3 group coffee machines

About our 3 group coffee machines

Purchase outright 

Supplied by one or more of hundreds of dealers nationwide that we partner with. We can help you find the equipment you need, finance it, and ensure it’s promptly delivered to your door.


Mostly ex-rental equipment we’ve sourced from businesses we know and trust. It’s been fully refurbished and is backed by a three-month warranty. Read more


Includes runout and used equipment supplied by our equipment-dealer partners; ex-demo equipment previously used in a dealer’s demonstration kitchen; and scratch-and-dent equipment that’s sustained minor cosmetic damage.


Choosing the right 3 group coffee machine can be tricky. And what if your business quickly outgrows the equipment, or changes direction and needs different equipment?

Rent–Try–Buy solves this problem by allowing you to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it. The manageable weekly rental payments also help your business maintain a positive cash flow.

May suit you if you’re… 

  • A new or established business
  • After $1,000 or more of equipment funding
  • Looking to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it, including items you're not sure about or think you might quickly outgrow.

Key features 

  • Flexible, 12-month rental agreement
  • Manageable, weekly rental payments
  • Upgrade or buy the equipment at any time
  • If you buy, get back 75% of your net rental payments — to put towards the purchase price
  • Continue renting or return equipment after 12 months
  • Rental payments are 100% tax deductible."

Not what you’re looking for? Check out Lease-to-Keep

Why choose us 


Massive range

Our range of commercial coffee equipment — including 3 group head espresso machines — is one of Australia’s largest.


Finance solutions 

We finance virtually any type of commercial kitchen equipment, including the world’s leading brands.


New and used 

Our online marketplace includes not only brand-new hospitality equipment but also ‘Certified Used’ and clearance equipment.


Fast delivery 

If the equipment’s in stock, it can usually be delivered to your business within 1–8 business days.



If you finance new equipment through us, we’ll consider paying you cash for any old equipment you’d like to trade in.


Warranty support 

If your financed equipment breaks down within the warranty period, we can help you arrange a free repair, replacement or refund.

Building equity in your equipment

For every $1 of rent you pay in the first year, you'll get back 68 cents to put towards the equipment's purchase price, if you decide to buy it.^

^You’ll get a 75% rebate on your net rent — the total rent you’ve paid minus GST, which equates to 68 cents in the dollar. For example, if you paid $10,000 in rent, your net rental rebate would be $6,818 ($10,000/1.1 x 0.75). In addition, each rental payment you make is 100% tax deductible, reducing the net cost of ownership even further.*

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 3 group coffee machine?

A 3 group coffee machine is an espresso coffee machine with three ‘group heads’ (sometimes called ‘brew groups’ or ‘brew heads’).

Coffee is ground into a portafilter (a portable filter) and tamped down before it’s inserted into the group head and secured with the aid of a handle.

The group head then dispenses pressurised hot water from the coffee machine’s boiler through the portafilter to produce espresso shots.

Most portafilters have two spouts each, giving the barista the option to extract a double shot using both spouts or two separate single shots using each spout.

This means the barista can make six single espressos or three double espressos simultaneously using a 3 group coffee machine.

Some group heads have additional features like pre-infusion, whereby a small amount of hot water is used to wet the coffee before full extraction, enabling more flavour to be pulled out of the coffee.

Commercial 3 group coffee machines typically have three boilers — one for each group head — and two or more steam wands, which are used to froth the milk.

How big is a 3 group commercial coffee machine?

Most 3 group commercial coffee machines fall into the following size and weight ranges:

  • Width: 900–1,100mm
  • Depth: 550–700mm
  • Height: 450–550mm
  • Weight: 65–130kg

Certain models may be larger or heavier depending on their construction materials and any additional features or accessories they may have.

It’s recommended you confirm the size and mass of the machine you’re interested in by referring to the manufacturer’s specifications.

What are the electrical requirements of a 3 group head espresso machine?

Most commercial espresso machines require a minimum 15-amp to 30-amp power supply.

Some multi-boiler, 3 group head espresso machines may need a 40A outlet to be installed while other, more-energy-hungry units may require three-phase power.

It’s recommended you consult a qualified electrician or the manufacturer to confirm the electrical requirements of the machine you’re interested in.

What size espresso machine do I need for my business?

The below gives you a rough idea of the size of machine you’ll need to meet demand.

It’s important to ensure your machine will be big enough to cope with the busiest periods of the day (i.e. peak demand).

1 group, single-boiler

  • Up to 100 coffees per day
  • 20 coffees per hour (max)

2-group, single-boiler

  • Up to 150 coffees per day
  • 30 coffees per hour (max)

2-group, multi-boiler

  • 150-400 coffees per day
  • 60 coffees per hour (max)

3-group, multi-boiler

  • 400+ coffees per day
  • 90 coffees per hour (max)

If you have a semi-automatic espresso machine, its output will depend to some extent on the skill and speed of the barista/s; fully automatic espresso machines generally have a higher output.

What boiler material would be best for my 3 group commercial espresso machine?

Your choice of boiler material for your 3 group commercial espresso machine will depend on the performance, durability, and ease of maintenance you’re looking for. Here are some commonly used materials:

Copper: A traditional and popular choice, copper has excellent heat conductivity, which allows for quick and efficient heat transfer, resulting in faster heat-up times. Copper also has antimicrobial properties, which can help inhibit the growth of bacteria. However, copper requires regular maintenance to prevent corrosion and scaling.

Stainless steel: A durable and corrosion-resistant material commonly used in commercial coffee machine boilers, stainless steel provides excellent heat retention and is less prone to scaling and corrosion than copper. Stainless steel boilers are easier to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice in high-volume environments. They’re also less reactive to acidic coffee and water, preserving the flavor and quality of the brew.

Brass: Another material commonly used for coffee machine boilers, brass has good heat conductivity and retention properties, allowing for consistent temperature stability. It’s resistant to corrosion and scale buildup, though may require periodic maintenance to prevent scaling. Brass boilers are often found in high-quality espresso machines known for producing excellent espresso shots.

In summary, copper and brass are known for their heat conductivity, while stainless steel offers durability and ease of maintenance.

It’s worth noting that some machines may use a combination of materials, such as a copper or brass heat exchanger with a stainless-steel boiler, to leverage the advantages of different materials for optimal performance and longevity.

The "best" boiler material ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences.

Can I trade in my 2 group coffee machine for 3 group one?

If you’d like to upgrade a 2 group coffee machine that you own, we’ll consider paying you cash for the machine if you finance a new, 3 group coffee machine through SilverChef.

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* This advice is general in nature and does not consider your personal circumstances. Professional advice should be sought that is tailored to your personal situation.