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    Mobile Espresso Service

    Hello All,

    I am needing help. I am starting a mobile espresso service and am having trouble finding a machine that does not weigh close to 100 lbs. I see that there is a pasquini livia 90 that only weighs 37 lbs. Do any of you have any feedback on this machine or suggestions about another that may meet my needs. Thanks in advance.

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    Out of curiosity what kind of generator are you using?

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    If weight is on your mind your either going to have to upgrade the vehicle type or just get out of the idea all together.

    A Livia 90 is a high end home machine and in some cases a very low end commercial machine. I've seen a few shops use one as their lead machine but they were only running 20 to 30 customers a day. So the machine was fine for what they used it for.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Some compact 2 groups will be a better choice for the volume that you might be doing ( wish you the best)
    such as la spaziale
    or elektra
    or some other 2 group which are slightly smaller then a full size one

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefano65
    Some compact 2 groups will be a better choice for the volume that you might be doing ( wish you the best)
    such as la spaziale
    or elektra
    or some other 2 group which are slightly smaller then a full size one
    I am actually in the same situation building up a mobile truck and considering the same thing. A 2 group is what I'm leaning towards which makes sense to handle the volume.

    Which specific models do you recommend? I've also looked at La Marzocco GB5 (2 group), the issue is the power required to run the machine.

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    Iberital makes a 2 group that runs 1800 watts its the L'Anna http://iberitalusa.com/l_anna_. This might solve some of your problems if your having power concerns. The problem with this machine will recovery. Its underpowered but will work in a pinch.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Re: Mobile Espresso Service

    Nuova Simonelli makes a unit called the OSCAR it is very light weight and comes in either a plumbed model or a pour over. Works in a house or commercial environment. And is only 110 volt.

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    Re: Mobile Espresso Service

    The Oscar was Nuova Simonelli's bad attempt at a low end commercial machine and now is marketed more as a high end home machine. You would be better off looking at a 1 group Appia. The Oscar, Livia 90, Rancilio Silvia are all in the same class range. The Silvia is definitely out of the running due to boiler size. The Livia and the Oscar are closer in comparison but neither would cut it in a mobile cart setup because neither machine is meant to steam multiple drinks in a row.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Re: Mobile Espresso Service

    I know a lot of people don't like them but I've had good luck with the Grindmaster Espressimo's. They have a 1 and 2 group machine that are both 110v. I've never had a problem with steam on mine running consecutive drinks back to back. They are a little heavier that some of the machines mentioned but are still under 100lbs. Also there is the Astra's that are 110v but weigh a little more.

    Just my .02 .
    Thank you,
    Tom

    Queen City Coffee

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    Re: Mobile Espresso Service

    Well if we are going 2 group 110V.....Spaziale makes one as well.

 

 
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