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    New to business and need help on make/model of this antique machine

    Recently closed on a deal that will include a Coffee Kisok in our local civic center. This is the machine that came with it purchase. I don't know much about it and trying to find out the worth of the machine and if its recommended to keep it or try to find a seller and upgrade to a newer model. The former owner has another machine he would be willing to sell, but if i dont need to, why spend the money. I am very new to this business and would love any help on the machine and the possible worth/potential.



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    It could worth about 5,000 dollars but market for this type of machine is very small.
    There are handful of people who are looking for this.
    I think this is 1990's La Cimbali. But I could be wrong.

    Fab Rancilio Z9 Copper Brass Dome Eagle Fish Commercial Coffee Espresso Machine | eBay

    I would put that on ebay and see what you can get them for it.
    It might take few months to sell it.

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    Looks like an old Gaggia machine...the exact same one I worked on at my first barista job. Side panels and top are just for show and a pain in the butt to keep polished. External pump is there..right down to the red buttons. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the same one. What year is it? The plate on the front lower part of the machine. What does it say? If it says ABC I am going to laugh.
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    you need to throw that maxwell house and foldgers coffee out
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    I have to agree with topher ond both posts!
    Looks to be a Gaggia Evolution series, check this link, red buttons'group heads,and external pump.
    Gaggia E90 Evolution Commercial Grade Espresso Machine 2 Groups 693042161008 | eBay
    Your's has all the classic cafe appearance features, brass looks pretty tarnished though, hopefully cleanable.
    If you have heavy volume in the cafe, you may want to upgrade to a new or completely
    refurbashed machine. Just for dependability.

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    I think the one I worked on was built in 1978. I used it starting in 89. I must say we didn't have a lot of issues with it...but that was a loooooonnnng time ago.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Yes thats long time ago.
    I thought I saw very similar La Cimbali few years back in Ohio. But my memory is not as clear as used to me I guess... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by topher View Post
    you need to throw that Maxwell house and foldgers coffee out
    The Maxwell containers were used in the past to hold extra water outside of the 5 gallon jugs. We're not serving Maxwell house, but i have since added a direct water line. We had a small show where we sold about 50 total cups. The biggest issue was the wait the customer had on the specialty coffee drinks, while the regular coffee was easy to serve and a lot faster I did notice people not 100% ready to wait on a Latte or Cappuccino being made somewhat one at a time.

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    This is two group machine, if your barista is experienced, you should be able to pull out about 4 cups of espresso base coffee in about 5 mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeJunky View Post
    This is two group machine, if your barista is experienced, you should be able to pull out about 4 cups of espresso base coffee in about 5 mins
    Our main attraction at our civic center arena is the hockey games. The problem is that we have 2, 15 min intermissions that flood us with business. Making 4 cups of espresso in 5 mins, means we could only serve 12-15 people. I was wondering if we could make the espresso right before the period ends, but is there a way to keep it hot enough that it doesnt lose its quality.

 

 
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