Buying a commercial coffee machine can be a daunting process as it can be a large outlay, unless you have opted for a leasing.
We researched the best commercial coffee machines available in the UK, which would suit most small cafes. These can also be used in your home if you do a lot of entertaining – making ten cups of coffee on a domestic machine is no fun when you are hosting a dinner party.
Commercial Coffee Machine FAQs
Where do you buy commercial coffee machines?
If you are looking for a ‘commercial looking’ coffee machine for your home, then Amazon has a dedicated page for these. These would also be fine for small businesses making a few cups of coffee per day. If you are in the business of selling coffee, making 100+ cups per day, then visit some of the sites below like Nisbets.co.uk
How long are the warranties on commercial coffee machines?
Most commercial machines have a 1 year warranty which can be extended
Which commercial coffee machine to buy?
Our top choice is the Grigia commercial espresso machine
How much does a commercial coffee machine cost?
Entry level machines start at £1000 and go to £20,000
How long does a commercial coffee machine last?
The average machine will last 10 years
What coffee machine does Starbucks use?
Starbucks use the Mastrena High Performance Espresso Machine, Chemex CoffeeMaker and the Clover Coffee Maker. All of which cost over £10,000 new
Here are 5 of the best commercial coffee machines available in the UK.
Best professional coffee machine
When you think of professional espresso coffee machines, Birmingham – UK would not be the first city to come to mind. Yet, Fracino is an award-winning maker of commercial coffee machines, taking in orders in over 70 countries around the world. This is a medium-sized machine that will make four espressos or two americanos at a time.
Fracino’s machines have a stunning design. They gleam with chromium-rich paneling, clean layout of the controls, and black Zintec on steel. This model has two filter holders and two milk steamers, mounted on moveable ball sockets. Each machine has touchpads positioned above their filter holders, of which there are two on the BAM2E.
Manual Override: Functions as an on/off button for the other modes or as a programmable button to make a specific coffee size. Programming mode is activated by depressing the button for 5 seconds. And if depressed for more than 10 seconds, it will produce a readout of the number of drinks made on each mode.
This machine uses 2850 Watts, so a high-power wall socket is recommended, though a regular wall socket will be enough. This machine also comes with thermosyphonic circulation. This ensures the water is always at the right temperature and pressure for making espresso. There is a mode for automated cleaning and sterilisation of the brew head.
Dimensions : 19.1×22.8×19.7 Inches (48.5x58x50cm)
Material: Stainless Steel and Black Zintec Powder Coated Steel
Weight: 121.3 Pounds (55kg)
Capacity: 2.64 Gallons (10l)
Pressure: 1.2 Bar
Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor
The BAM2E has a 2.64-gallon (10-liter) copper boiler tank; copper is more conductive than steel and will transfer heat to the water more efficiently. Copper is less resilient to corrosives and pressure, so the tank runs at a pressure of 1.2-bar. The heating element can make up to 13.2 gallons (50-litres) of hot water per hour, equating to 400 espressos or 240 cappuccinos.
Fracino will also accept personalised designs that they will apply to the side panels of the machine. The mechanics are there, and so are the looks. And considering all this ability, it is a compact machine that finishes off a coffee bar with its sturdy presence.
In the Box
BAM2E Espresso Machine
Customisable Side Panels
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Sage Appliances started in Sidney – Australia, where they still perform the research and development stage. Now Sage use their European branch, based in Germany to sell their commercial espresso machines. Though this is a single filter cup machine, it does have the advantage of a built-in coffee grinder and cup warmer.
Dimensions: 17.8×14.7×16.1 Inches (45.3×37.3×40.9cm)
Material: Stainless steel
Weight: 36.6 Pounds (16.6Kg)
Capacity: 0.66 Gallons (2.5l)
Pressure: 15 Bar
Warranty: 1 Year
Miscellaneous: Bean Hopper 0.62 Pounds (280g), LCD Displays
The Oracle is a stand-alone unit, with everything a barista would need to make different styles of coffee, integrated into one machine. From espresso to cappuccino, The Oracle can do it all; pre-programmed water levels and pressures ensure a consistent result.
The large bean hopper sends beans through the grinder, which can be adjusted for granule size. The ground coffee then moves into the brew head cup, which locks in under the grinder. The Oracle has an automated compounder built into the side, to compact the grains.
Adjustable Grind Control
Programmable Milk Temperature and Texture
The 0.66-gallon (2.5-litre) boiler tank is stainless-steel, which guarantees that there is no taste of contaminates from the metal itself. The pressurisation of the steam is multi-staged, starting with a low pre-pressure. And then on to the full 15-bar steam to get the most flavor out of the beans.
The whole machine is digital, with a broad choice of programming options. The LCD screen allows for exact control over temperature, pressure, and levels of water that enter the coffee cup.
In the Box
Small Grinds Bin
2.3-Inch (58mm) Stainless Steel Portafilter
1 and 2-cup Single Wall Filter Baskets
16oz (0.47l) Stainless Steel Milk Jug
Steam Wand Spare Parts
Water Hardness Test Strip
Water Filter Holder and Water Filter
For Light Usage
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Café Pro is a full combination of old-school coffee making, and the modern take that a computer will do a better job of it. This is a coffee pod machine suitable for the office environment. The touch screen machine gives an added level of control over each cup made for a personalised feel in a coffee bar or a small restaurant.
Built with a 0.71-gallon (2.7l) water tank, which leads into a separate 0.53-gallon (0.32l) steam boiler, pressurised up to 20-bar in this 3000-watt machine. Dualit uses thermobloc water heaters, so rather than heating all the water in one go, the heater actively heats the water as it passes through. The Café Pro can use either traditional ground coffee, or bespoke coffee pods from your favorite franchise coffee dealer.
Dimensions: 16.9×21.3×18.9 Inches (43x54x48cm)
Material: Stainless Steel and Polypropylene
Weight: 52.9 Pounds (24kg)
Capacity: 0.71 Gallons (2.7l)
Pressure: 20 Bar
Warranty: 1 Year
Miscellaneous: Descale Function, Thermobloc Heating Element
The facia of the machine is made from stainless steel and black plastic, making it look stylish, yet keeping it easy to clean. This is for medium usage and limited to 100-cups per day, so this is perfect for a large office or a medium-sized restaurant.
There are two sets of nozzles for coffee extraction, a milk frother with manual pressure dial, and a hot water tap for filling teapots or cafetières. And as an extra, to the set of two 30-capsule baskets, the top of the machine acts like a cup warmer.
In the Box
Removable Drip Trays with Drainage Valve
Two 30-Capsule Baskets
High 20-Bar Water Pressure
Hot Water Pump
Manual Water Filling
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This 126-pound monster of a machine is more than able to keep up with the needs of a full-time Barista. Rated to 4.5kW, the automatically controlled boiler will supply instant hot water throughout the day. It has a 5-liter hot water boiler, enough to make around 120 cups of cappuccino.
The top of the machine has plenty of space to heat cup and mugs, and it has a hot water tap for filling teapots. Green Compact is two coffee machines in one, with dual-steamers and dual-brew heads. Each side of the machine has a row of quick control buttons to choose a different type of coffee delivery.
Dimensions: 22×22.8×20.9 Inches (56x58x53cm), Weight 57kg
Material: Steel and Plastic
Weight: 125.7 Pounds (57kg)
Capacity: 1.32 Gallons (5l)
Pressure: 12 Bar
Warranty: 1 Year
Miscellaneous: Automatic Water Filling, Pressure Gauge
Grigia commercial espresso machines, made with a mix of steel and black plastic. Grigia also uses heat protection over the steam nozzles to make moving them out of the way safer. To make the machine less maintenance, the drip tray can hook up to the mains drainage.
The Green will also take direct water flow from the mains supply, though it should be filtered first to remove limescale and particulates. High power requirements mean that the 4,500-Watt machine will need an electrician to wire it up to a high ampere fuse in the building.
In the Box
Grigia Green Compact 2 Coffee Machine
Mains Wiring – Needs an Electrician for Connection
For a family home that wants a professional machine in a compact size, the EC9335 looks fantastic and has all the elements of a professional unit. This is a single brew-head machine with its own coffee grinder, milk steamer, and hot water dispenser. And at 26.5 pounds, this machine is lightweight enough to be able to lift it out of the way, if you need the countertop space.
The chromed steel surface will make it a kitchen or cafe centrepiece; this is even big enough to manage the low demands of a restaurant. The unit grinds beans to the desired grit; the operator can tamp the powder into the brew-head cup with the lever mounted to the side of the coffee grinder. The hot water pressurises up to 19-bar to get the most out of the flavor of the coffee without burning it.
Dimensions: 14×12.5×14.5 Inches (35.5×31.7×36.8cm)
Weight: 26.45 Pounds (12kg)
Capacity: 0.53 Gallons (2L)
Pressure: 19 Bar
Warranty: 2 year
There are several preset coffee modes, ranging from espresso to latte, selectable from a steel dial. There is a range of other buttons and dials to increase the amount of hot water and to vary the pressure. The operator can control the milk steamer with the clever insulated selector mounted to the steam tube.
The tank is smaller than other models and is limited to 10-cups at a time, so this would not suit a business that revolves around coffee. But this is an exceptionally clean machine and small. If space is an issue, such as a small kitchen or bar. Where usage is occasional, this would be a great choice. And using 1450 Watts means that setting up this machine is a simple case of plugging it in.
In the Box
EC9335 Coffee Machine
Low Power Rating
Small Water Tank
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