We can’t talk about the best automatic espresso machines without mentioning the best beans. Because at the end of the day, coffee is all about the bean. The two most commonly grown beans are the prized Arabica, and its more resilient cousin, the Robusta.
Arabica flourishes at high altitudes, usually being grown over 2,000 feet above sea level and representing 70% of the world’s coffee exports. These highly-regarded beans are generally considered to be better quality, more flavorful and aromatic, and contain approximately half the caffeine of the Robusta. These beans are grown at altitudes under 2,000 feet above sea level, are hardier and more resistant to disease, produce higher yields and are generally an easier plant to grow.
Once the beans are picked, processed, and dried, the critical roasting begins. This is where the flavours and aroma of the coffee are developed, and it is one of the key components that contribute to a quality cup of coffee. Coffee roasting is a true art.
Lighter roasts – which result in a light brown colour – are preferred for milder varieties. There will be little to no oil on the surface of these beans as they aren’t roasted long enough to achieve that. Medium roasts, on the other hand, will be a medium brown colour with a stronger flavour and again – no oil on the surface of the bean. This roast is sometimes referred to as an American roast since it tends to be preferred in the US. And lastly, the dark roast produces shiny black beans with an oily surface and distinguishable bitterness. These roasts include French, Vienna, Espresso, Italian and more.
But there’s one thing that all beans – and all roasts – have in common. They will inevitably produce a quality beverage when they’re brewed in a quality automatic espresso machine. So what are some of the best? This category is represented by a range of brands, and although “best” tends to be a subjective assessment, most of this group shares some common ground. The best machines will produce a thick and full-bodied espresso – the perfect shot of coffee with well-balanced flavours and a stable crema. In addition, they should be feature-rich, technologically advanced, intuitive to operate, with impeccable design.
Sound like a tall order? Admittedly, these are a lot of boxes to tick, but Quality Coffee Systems, based out of Burnaby, is a leading distributor of some of the best automatic espresso machines in the world. Our portfolio of commercial and residential coffee systems includes Swiss, French and German brands that deliver incredibly advanced features along with the exquisite craftsmanship we have come to expect from European manufacturers. Our claim to fame doesn’t purport to supply the cheapest machines on the market, but we do stand behind our reputation as representatives of quality products that produce the finest brews. These are the types of machines that go the distance and create gleaming centrepieces in both commercial and residential settings. Factor in our commitment to after-sales service, and it’s easy to see why QCS has become a trusted go-to for would-be espresso machine buyers.
Drop by today or check out our products online. Quality Coffee Systems – our legacy is coffee.
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