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    Commercial machine recommendations

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi everyone,

    my wife and I are setting up an artisan ice cream shop
    and we also want to do excellent coffee. No idea where to
    start with a commercial machine however. Dont really have
    a budget as we would like to get the best machine for our purposes.
    I dont think wed turn over as much as a regular cafe so Im not
    sure wed need a 3 head? Any advice greatly appreciated!

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    Big ask on a public forum Nathan, I suspect some specialised training is the answer, about all your going to get from the cut and thrust of forum type advice is confused.
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    Try to estimate how many coffee sales you hope to have , daily/weekly.
    then think about where you will get your coffee beans from , a local roaster ?
    Enquire with various roasters about supply, they should be able to help you with equipment selection, leasing, sales options etc as well as training and possibly start up advice.
    You may not have to buy you equipment, it should be possible to lease/rent via a large supplier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blend52 View Post
    You may not have to buy you equipment, it should be possible to lease/rent via a large supplier.
    And you will probably be locked in to using said suppliers crap coffee.

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    I agree with Yelta, but if you want to do some of your own "research"(like sift through the rubbish and take what you think applies the best to you)

    I like James Hoffmann....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwdGbkyJJco&t=3s

    There are plenty of experts on line to give you all sorts of advise but being quite pragmatic myself, I like this guys "honesty" to what he thinks and applies to him...And his admission of his mistakes along the way...

    Cheers
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    As a supplier of commercial machines I would advise a mid range two group.

    Coffee is your "add on" business and IMO there is no need to invest in an expensive "trendy" brand. We see many cafes over invest in machines just to fit in with the marketing hype.

    Good solid brands to consider would be:
    - Nuova Simonelli Appia
    - Expobar
    - Wega
    - La Cimbali
    - CIME

    Feel free to call if you would like to talk it through

    Regards


    Antony
    (03) 9530 8992
    www.casaespresso.com.au
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    Welcome to the rabbit hole. May have been best if you found a map before you jumped in.

    Unlimited resources to choose from. Each with their own perspective. Choose wisely.

    *for anyone without a sense of humour, this is called sarcasm with a touch of exaggeration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    And you will probably be locked in to using said suppliers crap coffee.
    Ahhh....yep. Did you say something about confusing cut and thrust?
    Not locked into coffee if the said 'large supplier' is a supplier of machines and not a roaster who has contracts and / or supply agreements combined with machine supply.
    Most machine suppliers provide access to various financing options, including rent/lease.



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