Mastrena Coffee Machine/Why You Shouldn’t Buy One. 5 Best Alternatives You Can Buy

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Also, popularly known as Starbucks espresso machines, the Mastrena coffee machine isn’t normally available for the residential market. It’s exclusively owned by Starbucks.

Their current existing deal with Thermoplan AG, the manufacturers of Mastrena, gives them exclusive official rights over the machine. Even if you had the budget to own Mastrena, you wouldn’t be able to buy a new one unless you knew someone that could pull some strings for you. 

Some used models are available, but they have a lot of miles on them for the price tag.

Speaking of budget, Mastrena can cost you anywhere between $15000-$17000. Is it worth spending five digits on Mastrena? Mastrena is a commercial espresso machine specifically designed to meet Starbucks’ demands. 

You probably shouldn’t invest in a Mastrena for a barista-home experience, not that you can, but still. There are better home-barista options available in the market. 

Mastrena 2 coffee machines (Thermoplan AG had many prototypes before Mastrena, which Starbucks owned) have been in the market since 1974. Their popularity skyrocketed when Starbucks chose Thermoplan AG as their exclusive partner in 1999. 

Let’s learn a little more about Mastrena, Thermoplan AG, why it is so damn expensive, and what you can experience with one. 

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What is a Mastrena Coffee machine?

Mastrena coffee machines are still a novelty in the market. Since It’s owned and trusted by Starbucks, it speaks volumes about Mastrena and its commercial quality. 

Mastrena is a bean-to-cup, super-automatic espresso machine. If you are unknown to the concept, super-automatic espresso machines will grind, dose, tamp, pre-infuse, brew, adjust the temperature, brewing time, and steam for you automatically. 

There are two main Mastrena espresso models— Mastrena Original (CS2) and Mastrena II. 

They are manufactured by Thermoplan AG. Before Mastrena, Thermoplan produced Verismo which Mastrena replaced in 2008 for better technology, faster service, and a concise body. 

Some features of Mastrena are:

  • Dual/three-bean hoppers in Mastrena II, the capacity of these bean hoppers can reach 3-4 kgs combined. 
  • Triple shots without manual actions. 
  • Fast button system and strength controller
  • It can pull back-to-back shots without ruining the quality. 

Mastrena II was introduced at Starbucks in March 2019 and plans to distribute the machine worldwide (Starbucks worldwide) in 2022.

Mastrena II is exclusive, and thus, we never know its full potential because only a Starbucks barista can tell. It’s still new, and a lot of the designs and components are kept secret to keep other companies from copying them. 

Mastrena originally had a single giant UFO-like bean hopper and multiple buttons to brew a variety of coffee back to back.

Mastrena is an expensive espresso machine. You can find Mastrena original (probably second-hand) at $5000-$6000, but you must look for an official dealer to avoid scams if you wish to buy the machine. 

Mastrena II costs $18000 at Starbucks, and it’s not available to the common person. 

History of Thermoplan AG (The company that makes Mastrena) 

Thermoplan is an espresso company that manufactures super-automatic espresso machines at the shores of Lucerne.

It’s based in a small village called Weggis in Swiss. Weggis has a population of 4000+people only!  

It was founded by Domenic Steiner and Esther and used exclusive swiss products to create Thermoplan AG’s machinery. 

Thermoplan AG’s history runs back to 1974. It started to be recognized as a leader in 1995 and was finally recognized by Starbucks in 1999.

At present date, it’s internationally famous for producing quality commercial espresso machines that are able to brew hundreds of shots a day.

Although Thermoplan AG sticks to the contract made with Starbucks, you can still purchase commercial espresso machines that have been turned down/replaced by Starbucks for a newer Mastrena model. Mind you; these previous models aren’t cheap either. 

Machines invented by Thermoplan AG

Thermoplan AG built Verismo as their first machine with Starbucks. Starbucks used Verismo 801 until 2008. 

Verismo was replaced by a newer, better version of it, now famously known as Mastrena. With similar features and advanced qualities, Mastrena was developed smaller than Verismo. 

After the discontinuation of Verismo, it was introduced to the common market, and many other coffee restaurants started using Thermoplan AG.

Verismo goes by the name black and white CTS2. You probably may not find Black and white CST2 on the official website of Thermoplan AG because it’s been replaced with newer models as well, precisely Black and white 3, black and white 4, black and white four (compact). 

These models have high-end technology, including dual bean hopper, direct milk spouts and espresso spouts, touch screen panel, and multiple beverage selection options. We’ll discuss their features shortly. 

Other designs manufactured by Thermoplan AG are the tiger and black and white series. 

Why are Mastrena high-performance espresso machines so expensive?

Mastrena and other espresso goods produced by Thermoplan AG are all high-performance commercial products build to serve commercial services, including— fast brewing, espresso/coffee shots back to back, giant bean hopper, commercial heat up system, automatic steaming, brewing, and touch screen panel.

Mastrena is a dream machine for everyone who enjoys and explores the variety of espresso shots. The black and white three can produce 240 espresso shots per hour; you can only imagine how much Mastrena will be able to brew on a busy street with a Starbucks. 

Mastrena outperforms even the best residential machines.

For example, the Breville/Sage series of espresso machines are known to be the most efficient home-barista espresso machines.

The Breville high-end super-automatic espresso machine can cost you up to $3000. Mastrena is 100 times more efficient, consistent, and faster than a Breville. 

Disclaimer/ I own a Breville Oracle and know there isn’t a better espresso mac home for your house, so I don’t make these claims lightly.

The comparison is to acknowledge why Mastrena espresso machines are so damn expensive reasonably.

Their price tag differs because Mastrena is a commercial brewing machine that Starbucks owns exclusively, and Breville is a domestic machine built to meet home demands. 

picture of the  mastrena coffee machine used by Starbucks with its popular 6-pound hopper

Expensive features Mastrena offers: 

  • It’s a super-automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. The machine is equipped with technology that allows it to grind fast, brew fast, and steam milk fast for back-to-back customers. Matrena is 28% faster than other commercial devices. 
  • Mastrena has a memory and strength controller that controls the grind, dose, tamp, brew temp, brew volume, etc. 
  • It’s built so that baristas have to perform the bare minimum to brew perfect shots. 
  • It can brew 240+ espresso shots in an hour. 
  • Computerized memory
  • It’s highly programmable. 
  • Extreme internal technology to allow back-to-back shots and temperature stability. 
  • It’s expensive because it’s exclusive and rare. Thermoplan AG only produces Mastrena for Starbucks; you can imagine the market value of their entire purchase. 

Can you even buy a Starbucks espresso machine? 

Yes and no.

The espresso machine that Starbucks uses currently cannot be bought by other coffee producers.

Starbucks doesn’t manufacture espresso machines but exclusively purchases them from Thermoplan AG. Their contract was initiated in 1999, and since then, Thermoplan only manufactures for Starbucks, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. 

Prior to Thermoplan AG, Strabucks used to own La marzocco espresso machines. La Marzocco had a beautiful commercial model with big water reservoirs, dual group head, dual steaming wand, button panel to brew/switches, ultimate cup warmer space at the top, dual boiler, PID control, LCD screen to display action, pressure gauge, etc.

What La Marzocco didn’t have were built-in grinders to make fresh, faster brews. 

Starbucks has owned every machine Thermoplan AG designed since 1999. The minute it produces a new model, the old model is introduced to the open market for you to buy; it’s not a cheap purchase. 

Why did Starbucks move away from La Marzocco?

La Marzocco demanded manual grinding, dosing, and tamping. Not only did manual grinding, dosing, and tamping consumed time, it also demanded barista skills. 

Time can be a significant factor in your profit margins. With Starbucks’ rapid growth, they wanted something faster to meet their customer’s demands. 

Starbucks chose Thermoplan AG’s super-automatic espresso machine to have the automatic function at hand without having to worry about the perfect tamp, grind, or dose.

With Mastrena, the barista simply needs to push switches/buttons, and the machine will do it for them. 

Super-automatic espresso machines also save labor and barista fees because you will need people to push a button instead of hiring experienced baristas. 

You can buy La Marzocco now that Starbucks has disowned them. It’s still a commercial machine built with high end materials.

La Marzocco will cost you anywhere between $7000-$10000. Unless you want to purchase it for your own commercial shop, it’s best to invest money in home-barista machines than commercial ones. 

You can also purchase Thermoplan AG’s previous models that Starbucks doesn’t use anymore for their cafes.

These models will be expensive and will cost you anywhere between $5000-$10,000. You can find second-hand models of these devices that will cost $1000-$2000 but beware of scams. 

It’s not easy to directly purchase Thermoplan AG from the website; you will need to find a dealer in your location for further processing. 

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Should you buy a Mastrena espresso machine for your home?

Bluntly, no!

Mastrena espresso machines are specially designed for commercial use and back-to-back express shots. Up to 250 an hour.

I drink a lot of espressos and I can safely say no household needs a machine built to brew that much coffee.

As tempting and technologically advanced as these machines are, they are not meant for the home-barista experience. 

Also, if you wish to buy a Mastrena, you can’t buy the latest model; you will either have to purchase the Verismo, tiger, black, or white series manufactured by Thermoplan AG.

These models are equally impressive, technologically advanced, and super-automatic. 

Despite the price tag and Mastrena’s commercial purpose, do you still wish to buy a Starbucks espresso machine just for the sake of it?

Starbucks creates great coffee and espresso-based beverages, but Starbucks isn’t the only espresso brewer in the world. Fully functional automation and professional barista skills can beat super-automation at any given point. 

It’s the barista that creates great flavors and not the computerized espresso machine.

Instead of investing $10000-$15000, you can invest in a high-end semi-automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. These machines will polish your skills and will help you create better shots than Starbucks. 

If you find barista-skills too much and brewing manual shots, you can always invest in a home-barista super-automatic espresso machine. It creates excellent quality espresso-based beverages as well. 

Are they for commercial use only?

Yes, Thermoplan AG is specifically designed for commercial use only. There’s a vast difference between commercial machines and home-barista/domestic machines. If you are unaware of the difference, this section will help you. 

Commercial espresso machines are considered machinery rather than appliances. Oppositely, domestic espresso machines are superiorly home appliances built to serve home purposes. 

Commercial espresso machine’s purposes include: 

  • Fast brewing because customers are always in a queue at Starbucks. 
  • Quality: With fast brews, you need consistent quality, constant temperature, pressure stability, computerized memory, and an error-free system. 
  • High-volume: You need bigger water reservoirs, giant boilers, and bigger hoppers to brew without having to refill.
  • Commercial espresso machines will brew 200+ espresso shots in an hour. That demands a glitch-free system and technology. 
  • Variety brewing options for different customers. Not everyone’s going to ask for espresso shots, the espresso-based milk variety is countless, and your machine must have the proper knowledge to brew them. 

Home-barista machine’s purposes include: 

  • Quality: High-end espresso machines will always offer quality over speed. This includes temperature stability, correct pressure, correct milk, and foaming, etc. 
  • Home-barista espresso machines are built to brew 1-2 shots at a time. You shouldn’t brew more than 5-6 shots back-to-back. 
  • High-end espresso machines will offer big water reservoirs and bean hoppers but not as big as the commercial types. These water reservoirs can serve a household with 5-6 members. Bean hoppers can store beans for 2-3 days if you don’t drink too many espressos.
  • Minimal beverage options: This can differ from company to company. Only super-automatic espresso machines will give you a 5+ beverages variety. 

Ask yourself, what you will do with a machine that brews 200+ espresso in an hour, has 100+cup warming space for cups, big bean hoppers that can store 5 kg of beans, big water reservoirs that can continue for days in a household?

Probably nothing? You won’t drink 200+ shots in an hour, you don’t need to warm 100+ cups at a time, you don’t want to store beans for one month (they will go stale), and you shouldn’t store water for days (water reservoirs should be refilled every day). 

So, basically, Mastrena and other Thermoplan AG models are specifically for commercial use. 

Features of Mastrena Espresso machines

As discussed, Starbucks owns Mastrena exclusively. This exclusive deal of Starbucks speaks more about its quality and service than we probably can.

Nonetheless, we’ll discuss features that make Mastrena the gossip in the coffee world and why Starbucks desires it so much. 

Mastrena II is now available in many Starbucks cafes, and they plan to distribute it until 2022.

Verismo was replaced because of the large shape that made it difficult for the barista to look at the customers with ease. Although Mastrena original and Mastrena II are considered lookalikes of Verismo, there’s more to their advanced features that we’ll discuss right away. 

An interior shot of a coffee house with an older model mastrena in use

Built-in grinder: 

Espresso machines may or may not come with built-in grinders. Starbucks’ previous espresso machine, La Marzocco, didn’t have a built-in grinder, but Thermoplan AG invested in giant bean hoppers and built-in grinders to provide efficiency. 

Built-in grinders in espresso machines will grind a consistent grind size for espressos.

Incorrect grind size can ruin your espresso shot by making either over or under extracting your shot.

Matrena built-in grinders: 

  • Auto-grind according to the brew selected in the machine, 
  • They auto-dose depending on your selections for single, double, or triple shots. 
  • Thye auto-tamp the coffee ground for even saturation, collision, or extraction. Uneven tamping under-extracts or over-extracts espresso. Not to worry, Mastrena will handle that for you. 
  • Not only this, Mastrena offers coffee options as well. The computerized memory knows what kind of grind you need for different brews and the dose it will directly brew in your cup. 
  • The grinder has ten dosing settings. 

Mastrena built-in grinders’ bean hoppers are massive! Mastrena originally had a single giant grinder whereas Mastrena II has three-bean hoppers— one for decaf, one for Starbucks blonde, and the third one for Starbucks’ signature espresso roast. 

The volume of these bean hoppers exceeds 10 to 11 pounds, depending on the model type you are using. The black and white series by Thermoplan also has 3kgs of storage split into two bean hoppers. 

Cleaning reminder:

Mastrena is built to brew multiple espresso shots back-to-back. Despite the high demand and unending queue at Starbucks, it’s imperative that the machine stays clean.

Every Mastrena and other Thermoplan AG designs have auto-rinsing options. If your machine doesn’t auto-rinse, you can click the buttons to rinse the group head and steaming wand after every brew. 

Since Mastrena has a distinguishable portafilter, the group head will be cleaned differently from open portafilters (that can quickly throw away the puck). It’s advised to deep clean the group head once a month.  

Mastrena has a 24 hours rinsing cycle. You will need to rinse the machine clean (as per the manual) every 24 hours. The machine also reminds you of cleaning two hours prior. 

Please note: If not rinsed, the Mastrena espresso machine shuts down after double reminders. So, keep an eye on the indicator and when it says one hour left for rinsing. Insert the cleaning tablet and allow it to process before the cycle ends. 

Technically, Mastrena has a sleep cycle. It sleeps after the machine is put on auto-rinse. Thus, it’s recommended to only close/rinse the machine when it’s closing time at your cafe. 

On the other hand, Mastrena II shows you the exact time of your last rinse in general setting< cleaning options. Mastrena II also has 3-5 hours of reminder before the actual 24 hours. 

Mastrena has a maintenance cycle of 50,000 brews and can brew more than 500,000 brews.

Typically, any espresso machine has a life expectancy of fewer than 50,000 brews, but Mastrena is built to last. As long as you follow the cleaning cycle according to the manual, the machine will serve you for a long. 

Massive bean hoppers on top of a mastrena coffee machine

Massive Hopper

Mastrena has giant bean hoppers to accommodate the whole business day with fresh beans with no delay.

Mastrena’s Giant hoppers are made to meet the demands of a busy cafe. They’re big enough not to have to refill every hour. Every Thermoplan AG (at present) has a duan bean hopper except Mastrena CS2 (original). 

Mastrena CS2 has a single giant hopper enclosed in a sealed bean hopper. 

Mastrena II has three-bean hoppers! These three-bean hoppers can collect different beans from brewing different coffee beans. The first bean hopper has decaf, the second has Starbucks blonde, and the third is to store signature espresso roast. 

Thermoplan AG’s other inventions also have dual bean hoppers with a max capacity of 1.7kg coffee beans per hopper. 

A built-in, conical burr grinder

Grinders use various technologies and machinery to grind coffee beans according to the beverage. 

Espressos demand the finest coffee beans’ grind to extract flavorful shots. There are many types of grinder blades and burrs to produce coffee grounds. 

Before discussing Mastrena’s classic A-grade conical burr grinders, let’s focus on the burrs, why they are essential, and their alternatives. 

  • Blade grinder: Like in the mixer grinder, blades cut through beans, but they can never grind with accuracy and consistency. Blades will always cut differently. Blade grinders are usually cheaper and cannot brew good-flavored espresso or even filtered coffees. 
  • Flat burr grinders: These are flat burr discs that crash and churn coffee beans inside. These flat discs have precision and consistency because they crush the beans to dust. 
  • Conical burr grinders: Instead of being flat, they are conical and crush beans inside them. These are also consistent and grind real lovely. 

Burr grinders are either made of stainless steel or ceramic. Stainless steel conical burrs have a longer life and give commercial life expectancy to the product. 

Built-in, conical burr grinders in espresso machines are built to grind for espressos. So your machine will have the perfect settings for the brew.

Mastrena’s built-in grinder has its burrs right below the bean hopper. Unlike other machines, Mastrena is faster and grinds in seconds without creating much noise. 

Frothing wand

Mastrena’s steaming wand steams and foams the milk automatically.

The machine is completely programmable, you can switch to manual steaming if you want to give your barista skills a shot but automatic steaming is faster. 

You can select the strength and temperature of the steaming wand in the super-automatic espresso machines. 

Selector buttons that dispense single shot, double shots, and triple shots?

Mastrena offers triple shots with a push of a button!

So, you can probably brew a red-eye variety coffee without having to pull shots back-to-back. All the shot selections are present at the button panel, either present at the center of the machine-like Mastrena CS2 or present at the left. 

Mastrena CS2 has two split screens with multiple button options on the display.

You can select single, double, or triple shots or even four shots from the right panel of the machine. The actions ongoing on the machines are displayed on the LCD screen present above the right button panel. 

Mastrena II has a unique design and has only been recently introduced at Starbucks cafe. There’s a single spout present to your left. This spout is enclosed in a flat spare and has buttons at the top circling the circumferences. These buttons include single shot, double shot, and triple shot. 

There’s a center circular screen present in between the buttons. These buttons have illuminating lights to indicate the brewing time. Another screen to your slight right displays the action ongoing in the machine.

The display screen is LCD and shows actions in English language+numeric. 

What is the closest alternative to a Mastrena for your house?

Mastrena espresso machines are super-automatic espresso machines, so your best alternative can be a high-end, home-barista super-automatic espresso machine.

Luckily, many high-quality super-automatics can serve a similar purpose, authentic espressos at an average price. 

Domestic super-automatic espresso machines brew similar-tasting espressos, milk-based espresso beverages, and even better coffees.

These machines are equipped with a built-in grinder, conical burrs, finest grind size setting, PID controller, temperature stability, automation, many programmable features as well, and much more. 

The average cost of these espresso machines can be anywhere between $1000-$2500. Some of the high-end espresso manufacturing retailers are Breville, Rancilio, Delonghi, Gaggia, Jura, and.

There are many other substitutes as well, but the mentioned brands are worth the expensive purchase. 

Breville Oracle Touch

Breville is highly automated and can serve you silky espressos shots and other milk-based beverages with a push of a button.

Breville oracle touch offers high technology with its touch panel interface. That allows you to easily program your preferences without too much of a learning curve.

Oracle touch has a classic interface with an automatic steaming wand, giant bean hopper, closed portafilter cradle.

The machine has a stainless steel casing, giving it an expensive look. The body is concise, and the machine has many pre-programmed beverages for you to select from. 

Features of Breville Oracle Touch:

  • A dual boiler that extracts and steams at the same time. 
  • It auto-doses, auto tamps the coffee puck and doesn’t create a mess. 
  • The machine has a giant water reservoir and drip tray. 
  • You can also program the complete machine. You can even program your own beverages and save them in the system with a name if you’d like. 
  • Pressure controllers installed. 
  • Complementary stainless steel tamper, razor, which is rare. 

Breville oracle touch can cost you $2000 but with good services.

A cheaper, more affordable super-automatic espresso machine is the Breville Nespresso capsule.

These machines don’t have built-in grinders, and they use pre-ground sealed capsules to brew, but they are fully automatic. 

Gaggia Brera

Another classic super-automatic espresso machine is Gaggia Brera. It’s a minimal espresso machine with a beautiful exterior, automatic steaming wand, portafilter-less spouts, built-in grinder, bypasser (For decaf or other flavored espressos) 

Features of Gaggia Brera:

  • The portafilter-less pouts allow big American glasses to sit between the drip tray and spouts. 
  • Minimalistic interface.
  • Display screen to show strength and functions going on and inside the machine. 
  • LED display
  • Stainless steel model. 
  • Classy exterior.

Philips 3200 (EP3241/54)

The Phillip 3200 has an excellent interface with a touch panel and five exclusive beverage options. This machine has a sleek, black, concise body.

The super-automatic espresso machine offers portafilter-less spouts that slide up and down to adjust bigger and smaller cups. 

Phillips has a unique steaming carafe that steams and foams in a carafe and pours directly in your latte or cappuccino cup. 

Features of Philips 3200

  • Built-in grinder
  • Beautiful exterior and indicators
  • It brews Americano and Machiatto. (Macchiato is rare in an espresso machine)
  • Programmable. 
  • Ceramic grinder. Ceramic grinders are equally efficient. In fact, unlike stainless steel burr grinder that sometimes creates a burnt taste, ceramic will never give you a burnt taste. 
  • Dishwasher safe. 

Delonghi Eletta

Delonghi Eletta is a similar product to Phillips 3200 but with distinct features. It’s also a portafilter-less super-automatic espresso machine with a built-in grinder, unique carafe style steaming system, programmable buttons to control the system. 

Features of Delonghi Eletta: 

  • The steaming carafe is removable and can be switched to a water spout. 
  • Along with a built-in grinder, the machine also accepts pre-ground coffee through the bypass doser. 
  • Removable front water reservoir. 
  • Dual thermoblock system. 
  • Water filter
  • LCD screen to display continuous function and multiple buttons to select pre-programmed beverages. It has a blue backlight. 
  • You can program the settings. 

Pros, and cons of Breville Oracle touch and Breville Barista. 

Breville/Sage has been a well-known brand in endorsing high-quality espresso machines. They manufacture semi, super, and Nespresso espresso machines. 

Every invention of Breville offers high-quality, exceedingly good features, programmability, built-in grinders even in semi-automatic, equipped PID controllers in every machine, dual boilers, etc. 

Breville barista and Breville oracle touch are the two most popular models in the company, and both are very different from each other. Breville oracle touch is a high-end, smart, super-automatic espresso machine, wherein Breville barista is a semi-automatic espresso machine. 

People who prefer barista-style brewing can choose Brvile Barista express

Individuals who enjoy complete automation and don’t mind a budget can brew great espresso shots with Breville’s oracle touch. 

Breville Barista Express

Barista Express is one of the finest semi-automatic espresso machines available in the market.

It comes with a built-in grinder, conical burr, big bean hopper, portafilter cradle despite being a semi-automatic espresso machine. The machine has many pre-programmed beverages and grind size settings, but you can always reset them. 

The machine is entirely programmable and offers many befitting features. You can program the temperature, brewing time, different beverages, grind size settings in this machine.

Moreover, Breville barista express offers a center pressure gauge to display your grind and tamp quality. 

This machine is for people who like brewing their own shots and experimenting with their beverage. The machine is equipped with a PID controller, illuminating buttons, indicators, menu buttons to program, etc. 

Pros

  • The machine offers a portafilter cradle to connect the portafilter to hold the grounds while the grinder is at work. 
  • Water pressure control and PID controller to maintain temperature for brewing and steaming. No other espresso machine offers a PID controller at such a price. 
  • It’s inexpensive given all the features. 
  • Manual steaming wand
  • Programmable.
  • Dedicated water spout
  • Stainless steel tamper and razor. The tamper can be attached to the machine itself at your left. 
  • Pressure gauge display.
  • Stainless steel frame. 

Cons:

  • No dual boiler.
  • No-kill switch to stop the brew manually. 
  • Learning curve since it’s a semi-automatic espresso machine. 

Breville Oracle Touch

We briefly discussed the Breville oracle touch above in the article. This machine is the top-notch model of Breville and also the latest invention. Oracle touch has everything that you’d dream of in a super-automatic espresso machine. 

The machine has a minimal interface, and everything is stored in the center-focused touch screen panel. You can select pre-programmed beverages, change settings, and program new brews from the touch panel. Oracle touch lets you change the brewing time, brewing strength and temperature, etc. 

Breville has been known for its high-quality steaming wand, and Oracle touch creates one of the best microfoam. It’s expensive because the machine offers a dual boiler that brews and steams together without delay. 

Pros

  • The machine auto-doses, auto-tamps the coffee puck in an enclosed system to avoid a mess. 
  • It’s equipped with a PID controller and dual boiler to maintain temperature and brew hot beverages. 
  • The steaming wand creates excellent foam automatically. You can still change the strength and temperature of the wand. 
  • The touch screen panel is colorful. 
  • Stainless steel casing and portafilter. 
  • Offers a stainless steel milk pitcher because of extraordinary services, and why not?
  • Extensive water reservoir, big drip tray, and bigger bean hopper. 
  • The machine still allows barista experience with its programmable features and portafilter
  • Beverage with a single touch. 

Cons

  • It’s expensive. 
  • The machine can be complicated for people who are not used to touch screen panels. People who enjoy buttons and switches might find them difficult to use. 
  • You cannot auto-dose or auto-tamp in this machine. 

Conclusion

Mastrena is an expensive masterpiece. If your heart still belongs to the expensive variety, you can always experience old models of Thermoplan AG with a bit of time and money invested.

It won’t be easy to stumble on a Thermoplan AG’s machine, but you can always find a validating dealer on the official website. 

There’s a reason why Starbucks profoundly relies on Thermoplan AG and Mastrena models. You can experience the beauty of other Thermoplan AG’s models anyways, popularly known as the— Tiger and black and white series. 

All these machines are built to last and serve most coffee lovers with enticing coffee and espressos.