La Marzocco was founded in 1927 in Florence, Italy. In 1939, it was La Marzocco that developed and patented the first coffee machine with a horizontal boiler, now an industry standard. Today, La Marzocco remains an artisan company, while offering important advancements in equipment technology to its customers and in the industry.
About the La Marzocco GB5 Commercial Espresso Machine
Equipped with a CPU board and designed for superior temperature control, the gb5 combines gracious lines and harmonious curves with powerful technological advancements, in line with classic La Marzocco design and spirit. The machine is an understated companion to any coffee bar.
Its unmatched temperature stability provide steady brew water and steam even at the peak of the morning rush. The gb5 has redefined the standard for temperature stability in modern espresso equipment in light of “PID” technology.
The PID Controller employs an algorithm to regulate when and for how long the heating element is engaged in the brew boiler. The PID controller allows more efficient and stable regulation of energy. With this level of control, temperature variability is reduced dramatically, making for a more consistent brew temperature. The barista is able to adjust the brew boiler temperature to a precise numerical value using a simple keypad without having to remove machine panels.
Model S vs Model X
The main differentiator between the Model S and Model X is the boiler system. The Model X has independent boilers for each group head and a boiler for the steam wands, whereas the Model S has one boiler for the group heads and one for the steam wands.
La Marzocco GB5 AV vs. EE vs ABR
The La Marzocco GB5 comes in three models - the AV (Automatic Volumetric) the EE (semi-automatic) and the ABR (Auto Brew Ratio). The AV offers software-driven, highly accurate volumetric brewing, for consistency in high volume environments. The EE operates via a manual push button - your barista starts and stops the shot when they choose. The ABR uses precision based scales that are built in beneath each group head. This allows the barista to brew with more precision either choosing to brew with Mass or with Ratio.
Auto Brew Ratio has two modes: Mass Mode and Ratio Mode
In Mass Mode, the barista programs the desired finished beverage mass. The barista activates the brew group by selecting one of the programmed beverage mass buttons. When the desired beverage mass has been reached, the machine automatically stops the brewing process.
Mass mode is best applied in café settings where the barista weighs the ground coffee in the portafilter for every shot, and has a specific target weight for the finished beverage.
Using ratio mode, the barista programs the preferred brew ratio into the machine. When preparing to brew, the barista places the loaded portafilter on the drip tray scale, allowing the espresso machine to weigh the ground coffee. The barista may then engage the portafilter and activate the brewing cycle by selecting one of the programmed brew ratio buttons. The Ratio Mode will automatically stop the shot when the correct brew ratio is achieved.
Ratio mode is best applied in coffee bars that do not weigh every ground coffee dose, or those cafes that would like to eliminate the step of weighing and correcting the coffee dose to a tenth of a gram. Auto Brew Ratio allows the barista to eliminate the step of weighing and correcting the coffee dose, while still consistently achieving the same brew ratio.
La Marzocco GB5 Espresso Machine features
- Comes in automatic (AV), semi-automatic (EE) and auto brew ratio (ABR) versions
- Saturated brewing groups
- Separate insulated brewing and steaming boilers
- Dual PID brewing and steaming temperature controllers
- Hot water economiser (set water spout temperature)
- 2.5cm extra cup clearance for tall cups
- Automatic back flush programme
- Digital display for temperature, shot timers
- Intuitive programming interface simplifies the adjustment of machine parameters
- Comes with stainless steel portafilters and precision baskets
Options and customisations
- High legs: R4,899
- Pro touch steam wands: R18,499
- Water sensor: R11,299
Special order customisations (extended lead time applies)
- Custom colour: R32,599
- Galvanic Colour Treatment (Gold/Brass): R48,499
- Electric Cup Warmer: R11,599
Rent from R220 per day
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