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    commercial Brew Machine

    Need some opinions on the best machine for brewed coffee in a coffee shop. Do not want to have to use airpots.

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    Bunn Brewwise or a Fetco 2052e. Take your pick. Both machines make great drip coffee, they both have many settings relating to how the coffee is brewed. The Bunn has a lot more control over the Fetco. But the Fetco is a set and forget machine.

    In the end I think coffee production is about equal on either machine. My personal opinion is the Bunn is for someone who is constantly tweaking. The Fetco is more for shops that want the best product but never will have to reprogram the machine.

    They both come in 1.5 and 2 gallon models. They also have the ability to produce a small, medium, and a large batch. I'm also referring to the dual machines, but you can also purchase single side brewers.

    Now if your really talking coffee, Fetco has gone a step further with their high volume brewers that can produce 6, 18, and 24 gallons per batch. They have a 60 gallon model too but, I believe it requires multiple batches to fill to capacity.

    Someone can correct me if I am wrong but 6 gallon brewers require 2 pounds of ground coffee.
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    Ccafe hit the nail on the head. If you are looking for a brewer that will brew consistent coffee every time, Bunn and Fetco are two brands that will achieve your goal. The big question is, how much coffee will you sell each day?
    If you did a business plan, stick to it during the planning phase of your shop. If you are going to offer a house blend and a house decaf each day, you may opt for a larger brewer. If you plan on offering a house blend, a flavored coffee and say a dark roast, you may want to consider a brewer that brews smaller batches. That way your customers will receive hot coffee every time.
    I am not sure why you do not want to use air-pots, but I think they serve their purpose well. They are cheap, easy to use and do not take up much space. Plus they keep drip coffee fresh and hot for several hours.
    I personally enjoy going to coffeehouses that offer a different single origin coffee each day. I get to try new coffees that I never had before and I never grow bored of the same brew each day.

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    Air-Pots

    Don't like airpots because once they get half empty the coffee turns bitter. I feel that a fresh brewed and undisturbed coffee tastes better and is more consistant.

    As a customer I feel cheated watching or having to fill my cup out a airpot. I want it right out of the machine.

    Now I know both reasons might be considered weak but for $2 a cup perfection is a must.

    However I am open to your opinions.

    Thanks

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    Ok, two questions then.

    1. How often do you change out your pots for fresh ones?

    2. How big is the cup that you are charging $2.00 for?
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Re: Air-Pots

    Quote Originally Posted by coffee4me
    Don't like airpots because once they get half empty the coffee turns bitter. I feel that a fresh brewed and undisturbed coffee tastes better and is more consistant.

    As a customer I feel cheated watching or having to fill my cup out a airpot. I want it right out of the machine.

    Now I know both reasons might be considered weak but for $2 a cup perfection is a must.

    However I am open to your opinions.

    Thanks
    If you are looking for perfection, have you thought about clover? It is a brew on demand machine that takes about 40 seconds per cup. The coffee made from it taste more like a French press/vacuum pot than dripped coffee. Unfortunately it will set you back a lot more than Bunn or Fetco.

    http://cloverequipment.com/home/default.aspx
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    set you back a bit??!! They are(from what I have heard) $15,000! I would kill to have one in my roastery!!!
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    I heard it's about 11K (quantity discount available hahaha). I am going to visit a shop in NYC that have two or try it out at portafilter 2007 in March. For now I think I will forgo perfection.
    You want cream and sugar?
    NO COFFEE FOR YOU! NEXT!

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    Slight adjustment.

    I might have overstated the perfection part. My premis for the airpots is from what I have seen at most coffee places. Currently I am looking at opening a combo drive through and cafe. Therefore I want perfection but may not be able achieve it because of the time demands of a drive through customer. My research indicates that drive through times of around a minute are ideal.....therefore I am trying to achieve some close proximity to perfection while maintaining customer satisfaction.

    I do like the single brew machine idea.

    I did notice Starbucks uses a Bun machine...however I have not found it on the Bunn website. I know Starbucks is not liked here but I bet they have done their research on the best machines.

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    no, they did their research on the FASTEST machines. haha

 

 
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