Best Coffee Machine For Your Cafe

July 8, 2022

Choosing a commercial espresso machine for your café, restaurant or espresso bar can be a monumental task. Have no fear. Buddy is here to guide you through the process.

Which machine is right for me?

There are two primary commercial espresso machines – heat exchange or multi-boiler.

Heat exchange - Single Boiler

Are you a first-time cafe owner looking for an efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain commercial coffee machine? Well, look no further because the heat exchange single boiler commercial coffee machines are elegant solution for small cafes and event espresso production.

With its single steam boiler and heat exchanger, a heat exchange machine is the perfect option for establishments with limited space or brewing needs. By utilizing this efficient system, hot water runs through the copper pipe of the exchanger, where it is heated to an optimal temperature before being transferred to the group head and used in coffee production. This hassle-free solution has become popular among small cafes and restaurants alike due to its convenience and effectiveness!

If you need a sophisticated and effortless method to brew espresso, the Sanremo F18SB, Zoe, or Wega Polaris single-boiler coffee machines could be perfect for you. Packed with top-quality features and components, you can be sure that each machine will provide excellent performance no matter which one you choose! All models include a fully programmable with PID temperature control system, volumetric brewing controls and durable construction.

The Sanremo Zoe is an excellent example of heat exchange machines for the budget friendly cafe.

Multi-boiler Machines

Multi-boiler machines are your ticket to espresso perfection! Forget about relying on luck to get the perfect brew; multi-boilers put you in complete control. Not only will it give you direct control over the temperature of the water used to brew coffee, but its two boilers - one for steam and one for coffee - also ensure that group head temperature remains stable. Hence, the flavour of your coffee is consistent cup after cup. Multi-boiler machines provide the ultimate in coffee brewing consistency and flavour - no wonder they're a favourite among café owners and coffee roasters alike.

When it comes to the perfect dual boiler machine it's hard to look past the La Marzocco Linea PB. The Linea PB is the stylish cafe connoisseur’s dream come true. Multi-boiler machines have never looked so good, with its iconic La Marzocco polished stainless steel body given simplified lines and a lower profile - making it easy to appreciate while preserving its Italian design pedigree. They’ve also thoughtfully integrated an exclusive user-friendly interface software, giving the barista direct control over boiler temperature, brewing volume, hot water tap dose, auto-back flush – now you can leave your worries at the door. True style and practicality in one neat package.

The La Marzocco PB is a dual boiler machine include pre-heating system, independent boilers, hot water mixing valve accessible from the side panel and Pro Touch steam wands.

Group Heads - how many do I need?

How many group heads do you need for your café? The best way to answer this question is by asking yourself a few other questions, such as how much coffee you intend on producing weekly. A 2-group espresso machine is an excellent choice for cafes that make up to 20kg of coffee per week and requires minimal space, too. However, if your business plans on making more than 20kg of coffee per week, then a 3-group espresso machine should be your preference; it's built to handle much larger volumes of anywhere up to 100kg of coffee weekly!

Workflow & Automation

If you’re looking for the best espresso machine for your business, then dig deeper and get one with features like shot timers, scales, volumetrics, auto brew ratios, and shot timers. Work flow and automation are indispensable when it comes to improving quality, consistency and efficiency. Investing in these machines allows your business to reduce staff costs, speed up service time and make great-tasting coffee all in one go. So why settle for any less? Simply put, the machines with the bells and whistles offer so much more – perfect for any business that strives for excellence.


gravimetric machines are next-level barista tech. Their scales built into the drip tray allow you to program your shots by weight in order to create a consistent flavour profile in the cup - no matter what size your group is, gravimetric can easily regulate and manage difficult doses of espresso. Precision, accuracy and consistency: gravimetric is the way to go if you want to ensure every cup as good as the last!

The La Marzocco KB90 automatically stops espresso extraction at the desired moment to ensure target output is reached in the cup.


While the look of traditional machines like the La Marzocco Linea Classic or PB is designed to fit comfortably into any cafe with its simple, stainless-steel design, machines like the Sanremo Cafe Racer or Slayer Steam EP show your customers that you mean business when it comes to coffee. After all, these statement machines let your patrons know that you are part of a greater coffee culture that values quality over all else. With one of these on your bar, customers can be sure they’re in for a premium experience from start to finish.

What Is The Best Commercial Espresso Machine?

Here at Buddy we have a few favorites 

  • La Marzocco Linea PB
  • La Marzocco Linea Classic
  • La Marzocco KB90
  • Slayer Steam EP
  • Sanremo Zoe
  • Sanremo Cafe Racer
  • Victoria Arduino Black Eagle
  • Wega Polaris

Rent or buy?

Making the decision to buy or lease a machine can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to tackling the price. Weighing the pros and cons of both is key. Do you want more control over when and how you pay for your machine? Or do you want little wiggle room when it comes time to upgrade? Neither option is wrong, but analyzing each one can lead to a better understanding of what makes sense for your wallet. Ultimately, having the perfect machine that fits your budget leaves nothing else to worry about!

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