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How to maintain your espresso machine

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An essential part of owning an espresso machine is maintaining it regularly.

We receive many inquiries about the sorts of procedures needed as well as how often they need to be performed, and the following overview is meant to address as many of these questions as possible all at once.

As for questions about how often these procedures need to be done, it is very difficult to give exact answers because it is very much dependent on how often you use your machine, as well as other factors like the quality of your water. For the sake of this guide we have kept in mind home machines that will typically be brewing 1 to 3 cups each day.

More regular maintenance procedures

The kinds of things you should be doing daily to keep your machine in great working condition are things like keeping your portafilter clean, as well as the screen inside of your group head.

A quick wipe down of your portafilter after each shot will do wonders, as will running a quick shot of water through the machine to clear out any leftover grounds before replacing your portafilter. If you use your milk steamer don’t forget to purge this regularly as well to avoid a buildup of milk gunk.

Backflushing is also an important procedure that should be done every day or two. This is done by inserting the blind basket (the one without any holes) and using either water or a mix of water and backflush detergent.

Different machines often have different procedures for backflushing so it is best to consult your user’s manual for more specific instructions on backflushing. For home machines, there is no need to use the detergent every day; it is likely enough to add the detergent in only every one to three weeks, depending on how often you are using your machine.

Another easy way to keep your grouphead clean is to brush it about once per week in order to free up any stubbornly clinging grounds or oils.

Descaling and Steam Wand Cleaning

These maintenance procedures don’t need to be carried out as often as the ones above, but still need to be done from time to time. About once every month or two you should do a more serious steam wand cleaning to completely purge it of any milk gunk by running a milk cleaner through it. Again it is best to consult your user’s manual about this because the process will vary slightly from machine to machine.

And finally the most important maintenance procedure of all: descaling. This only needs to be done about every three to six months, but it is essential to do it from time to time to purge your machine of any limescale buildup. In general the process will look something like this: fill your reservoir with a 50-50 mix of water and vinegar, and then run it through the machine until you’ve got about a cup of water filled up.

Now let the vinegar mix sit inside your machine for 20 minutes to an hour in order to let it loosen up any limescale buildup. Next, you run about a quarter of the reservoir through the brew head and steam wand to clear out the first round.

Then wait about another 20 minutes and run the rest of the reservoir through the head and wand for a secondary purge. Finally, run two more full reservoirs of clean water to clean the machine out completely.

Please be aware, however, that certain machines need to be descaled by a professional, so please consult your user’s manual or search online about your machine to find out if it is OK for you to perform this procedure by yourself.

Also be aware that if you are running particular hard water through your machine the limescale may buildup more quickly and require more regular descalings.

Hopefully this will serve as a helpful guide to maintaining your espresso machine and keeping it performing at its best for as long as possible!

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Why Coffee Machine Water Filtration Is So Important

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Although water filtration is a fairly big, complex topic, it is not one to be avoided because of how important it is for the lifespan and maintenance of your espresso machine.

Hard tap water contains a higher mineral content which can build up on the insides of your machine over time, requiring more regular maintenance to clean out. It may even kill off your machine prior to its natural lifespan.

This makes hard water one of an espresso machines biggest enemies!

There are a number of different options for saving your machine from this mineral content, so as long as you are aware and take action you can save your machine from a lot of unnecessary maintenance as well as keep it operating well for as long as possible.

What is “Hard” Water?

The “hardness” of water refers to how much mineral content it contains. Because espresso machine manufacturers know how important soft water is for your machine, they will often include a test strip when you buy your machine so you can test the hardness of your tap water.

Something else to be aware of is that water that has high levels of lime in particular will burn through filters more quickly, so they will need to be changed more frequently.

A bare bones filtration system will require some extra attention and care on your part to make sure that, based on the specific hardness of your water as well as how often your are using the filter, you replace the filter frequently enough. Some very fancy machines, on the other hand, will take care of everything for you: they will test the water’s hardness and then notify you of when you should change the filter based on how long the current filter has been in place.

Some machines will even keep track of how much water is being poured through your filters to give you a more precise estimate of when to change the filter.

Is there a way around all this trouble?

If you are not in a position to get a smart filtration system that will take care of all the particulars for you, and if you are not inclined to painstakingly measure and monitor your water and filters constantly, another option is to simply buy bottled, pre-filtered water. You should still be careful to make sure that this particular brand of water you are putting your machine is suitable for it.

You could contact the manufacturer to ask them, or even contact the water company to ask about the hardness standards of their water. The best way to make sure, however, is to measure the bottled water’s hardness yourself to you can be sure that the mineral content is low enough.

Regardless of which route you take to get the excess minerals out of your water, please remain vigilant about maintaining whichever system you opt for. At some point or other your machine will need to be descaled, and it is highly recommended not to attempt to do this by yourself as you can seriously damage your machine if you do not know what you are doing.

So, for every descaling you are going to have to bring your machine into a technician, putting your coffee machine out of commission for however long the process takes.

The best way to make sure to put as much time as possible in between your machine’s descalings is by ensuring that the water you are using is not too hard, whether that means changing your filters regularly or only using pre-filtered water that you know has a low enough mineral content for your machine.

Not to mention, of course, that filtered water makes better coffee! Take the variable mineral content out of the equation today so you can hone your perfect and consistent signature cup of coffee!

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Why the temperature of your water matters for coffee brewing

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It is very common to hear that 195-205 Fahrenheit is the recommended water temperature for brewing coffee.

But why does this matter so much, you may wonder?

More than likely, however, if you look into it more you will simply be told that this is the “ideal” temperature for “extraction”.

This does not really explain anything, however, if you don’t know what “extraction” means. The following guide should help to give you a more complete picture of what extraction is and why water temperature is important for it.

Extraction:

Likely you have already heard the fancy coffee term “extraction”. But what does this mean? Basically extraction refers to bonding the soluble parts of coffee grounds with water in order create coffee.

All the delicious and aromatic parts of the grounds get soaked up by the warm water and pass through the filter along with it, while the grainy, oily, bitter bits you don’t want in your mug get trapped in the filter of your coffee machine.

In other words it means separating all the good aspects the coffee grounds and combining them with water so they can be enjoyed in liquid form: in other words, coffee!

But why is the temperature of the water so important?

You might not think of brewing coffee as being very scientific, but believe it or not it is a chemical process!

The water molecules do indeed bond with your coffee grinds in order to produce coffee (after all, you don’t want just water with some coffee bits floating around, but a single, uniform substance!).

This process of bonding the water and the soluble elements of the coffee grounds together can be done with water of any temperature; however, the exact temperature will change the amount of time it takes for the bonding process to take place.

Brewing with cold water can work very well, but it takes much longer for the water and coffee to bond this way. Likewise, near boiling water can bond with the coffee almost instantaneously, however this does not necessarily guarantee the most delicious result.

And so, through a long process of trial and error, it has been determined that the ideal temperature range for a consistently delicious cup of coffee (that you don’t have to wait hours for) is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, if you have a kettle that can be set to a specific temperature, you may be asking yourself whether to aim for the higher, lower, or middle end of this range.

This question really depends on the specific beans you are using in addition to your own specific taste. You may find that more bitter coffees work better with lower temperatures (but if it tastes sour than you have gone low and need to knock it back up by at least a few degrees). Likewise coffee makers that use pressure in their brewing process will likely need a slightly lower temperature.

In the end, however, you may not be able to tell the difference between a few degrees at all. There is no harm in experimenting, however, as you might find that you do indeed enjoy certain coffees brewed at either the higher or lower end of the ideal 195-205 range.

If you are feeling especially adventurous, you could even fare beyond the recommended range!

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Espresso Crema https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/espresso-crema https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/espresso-crema#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:22:19 +0000 https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/?p=2152 The post Espresso Crema appeared first on Commercial Coffee Machines | Wholesale Coffee Beans | Commercial Coffee Grinders.

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Crazy about Crema

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Among the espresso related questions that we receive, one of the most common is about how to get more crema on top of your espressos.

Accordingly we thought it might be worth explaining in more detail about what crema is so that you can understand better if you really do want to have more of it.

First, what is crema?

The “crema” on an espresso or americano coffee is akin to the head you get on a glass of well poured stout beer: i.e., it’s a lighter, foamier layer that sits on the top of your coffee and makes it look very elegant and authentic.

This foamy layer results from air bubbles created from the oil content of the coffee when it is extracted (especially when pressure is used as with an espresso machine).

The lighter colour is a result of the CO2 contained in the beans once they have been roasted, but which will eventually “out-gas” or pass out of the roasted beans over time. If you’ve ever wondered why some packages of coffee have a little valve on them, it is for the sake of this out-gassing.

As we said many people love the way crema looks sitting on the top of your coffee, you may not like the way it tastes, as generally speaking it is sour.

With some roasts, this sour layer will blend with the other flavours quite nicely, but with other roast it will definitely be an unwelcome addition, and in these cases keeping the crema low is actually preferable.

And if you are struggling to produce crema but just can’t get any, be aware that certain roasts simply cannot make crema because they don’t have enough fat content.

Factors contributing to more or less crema

The fat content of the bean, as well as the time since its being roasted, are the primary factors involved in how much crema you are going to get. First of all, the more fat you have in your beans, the more crema.

A large part of the bean’s oil content simply has to do with the climate in which it is grown, but natural or honey process roasts can also help to hang onto more of the fat content of the bean. Secondly, the freshness of the beans, and the amount of CO2 in them, is also a major factor.

The CO2 levels of the beans will be highest right after they’ve been roasted, and it will usually take around 72 hours for the beans to de-gas, so you will usually get a lot more crema during the first 2-3 days after roasting.

Some baristas even recommend to wait at least 72 hours before using freshly roasted beans in order to avoid going overboard with the crema.

Some other factors include the level of the roast and the equipment you are using. Darker roasts tend to have less oil once ground because most of their oil gets pulled out to the surface of the bean, and so in general these roasts will make less crema.

Also if you are using a machine that uses pressure in the extraction process, like an espresso machine, than you are certainly going to create more crema this way (although it may be less rich than “natural” crema produced without using pressure).

So this should give you a better idea of the factors that go into creating crema, but also keep in mind that crema is not always a good thing! Depending on your roast, it may actually be idea to aim for less or even no crema at all.

So although it looks nice, if you overdo it you may make your coffee too sour. Think of it like the head of a beer: a bit of head is nice, but too much is usually a sign that the person pouring it doesn’t know what they are doing.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Superauto Coffee Machine https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/superauto-coffee-machine https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/superauto-coffee-machine#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:57:57 +0000 https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/?p=2147 The post Superauto Coffee Machine appeared first on Commercial Coffee Machines | Wholesale Coffee Beans | Commercial Coffee Grinders.

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Choosing a Superauto Coffee Machine

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You might have heard the term “superauto” when reading about espresso machines and wondered what it was.

Is there a difference between a superauto and a semi-auto machine?

Read the following guide to find out what exactly a superauto is.

Basically, a superauto espresso machine is completely automated, so that everything from grinding, tamping, pulling shots, to steaming milk can be done simply by pressing a few buttons.

A superauto machine is capable of producing a great shot of espresso very quickly and easily, however keep in mind that a skilled barista manning a manual machine will be able to produce an even better shot.

Superautos consist of a bean hopper, grinder, brew unit, and a milk steaming system, and feeding beans into the grinder, grinding them, feeding them into the brew unit, and then pulling the shot all take place at the push of a single button. For steamed milk, an extra button or two will suffice.

Choosing the right superauto

As superauto espresso machines are generally much more expensive than manual machines, the cost of your machine will certainly be one of the most important factors in your decision. Beyond that, here are some more aspects of the machines that you will want to consider before buying one.

The Taste

Obviously you want a machine that produces a rich and flavorful shot of espresso goodness! So if you are able to sample the machine yourself before you buy it, by all means do. If not, you will want to read as many user reviews and professional critiques as possible to get an idea of the machine’s results.

The Milk System

If you expect to be making any espresso based drinks involving milk, you will want to make sure that your machine is capable of producing decent steamed milk. Again, you will want to either read user reviews or sample the machine directly so you know what you are getting into. Especially since the milk system can often be the weak point of an otherwise great superauto machine.

Temperature

You will also want to make sure that your machine is able to produce both espresso and milk at an ideal temperature, so keep this aspect in mind as well when you are either reading about or sampling the machine.

Again, especially keep this in mind about the milk system, since this aspect can often be a weak point in the milk steaming systems of superauto machines.

Manual or Touch Controls

If you don’t care about the controls one way or the other but just want decent coffee, then you will be better off getting a machine with manual buttons and knobs because it will cost much less without necessarily having any impact on the quality of the coffee.

On the other hand, if money is less of a concern for you, you may find that the touch screen is very easy and pleasant to use.

Some Final Additional Factors

There are a few other factors which you may want to keep in mind, especially if you are going to be busily pouring shots in a commercial setting. A larger hopper as well as water tank will mean that they need to be refilled less often, which will be ideal for situations with a high output.

Likewise if you expect to be busily pulling shot after shot you may want to consider the wait time needed between each shot.

Finally, cleaning and maintaining your machine properly are important for getting good results, so you should always look into the proper methods for the machine you want to buy.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Espresso Coffee Beans https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/espresso-coffee-beans https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/espresso-coffee-beans#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:48:23 +0000 https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/?p=2139 The post Espresso Coffee Beans appeared first on Commercial Coffee Machines | Wholesale Coffee Beans | Commercial Coffee Grinders.

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Is there such a thing as espresso coffee beans, or will any bean do?

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A lot of people getting into the espresso world for the first time wonder if there is a special kind of “espresso” coffee bean they should use, or if coffee is just coffee?

The quick answer is that coffee is coffee and you can use anything.

The long answer given below is more complicated, and has to do with which kind of coffee beans are best suited to which extraction method.

What does it mean when beans are labeled as “espresso”

Beans labeled as “espresso” are not actually a different kind of coffee bean. The “espresso” on the label does not refer to the bean, but to the kind of machine which should be used to brew the bean.

Which beans are best suited to which kind of coffee maker has to do with the flavor of the bean and the extraction method that is best suited to bring that flavor out.

Espresso machines use a high pressure extraction method, so beans that best fit with this extraction method tend to be bolder or more intense for a stronger, richer, espresso coffee. Some beans, although very flavourful, do not give up their flavor so easily and may end up tasting bland if used with a drip machine.

This is why they are marked as “espresso” beans, i.e., because they tend to need a high pressure extraction in order to draw out their full flavor.

Beans that have less intense flavors, say a fruitier coffee, tend to be better suited to drip machines, whereas bolder flavors like chocolate need the extra pressure to really draw them out well. So in the end it is a matter of which flavors work better for drip or high pressure extraction, and the word “espresso” on the package just means that these beans are better suited for the high pressure extraction of espresso machines.

When a roaster labels certain beans as “espresso”, it is simply their way of helping their customers out who don’t have an understanding of the kinds of coffee beans and of the extraction methods which best bring out certain flavors. It is also to some extent a way of protecting their product’s reputation, since if someone uses the wrong kind of beans in their drip machine which fails to bring out all the inner flavors, they may end up thinking that what is actually great, super flavorful coffee is bland and bad tasting.

Finally, for those who are more savvy about bean flavors and extraction methods, the recommendations of the roasters do not have to be followed religiously. Feel free to experiment with different extraction methods for different beans in order to come up with the best coffee possible. When first starting out however (especially if you are serving your coffee to customers), it is always better to stick to the recommendations of the roasters.

And for Automatic Coffee Machines (also known as Superauto Coffee Machines)?

Is there any difference with respect to superauto machines?

Not a whole lot. Keep in mind that dark roasts tend to be oilier and will clog up your grinder more quickly. Also keep in mind that superauto machines are not as precise as manual or semi-auto espresso machines, and accordingly any beans that have delicate hints or edges might not taste as flavorful.

In general, however, superautos work very well with any kind of bean that is normally suited for espresso machines, and no coffee bean will end up tasting terrible in a superauto. All that may happen is that you might miss out on any subtle or delicate sub-flavors that you might detect if the same coffee were used in a less automated espresso machine.

Hopefully this article has explained what “espresso” beans are and provided a better understanding of coffee beans and how to best bring out their flavors.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you. For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Maintaining & Servicing Your Espresso Machine https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/maintaining-servicing-your-espresso-machine Sun, 29 Sep 2019 05:03:17 +0000 https://www.pierrocoffee.com.au/?p=2128 The post Maintaining & Servicing Your Espresso Machine appeared first on Commercial Coffee Machines | Wholesale Coffee Beans | Commercial Coffee Grinders.

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Maintaining and Servicing Your Espresso Machine

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If you want your machine to provide you with a lifetime of great performance, it is very important to maintain it regularly.

If you’d like to have your machine serviced professionally don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule inspection and maintenance of your machine.

Generally speaking you should get your machine serviced at least once every twelve months, but if your machine sees a lot of use then every six months is even more highly recommended.

To prevent buildup or clogging in your machine it is also important to make use of a water filtration and softening system.

Here are some basic treatment methods that you can use on your machine yourself:

  • Flush your group heads before and after each use
  • Steam wands need to be flushed periodically as well
  • Stainless steel needs to be cleaned with either a microfiber cloth and steam, or with a little bit of diluted glass cleaner
  • Every day you should backflush your machine
  • Replace group seals and shower screens whenever necessary
  • Don’t ignore any unusual behaviour you machine starts showing, and call for professional service if you can’t figure it out yourself
  • Make sure you use the right water so you don’t end up needing to have your machine descaled

Even if you maintain your machine very well yourself, you will at some point need to call for professional servicing in any case.

We offer service at very reasonable pricing all across Australia, and our services include the following:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Repairing parts
  • Inspecting electrical safety and pressure
  • Descaling
  • Replacing worn parts
  • Inspecting, disassembling, and lubricating steam and hot water valves, wands, and group heads

Estimates

We’ll give you a first look estimate as soon as you drop off your machine for maintenance, and then a more formal estimate once we’ve inspected the machine more closely.

Normally we can inspect, service, and repair a machine (as long as none of the repairs are major) within an hour or two, however be aware that if your machine needs to be descaled than the time we need to service it will be much longer.

Grinders

Grinder need to be serviced and cleaned regularly as well, and a simple rinse and dry is not going to be enough. Burrs need to be removed and cleaned thoroughly, and it is recommended to have your grinder cleaned professionally from time to time as well in order to increase its lifespan and maintain its performance over time.

Don’t try to take care of it yourself unless you know what you are doing.

Water Pressure

The ideal water pressure for an espresso machine is around 25 PSI or 2 Bar. If your water pressure is too high then you can end up with leaks in your machine. You can install a pressure regulator if you need to reduce the pressure to maintain ideal conditions.

Water Quality

The amount of impurities or minerals contained in your water can greatly impact the longevity of your machine.

You should have a filtration system that will remove any small particles that can clog up your machine over time, and if your water it too hard (which means it has a high mineral content) then you need to get a water softener system that can remove some of the mineral content so that limescale doesn’t build up in your machine over time and require you to get your machine descaled.

Be aware however that you don’t want to used deionized water with no mineral content at all because this will compromise the flavour of your coffee (you need some mineral content to get the best flavour out of your coffee).

Reverse Osmosis

RO or reverse osmosis is an extremely effective way of removing the mineral content of your water; however, it is so effective that it may actually reduce the mineral content of your water too much and leave you in the same boat as you would be in with your deionized water.

Some people who use an RO system combine it with a calcifier to add enough mineral content back into the water so that you still get great tasting coffee.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Golf Club Coffee Machine

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Raising the standards of your golf club’s coffee

Just like a golfer has to use their best judgment to pick the right club for the right golfing situation, the owner or operator of a golf club has to use the same kind of judgment when selecting the right coffee machine for their club.

And just like you can’t choose a super-expensive driver if you want good results in your short game, a high quality espresso machine will not automatically be the best solution for your particular coffee situation.

Which type of machine?

Most golf club owners know that there will be super early bird golfers who will want to get at their morning coffee long before your staff will want to be up and running the machine, so it is generally ideal for a golf club machine to be self-service, or at least to have a self-service option.

You can either set up a machine with a coin system or an i-key system so that customers can prepay. You can also get machines that can be both staff operated during the day but also converted into a self-service machine for after or before hours.

Fully automated vs traditional

There is no doubt that a traditional espresso machine will look really sharp and draw your customers in with the promise of authentic and professional coffee; however, without highly trained staff who know how to use machines like these correctly, your customers may be less than impressed by the end result.

Accordingly, if you don’t expect to have an experienced barista on hand at all times, then your fancy espresso machine will essentially be a waste of space. An automated machine, though perhaps less impressive looking, will actually serve much better coffee if you don’t have well-trained coffee staff.

Alternatively, it is possible to get a hybrid machine that will give you the best of both worlds. For instance, the Amore 1 uses pods so that you don’t have to worry about proper grinding or dosing, but as the same time is still a traditional espresso machine.

Other things to consider

After deciding what kind of machine will best suit your needs, you should begin to think about how many servings of coffee you expect to produce each day. If you don’t expect a high number of coffee orders, a smaller, cheaper machine can still produce a great cup of coffee.

However if you expect to have a high number of orders then you will need a more heavy duty machine that can keep up with the demand without overheating or wearing out. Some other final considerations include the amount of space you have for your machine, and whether or not the machine’s appearance blends in with your existing decor.

Service and maintenance

No matter how high end your machine is, at some point it will break down and require professional service or repairs.

Accordingly you will want to establish a relationship with a dedicated maintenance company who can respond quickly and efficiently to a break down to limit the time your machine is out of service. Also please remember that you can save money by getting a used espresso machine, but you may end up having to pay more in the long run for service and repairs on an older machine.

Get a consultant

It can never hurt to get an experience company to help you out in the decision making process if you are new to the coffee world, and a good coffee company will be able to provide you with a free consultation to help get you pointed in the right direction.

They might even be able to provide you with some samples from the machines you are considering so you can taste the results first hand.

If you need to get a new machine or update an older one, please contact us today to arrange for a visit from one of our specialists who can advise you about the best options for your location.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Buyer’s Guide for Commercial Espresso Machines

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Finding just the right commercial espresso machine can initially be intimidating, but singling out the perfect machine that fits your needs doesn’t have to overly stress you out.

Check out the following guide which will take you through some of the major elements that need to be considered before you finalize your decision.

Group Heads

One of the biggest things you need to decide is the number of group heads you want your machine to have, and this decision will be based mostly on the kind of output you expect your machine to be performing.

The vast majority of the time, middle-sized machines with two or three group heads will suit your business needs, as only extremely high-output establishments will require four group heads, and one group head machines are only suited to establishments with a very low output (like a restaurant where coffee orders are somewhat rare). In some cases, however, you may want to get a four group machine even if you don’t need it simply for style (more below).

Boiler Size

Another major consideration is the size of your boiler, which will determine the amount of hot water and steam that your machine is capable of producing without overheating or conking out. Espressos alone won’t require much hot water, but once you get into americanos or teas then you are going to require a machine with a larger volume for hot water.

Most single group machines will have boilers between 2-5 liters, double group machine boilers will be between 5-12 liters, triple group machines 11-18 liters, and four group machines will have boilers up to 22 liters.

Once you choose your number of group heads, you need to think about how much hot water you expect to be putting out; if it’s relatively high, you want to find a machine with a larger boiler.

Electrical Element

Your electrical element is important for how much stress your machine can take without interruptions or even break downs.

If you expect your establishment to have a morning rush hour where you are producing a lot of hot water for teas or americanos, then you will want to find a machine with more wattage that can handle the stress.

Generally speaking a double group machine will have an element of 2700 to 4000 watts, and the heavier-duty three to four group machines will have elements of more like 4500-6500 watts. As a rule of thumb, the more watts you can get the better, so that you never have to worry about your machine burning out.

Group Head Temperature and Flavour

You also need to make sure you get a sufficient boiler and element for the sake of maintaining your water temperature. The brewing temperature of your espresso shots is extremely important, and mediocre tasting coffee is much more often the result of brewing at the wrong temperature than of bad beans or bad grinding.

So by all means, you do not want a machine that cannot handle your output requirements and can’t keep things hot enough for you. Some machines have a dual boiler system so that you can be sure you always have a steady supply of correctly heated water.

Another thing you might want to consider, if you want to get fancy, is getting a machine that has adjustable temperature settings. The ideal brewing temperature can actually very from roast to roast, and lighter roasts tend to work better with higher temperatures, while darker roasts tend to benefit from relatively lower brewing temperatures.

Selecting the Size of Your Espresso Machine

Ultimately what this decision depends on will be the number of coffees you expect your machine will be producing every day. If you think that you’ll be pouring fewer than 75 espressos each day, then a good single group commercial machine may be enough to meet your needs.

The middle-sized machines of two to three groups which most establishments opt for are typically suite to pouring between 75 and 500 espressos every day (so you can see why these machines will be suitable for just about any venue). Most people do not even need a third group head, and will only get one so that they have space to grow in case their business gets bigger.

On the other hand, even though most establishments don’t need four or even three group heads, some will opt for the long, impressive looking four group machines simply because they appear more serious and professional to their customers.

It may sound silly to buy an excessively large machine just for looks, but in some cases an impressive, professional looking machine will draw in enough clientele that an establishment’s customers will actually grow into its machine over time.

Hopefully the information above has been helpful for your commercial espresso machine quest, and feel free to contact us by telephone or email if you have any further questions at all.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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Buyer’s Guide for Commercial Coffee Grinders

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After picking out the perfect coffee machine for your establishment, it is just as important to invest in a quality grinder, and even more ideally, in quality grinders.

Most good coffee shops will use a larger, primary grinder for regular beans and a smaller, secondary grinder for special beans like decaf.

If you are going to be switching between more than one type of bean than you will definitely need a second grinder as it will be too much trouble to clean out your grinder each and every time you switch between beans.

Grinders and heat don’t mix

If you expect to be pumping out a lot of coffee every day – say between 30 and 50 pounds a week – then your grinder is going to be working more or less non-stop.

If your grinder can’t handle it, it is going to overheat and this will compromise the end result of your espresso pours. You can either get a backup grinder so that each of your grinders gets a rest every day, or you can invest in a high-capacity grinder that can handle the constant stress without heating up too much.

Smaller, secondary grinders

We recommend getting a commercial flat burr grinder for your secondary grinder. Something like the Fiorenzato F4 or F5, or a Mazzer Mini. Bought new grinders like these could cost you between $900 and $1500, or if you can find them used they will cost you between $450 and $800.

These smaller grinders are recommended for a secondary type of bean that isn’t ordered as often, like decaf, or if you have a restaurant that doesn’t get a ton of coffee orders then a smaller grinder like this should also be sufficient.

Larger, primary grinders

If you have a coffee shop with even a moderate level of output, then you are going to need a larger grinder that can handle more use.

There are two varieties of larger grinders to choose from: conical or flat burrs. Larger flat burr grinders will do just fine for most people, and the vast majority of coffee establishments make use of grinders like these. We recommend the Mazzer Major or Fiorenzato F6.

Conical grinders will generally be larger and more expensive than flat burr grinders. They rotate more slowly than flat burr grinders and are thought to produce better results for pure espresso shots, though for milk drinks the difference usually cannot be detected.

We recommend a Fiorenzato F71k, or a Mazzer Kold or Mazzer Robur E. The flat burr grinders should cost between $1700 and $2800 new or $850 and $1350 used, and the conical grinders will cost between $2000 and $5000 new, or between $1000 and $1800 used.

Please don’t be daunted by these sorts of price tags and decide to invest less and opt for a smaller or lower quality grinder.

The quality of your grinder is just as important as the quality of your machine, so don’t expect your machine to do all the work for you, and don’t think of your grinder as something secondary and less important.

Setting the Grinder

A number of different factors go into the quality of your espresso shots, and the coarseness or fineness of your grounds goes a long way in determining the end result.

A perfect extraction is generally considered to be about 25-30ml of espresso with 5-10ml of crema on top poured steadily for roughly 25-30 seconds. Ideally your crema should hold for about 30 seconds.

If you are not coming up with ideal results like this chances are you are not grinding your beans correctly. If you coffee is too course, it is going to pour too quickly and will taste weak or watery, with little crema or crema that disappears too quickly.

On the other hand if your beans are ground too finely, your espresso is going to drip or sluggishly and take far longer than 30 seconds to pour, and it may end up tasting burnt.

So hopefully this gives you a picture of how important it is to have the right grinder and the right settings to grind your beans just right.

Without this, you aren’t going to be serving great coffee even with the best beans and the best commercial espresso machine that money can buy.

Pierro commercial coffee machines are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines specifically designed for the Australian coffee industry.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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