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Super-automatic espresso machines offer a modern take on the tradition of brewing espresso. Common features include digital displays, bypass dosers, programmable buttons, pre-grinding, pre-brewing and temperature control to name a few. Super-Automatic espresso machines can brew more than just espresso. Many of these machines feature automatic milk frothing functions that allow you to craft custom milk drinks like lattes and cappuccinos at the push of a button.

Super-automatic machines are distinguished from other espresso machines by their automation. On this style of espressso machine the grinding, tamping, and brewing processes are all automated. Some super-automatics also automate the milk frothing, or even produce the entire drink at the touch of a button. For a detailed article that describes super-automatic espresso machines and what they can do please click here.

Getting Started On A Super

The most important thing to understand about super-automatic machines is that they do not accept oily, caramelized, or flavored beans. The video below discusses what beans are compatible, and what beans are not:

This video gives a basic run-down of the super-automatic components and their function:

If you are trying to decide between a semi-automatic unit and a super-automatic unit this video helps describe the difference so you know what to expect:

Common Misconceptions

Puck Consistency

Because super-automatics operate slightly differently than a traditional semi-automatic or prosumer unit there are some things to be aware of. The video below provides five useful tips to help you understand your super-automatic machine:

A large misconception is that super-automatic machines should have a dry coffee puck after the machine is finished brewing. While this is true of other styles of espresso machine, this is not true of a super-automatic unit. Super-automatic machines utilize heat and pressure as part of the brewing process, which is key to espresso brewing. The machine achieves this through a device called a brew unit. The brew unit uses a similar but different brewing process to a semi-automatic or prosumer style machine. As a result the pucks will not always come out firm and dry. They may come out muddy or broken. This is perfectly normal; the machine will still produce a good extraction that contains crema and tastes good.

Brew Unit Noises

When super-automatic machines are in operation the brew unit will make a few different noises which are normal. The brew unit will make several loud clicking noises through the duration of the brewing cycle. These loud clicking noises are perfectly normal and will not harm the machine. The brew unit function is monitored by sensors to prevent it from being overloaded, so it cannot break itself apart.

The brew unit can also make squeaking noises during its operation. The squeaking could be from o-rings sealing on the brew unit, or the brew unit parts sliding along the tracks. If you are hearing more squeaking than normal it may be a sign that the brew unit needs to be cleaned and lubricated.

Adjusting Grind

Grind is always the most important factor for espresso brewing. This video discusses a few quick tips on how to properly adjust grind:

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