Welcome to the world of coffee-making! If you’re a barista or coffee shop owner, you know that the tools you use will influence the taste and quality of your coffee. In this article, we’ll be discussing the top eight essential barista tools that every coffee shop needs. So, let’s dive in!

Espresso Machine

The cornerstone of any coffee shop, the espresso machine is an absolute must-have tool for any barista. It is the heart and soul of the coffee shop and where the magic happens. 

There are many different types of espresso machines, ranging from fully manual to fully automatic. The most important thing to consider when choosing an espresso machine is the quality of the espresso shots it produces.

Logic Vending offers a wide range of high-quality commercial espresso machines that can produce consistently delicious shots for any business size.


The grinder is the second most important tool in the coffee-making process. It’s a tool that grinds the coffee beans to the perfect consistency for use in the espresso machine.

Grinders come in two main types: blade and burr. Burr grinders are more expensive but produce a more consistent grind, which is essential for espresso.

Logic Vending offers a diverse range of coffee grinders, from manual options like the Anfim Caimano Low Volume Grinder to fully automated ones such as the Fracino Marfil Automatic Coffee Grinder.


The tamper is used to pack the coffee grounds into the portafilter of the espresso machine. A properly tamped shot of espresso is essential to produce a high-quality shot of espresso.

A good tamper should fit comfortably in your hand and snugly in your portafilter, as a loose-fitting tamper can result in uneven tampering and poor extraction.

Check out our range of coffee tampers.

Milk Pitcher

The milk pitcher is used to steam and froth milk for use in cappuccinos, lattes, and other espresso-based beverages.

The pitcher should be easy to pour and hold, with a spout that allows you to control the flow of milk. You want a pitcher that’s large enough to hold the amount of milk you’ll be steaming but not so large that it’s difficult to manoeuvre.

The size of the pitcher will depend on the size of the drink you are making, but a 12-ounce pitcher is a good starting point.


A thermometer ensures that the milk is heated to the correct temperature, creating the perfect texture for latte art and a creamy texture in espresso-based drinks. The ideal temperature for steamed milk is between 65.5°C and 68°C.

A thermometer is also useful for ensuring that espresso shots are brewed at the proper temperature.

Check out our best-selling Motta Barista Coffee Thermometer.


Consistency is key when it comes to making great coffee, and a good quality scale is essential to achieve consistent results.

A scale is used to measure the amount of coffee grounds, water, and milk used in each drink.  Measurement by weight is much more accurate than measuring by volume.

A scale is also useful to ensure that espresso shots are brewed at the appropriate volume.

Look for a scale that’s accurate to at least 0.1g and has a capacity of at least 2kg.


Shot Glass

A shot glass is essential to measure the amount of each espresso shot. Shot glasses come in a variety of sizes; the ideal shot size is between 1 and 2 ounces. They are also useful when checking if espresso shots are brewed at the proper strength and consistency.

Knock Box

Finally, a knock box is used to dispose of used coffee grounds. Look for a knock box that’s durable, easy to clean, and has a non-slip base. A knock box with a removable bar can also make it easier to clean.

You can check our selection of knock boxes here.

We hope that this article has given you a good understanding of the essential tools needed to make the perfect cup of coffee. From choosing the right commercial coffee machine to measuring the perfect shot, every step is crucial to producing consistently delicious coffee. At Logic Vending, we offer a wide range of high-quality barista tools to make your coffee-making process smooth and enjoyable. Check out our selection today and elevate your coffee game!