A GS3 brings all of the user-intuitive function of a La Marzocco Strada into a compact size and easily portable specification, in order for it to be used and moved comfortably without sacrificing the renowned commercial quality of any La Marzocco. So, whether it is for events-based or spatially constrained commercial use, or whether it is simply for use at home, you’ll have the same level of function and quality output that you can achieve anywhere with a commercial La Marzocco machine.
Whether you opt for the AV model or the MP model, effort-free consistency is a clear focus in the GS3’s operation. Your choice between the two ought to be with regard to workflow and desired level of control over your espresso brewing. As always, the AV adds a failsafe and consistency to espresso with programmable recipes.
You’ll use buttons instead of a paddle operation for your start-stop brewing, and can program multiple recipes for each of the different coffee options that you want to use. This can also benefit any need that you may have for brewing both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffees at home or commercially for example. As with the MP model, the AV includes pre-infusion for improving brewing, which minimises the impact of any human error on your cup quality. This will greatly increase the evenness of your coffee extraction by reducing the severity of water channelling through gaps between coffee particles or unevenly prepared beds of coffee. With this feature being fully controllable in the MP model too, you can achieve the highest levels of coffee flavour extraction using it, if it were desirable for you. This is a huge benefit for reducing your wastage of coffee.
With the AV model though, that wastage is reduced by limiting error in the human element of coffee brewing. We’re unlikely to be able to stop coffee at the correct weight in the cup consistently, but a machine can do this with water dosing without an issue, every time. What does it mean to you? It means your espressos are never accidentally a little too full in the cup, nor will they accidentally be stopped short. All of this simply means a higher likelihood of success at any level of output, no matter how you categorise that success.
A more detailed insight into GS3 features is here for you:
• As for the EP and ABR models, we see multiple coffee boilers, plus a large steam boiler. The number of groups in a Strada corresponds to the number of independent coffee boilers inside it. However, you still get a large steam boiler included separately to all of those, so the performance of your espresso brewing and steam release are not interdependent at all.
• PIDs on every single boiler and steam wand – if you know La Marzocco and you know a little about coffee brewing, you’ll know that this is the game-changer. Ultimate consistency across the main variables that we cannot control in a machine by barista action. This means you’ll avoid any excessively low or excessively high temperatures for example, or any random drops to brewing or steam pressure during service. Beautiful consistency, easy quality control.
• Programmable temperatures on all coffee boilers. What does this mean to you? You can choose to achieve different brewing profiles on each group by temperature (and pre-infusion settings), or can opt to achieve the ultimate consistency across them all. Since no group will be impacted by any other while brewing, your water flow, pressure and temperatures can be much more accurately programmed to your needs.
• Programmable pre-infusion on each group. As above for temperature, your groups can all be independently programmed to use different pre-infusion recipes, meaning that you can extract multiple different coffees or the same coffee to different levels on each group (if desired). See below for an often missed benefit of this feature too.
• Avoid water pressure issues you have with programmable pre-infusion, which can mitigate poor water flow and overcome blockages on different group heads. Occasionally over time, people miss the ideal window for changing their water filtration, or choose not to use one. If this were to happen on your Strada, you could counteract the issues normally associated with not being able to extract enough flavour with a restricted water flow by increasing brewing temperature and/or adding time to your pre-infusion. Not a feature we hope that you’ll need, but a virtue if it ever happened to you in the long run.
• Cool-to-the-touch steam wands: steam wands that do not burn your staff make your wands easier to wipe clean, and cause less hazardous work around your espresso machine.
• Ergonomic workspace – this may seem like an odd or relatively unimportant benefit of a Strada, but it will be surprisingly useful for you in service. The drip tray of these machines is raised, large and slightly more protruding towards the barista. It simply means more workspace, more visibility, and less chance of spillage for both milk and coffee. Hard to visualise but a real bonus when you’re juggling tasks in service.
• Stainless steel for clean brewing – La Marzoccos arrive with stainless steel portafilters. This means taint-free espresso for you all day, every day, with minimal maintenance required too. No more of the tarry espresso build-up below your espresso basket, tainting every shot with heavy, bitter flavour and reducing clarity and sweetness in each cup.
• Precision portafilters – they weigh the same upon arrival, so you won’t need to tare your scales when you move from using one group of the machine to the next. This will save you a serious amount of time, error and waste in the long run.
• Hot water control – for rinsing and tea brewing, your tap is programmable by dispense time and temperature, for control and precise dosing of water whether for coffee or tea.
• Exposed group heads – these are built to extend out of the front of the machine, meaning greater visibility during brewing. This is also easier for cleaning!
Optional features worth thinking about:
• External pump – if you want to manually adjust your water pressure, perhaps choose an external pump as an optional extra for your machine. In our opinion, the pre-infusion feature of the Strada does not necessitate it, but it is of course up to the user to decide their own brewing style.
• Glass panels – no performance benefit whatsoever, but it looks pretty interesting on the inside of one of these machines. These panels will be the thing that allows your customers and yourselves to see just what makes the machine the finely tuned brewing machine that it is.
Click here to see the La Marzocco Strada GS3 brochure. This includes all the specifications and features for this espresso machine model.
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