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  1. #1
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    Feb 2017
    Rural New Hampshire

    Espresso machine: Propane vs Generator for Mobile Trailer

    Hello all,
    For all you mobile coffee truck/trailer entrepreneurs....I'd like to know your opinions of a propane vs generator run espresso machine.
    With 20/20 hindsight do you wish you'd set up differently?
    Or, do you like what you have?
    And why?
    Thanks much!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Central North Carolina
    Wife and I did operate a mobile setup for about 2.5 years, more for fun/hobby due to my health issues. I have no experience with a propane fired espresso machine, but have had lots of feedback from a few guys using them in a mobile setup and they didn't seem ideal for a fast paced environment. Mainly from a recovery perspective when doing back-back drinks. In our van everything was powered either from landline power (220v 50 amp capacity) when available or a rather large, but awesome Generac whole house generator attached on a rack on back of van. Believe it was around 13kw running, so there was never a lack of power. Running on electricity was MUCH cheaper than firing up the generator and of course we liked to be plugged in at our daily vending spot as well as at all events possible.

    The espresso machine was a 2 group Nuova Simonelli Aurelia running on 220v power. I could extract from both groups while steaming and it never kept me waiting. It recovered as quickly as being depleted. Of course the power coming into the main panel also fed grinders, an ice machine, water pumps, water heater, lighting, refrigerator/freezer, etc...

    With mobile setups you can use battery banks/inverters, propane fired generators, diesel/gas generators that feed from vehicle fuel source, etc. It really all depends on what you want to use the vehicle for and on what scale (power needs) needed. For our needs/capacity what we had never let us down or had us wanting to improve/expand on it in any way.
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!



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