Espresso Coffee Machines Demystified

More and more people are ditching instant coffee to indulge in a rich brew of freshly roasted and ground coffee.

Once considered the domain of coffee snobs, the espresso machine is now finding its place of entitlement in most kitchen worktops as another standard appliance you can’t do without.

You’ve got to get your coffee fix after all…

Here are some common espresso machine related terms that you should be aware of before heading out on your search to get that coveted piece of equipment.

Read on, get acquainted, and make an informed choice.

Semi-automatic:
These are pump enabled machines with user controlled buttons to start and stop the pump. In other words, these are ‘manual’ in the sense that there are no electronics and you need to turn the pump buttons on and off to control the brew dosage. Also, the boiler needs to manually toggled between brew and steam functions.
Fully automatic:
These are micro-computer controlled and have pre-programmed settings for brew quantity. Simply press a button and you get the same quantity of your espresso shot every single time. Most machines however still need you to toggle between brew and steam functions.
Super automatic:
These are feature loaded machines, also known as bean to cup machines that have a built-in grinder to grind the coffee beans as well as microcomputer controlled functions for everything including dispensing milk for your cappuccino. One touch wonders!

Single Boiler: 
One boiler for two functions: Hot water for brewing coffee and hot water for generating steam. Most household espresso machines including many fully automatic machines come with a single boiler. This means you need to wait for the temperature either to rise from the espresso status to steam for milk frothing or fall after you have finished steaming milk and want to brew your next espresso.

Double boiler:
A very useful feature. Two boilers- one dedicated for the correct brew temperature for espresso and one calibrated for a higher temperature, to produce steam. No need to switch between temperatures. Always ready for espresso and always ready for steam.
Pressurised portafilter and baskets:
Most machines meant for household use come with pressurised portafilters and baskets. These are small double walled containers with micro holes that hold your coffee powder and create the pressure required to extract the heady flavours from your espresso shot.
Bottomless or naked portafilters and baskets:
These are single-walled baskets with larger holes and require a heavy tamper and some technique to press and tamp the coffee powder to create a tight ‘puck’ that creates the required resistance to the flow of hot water and create the required pressure. These are usually available in a prosumer machine.

We’ve bundled a kit consisting of a stainless steel naked portafilter and stainless steel tamper that can be retrofitted on all our espresso machines should the Barista come alive in you. Available to purchase as the Barista PRO kit on our website.

Here’s a quick rundown on the current range of Tecnora Espresso Machines.
There’s detailed information available on these machines with the click of the learn more button next to each one. Also, head on to our youtube channel ‘Tecnora TV’ for loads of in-depth videos.
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Classico TCM 106M

  • Price = Rs.7,850
  • Suitable for home use.
  • 15 bar pump enabled.
  • Semi automatic
  • Single boiler
  • 850 W
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New Classico TCM 107M

  • Price = Rs. 8,495.00
  • Suitable for home use.
  • 15 bar pump enabled.
  • Semi automatic
  • Single boiler
  • 1050 W
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CaffeGusto TCM 109M

  • Price = Rs. 9,450.00
  • Suitable for home use.
  • 15 bar pump enabled.
  • Semi automatic
  • Single boiler
  • 850 W
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Epic TCM 801A

  • Price = Rs. 18,750.00
  • Suitable for home use.
  • 15 bar pump enabled.
  • Fully automatic
  • Double boiler
  • 1850 W