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    Small Start up - Automatic Espresso Machine - Recommendations

    Hey all,

    I wanted to get some recommendations on automatic espresso machines that I could use for my small coffee shop. Anything that has been successful in the past for small biz owners would be very helpful. I am open to leasing or purchasing.

    Thanks,
    -J

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarmelaCoffee View Post
    Hey all,

    I wanted to get some recommendations on automatic espresso machines that I could use for my small coffee shop. Anything that has been successful in the past for small biz owners would be very helpful. I am open to leasing or purchasing.

    Thanks,
    -J
    I'm assuming that this question gets asked a lot but could really use some advice.

    -Thanks

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    Probably the best you can afford. I'm starting a tiny coffee shop in a tiny little town. But I do get people coming in for my 20-year portrait studio and almost 2-year old women's apparel & gift shop. I did the craigslist thing because I'm nickel-and-diming this thing together.

    Sorry, I'm probably not much help.

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    Why automatic? A former boss put 3 super autos in 3 of our stores. They cost about $13000. I told everyone that I was washing my hands of it. He is gone and we are yanking those machines and installing manual machines in all 23 locations. I understand what he was thinking...he wanted something that was idiot proof..in my opinion the problem is they do not produce as good of quality as a manual machine. Hope this helps.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Topher, that's 13k each! Right?
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    I suggest you find a couple local roasters and ask them what they suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redswing View Post
    I suggest you find a couple local roasters and ask them what they suggest.
    Thanks all. Much appreciated.

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    Yes...13k each. We are looking at a few other options at the moment.
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    I have a short list of super's I would recommend. PM if you want more info.

    By the way $13K is on the cheaper side. Some machines run as high as $35K. I just done playing with an Eversys that runs in the mid 20's, I have to say that is one cool toy. It really is a technicians play toy with all the options that are available to you.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Several years ago I was managing a coffee shop within a mega church... all of the staff was volunteers so it was uber tough to get consistency. We ended up going with a 2 head Linea and Swift grinder... it really worked great. For the espresso extraction we simply taught them how much espresso should come out within 25 seconds. We simply used a timer and volumetric shot glass ... steaming milk was a bit more time. Overall I could get a volunteer to produce decent drinks within a few days.

 

 
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