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  1. #1
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    Advice needed ASAP about ice machines....

    Hello everyone, we're in a pinch about ice machines for our coffee drinks, smoothies and shaved ice treats. We're a small cafe and we can get a good deal - $1600 for a new Scotsman 160lb per day unit or a used scotsman unit that only does 65lbs per day for $900. We are totally new to these frozen drinks and specialties but we anticipate a great response this summer especially. Any advice on if we should go the extra distance on the larger more $$$ is much needed. We plan on using commercial blenders for all our drinks.

    Thanks in advance
    Bob & Stacy

  2. #2
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    NW JAVA/LACREMA

    I run two espresso stands with ice from a 65 lb ice maker...it runs 24/7 though. BUt for almost 1/2 the price of a large one it works...Also it doubles as counter space. It's a Ice o matic.

    Also I like vita mix for blending duty

    E.g. http://www.vitamix.com/foodservice/prod ... _mp_on.asp

    It's kinda costly but QUIETER!

    Than the standard:
    http://www.vitamix.com/foodservice/prod ... a_prep.asp

    Both are good recomendations however QUIETER is always better.
    Ciao, Baby! Di Crema is rising!

  3. #3
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    Regarding your Ice o Mattic ice machine, do you have to comply with any out of the ordinary Health Dept. requirements in order to use it at your bar?

 

 

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