The S-Series is all about achieving a more accessible and easier interface at a lower price point to reach a larger audience of coffee professionals. Both the S200 and S300 are volumetric machines that allow for two programs per grouphead, and you can access these programs by tapping left or right on the grouphead actuator. You will see a 1 or 2 pop up automatically on the timer display indicating the selected program; however, you can interrupt these programs at any time by actuating the grouphead once more. Each program also allows for an adjustable duration of line pressure preinfusion!
Something new Synesso brought to the table is the purge button. Each brew group has an arcade-style button that activates full pump pressure (9.0 bar) to purge the group of leftover coffee grounds or oils. Synesso sets this at the factory to three and a half seconds, which is perfect for a barista to prepare their next espresso and have their machine ready to go.
The drain tray has also been slightly redesigned; there are now three height positions so you can adjust the height to your preference. This is very convenient for customers with taller beverage options.
A key accessibility difference is the design of the machine; you can see the S200 and S300 sit at a lower profile than their other models. The design allows a user to get a better interface and be more accessible to their customers. If you want, you can make your machine even shorter by removing the optional skirt plates, allowing you to lower the S200 or S300 into your countertop.
The other accessibility change is the new design on their steam valves. Here, Synesso has a paddle on a swivel that allows the barista to open or close the steam from the outside or inside by twisting the paddle 180° in either direction. A barista can also easily open the valve partway to variably adjust the steam output.
Some other features are inherited directly from the Synesso MVP series; this includes independent brew groups, a handheld controller, cool touch steam wands, and detailed shot timer displays. The S200 and S300 also share hot water mixing valves, which allow us to set the temperature of the water dispensed from the hot water wand. (You can program the water dispensing time in the controller.) So, you can set a time that is equal to the volume you want to dispense out and you are good to go for bar flow.
The handheld controller is unique to Synesso equipment and offers powerful and flexible programming.