water up to temperature. You’ll also like the two drawers that slide out from the bottom of the machine for cleaning spilled liquids and coffee grounds with ease.
4. Gaggia 90500 Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine
When you spend a lot of time on your feet and running across your business, you want an espresso machine that it easier to use like this Gaggia model. As an automatic machine, it does everything you need with just one touch of a button on the front. Those buttons let you choose from five different temperature settings and three different volume settings. It also comes with programmable features that let you quickly grind beans before making espresso or infuse ground beans with water to get more flavor from those grounds. Though it may look complicated, you can quickly get a handle on it in just a few minutes. We like that it has a smaller footprint, which is perfect for professional kitchens and businesses, but we also like that it has storage space on top for holding the cups that you need to fill orders from guests.
5. KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
Though KRUPS might not be the first name you think of when you think of commercial appliances, this espresso machine works just as well in a professional kitchen as it does in a home kitchen. The conveniently smaller size is great for restaurants and bars that get less business, but it has a larger tank that can hold up to 60 ounces. Patented KRUPS heating technology ensures that the water remains at the perfect temperature as it runs through the machine and ensures that each cup you serve comes out piping hot. The front LCD screen shows you the current settings and works with the adjustable knob beneath to let you scroll through and change those settings. You can decide on the temperature of the drink, the overall strength of the coffee and even the size of the cup you want filled. This machine can grind your beans for you and keep those beans fresh.
Our Pick for Top Commercial Espresso Machine
Though Jura found its way onto some of our other lists, we found that its Jura Impressa XS90 One Touch Automatic Coffee Center far outweighed its competition as the top commercial espresso machine. This model lets you make an espresso, cappuccino, latte even a macchiato for your guests almost instantly. As it features buttons for each one on the front, you can just add the beans, press a button and let the machine do all the hard work. Its sleek design will look nice in any food or restaurant business, and it can make all the coffee drinks you need in a busy day.