Having a coffee machine for the first time can be both exciting and challenging. Considering the time spent making rounds of coffee from the machine that had once intimidated you, you will come to realize that there are just things that the machine cannot do. Hence, an upgrade.
Decorating your bedroom is okay, but upgrading your kitchen is also a must. Purchasing new pieces of equipment can be overwhelming, but as an aspiring barista, with all the serious competition around every corner, this is something where you should invest time and money. The fruit of your investment relies heavily on your ability to get the basics right. To get you started here are the 2 kitchen must-have upgrades:
1. Coffee Grinders
There is no better way to wake up than with a freshly ground cup of Joe and a quiet coffee grinder. The beauty of having a coffee grinder is that it gives you control over the grinding of fresh beans. With great precision, it’ll produce much of the coffee’s flavor with the preferred consistency, for a better tasting coffee.
There are three types of coffee grinders you can invest in:
Sometimes called hand grinder, is often small and requires no electricity. If you are into giving personalized touches on your coffee, this grinder is a perfect companion for manual espresso machines. It is quiet and can be counted to function anytime and anywhere.
Electric Burr Grinder
Burrs are the two oscillating and serrated plates responsible for pulverizing coffee beans. It crushes and grinds the beans instead of cutting them, which results to more consistent and uniformly sized grinds. This grinder can be pricey due to the different features and settings added to it.
Electric Blade Grinder
It is the most common among the three, which is also known as coffee mills, whirly grinders, or propeller grinders. It chops up coffee beans like a blender at a very high speed as opposed to crushing them. This tends to be the loudest and cheapest.
2. Espresso Machine
The large fraction of your customers will likely order an espresso or a combination with steamed milk most of the time, so you will need to acquire a high-quality espresso machine. Finding one may cost you a fortune and a half, so it is essential to know what qualities to look for before buying one. Few things to look into if you are looking for an upgrade:
Set a maximum and minimum amount that you are willing to spend on a new espresso machine.
Degree of Control
This will depend on the level of involvement you would want to have with your coffee. Some machines can make you a coffee in just 3 minutes, while some takes more time in tampering, measuring and pressing. You can choose from capsules, super automatic machine, semi-automatic and manual.
Soon as you have narrowed down your list from the first two criteria above, you can then focus on the looks, features, and durability in your shortlist.
Once you’ve successfully reduced your options to a couple of espresso machines, check for the availability to determine a potential vendor.
Finding the right industrial espresso machine can be a bit challenging, but that doesn’t have to be the same when choosing its accessories. Having these are not required, but it won’t hurt to make the most of what you have already invested.
These are the five cherries on top of your machine:
Precision is vital in finding the right ratio between coffee and water. And it needs to be done in repetition; a scale will be needed to do the job.
The crucial part in making a perfect shot espresso is the tampering of ground beans. Find one that feels right in your hand, or you can even find a customized one.
3. Tamping Mats
It keeps the counter and portafilter tidy from excess grounds. It is removable for an easy and quick rinse.
4. Knock Box.
It is where the spent espresso grounds are stored. It also protects the portafilter when it is tapped to release the puck.
5. Frothing Pitcher
This is an espresso machine accessory for manual milk frothing responsible for the hearts, rosettes, and tulips on your lattes and cappuccinos.
The longer you get exposed to these new items, the more you will discover other great accessories that will help your coffee shop kick up another notch or two.
It can be invigorating that you might see yourself browsing the internet for yet again another set to add, just don’t forget to include the coffee equipment cleaners and maintenance supplies that have to go along with them. Ensuring that your machine is adequately cleaned and well-cared for is still part of the process of creating an optimal flavor of your coffee for the years to come.