Last Updated: 07-08-20

10 Best Commercial Coffee Machines

Whether you have decided to open up your own coffee shop, start serving coffee on your premises or need to replace a machine which is on its last legs, finding the right commercial coffee machine for your premises could be a make or break situation.

You will want something which is reliable and offers superior quality coffee in order to keep customers served and keep them coming back. Investing now can save a lot of heartbreak in the future, especially if your business will revolve around the machine.

These are the best commercial coffee machines for your premises, whether you are after something which can show off your barista skills, help you seem like you know what you’re doing or simply provide black coffee for customers to serve themselves.

Our Top Picks

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Fracino Bambino 2 Group Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine
  • Type: Espresso
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H48.5 x W58 x D50cm
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Bravilor B40 Bulk Coffee Brewer
  • Type: Filter
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H110 x W130 x D65.2cm
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Fracino PID Espresso Coffee Machine 3 Group White PID3
  • Type: Espresso
  • Groups: 3
  • Dimensions: H55 x W99 x D55cm
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The Best Commercial Coffee Machines

1.
Fracino Bambino 2 Group Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Type: Espresso
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H48.5 x W58 x D50cm

Able to serve around 240 cups of coffee per hour or 400 espressos, and with hot water and milk frothing abilities to allow you to really get your barista on, this is a great value machine which will keep everything running.

Because it can serve so many coffees in a short time, it is ideal for anyone who is expecting or has high traffic custom. The constant, reliable pressure and performance will mean it doesn’t see any hiccups when you need it the most, and the Thermosyphonic Circulation ensures the Bambino Group is constantly heated, ready to serve.

It is also built from high-quality materials, so can withstand a busy environment too. The 10-litre boiler means it will produce over 40 cups before needing to be refilled, and it allows you to get creative.it also looks incredibly professional too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Separate steam and water pressure
  • Comes with installation and training
  • Traditional professional look

Reasons to Avoid

  • Nothing!

2.
Bravilor B40 Bulk Coffee Brewer

Specifications

  • Type: Filter
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H110 x W130 x D65.2cm

Bravilor’s largest bulk coffee brewer, this machine can make a whopping 145L of coffee every hour. Pretty great if you have a lot of coffee to make.

It comes with two 40L urns which can be carried to customers once filled. They are double-walled, and it uses electric to keep the coffee warm when at the station. You need to hardwire and plumb it to mains, so it is for fixed abodes, but will save a headache if you have a big rush.

40L of coffee can be brewed in 17 mins, so it is quite quick, and there is a built in timer.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lots of coffee every hour
  • Two urns included

Reasons to Avoid

  • Takes a little while to make coffee

3.
Fracino PID Espresso Coffee Machine 3 Group White PID3

Specifications

  • Type: Espresso
  • Groups: 3
  • Dimensions: H55 x W99 x D55cm

For when you need all systems go, this machine is a perfect combination of ease of use and style for the centre of attention.

It can actually make up to 600 espressos in an hour which makes it one of the best for output. Perfect for a busy cafe, cake shop or motorway service station which is always full-on. The three groupheads will allow multiple baristas to use it at the same time, and each group has an independent boiler for temperature control.

The white and stainless steel look is modern, bright and easy to keep clean, and the 20L boiler will not need topping up too regularly.

Reasons to Buy

  • Spacious for easier access
  • Clean look

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

4.
Fracino Retro Espresso Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Type: Espresso
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H83 x W58 x D50cm

Want that really traditional look for your cafe or eatery? This retro model is a traditional pull espresso machine, so you can look the part as well as serving top-quality beverages.

It is reminiscent of a 1950’s machine, adding some drama to your workplace. Able to make around 200 espressos in an hour, there are also hot water and steam options for proper coffee crafting and other hot drinks.

Installation and training are provided, and they deliver 9 bars of pressure for that perfect pull and crema at the end.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great traditional look
  • Pull espresso
  • Raised well off surface for easy cleaning

Reasons to Avoid

  • Could be more complicated to get to grips with

5.
Dualit Café Pro Capsule Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Type: Pod
  • Groups: 2
  • Dimensions: H43 x W54 x D48cm

A professional, commercial pod coffee machine may at first seem a tad strange. Aren’t they meant to be small? Handy and convenient? Not necessarily for pro coffee drinkers?

Well, if you are looking for something which can cope with being handy and convenient on a larger scale, you will be happy to hear they do exist. A commercial pod machine will allow you to be a bit quicker at making the coffees if your premises also focuses on serving other things such as food.

This isn’t to say the coffee has to be sub-standard – there are now dozens of varieties of pod out there, from professional roasters and brands. Two drinks can be made at once, and hot drinks other than coffee will also be simple.

There is no need for plumbing or water connections, as the unit is manually filled with water. This makes it great for anyone who will be using the machine remotely, say in a market environment or food truck.

Reasons to Buy

  • Digital touch screen operation
  • Adjustable temperature and volume settings
  • Sleek, modern design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Could be more of a faff for you

6.
Buffalo Airpot Filter Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Type: Filter
  • Groups: 1
  • Dimensions: H56 x W20 x D20cm

Quick to brew, making 2L of coffee in under 6 minutes, this is a great pot for when you always need a black filter coffee on the go.

It can be used as an auto-fill or manual fill unit, so is great for permanent or temporary business, and the glass insulated airpot retains maximum heat losing less than 2°C per hour.

A brew in progress indicator allows you to see how it is getting on, and there is a great secure lid which will allow you to carry it if need be.

Reasons to Buy

  • Loses less than 2°C
  • Sleek and stylish

7.
Bravilor Manual Fill Filter Coffee Machine Novo

Specifications

  • Type: Filter
  • Groups: 1
  • Dimensions: H43 x W20.4 x D34cm

Whether you don’t have a mains water connection or a good old black coffee with a splash of milk is going to be your offering, this user-friendly filter machine can keep enough coffee on the go for everything needed.

With two self-regulating hotplates, you can hold two 1.7L jugs of coffee at once, with it only taking five minutes to refill another. It has been specifically designed for commercial use, so will be able to cope with the increased output versus a home filter machine.

You even get a supplied scoop and filter papers, so measuring out the correct amounts is simple. Both jugs can hold enough for around 24 cups, so you should always be able to keep some ready and available.

Reasons to Buy

  • Manual fill
  • Keeps coffee warm automatically

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only the coffee – would have to manually add milk

8.
Grigia Green Compact 2 Group Espresso Coffee Machine

Specifications

  • Type: Bean to Cup
  • Groups: 1
  • Dimensions: H56 x W58 x D63cm

Stylish and user-friendly, this machine makes brilliant tasting coffee and is perfect for small restaurants, bars or hotels.

It has controlled dosing as well as a manual override button. Two steam wands and a hot water tap will allow you to froth milk as well as making any other hot drinks, or pre-heat cups and mugs.

The automatic clean function is fab for ensuring everything always runs smoothly, and coffee always tastes perfect. There is a nice platform above to store all of the mugs if you are going to be short on space, and it is a nice easy machine to train any baristas up on too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Traditional style
  • Easy to switch settings

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not as modern and clean looking as others

9.
Marco Bulk Coffee Machine Jet 6

Specifications

  • Type: Filter
  • Groups: 1
  • Dimensions: H81 x W30.3 x D44.4cm

Quite an odd-looking little machine, but great for large-scale environments where the basic coffee is essential.

It can make up to six litres of fresh coffee at any one time, with a simple touch screen interface and is simple to keep clean. Or, it can make at least two litres for any quieter days. This is ideal if you have a carafe of coffee available for people to help themselves, or you have a small establishment so will need decent coffee and can froth milk separately.

It can deliver coffee directly into a dedicated urn, or use the portion control options to do this cup by cup.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great for busy areas
  • Slimline
  • Little maintenance needed

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only gives out black coffee

Commercial Coffee Machine Buying Guide

Volume

How large is your business? How many people do you serve in one day, or hope to be serving this time next year?
Ultimately, this is one of the most important things when it comes to buying your new coffee machine. Will you have 100 customers in a day who will all want coffee? Do you also do takeout?

Or, are you a smaller shop where people won’t necessarily buy coffee, such as a cafe or bakery? A smaller machine would cost less both now and to run in the future.

You will need to think about not only how many you make during the day, but also how many at any one time and whether the machine will need to be relied on heavily in a short period, such as a morning rush hour or lunchtime.

Groupheads

The main difference between whether a machine is 1, 2 or 3 or 4 group is simply how many coffees it can make at once.

Most cafes or similar environments will require level 2. This way, if a couple of people come in at once, the coffees can be made at the same time. It usually isn’t any more work for you, either.

Three level machines are rarer but great for the likes of restaurants where several larger tables may need serving at the same time. One level machines are often better with allowing you a bit more of a hands-off approach.

Self Serving Machines

Have an environment where people will be able to serve themselves with hot drinks?
Self serving machines are available, for a commercial setting

The different groupheads are capable of producing two, four, six and eight drinks respectively. Machines with more groupheads allow more staff to use them at the same time too, which is great if you have a few people working at the same time.

Price

You can buy a small, single or double grouphead machine which could make enough coffees and hot drinks for your establishment for around £1000-£2000. But if you want more groups, a machine which makes a mighty fine espresso as a base for your barista skills, but something still easy to operate, expect to buy above this and even as much as £6000.

FAQs

How many cups of coffee will I serve per day?

This all depends on how large your cafe or business is, whether you usually have takeout coffees, or own a B&B/hotel where there will be a definite number.

If you currently have customers, usually taking a daily average and adding some extra is a good idea. If you will be starting out, it can be more difficult to assess this.

It could be worth renting a machine which can make hundreds of coffees every day until you get a good base number. But do remember that it is always best to have a machine which serves too many coffees versus one which can’t keep up

Which type do I need?

Bean to cup or espresso are the most traditional in this setting. This way, the base coffee is made, and you can steam milk or add extras as you wish, to make a full range of orders.

Self serve machines are great if you have a hotel or similar and will be offering buffet-style drinks, but remember to take into account how much coffee the machine can output. A small B&B with limited guests and a limit of two coffees will need a less fancy machine than a room which seats 100+ people who all have unlimited access to the hot drinks machine.

Filter machines are good if you will be serving bog-standard coffees and a splash of milk, for instance in traditional non-fancy cafes or in food trucks

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