Searching for the right machine?
I've been reading these forums for a little while now, learning a lot, and now seeking some direct advice.
I'm starting up a new mobile coffee venture and seeking your advice on what machine(s) might be suited to my needs.
We're going with a mobile setup, mostly running off a generator of around 6kVa, with 15amp power available (so around 4000/4500 watts max available to the coffee machine).
Our basic requirements are:
2 Group Machine (2 steam wands) / Volumetric / 15amp power
Space / Size is not an issue.
Group head height only needs to be enough for 12oz take away cups (won't be selling monster 16ozers)
Outright second hand, we're happy to go up to $3,000.
Through a lease option, we'd quite happily head near enough to $10k for the right machine.
I'm anticipating our maximum might fall around the 100/hr mark.
(2 person operation, including sales processing & other drinks, what is our own physical max? I'm not sure)
At the end of the day, we're interested in selling the best quality cup of coffee we can.
Grind / Roast etc is playing a big part of it of course.
My research so far has shown my options are somewhat limited:
A LOT of San Marino Lisa's, with not heaps of really positive feedback - eg: running hot.
In my ballpark I see:
Wega Atlas 2 Group - around $4.5k
Elektra Compact 2 Group - $5.5k
Expobar Ruggero 2 Group - $5k?
Expobar Rosetta 2 Group - $6.5k
I don't have a leaning towards any particular machine / look or style at the moment, so maybe I can be swayed by your feedback.
I can't wait to hear your responses.
I'm based in Melbourne, and happy to be put in touch with suppliers as well.