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How to Program the Buttons on Your Coffee Machine

In this video we are looking at the buttons on commercial coffee machines and how you can program them depending on your machine and the type of coffee you're serving. Each machine is generally different and some have more buttons than others and some are programmed to operate differently. So how does that all work and how should you set them up?

Well the first thing is to look into the capabilities of your coffee machine and understand exactly how it works. Then you should consider the types of coffee you are serving. Are you just serving a blend or do you also offer single origins and decaf?

Luke takes a look at a couple of the machines we have at our roastery including a La Marzocco Linea Classic and a Sanremo Zoe which have their own unique sets of buttons and talks you through how we set those up.

Hopefully you get something out of this video and it gives you some ideas about how you can set your own coffee machine buttons to suit your cafe. 

 

 

Video Transcript

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Today, I'm going to cover

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what we program the different buttons on coffee machines for

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so that you get an understanding what's happening when we're pushing a button

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and what you can do on different machines because there's a whole range

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of different keypads out there.

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We get asked a lot, which button

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do we press to make a double extraction or a ristretto?

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Now, that is a question

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which is really going to be customized to you in your cafe, the handle that you're

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using, the amount of coffee that you're using and your recipes.

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But I want to outline what we do here at Artisti for our CAFE partners.

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Now, in front of me, we have a PB,

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which is from La Marzocco, and you can see it has three buttons.

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Now, this is a long their newer styling.

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And just to quickly explain what you can do with these buttons.

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Now, you might have a machine that had say

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five buttons and some have six buttons.

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And I'll duck into a room in a sec and I'll show you how we program those ones.

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With these we do our first button as our ristretto.

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As the second button, we do that as our normale.

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We might call that your double shot.

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The swirly button is our three second flush.

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Now, you may think, oh, gee, that's not enough.

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Well, in a PB, you've got two options.

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You can press the button like softly or you can press and hold it.

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So I'll just demonstrate that for you.

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So if I press and hold this once, you can see it's slow flashes.

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If I press and hold it fast. Ahh longer.

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It flashes fast.

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So that gives us another longer length.

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Now what we've done is

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we've set up our longer length

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for these two buttons for our singles

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and our decaf, because our recipe is actually a little bit different.

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We do put 23 grams of coffee in our basket, but we have an end

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yield of 40 grams.

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Now we can only achieve that by having different water levels.

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So quick wrap up.

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Our two front buttons are for our main blends if we press and hold them longer,

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they activate the shorter pours for our singles or our decaf.

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Now come into the training room and I'll show you a couple of other machines.

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All right.

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Right.

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Here we have an old Linea classic from La Marzocco.

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It's actually had the Kronos keypad upgrade.

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Now, this is literally just a two button

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settings.

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We don't have any excuse to press and hold these.

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So this one, we have the program,

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we have a manual flush button that we have to start and stop ourself.

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We set the first one up as our ristretto and our second one up as a normale.

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Now, we can't have that adjustment,

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as I talked about for single origins but we find with this machine,

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this is great for our cafe partners that aren't offering single origins.

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They've got a main blend and they're just pumping those coffees through.

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If you had the original set of keypads in here, which has the five buttons,

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we actually set the first one up as our flush because it's quick and easy

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and we just set it as a manual flush for 2 seconds.

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Then the next button along would be our ristretto.

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Our third button along would be our normale or double shot.

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And our fourth button along would be there for the single origin.

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So that would be a little bit shorter

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than our normale button.

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Now, behind me, we've got a Sanremo Zoe

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which throws a little bit more of an issue into it.

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So we've actually got six buttons here.

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We're going to use this one as our flush.

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This is our ristretto. This is our normale.

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And this one then could be used for our black's, single origins or our decaf.

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And you've got to be careful with these

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because some machines only have pre-infusion on certain buttons.

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These as a standard, I believe only have them on these two buttons here.

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So you'd have to make that change and shift

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the right recipe to the buttons if you want to use pre-infusion.

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Does that save confusion?

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Does that save confusion?

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It makes confusion.

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Pre-infusion.

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Pre-infusion confusion?

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Look, pre-infusion is a whole different thing.

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But again, there are a lot of the machines out there, like Expobars.

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I know they only have pre infusion on certain buttons in their keypads,

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and I don't know why the designers do it.

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I think it should be available on all buttons or none at all,

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because generally your

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roaster or whoever

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is advising you in your extractoins either loves or doesn't like pre-infusion.

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Not just having it on a couple of buttons, that confuses us as well.

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Now, the hot tip about setting up any of these machines is not to set them

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up, by the flow of time, you have to be weighing

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your end liquid extraction to be able to set these buttons up to the exact

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recipe that you're going to use.

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Now, if you don't have a recipe,

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check out our other videos and we'll be able to help you work that process out.

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And then you'll know how much end liquid weight that you're going to achieve

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out of any of these particular buttons to get perfect espresso.

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So thanks very much for watching.

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I hope that's helped you

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get an idea of how we set up our machines here at Artisti for our cafe partners.

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If you've got a question, leave it down below.

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