Traditional Espresso Coffee Machines

Discover excellence in every cup with our range of professional traditional espresso coffee machines at ADS Coffee Supplies. Explore the best in commercial and industrial espresso machines for a superior coffee experience. Elevate your coffee service with our high-performance coffee machine solutions. Top brands available. Shop now!


What is a Traditional Espresso Machine?

A traditional espresso machine, often referred to as a manual or semi-automatic espresso machine, is a device that uses pressure to force hot water through finely ground coffee beans to produce a rich, concentrated coffee known as espresso. Unlike instant coffee machines, which dissolve coffee granules in hot water, traditional espresso machines are designed to extract maximum flavour and aroma from the beans, resulting in a superior coffee experience.


What are the different types of espresso machines?

There are several types of espresso machines, each catering to different needs and preferences:

  • Manual Espresso Machines - These require the user to manually control the water flow and pressure, offering complete control over the brewing process.
  • Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines - These automate some aspects of the brewing process but still require manual control for tasks like grinding and tamping the coffee.
  • Automatic Espresso Machines - These machines automate the brewing process, including the timing and water pressure, making them user-friendly and consistent.
  • Super-Automatic Espresso Machines - These are essentially bean-to-cup coffee machines that handle everything from grinding the beans to frothing the milk, providing a hassle-free espresso experience.
  • Dual Fuel Coffee Machines - These versatile machines can operate on both electricity and gas, making them ideal for mobile coffee shops or locations with unreliable power sources.


How to Choose Your Ideal Traditional Barista Machine

Choosing the right espresso machine coffee maker depends on several factors:

  • Usage - Determine whether the machine will be used at home or in a commercial setting. A commercial espresso machine is built to handle higher volumes and often come with more features.
  • Control - Decide how much control you want over the brewing process. Manual machines offer the most control, while automatic machines provide convenience and consistency.
  • Budget - Set a budget. While more expensive machines often offer better build quality and features, many affordable options still produce excellent espresso.
  • Space - Consider the size of the espresso machine coffee maker and the available space. Commercial machines are typically larger and may not fit in a small kitchen.
  • Features - Look for features that match your needs, such as a built-in grinder, steam wand for frothing milk, or dual boilers for simultaneous brewing and steaming.


Explore Our Premium Selection of Espresso Machines

At Allied Drinks Systems, we offer a selection of traditional espresso coffee machines from renowned brands. Our range includes domestic and commercial espresso machine products ensuring you find the perfect fit for your needs. We also have amazing Summit coffee beans to complement your espresso machine, ensuring you can enjoy a premium coffee experience from bean to cup.



How does an espresso machine work?

A barista espresso coffee machine works by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans at high pressure, typically around 9 bars, to extract the coffee’s oils, flavours, and aromas


What is a bean-to-cup vs espresso machine?

A bean-to-cup machine automates the entire process from grinding the beans to brewing the coffee, while a traditional espresso machine typically requires more manual intervention for grinding and tamping the coffee.


How to use an espresso machine?

To use a traditional espresso machine, grind fresh coffee beans, tamp the grounds into the portafilter, lock it into the machine, and start the extraction process. Adjust the grind size, tamping pressure, and extraction time to achieve the desired flavour.


Commercial vs home espresso machines

Commercial machines are designed for high volume and durability, often featuring larger boilers and more advanced controls. Home coffee machines are smaller, more affordable, and suitable for lower daily usage.


Why is it worth choosing a manual espresso coffee machine?

A manual espresso coffee machine offers better control over the brewing process, allowing enthusiasts to fine-tune every aspect for the perfect cup. They also tend to be more durable and can produce better-tasting espresso


What espresso machine should I buy for my coffee shop?

For a coffee shop, choose a commercial-grade barista espresso coffee machine that can handle high volume, such as a dual boiler or dual-fuel coffee machine. Look for reliability, ease of maintenance, and good support from the manufacturer.


How much is a commercial barista machine?

Commercial barista machines can range from £1,000 to over £10,000, depending on the brand, features, and build quality.


What is the difference between a cheap and expensive espresso machine?

Expensive machines often offer better build quality, more consistent performance, advanced features, and a longer lifespan compared to cheaper models.


What is the lifespan of an espresso machine?

The lifespan of an espresso machine can vary widely, with high-quality machines lasting up to 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance, while cheaper machines may only last a few years.


Is it worth investing in an espresso machine?

Investing in a high-quality professional espresso machine can save money in the long run, provide a superior coffee experience, and add convenience and enjoyment to your daily routine.


Are espresso machines hard to maintain?

Maintenance varies depending on the domestic or professional espresso machine that you have, but generally includes regular cleaning, descaling, and replacing worn parts. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines can help ensure longevity and performance.

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