The machines we use for our Barista Courses is the Breville Double Boiler Espresso machine. We have two of these. Many of our courses are one-on-one, but can accommodate up to four students in one course.
This is a top of the line single-group espresso machine. Being a single-group this would not be considered a commercial espresso machines. However, we have put quite some thinking into this.
The main advantage of a commercial espresso machine over this one would be that you can make coffee faster, using the two groups.
But we will not be focused on speed. We will focus on quality and making the best possible coffee.
This Breville machine also has user adjustable water or boiler temperature. Most commercial machines need a technician to adjust this. Adjusting the boiler temperature really allows you to tweak the espresso shots to the optimum.
This Breville machine does have a pressure gauge and temperature gauge. It can be used in an automatic mode, or the manual mode.
Considering all this, the Breville Double Boiler is ideal for Barista or Coffee courses – it is small and therefore portable, we can offer courses on site, not only at our premises. On the other hand this machine has everything you find on a commercial machine.