A commercial espresso machine is an espresso machine suitable for a commercial establishment (e.g., coffeehouse, cafe, restaurant). The most important qualities of a commercial espresso machine are the durability of the machine's parts and the ability of the machine to produce a high volume of espresso.
Anatomy of a Commercial Espresso Machine
Commercial espresso machines (espresso coffee makers) typically utilize a rotary pump that uses vanes which oscillate rapidly within a sealed container to create high pressure for brewing espresso. Rotary pumps are also called Volumetric Pumps.
Espresso and Coffee Brewing Tips
For more espresso tips see our detailed coffee flavor profiles of gourmet coffee and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes. For step-by-step instructions see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos.
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of coffee see our section on coffee brewing, and detailed definitions of coffee terminology can be found in the Coffee and Espresso Glossary. Also check out the World's Best History of Coffee.