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The La Marzocco GB/5 combines sleek design with functionality—perfect for small and medium sized cafes and restaurants looking to serve quality-brewed, delicious-tasting espresso. The double boiler system lets you brew and steam simultaneously, meaning faster service for customers and more productive time for employees. This semi-automatic machine has many other advantages, including a stainless steel cup warmer, digital PID controls, and saturated brew groups for temperature stability. Voted the Official Espresso Machine of the World Barista Championships for 2006-2008, it’s one of the top machines for professional baristas around the globe.
To operate this La Marzocco espresso machine, employees will simply need to press buttons or turn a knob, which requires limited training. However, learning the nuances of proper brewing, steaming, and frothing will necessitate more in depth training and practice regimens. Users can be directed to the following articles for detailed descriptions of the brewing and frothing processes, but hands-on training is a must for the best results.
During the morning rush, steamed and frothed milk is always in high demand. The La Marzocco GB/5’s stainless steel steam wands are ball joint-mounted, allowing them to move in any direction for easy access with large frothing pitchers and cups. For less experienced baristas or those just looking for the ease of letting the machine do it all, the wands can be replaced with an auto-frother.
The La Marzocco’s Proportional Integrated Derivative (PID) temperature control provides consistent temperature between shots. This techology senses temperature fluxuation in the boiler, and pulses the heating element to maintain the set temperature within ½oC at all times. You can change the temperature with the easy-to-use digital display, meaning those of all experience levels can customize brewing temperatures to get the best flavor from their coffee.
Though the GB/5 semi-automatic features manual brewing, steaming and hot water functions, it features several advanced programming options to customize your extraction. A built-in adjustable thermostat allows you to select your preferred temperature setting for both brewing and steaming, and the GB/5 can also be switched from “Barista Level” programming to “Factory Level” programming to provide more technical settings for users. The Factory level offers a range of choices for technicians and advanced users, such as password protection, user name input, pre-infusion adjustments, a water filtration alarm, steam boiler pressure regulation and more.
The GB/5’s excellent temperature stability can be attributed to its saturated brew groups that are welded directly to the boiler. Hot water is circulated through each brew group’s stainless steel components, ensuring that your espresso is brewed at whatever temperature you have chosen for ideal taste and crema.
A broken espresso machine in a busy café means lost revenue and unhappy customers. The La Marzocco lets you avoid these situations with back up devices that allow you to keep on brewing—even while a technician is testing or servicing many of the machine’s primary functions.
You’ll never have to brew into cold cups because the GB/5 has an extra-large stainless steel cup warmer. That means you’ll always have heated cups on hand and your carefully maintained boiler temperature will never go to waste.
Accommodating any environment, the GB/5 is available in a 200v (1 or 3 phase), 220v (1 or 3 phase), or 380v (3 phase) model. You can also choose between standard wattage (3600) and high wattage (4600) elements.
There are some extra parts that you may want to have on hand, as they do need to be replaced from time to time. These would include filter baskets, shower screens, and group gaskets.
This La Marzocco espresso machine will require a professional installation, which we can arrange for you at the time of purchase. Prior to installation, you will need to submit the following electrical and plumbing requirements (both found in the Installation Guidelines Diagram) to a general contractor, electrician, or plumber as well as your code enforcement officer to ensure the compliance of your facility with the needs of this espresso coffee maker. You may also want to go over this information with your electrician or contractor prior to purchase, as you will need to select your voltage and wattage preferences at the time of purchase.
If you would like to know a little about the many types of espresso machines we sell, this would be a good video to get you started. This video covers the machines we sell and based on your lifestyle, what you like to drink, and ease of use. It will give you an overview of different espresso machines and help you determine which one best suits to your needs.
I would watch the video and focus on a particular kind of machine—prosumer, semi-automatic, and super-automatic to decide which kind is ideal for you. Then, you can go and look at individual models to get a better idea of exactly what you want. Of course, if you narrow it down to a few espresso machines and are still undecided, give us a call and we would be glad to help!