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    I feel that I am in a similar hulled boat as OP. In beginning stages of formulation of a coffee based business that offers food. Should I buy a home style grinder and espresso machine to learn the art or buy the commercial style equipment and use it at home until I secure the lease?

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    Do you have any friends who owns coffee shop?
    I have purchase few different coffee/espresso maker. I also have purchased commercial grinder at home.

    But I do not recommend buying commercial machine to use at home.

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    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Those are great school. I didn't think about that.

    There are few single group commercial machine you can actually use at home. They are 110v and you can use the flex waterline for the water. But that means you should get great grinders, commercial grade temper and the all the little fixings that you would need like stainless pitcher, thermometer and few hand towels etc....

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    I agree with the previous posters, "Pro-sumer" espresso machine (with PID) ($1400+ minimum) and commercial grinder to start assessing espresso, and learning/refining your barista skills is a necessity. It's also a good occasion to learn latte art as well.

    I believe the more beneficial aspect is taking the time to assess various espresso to find one that has the best taste for you that you can achieve with consistency. We've roasted our own for about seven years, but when we started nine years ago, we tested between 100 and 120 separate espresso from all over the country before we opened, and when we got to our top 5 (all blind tasting), we were not surprised to have all well-regarded entities there. True excellence is not a gimmick. Develop your shot pulling skills first, and trust your tastebuds.
    John Piquet
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    I don't know what your time is like but my wife and I have thought of getting a job as a barista. Even if only part time and short term you'll learn what it's like to be in the trenches. Let them train you. I've cooked most of my life and I've always told people if you want to learn to cook get a job as a cook.

    i would strongly suggest not getting that job anywhere near your competition.

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    Dear Friends and Coffee experts,

    Many thanks for your sincere advice.

    Have a beautiful day.

 

 
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