The Difference Between Super-Automatic Espresso Machines and Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines


Coffee is a growing market segment. In fact, last year’s data from the National Coffee Association’s Coffee Drinking Trends for 2017 showed that consumption was up five percent from the previous year.

In large part, this trend is driven by demographics, but it’s also the result of operators looking for new ways to provide coffee service. From coffee kiosks in hospitals to high school coffee bars, operators who embrace coffee — and the equipment that can make coffee service easy — can help take advantage of this growing market segment.

But how?

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

Semi-automatic espresso machines make coffee delivery at the press of a button. Coffee beans must be ground in a separate grinder, when they can be through the brewing process. There’s more human control with a semi-automatic espresso machine, as the operator or barista will determine when a shot starts and stops.

Super-Automatic Espresso Machines

These pretty much do everything. Operators or home coffee enthusiasts who are looking for a single unit to grind, brew, and froth milk should consider the super-automatic option. Super-automatic espresso machines are all-inclusive.

The Benefits of Super-Automatic Espresso Machines

An automated coffee program can provide many benefits to an operation. Super-automated brewing delivers speed and quality that can meet or surpass traditional espresso service. Here are a few benefits of super-automatic espresso machines.

Precision engineering and innovative automation result in espresso beverages equal to or superior to traditional barista prepared drinks.

Lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and more—all flavor profiles are stored for consistently excellent beverages.

Low heat, fast, fresh grind and accurate time and temperature for brewing espressos result in the exact flavor profile needed.

Perfect canvas for latte art—multiple milk types are expertly frothed to premium taste and texture every time.

With up to 350 espresso shots per hour of consistent quality, operators can improve customer satisfaction and create extra time for doing more business, generating measurably higher profit margins.


Stop by the Alto-Hartley showroom to learn more about super-automatic coffee. Come try a cup for yourself, and be sure to bring the 10% off coupon below to get a discount on your espresso machine purchase.

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