As our office warehouse is not accessible to the public and hazardous with heavy stock movement. We have set up a separate experimental room in an office building nearby for trials and training.
The experimental room is entirely for information and educational purpose; no sales are made on site. Service and sessions are free.
www.finecoffeecompany.com caters to the SEA region and FNB establishments. All purchases should be made online.
Visits to the experimental room are by appointment only; please submit the form required below. Priority will be given to first-time visitors.
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Most users did not go through any barista course?
We have assembled some of the best useful videos at the Newbie Startup Guide.
Before booking an appointment, check the FAQ below and see if your questions are answered.
Also check this page: Choose the right espresso machine
Question: Why are there so many types of machines?
Each machine will have its advantages and disadvantages. To make it simpler to understand, we categorise them into three main types of group heads.
Bezzera BZ Grouphead – BZ09, BZ10, BZ13 and BZ16
E61 Grouphead – Unica, Magica, Mitica, Galatea Domus, Pulser, Office, EB61 and Brewtus
Bezzera Spring Piston Grouphead – Strega
There are three types of boiler heating system.
Single boiler – BZ09 and Unica
Double boiler – Brewtus
Heat Exchangers – All other models
Question: What’s Single Boiler, Double Boiler and Heat Exchanger?
Single boilers can only froth milk or extract espresso one at the same time. The boiler has to be set at different temperature for each purpose, so making a milk recipe will take a longer time as you wait for the boiler to heat to the right temperature for each task. We will recommend single boilers to people drinking coffee in black only as it’s more tedious and time consuming to make a milk recipe.
Double boilers were designed for amateur baristas in a commercial environment, for better temperature consistency. They can froth milk and extract espresso at the same time. However, the start-up time is much longer, has a higher chance of failure and are expensive to service with more sensors, safety valves, heating elements, and other key components to maintain.
Heat exchangers is a boiler in a boiler design. One boiler with only a set of spares to maintain, able to froth milk and brew coffee at the same time. Very efficient and power saving. Espresso is only brewed from the freshest water coming from the water network or tank. Unlike Single or Double boilers that only draw and brew from stale water residing in the boiler.
Question: Is there much difference between the Bezzera BZ versus E61 grouphead?
The Bezzera BZ is a remaster of the conventional E61 design using heating elements instead of water to heat the grouphead. It heats up faster, is smaller, and is cheaper to service due to its simpler design.
In term of taste, most may not notice any remarkable difference. If any, the BZ should release a wider spectrum of flavours from its inherent heat profile.
The E61 are slightly more forgiving with more headroom for preinfusion.
Question: Which machine produces the best extraction?
We don’t think there are much differences between the E61 and the BZ. Both are capable of producing cafe standard quality. The Bezzera Strega’s spring piston design should be one notch better.
Heat exchanger models have a heat profile to release a wider spectrum of flavours, and brew with only fresh water, thus it remains our recommended type of boiler system.
Question: Which machine is the most durable?
The most durable should be the Spring Pistons, followed by BZ then E61. Many thought that the older E61s are more durable, this is not backed by any evidence. However, the complexity of using more valves and gaskets in the E61 grouphead, should result in leakages sooner and requires more servicing.
Spring pistons are extremely durable, are machines that you can pass to the next generation with lesser servicing. It is possible as there are much lesser components and the pump doesn’t work hard to pull the extraction. Extraction is done by a set of solid springs, which can easily last for decades.
Question: Are the machines hard to use?
As long as the grinder was calibrated properly, it should not be difficult. You can check the newbie guide for more information. We have ample information on our website to guide you.
For the Bezzera Strega, it require some strength for the user to pull down the lever. Thus it is not recommended for small ladies and children.
Question: Which machine is the easiest to clean?
The Strega requires minimal daily cleaning. The cleaning process comparing BZ and E61, is almost the same, backflushing is required. When you purchase an espresso machine from us, we will give you a set of cleaning agent. Follow the videos on how to use them from our website; cleaning isn’t a lengthy process as most will assume, usually done in a minute.
Like any coffee machines, users must use a water softener else scales may form and clog the system, causing expensive damages. It is also important to know that not all water filtration systems soften water.
Question: What should I look out for when choosing the machine?
It is always important to use softened water for espresso machines; else it can cause massive damages over the long run, requiring expensive overhauls. Water from Singapore is not soft.
Always be careful of hot surfaces, steam and water.
If you are using the Bezzera Strega or any lever machines, always keep your head away from the direction of where the lever will bounce back. If there’s no coffee loaded portafilters insert to the machine, there will be no resistance and the lever will bounce back by a large force. Thus the user has to hold the lever and slowly release the lever back to its original position. Be careful not to pull the machine at the wrong angle and have it falling on you.
Question: Can you recommend us a suitable machine?
If it’s for a higher traffic area with more than 30 extractions an hour. We suggest getting the Bezzera Mitica TOP with PID or Bezzera BZ16 with Rotary pump. For the grinder, we will recommend at least a Quamar M80E, with burrs at least 63mm.
If it’s for a small environment or personal use. First decide if you want to have a Bezzera BZ, an E61 or Spring-piston grouphead. Their characters had been explained in earlier questions.
Once you are decided on the genre, you can start to choose the exact model that best fits what you need.
For the grinder, we know nobody likes to spend too much on the grinder.
The Bezzera BB005 will certainly work well enough for any small environment. The Quamar Q50E or M80E are still very popular and can be considered though it’s a small environment, as they have many useful features like 2 to 3 programmable dose, dose counts, visible scales to check the grind level, etc.
We understand that travelling to the experimental centre may be a hassle and not necessary, particularly for our overseas customers.
Clients can request for a LiveChat* with our specialists by asking for a chat at the bottom right of the screen.
You can also refer to our Newbie Starter Guide for basic understanding.
APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM
Estimated nearest timeslots.
Weekdays: 1 to 7 working days away
Priority will be given to first-timers.
Please do not be more than 30 minutes late else appointment will be cancelled.
As timeslots are limited and our coffee specialists can be unavailable for assignments or leave. Please input more options of available date and timing to allow us to easier slot you in.
Requests that indicate only one specific day and one timing may need a much longer waiting time for an available slot.
Please note that no sales are made on site at the experimental room.
No sales are made on site; please make orders online.
Fine Coffee Company Experimental Room
8 Chang Charn Road
(Enter lobby on the left of BMW Alpina showroom, take the lift and go to 2nd floor)
(Strictly by appointment only, please fill and submit the form above)
Monday to Sunday Including Public Holiday
1) 1st hour : $2.00
2) Subsequent 30 Mins: $0.80
3) Grace Period 10 Mins
Please take note that Fine Coffee Company will not be responsible for any vehicles and their contents are left here entirely at owner or driver risk.
Management does not accept responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage to vehicles or contents.