Coffee for Fully Automatic Espresso Machines

Coffee for Fully Automatic Machines: What Does That Mean?

Coffee beans for fully automatic machines are no easier on the stomach than a typical espresso. There’s no super secret blend or unusual roast profile.

Good coffee for fully automatic machines takes into account the specific parameters of automatic preparation. In order to make the best espresso or latte macchiato at the push of a button, these coffee makers require specific coffee varieties and countries of origin.

What’s more, success depends on experienced roasters with a knowledge of fully automatic machines and an idea of what you like. Our roasting team in Brooklyn has this in spades.

Together with the roasting team, we have developed a blend that meets our high standards when prepared in fully automatic machines.

DeLonghi, Jura, Gaggia: Do Coffee Beans for Fully Automatic Machines Work in Every Machine?

Perfecting our coffee beans involved countless tests with fully automatic coffee machines from all manufacturers. While the preparation principle is always the same, the setting options differ. In general:

  1. The more a fully automatic machine can do, the more you can influence cup results
  2. More adjustment options make a fully automatic machine fit for a wider range of roast profiles
  3. The brand is irrelevant – even if Jura manages to bring out the very best from my coffee beans

Our coffee beans for fully automatic machines are crafted to “ignore” the differences between classes, brands and functions. The roast profile is versatile and broad, enabling entry-level machines to produce sweet, chocolatey espresso. It tastes great on its own or as the base for a cappuccino or latte. Plus, it’s easy on your stomach.

Barista Tips for Using a Fully Automatic Machine

  1. Get to know your fully automatic coffee machine. Even if you’ve had it for a long time, with finely tuned settings and a few new beans an older machine can still surprise you. And if you need a refresher, get out the operating instructions and start again!
  2. Buy adjustment beans. To adjust the grind settings, volume, temperature and everything else, you need a lot of beans. Better get a pack of organic coffee from the supermarket than waste your high-quality blend. Carefully store these “adjustment” beans and keep ’em handy – even when they’re old they can still be useful to you.
  3. Start with the Coffeeness basic settings. Finest grind setting possible, espresso volume at 1.4 ounces (40 milliliters), coffee at 4 ounces (120 milliliters), coffee strength rather high, temperature high. With these settings, we did well in 90 percent of all fully automatic machine tests.
  4. Get to the best. Change only one setting at a time (grind size, volume, coffee strength or temperature) and check the result. Always make the smallest possible adjustment. Even if it takes time, the effort is worthwhile.

Setting up a Fully Automatic Machine: Common Problems and Solutions

  • No coffee comes out of the outlet: coarser grind setting
  • The coffee is watery: finer grind setting / reduce volume / increase strength setting
  • The coffee tastes bitter: decrease strength setting / increase volume / clean the machine
  • The coffee tastes sour: finer grind setting / descale the machine

Taste, Price, Blend: What Makes Good Coffee?

The most important basic principles are: freshness, quality and transparency. When beans are really freshly roasted, really transparent and really high quality, you can see, smell, feel and taste it.

A coffee bean, whether a supermarket product or high-quality craft product, can be evaluated using five factors. These all influence the final taste and suitability for a specific preparation method:

  1. Coffee species (Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, Excelsa)
  2. Coffee variety (e.g. Catuai)
  3. Country of origin
  4. Processing
  5. Roast profile

Coffee Species

In terms of coffee plant pedigree, Robusta (Coffea canephora) is a main branch that’s equal to Arabica. Still, we use 100% Arabica in our Coffeeness blends. That’s because fully automatic machines can’t handle the more vigorous tones of Robusta beans as well as a manual or semi-automatic espresso machine.

Coffee Variety

Arabica beans boast numerous hybrids and mutations (varieties). Each variety has a notably different flavor profile, which is worked out better or worse depending on how it’s roasted and prepared.

Here, too, there are varieties that are particularly suited to the fully automatic machine. For example, the “sweet bomb” Catuai brings a lot of body and balanced flavor into a fully automatic coffee.

Country of Origin

Famous for their sweetness and chocolate power, coffee beans from Brazil are therefore very popular for espresso or cappuccino from fully automatic coffee machines. However, you can easily achieve a successful espresso at the push of a button using spicy Guatemala beans or fruity East African coffee.

Processing

In many cases you can expect a specific processing method, depending on the country of origin. Put simply, processing is what happens to coffee beans after harvest to turn them into green coffee ready for shipping. The two extremes of coffee processing are fully washed and natural. Of course, there are points in between such as pulped natural and honey process.

Natural process coffees are known for their intense sweetness, while washed coffees produce a very refined, complex cup profile. Using washed coffee beans in fully automatic machines is often a risk, but natural beans practically always work well.

Degree of Roasting

Roasting is not only about extremes of light and dark. Rather, there are many different shades. There are at least five possible profiles for espresso alone – with only one of them known as “espresso.”

Our roast profiles for the fully automatic coffee machine are oriented toward espresso, but aren’t as dark as we are used to from supermarket beans.

If you have any questions about our coffee beans for fully automatic machines or special preparation tips, you are of course welcome to contact us. Just get in touch!

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