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Beware Used Commercial Coffee Machines For Sale

Looking through used commercial coffee machines for sale can be a rigorous process. Unless you’ve seen the machine in action for a long period of time, there’s a substantial risk it won’t offer the reliability you need. After all, second hand commercial coffee machines have normally worked tirelessly every day of their life – and there’s never a guarantee their former owner serviced them regularly. If you’re in the market for second hand coffee machines, consider these points before you buy.

Most used commercial coffee machines have poor service histories

If you own a business, you can probably appreciate how hard it is to find the time to regularly service and maintain your coffee machine. It can also be difficult to tell when a coffee machine is due for a service. Without regular maintenance, elements such as the group seals can deteriorate. The piping and water tank can also be damaged by a build-up of calcium and other minerals.

Only buying a new machine ensures that each part is fresh and perfectly healthy. There’s zero chance of encountering calcium build-up or worn group seals, potentially saving you costly repair bills in the long run. Even more concerning, certain required parts may no longer be available for the machine.

Second hand commercial coffee machines have had tough lives

Most used commercial coffee machines for sale have endured years of daily use. If you think of coffee machines like cars, it’s easy to understand the risks that come with buying older machines. More often than not, cars start to develop major mechanical problems once they pass the 150,000km mark. And not surprisingly, coffee machines go through a similar process. Plumbing systems can start to wear down, and major elements of the machine often need replacing.

Second hand coffee machines are more expensive

This tip isn’t always obvious, particularly if you’re only looking at the initial price tag. But second hand coffee machines are bound to require replacement parts. It’s important to remember that those elements might not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. There are more costs involved with running a coffee-based business than just the direct expense of buying parts and paying for repairs. Every moment your business is without a coffee machine, it’s costing you revenue.

Saving money on a second hand coffee machine simply isn’t worth the risk to your business. Especially when a brand new machine is bound to run more efficiently and cost far less in future expenses. Don’t run the risk of being left without a working coffee machine. Check out the range of top-quality commercial coffee machines on the Essential Coffee website today.

Coffee Machines for Cafe Businesses

Cafe Coffee Machines

If you’re in need of coffee machines for cafe settings, look no further than the Essential Coffee range online. Regardless of your business needs, we’ve got the equipment to suit. Your machinery should be an extension of your brand. That’s why our cafe coffee machines offer the finest construction, the finest look, and (most importantly) the finest coffee. With European stainless steel and smooth mechanisms, investing in one of these machines will benefit your staff and customers.

Ease of use

No matter how busy your employees are, our commercial coffee machines can still produce the product your clients are craving. Automatic tampering ensures the drip remains consistent throughout shift changes. Plus, your workers can avoid doing the same tasks over and over, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSI). These cafe coffee machines are engineered to save you time with all your standard procedures. Milk frothing can be handled completely independently by some of our machines. Automating these highly variable procedures can keep your product perfectly consistent time and time again.

Plus, we stock machines with 1 to 3 group options, so we’ve always got the right coffee machines for cafes of any size.

Self-cleaning options

Cleaning out your cafes coffee machine can waste precious time and effort. That’s why the finest coffee machines for cafe business include self-cleaning technology. Designed to completely decalcify the mechanisms and plumbing of the machine, these procedures can be done with the push of a button. While your coffee machine handles the cleaning, your staff can handle customers, service, and other essential tasks.

The finest product

We’ve got all the best barista coffee machines to produce quality coffee. It doesn’t matter what size or flavour your customers need – the right machine can deliver a premium product. From customers who ask for single-shot espressos to those who order generous 16oz cups, you can keep everyone satisfied.
For your coffee connoisseurs, you even have the capacity to pre-infuse. This can give your bean blend the ultimate flavour, enriching the taste for your customers.
Offering the highest standards of consistency, cleaning, and flavour, our cafe coffee machines are all you’ll need.

How to Clean a Coffee Machine

Cleaning commercial coffee machine

There’s more to making tasty coffee than grinding beans and frothing milk – when it comes to commercial coffee machines, good hygiene is key to producing excellent results. Not sure how to clean your professional commercial coffee machine? Our experts have put together the ultimate cleaning guide.

Steps to Clean a Professional Coffee Machine

    1. 1. Use a blind filter to flush out your machine’s internal system. This process involves back-flushing water and cleaning solution through your machine this helps to remove old coffee oils that can build up in the machine . (rinse your machine with water following this step to remove chemical residue).

      2. Use a cloth to wipe down your machine’s steam wands. Unscrew the tip of each wand to remove milk from the inside of the cylinder.

      3. Remove your grinders hopper and wash out to remove the chaff, thoroughly dry the hopper before installing back on the grinder.

      4. Unscrew the group handle, filter basket and shower heads (you may need to use a screwdriver).

      5. Place these parts in a container filled with a mixture of cleaning solution and water. Leave them to soak overnight.

      6. Remove the drip trays, wash them and leave them to dry overnight.


    Back-flushing Your Coffee Machine

    Cleaning your coffee machine by back-flushing it with cleaning solution or tablets is a simple process. The best thing about this technique is that it helps assist in the removal of coffee oil residue on the group heads and internal workings. No matter how much time you spend wiping down your machine’s exterior components, the quality of your product will start to deteriorate if you neglect its internal parts.

    All you’ll need is cleaning solution, water and a blind filter. Designed to seal your coffee machine’s group head, blind filters keep water inside your coffee machine during the back-flushing process. Once you’re done back-flushing your coffee machine, be sure to do a rinse cycle with just water to wash away any residual cleaning solution.

    Even though most commercial coffee machines are suited to back-flushing, the steps involved can vary depending on your make and model. Always check your machine’s instruction manual before cleaning your coffee machine.


    Dismantling Your Coffee Machine

    Taking your commercial coffee machine apart might sound like a hassle, but it’s essential to getting the best cleaning results. To disinfect your coffee machine properly, be sure to remove the following components so they can be soaked and cleaned.

    • Bean hopper (this is the container where coffee beans are stored before being fed into the machine)
    • Internal chamber
    • Filter baskets
    • Group handle
    • Groups head (also known as the brew head)
    • Shower screen (also known as the group screen)
    • Drip trays.

    Different models come with various parts, but the items listed above are included with most commercial coffee machines. You may need a screwdriver to remove some of the components, but detaching them shouldn’t be too difficult. Make sure you take note of where everything goes so you don’t get confused when putting your coffee machine back together.

    Wiping commercial coffee machine steam wand


    Sterilising Your Steam Wands

    Removing scorched milk from your coffee machine’s steam wands is one of trickiest aspects involved with the cleaning process. Wiping down the outside of a steam wand might make it look clean, but there could still be milk stuck on the inside of the cylinder.

    Failing to clean this part of your coffee machine properly can prevent the flow of steam and clog up the steaming system. In addition to minimising your machine’s efficiency, clogged steam wands give coffee a weird flavour.

    To ensure your coffee doesn’t take like sour milk, here’s how to clean your steam wands:

    1. Wipe down the outside of you steam wand with a cloth (do not scrap with anything sharp, stainless steel will scratch!)

  • 2. Unscrew the tip of the wand, make sure the end of the wand is free and clear (small pipe cleaners are available to clear the holes)

    3. Replace end of wand, purge wand to ensure all blockages have been removed.

    This process should leave your coffee machine’s steam wands clean as a whistle.

    Please refer to your equipment user manual for further instruction.


    Coffee Machine Cleaning Products by Essential Coffee

    Keeping your coffee machine spotless is easy with the right equipment. Browse Essential Coffee’s range of cleaning products to take the hassle out of cleaning your coffee machine. From lubricants to sanitisers, we’ve got every kind of cleaning product you’ll need to keep your coffee product hygienic and delicious.

    For more cleaning tips, get in touch with Essential Coffee today. If you’re not confident cleaning your coffee machine without assistance, you can book a service with one of our expert technicians.

    At Aspley Leagues Club we love our footy and we love our coffee . . . .

    Espresso Essential Coffee (who brought you I Luv Coffee, Essential Coffee, and I Luv Slush)  and sell commercial coffee machines are proud supporters of the Aspley Devils, and are offering the following fundraising support.

     Essential Coffee will provide a $500 discount to any club supporter who purchases an Essential Coffee commercial coffee or slush machine priced at more than $4,000 (plus GST), plus donate $500 to the Aspley Devils for that purchase.

    To take advantage of this offer please email or call 1300 324 111

    QUOTE – ASPLEY 2018!

    The following Terms and Conditions apply: This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer and is only available for purchases paid for prior to 30 June 2018.”

    Burleigh Bears Machine Offer

    Essential Coffee proudly supports the Burleigh Bears Rugby League Football Club and junior rugby league. We also proudly lead the market in the supply of exclusive premium quality hand-made European-sourced coffee and slush machines, premium specialty coffees, and service through well-known brands such as Essential Coffee, Espresso Essential Coffee, I Luv Coffee and I Luv Slush.

    “Essential Coffee will provide a $500 discount and donate $500 to your junior league club if you purchase an Essential Coffee commercial coffee commercial coffee machines or slush machine priced at more than $4,000 (plus GST). To access this offer please email us at in Australia or at in New Zealand. You must quote “Burleigh Bears 2018! in your email.”

    Terms and Conditions apply: The offer only applies for commercial coffee or slush machine purchases exceeding $4,000 (plus GST). This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer.  This offer is only available for purchases paid for prior to 31 May 2018.

    Essential Coffee Supports the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

    Essential Coffee supports St Vincents CEO Sleepout

    Both our CEO Todd Hiscock and Director of Finance James McWilliam, together with Essential Coffee, have partaken in the CEO Sleepout over the years. Once again, Essential Coffee is proud to be associated with Vinnies CEO Sleepout Fundraiser Event and will help raise funds for our homeless. Behind every dollar is the potential to not only provide crucial assistance to people experiencing homelessness but to make inroads to addressing the very causes of homelessness with the aim of breaking the cycle permanently for as many people as possible