Understanding Commercial Espresso Machine Configurations

April 27, 2021 in Education

La Marzocco offers a range of machine configurations to match the needs of your business. A “configuration” is the way the machine operates, or the way the barista interacts with the machine to produce espresso.

More manual configurations allow baristas closer engagement with brew parameters like pre-infusion and pressure. More automated configurations allow the barista to program a repeatable output and give more of their focus to customer engagement. The style and volume of your business will be crucial in deciding which configuration to choose.

Auto-Volumetric With Scales: AV/ABR Machines
The barista starts the shot and the machine stops it based on the weight of the coffee in the cup. Auto Brew Ratio utilizes a built-in scale to achieve the preferred coffee weight.

Machines in our lineup with AV/ABR configurations available are Linea PB, GB5 S, Strada, KB90, and Modbar.

Auto-Volumetric: AV Machines
The barista starts the shot and the machine stops it based on the pre-programmed volume of water running through the coffee to achieve the preferred coffee volume.

Machines in our lineup with AV configurations available are Linea Classic, Linea PB, GB5 S, Strada, KB90, and Modbar.

Semi-Automatic: EE Machines
The barista starts and stops the shot with either a push button or paddle interface to achieve the preferred coffee volume.

Machines in our lineup with EE configurations available are Linea Classic, GB5 S, and Strada.

Manual: MP, EP, and Lever Machines
The barista manually controls pre-infusion and pressure during the shot. The barista starts and stops the shot to achieve the preferred coffee volume.

Machines in our lineup with MP, EP, or Lever configurations available are Strada, Leva, and Modbar.

Choosing a Configuration

Our customers choose configurations for many different reasons. In talking with your reseller partner about your coffee goals, staffing plans, and training needs, you’ll determine the configuration that makes the most sense for your business.

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