Expobar Office Control Espresso Machine

$1,199.00
Reg. $1,249.00
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5 out of 5 stars based on 66 customer reviews

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1x Blind Filter Basket - Backflush Disc $8.53
1x Rattleware Stainless Steel Latte Art Pitcher $12.49
Value: $21.02
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The Expobar Office Control commercial espresso machine is truly in a league of its own. It is a fully automatic espresso machine that has four programmable buttons for dispensing any amount of water through your coffee with the push of a button. The commercial style boiler is made of copper and has all the controls that are found on the larger commercial machines. It can simultaneously brew and steam, allowing for extensive flexibility. This machine is sensational for those who love to entertain, or even just for the executive who does not want to visit the drip coffee machine down the hall. It has both a steam wand and hot water dispensing wand that are mounted on ball joints so that they can swing in any direction. Its size makes it convenient for those who don’t want to give up a large amount of counter space. It is 15.5” tall, 9.5” wide and 16.5” deep. The group head is comparable to the renowned E61 group head with pre-infusion and thermal siphon for maximum temperature stability and aroma extraction. The stainless steel housing is as beautiful as it is durable. The accessories include a chrome plated brass portafilter, tamper, single shot filter basket, double shot filter basket and a 7 gram coffee scoop.

Please Note: Regulations for commercial use vary between states. Be aware of your local requirements. Machines carrying an NSF approval are labeled as such.  Please visit our policies page for warranty information.

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Features & Benefits: Coffee

Commercial Size and Style Portafilter Handle

Made of chrome-plated brass for excellent heat stability which is essential for producing top quality espresso.

Commercial Brewing Group

The brew group is the large piece of chrome-plated brass that the portafilter inserts into. The Expobar brew group has a thermal siphon that is constantly circulating water through it to keep it hot at all times. It is never necessary to run a blank shot to preheat it.

Commercial Design Heat Exchanger Boiler System

The all copper boiler has a capacity of 1.8 liters. It has an internal heat exchanger that prevents the water used for brewing from coming in contact with the water stored in the boiler for steaming or hot water dispensing. With its commercial style design you can brew and steam or dispense hot water whenever you want to. This is especially important when entertaining or when used in a commercial application.

3-Way Solenoid Valve

The 3-way solenoid valve is a commercial feature that relieves the water pressure off the coffee when the brew switch is turned off. This serves 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. It deposits this water into the drip tray.

High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light

The easily programmable controls are a breeze for anyone to operate. There are four buttons that, when programmed, will measure the amount of coffee going into your cup and shut off by itself. This allows you to focus in on creating the perfect froth while the machine takes care of the espresso. There is also a main power switch and ready light that lets you know when the machine has achieved the proper pressure for operation.

Programmable Buttons

The Expobar Office Control has a 5-button touch pad for activating the pump and programming your favorite drinks. Four of the buttons are available to program to automatically dispense the desired volume of water.

Cup Warmer

We always preheat cups when brewing espresso. A non-preheated cup will immediately suck the heat out of the espresso thus robbing you of maximum enjoyment. The cup warmer on the Expobar will hold up to 14 espresso cups. It is a passive type heater, which means it is heated from the residual heat of the boiler.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Hot Water Dispenser

A hot water dispenser is excellent for preheating cups or supplying hot water for tea. The knob on the right side controls the flow of water through the hot water dispensing wand. Just like on the large commercial machines the wand is mounted on a ball joint and can pivot in any direction.

Steam Wand

The steam wand is long and is high enough off the counter to easily fit any frothing pitcher without having to tip it. It is mounted on a ball joint that can swing in any direction.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other

Water Reservoir

A 2.75-liter reservoir is easily removable for cleaning or filling at the sink.

Multiple Safety Switches and Controls

If 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 will turn off the heating element to prevent overheating. A manual reset high temperature switch is located on top of the boiler as a secondary safety switch.

Boiler Pressure Control

The boiler temperature/pressure is controlled through a professional grade pressure controller. It senses the pressure in the boiler and turns on the heating element in the boiler as the pressure drops.

Maintenance

Back flush the Expobar at least every few days. For commercial application you should back flush it at the end of every day. It is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. Put a blank filter basket into the portafilter (supplied) and add a tablespoon of cleaner. Install the portafilter into the machine and turn on the pump. The pump will be noisy as it starts and will start to quiet down as the pressure builds. When the pump has quieted down, turn off the brew switch and the cleaner will be blown up into the brew group, through the 3-way solenoid valve and down into the drip pan. Do this until the cleaner that is being directed into the drip pan is just free of coffee colors. Finish the process by rinsing out the brew group.

Housing Construction

The steel frame compliments the highly polished stainless steel housing and cup warmer. The drip grate is stainless steel. The plastic drip pan holds up to 32 ounces of liquid.

Warranty

One year parts & labor warranty

Average Rating : ( 5 out of 5 )

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fredbram asked:

Until a month ago, I was very happy with the consistent running of my Expobar Office Control. I installed a thermosyphon restrictor on it  about 2 years ago. Last month, it started acting up. When I prime it before pulling a shot, there used to be about 6 ounces of water flow during about a 45...

Answer by Todd Salzman:

There could be a few things that cause this.  But most likely there is a leak from the air remover or the OPV when the machine is sitting idle. There are two tubes going into the reservoir. Remove the one that is not the water intake tube for the pump and put it into a dry cup.  Brew a shot and...

We've had our control for 18 months.  The buttons get 'out of control' from time to time, with the lights randomly flashing on and off and even a shot being pulled without our initiating it.  In the past just unplugging it for a few minutes reset it and we were on our way again.  Now the problem...

Answer by Erik:

Please contact tech support at 1-888-411-5282 option 3

plyders asked:

I love my old Expobar Office Control (?circa 2003) but I am afraid it has finally died. I hope to revive it with some parts and care if possible. When turned on, it no longer heats up and the pump does not make it's lovely priming sound. Oh, and the program buttons haven't worked in about a year...

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello Pauline! This is a very good question. As we get questions that revolve around this with other brands also. With the age of this machine, if you were to send it in for repair, I would suggest purchasing new. If your handy with doing things yourself and can diagnose the issue, I would...

Charles asked:

I need a new reservoir cover for my 10 year old office control. Has anyone found one??

Answer by techkathy:

You can replace the water tank with a Rubbermaid/Tupperware cereal container. The water tanks and lids for the old style Office models aren't available anymore.

James asked:

I have had my expobar office for about 4 years. I am having a problem with the steam. It is sending a large amount of water out before it will get the steam going. Approximately a full cup of water. Any ideas?

Answer by Sanfam:

By "A full cup," do you mean one full liquid measure cup (as in, 8oz), or a demitasse? While it is normal for some water to come through during the purge, seeing a significant increase in the amount of water typically suggests that the boiler is either over-filling or running too cool. As the...

Answer by James:

I could use the info on adjusting the pressure stat and cleaning the water probe- thansk

Kari asked:

I'm curious, what's the difference between the Expobar Lever and Control machines?

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

Both of these models offer outstanding durability, and are designed with many of the same high quality brewing components. Upgrades to the Expobar Office Lever include an authentic E61 brew group, a manually operated 3-way solenoid valve, 100% stainless steel body, redesigned knobs, and a...

Jessica asked:

I have filled the tank and let the machine try to fill at least 6 times now and it still is not filling. Both tubes are in the bottom of the tank. What is wrong?

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

If you are not able to get water out of the machine at all, your boiler may be having trouble priming. This is not uncommon - you will simply need to prime the machine manually. Please call us at 888-411-5282 so that we can give you directions on how to do so.

andrew asked:

The thermostat on my Office Control is very temperamental. How easy is to replace or adjust?

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

Adjusting the pressurestat is very easy, and we can provide you with instructions on how to do it if you call us at 888-411-5282. If that doesn’t seem to do the trick, we can send you a replacement along with instructions - another easy process.

John asked:

I have the EXPOBAR Office Control machine. It's about two years old. (It has been a great machine!!!)

Problem is, I can't find my owners manual. I need to re-program the some of the flow buttons. Can you tell me where I can get a replacement manual?

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

We can email you a copy of the directions if you give us a call at 888-411-5282.

Andrew asked:

If the Expobar is not going to be used for a week, should the reservoir be drained or any other maintenance done?

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

If you’ll be away from the machine for a week, I would recommend turning it off and unplugging it for that time. It’s also a pretty good idea to empty the water reservoir beforehand, as you wouldn’t want to use that week-old water when you come back anyway. In addition, when you do return you’ll...

Frank asked:

What water temperature should this machine brew at? I've read that around 199-203 degrees F. is best.

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

Espresso should be brewed in the 200ºF range. Our tests have shown that the Office Control brews consistently at 198ºF, so it’s right on the mark. Please note that this is the temperature of water as it exits the group head and not in cup. Due to being exposed to the air and the heat absorption...

Benjamin asked:

I'd just got my Expobar Office Control. Is that normal that the brew group is very tight? I can't get it turn all the way to 6 o'clock position as your supplement instruction has suggested. I also have a hard time to turn it loose after the coffee brewing.

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

Although a bit of tightness is normal when the machine is new (you will notice that the group loosens a bit over time), you should be able to get it near to the 6 o’clock position without too much difficulty. It sounds like you may be adding too much coffee to the portafilter, which will make it...

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Controls
Type Of Controls: Push button/Touch pad
Programmable Brewing: Yes
Cup Volume Control: Yes
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Steam Control: Yes
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 10x8
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Quantity Included: 1
Weight (lbs): 1
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: Single & Double
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible: Pod Kit Available
Bottomless Portafilter Available: Yes
Tamper Size (Millimeter): 58
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: E61
Preheat: Yes
Three-Way Valve: Electric
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Pod Kit Available
Back Flush Capable: Yes
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: Yes
Rapid Steam: Yes
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Heat Exchanger
Brew Boiler Watts: 1250
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): 1.7 Liter
Brew Boiler Material: Copper
Brew Boiler Orientation: Vertical
Brew Boiler Heater Location: Internal
Brew Boiler Auto Fill: Yes
Insulated: Yes
Steam Boiler Data
Steam Boiler Type: Same as Brew Boiler
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 41
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15 Bar
Brew Pressure Adjustability: Yes
Air Remover: Yes
Self Priming Pump: 8 to 9 Bar
Performance
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 420
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 900
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 63
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 195
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 13
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 0
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 59
Sound Level - Grinding (Db): No
Maintenance
Rechargeable Water Softener: Yes
Back Flush Cleaner Used: Cafiza
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Spain
Recommended Applications: Home / Commercial
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282
Misc Data
Manufacturer: Expobar
Model: Office Control
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 9.5
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.25
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 16.5
Weight (lbs): 36
Watts: 1428
Volts: 120
Housing
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 20
Power Cord Length (Inches): 40
Cup Height
High (Inches): 3.25
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Commercial Style
Wand Movement: Articulating
Usable Length (Inches): 5.75
Height Off Counter (Inches): 6.75
Number Of Holes: 1
No Burn Wand: No
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: Yes
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 93
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes