Hey there coffee addicts! Welcome to my new review about another espresso machine that I believe is a powerful stainless steel beast that turns your favorite blend into a life-saving, delicious and strong espresso.
Before we start, I want to point out that Expobar Office Control Espresso Machine belongs to the group of espresso machines that cost higher than 1000 dollars, aka what most people would consider commercial espresso machines.
Expobar Office Control Espresso Machine is a fully automatic espresso machine that comes with four programmable buttons that will help you get any amount of water through your coffee; all you have to do is push the button. Expobar was made with a commercial style boiler (made of copper) and just like any other bigger machine has controls, Expobar too has them too. While testing it, I discovered that this machine can simultaneously brew and steam, and it still lets the extensive flexibility. This machine has both a steam wand and hot water dispensing wand that are placed on ball joints – I find it amazing that these wands can be swing in any direction. It isn’t extremely large and it won’t take a lot of space in your kitchen. The sizes are – height 15.5”, width - 9.5” and depth - 16.5” deep.
Besides the machine you will too get a few extra parts such as the chrome plated brass portafilter, a 7 gram coffee scoop, a tamper, a single shot filter basket and a double shot filter basket.
Expobar Office Control Espresso Machine is made of a chrome-plated brass which gives the machine excellent heat stability and we all know how important that is for brewing a top quality espresso. The Expobar brew group has a thermal siphon that has a constant circulating water through in order to keep it hot all the time. You don’t necessarily have to run a blank shot to preheat it.
The machine’s copper made boiler has a capacity of 1.8 liters and it has an internal heat exchanger that prevents the water that we use for brewing to coming in contact with the water that is stored in the boiler for steaming or hot water dispensing. That’s why, I said it can brew and steam at the same time.
This machine has a 3-way solenoid valve. This has two functions; it dries out the coffee to prevent dripping and makes it easy to knock the coffee out of the portafilter with one knock. The water goes straight into the drip tray.
Expobar’s programmable controls are quite easy for managing. There are four buttons that will measure the amount of coffee going into your cup. It shuts off by itself. While the espresso is brewed, you can make the froth, so pretty much it saves the time in half. This machine also has a main power switch and ready light that informs you when the machine has achieved the proper pressure for operation.
The Expobar Office Control has a 5-button touch pad that activates the pump and programms your favorite drinks. Four of the buttons are devoted to program for automatically dispensing the desired volume of water.
Also, don’t forget to preheat cups for your espresso, that’s the way it is served. There are some machines that don’t have and automatically aren’t well equipped in my opinion. The cup warmer on the Expobar can hold up to 14 espresso cups. We talk about a passive type heater; the warmth comes from the residual heat of the boiler.
The hot water dispenser is excellent for preheating cups or supplying hot water for tea. There is a knob on the right side that controls the flow of water through the hot water dispensing wand. As in other commercial machines the wand is placed on a ball joint and can be moved in any direction.
The steam wand is long and located high enough off the counter; it can easily fit any frothing pitcher without having to tip it. Just as the rest of the wands it is placed on a ball joint that can moved in any direction.
Espobar has a 2.75-liter reservoir that you can remove it for cleaning or if you wish to fill it directly in the sink. When the water level in the boiler gets low the electronic controls sense this and turn the pump on to automatically fill the boiler. If the reservoir runs out of water a CPU board turns off the heating element to prevent overheating. There is a manual reset high temperature switch; you can see it on top of the boiler as a secondary safety switch.
This machine is closest to any of those bar espresso machines you see every day in your local coffee shop. It may be way smaller than those big and professional and costs less, but it has all that you need for preparing your favorite coffee drink. A lot of people ask me whether buying a more expensive espresso machine is a smart investment and I absolutely say that it is. Expobar has a one year warranty, but it hasn’t failed so far. This is a great machine for homes or offices where more people want good coffee in the morning. It saves time, nerves and for sure will provide you with a good coffee. It’s a YES from me!