Doing some research on the La Spaziale S9 to see if it's the right espresso machine for your business? We're sharing crucial information in this review to guide you.
You're going to learn about...
- How the La Spaziale S9's key features work for your business.
- The different configurations the S9 comes in and advice on which one to pick.
- Some background information on the brand and its history.
- How the S9 compares to similar models.
- What types of operations our customers choose this machine for.
Let's dive right in...
Key Features And What They Mean
With volumetric dosing, baristas can simply program the water volume for the espresso into the machine and each espresso shot will be dosed accordingly.
This is a tool you can give your baristas to replicate perfectly measured espresso for every customer. What this means for your customers is dependability. They'll know that no matter which barista is on the espresso bar, they can expect a high-quality coffee.
An added bonus is that since volumetric dosing streamlines espresso production, your baristas will have more time to work on multiple drink orders—something most baristas take pride in being able to do—and engage with customers to build rapport that keeps them coming back.
At Majesty coffee, we're fans of efficiency and practicality in our espresso equipment. For that reason, we recommend plumbed-in espresso machines like the La Spaziale S9.
This machine hooks up to a water line so that there's no stopping in the middle of a line of customer orders to refill the water reservoir.
Plumbed machines also let you connect a water filter or softener so that espresso flavor is always optimal and your machine doesn't break from scale buildup.
Built-in Rotary Pump
Rotary pumps are quiet and efficient. They quickly and consistently build nine bars of pressure for proper espresso extraction, facilitating speedier drink making and better tasting espresso.
Making sure your product is consistent in quality will build trust among your customer base and promote word-of-mouth advertising that could be the boon your business needs to flourish.
Stainless Steel Hot Water Spigot
If you own a commercial business, you'll probably want a hot water spigot on your espresso machine. Think of all the tea and Americano orders that won't require time-consuming trips to a hot water tank on the other side of your baristas' work space.
The more tools your baristas have quick access to, the more efficient they'll be. Plus, as the spigot is stainless steel, it'll remain rust-free.
Stainless Steel Arms
You can also count on rust-free steam arms with the La Spaziale S9 models, but an equally significant advantage to this feature is durability.
Plastic materials are typically cheap for manufacturers, but they break down more easily. With stainless steel, you can expect longevity and robustness day after day, month after month and year after year.
This is one of those sensible features that people don't necessarily consider at first but later find indispensable for great customer service.
Serving a hot drink in a cold cup will instantly make it tepid, and heating ceramic cups with hot water takes time. Instead of serving your customers lukewarm stay-in drinks or taking up precious time to heat cups individually, you can simply store them on the S9's cup warmer and have them ready to go.
It's often the little things that take your product from the "good" category to an outstanding experience in your customers' eyes. Attention to detail will be noticed and rewarded with customer loyalty.
La Spaziale S9 Compact 2 Group Volumetric
The Compact configuration is the space saver, which is absolutely essential for many businesses that lack room for a typically proportioned machine.
At 23 inches wide, it's one of most space-efficient machines you can buy. And as it weighs a mere 100 pounds, it's also a little easier to move for cleaning and rearranging.
The La Spaziale S9 Compact 2 Group Volumetric may be smaller, but it skimps on nothing. Your baristas will still be able to make multiple drinks simultaneously with its two groups and two stainless steel steam arms.
La Spaziale S9 2 Group Volumetric
This is the standard size S9 2 Group Volumetric. As it's wider than the compact version, it provides a larger cup warmer area so you can fit more ceramic ware for storage and heating.
This can be advantageous for businesses with the room for it. It generally depends on your storage requirements.
La Spaziale S9 Tall Cup 2 Group Volumetric
What makes the S9 Tall Cup unique is that you can fit large cups under the group heads. Your baristas can pull shots directly into tall paper cups for to-go orders, saving the extra steps of brewing into shot glasses and transferring the espresso into paper.
Tall Americanos and beverages with espresso floated on top will often be more visually appealing with this direct brewing method as the crema will remain undisturbed.
Nuova Simonelli Appia II Compact
Mechanically speaking, Nuova Simonelli's Appia II machines are quite similar to La Spaziale's S9 models.
The Appia II Compact is another high-quality volumetric machine that will fit into cramped spaces. You can also buy it for the same price on Majesty Coffee.
One big difference is that the Appia II Compact comes with raised group heads to fit tall cups while the La Spaziale S9 Compact has standard height group heads.
Nuova Simonelli Appia II Volumetric
Because the Appia II Volumetric has raised group heads, it can be a great alternative to the La Spaziale S9 Tall Cup or Volumetric. We also offer these machines at equivalent prices.
About the Brand
Founded in 1969, La Spaziale was developed by espresso machine experts who wanted to bring innovation and advanced technology to the field. Today, La Spaziale's goal remains centered on creating highly functional yet simple and user-friendly espresso equipment.
The company is well-respected in the industry and designs a number of direct-connect and pour-over machine lines, including the S2, the S1 Dream and the Vivaldi II.
Ideal Machine Applications
Our La Spaziale machines are made to fit the needs of diverse businesses. For small coffee shops and cafes as well as restaurants that don't expect to fulfill a large number of espresso orders, we recommend the S9 Compact 2 Group Volumetric.
The S9 2 Group Volumetric is a versatile machine that will work well for small or medium-sized cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and businesses that aren't focused on coffee as the main product.
If your business is a small or medium-sized coffee shop or coffee-centric establishment, you may want to consider the S9 Tall Cup 2 Group Volumetric as it's an easier accommodation for varying cup sizes.
What Customers Say
We tend to receive quite positive feedback about our La Spaziale products. We hear that they're hardy machines that rarely have any service issues.
Our customers find them to be hard-working and hassle-free, requiring minimal maintenance while keeping up with a demanding pace.
When we price our machines, we do so according to budget and functionality to suit a variety of business budgets. Ultimately, this allows us to offer our La Spaziale machines at a 20 percent discount.
Our pricing system brings the cost of the S9 Compact from the 7,000 dollar range to the $5,000 dollar range, the S9 Volumetric from close to 9,000 to the low 7,000 dollar range and the S9 Tall Cup from about 10,000 to 8,000 dollars.
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