Espresso Machines: Expobar
Expobar has accomplished something no other espresso machine company has to date. They are the first espresso machine manufacturer to bring a true commercial styled heat exchanger espresso machine into the home for under $1,000. Expobar uses their 20+ years of commercial espresso machine experience to fill the large price gap between home and semi-commercial espresso machines.
They accomplish this without sacrificing quality or styling. Expobar has given us the solution to customers that want a commercial espresso machine for home without breaking the bank.
Crem, a company located in Gandia, Valencia, has been dedicated to the production of “Expobar” coffee machines for more than 20 years. Betting on innovation, research and with business ambition has come to produce reliable espresso equipment with the latest technological advances to become currently a brand of international prestige in the world of professional coffee makers
There has always been an empty spot in the market place. You could spend a little under $600.00 and get a great high-end home machine, like the Gaggia Classic or the Rancilio Silvia. Or, you could spend a little over $1000.00 and get a semi commercial machine like an ECM, WEGA or Pasquini. We now have a machine that sells for under $750.00 that is proving to be the missing link. It is called the Expobar and is made in Spain. It is a commercial style machine, like its more expensive brothers, but sells for a lot less.
Expobar Espresso Machines Review of the Brand
Before we get into the nuts and bolts on the Expobar, lets go over the differences between a high-end home machine and semi commercial machines. A high-end home machine has one boiler that operates at two temperatures, brew temperature and steam temperature.
When you are done brewing your espresso and want to steam milk you have wait for the boiler to heat up to steam temperature. This will take anywhere from 20 seconds to one minute or more. When you are done steaming and want to brew another espresso, the boiler needs to be primed with water to cool it back down to brew temperature; this process takes about 30 seconds and a couple ounces of water.
The semi commercial machines have a heat exchanger inside the boiler that will allow you to brew and steam at the same time, they even have a separate hot water dispenser. Operation is as easy as filling the reservoir with water and turning the main power switch on. The pump will turn on to fill the boiler with water. In about ten to fifteen minutes you can start brewing or steaming with no thoughts of priming.
During our in house test review the Expobar has proven itself to be a winner. The espressos we are making are second to none.
Three parts necessary to getting a great espresso extraction (assuming the coffee and grind are good) are temperature, pressure and delivery. The brew pressure is right on at 8 to 9 bar.
The temperature of the brew is one of the best I have seen, the size of the heat exchanger and group head are matched so well that the temperature of the water hitting the coffee is consistent and proper.
The water is delivered through a full sized commercial brew group, so maximum surface area of coffee is exposed to the water. The group head is similar to the famed E61, with a thermal siphon that keeps water circulating through the brew group even when the machine is sitting idle. This keeps it hot all the time and does not require any blank shots for preheating.
The height and length of the steam wand gives plenty of room for any size pitcher. The steam wand on the Office machines are mounted on a ball joint so they can swing in any direction. It has plenty of steam power to create any style of frothed or steamed milk that you want. The Expobar is also manufactured with a copper boiler, a three-way solenoid valve, and an electronic boiler refill control.
These machines are perfect for everyday home use and if you ever want to entertain you can blast off a five or six lattes ten times faster than any home machine. It’s also great for the office, yacht club, golf club, deli or even grandma’s bridge club.
The Expobar early and more popular three models are, the Office Pulser, the Office Control and the amazing Athenea. The Office Pulser and Office control only differ in their controls, the Pulser is a semi automatic and the Control is an automatic that has four programmable coffee volumes.
Both have a highly polished stainless steel exterior. As you can see the Athenea is a one of a kind. The internals and operation are the same as the Office Control; with the exterior truly being a work of art. Athenea’s body is made of embossed copper and bronze that is beautifully finished with lacquer.
The eagle on top is removable or can be faced in any direction. It must be connected to a water line or you can drop the water intake line into a water jug.
History & Time Line Of The Expobar Espresso Machines
- 1960s – Rafael Olaso Peiró, began his work in this field in the, importing products from Italy for the nascent Spanish hospitality industry.
- 1985 He began the project to build an espresso machine for the catering market in Spain
- 1988 He launched his 1st espresso machine and shortly thereafter began exporting to Europe.
- 1990s Sales allowed the expansion of the factory, and continued growth of the company always willing to improve its models and offer different products with positive results.
- 2001 Expobar new model “Megacrem” placed the company among the producers of high-end espresso machine.
- 2003 The annual sales volume surpasses 12,000 units
- 2005 they decided to conquer the attractive American market and shortly after they seek to expand in the Asian market.
- 2006 At this point they begin to form alliances with the company Coffee Queen, maker of Swedish coffee makers.
- 2008 Crem merges with Coffee Queen to become what it is today, Crem International.
- 2009 it launches Diamant, an exclusive coffee machine fully equipped with high technology features. Its design and genuine quality together with a complete equipment has everything necessary to attract the attention of the clients and to provide the technical solutions to the barista. Separate tanks for each infusion set, digital readout of preparation time, PID temperature control, digital pre-infusion sequence control, and steam sensing rods with temperature sensor are some of the characteristics of this Coffee maker that conquers the world.
That is the Expobar in a nutshell. If you would like to get more info, check out the Expobar reviews,