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    Coffee Machine Question

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    Hi all,

    I have purchased a commerical coffee machine BUT need to get it installed. I need to tell the plumber to put in a drain to drain the excess water from cleaning and coffee. My question is should I install drainage for that or is it just as effective to drain the waste to a bucket. For those that have these setup in place can you give adv and disadv of each method.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    Plumb the waste out. The last thing that you want is to forget about a bucket and have it overflow. I dont think that draining either way will really hurt your machine.

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    I agree with Luca, when I took over my cafe the previous owner said he emptied the bucket once a week.
    I found that I had to do it every 2nd day or sooner with the regular cleaning so I had it plumbed the next week.

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    I have mine emptying into the drain at home (in the same way that a dishwasher does) and it is a "forget about it" deal after that.

    Each week I flush the drainage tube with a litre or so of water to ensure that coffee grounds dont accumulate and gremlins dont feel that they will make it their home.

    Hope this helps,
    Paolo.

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    We have a bucket at work as well. And I cant tell you how many near misses I have had with it!!

    So if you can plumb it in, I say, do it!

    Though the excess coffee grains going down the drain may also become an issue but I am sure that there are ways to deal with that as well.

    Better than a bucket!

    And is that the Brasilia that you are getting put in Chessmad??

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    Quote Originally Posted by scoota gal link=1150706309/0#4 date=1150718335
    We have a bucket at work as well. And I cant tell you how many near misses I have had with it!!

    So if you can plumb it in, I say, do it!

    Though the excess coffee grains going down the drain may also become an issue but I am sure that there are ways to deal with that as well.

    Better than a bucket!

    And is that the Brasilia that you are getting put in Chessmad??
    Although the bucket could be useful if a bout of uncontrolled nausea was to occur! ;) ;D

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    Thanks everyone for your feedback, Ill go with the plumbing then.

    And yes scooter gal its the Brasilia Portofino that I settled with.

    P.S How come no one told me that starting a new business can be so hard :-D.

    So much red tape and fees

    Location very important, if you find a location that you like make sure the building complies to the BCA (building code of australia. In our case our shop adjoins a foyer BUT the gyprock work in place is not fire protected and not compliant, therefore we had to fork out the brick work. We didnt find this out until the trades people started the demolition. Our mistake was that we should have asked for detailed drawings of the shop.

    DA (dev approval) this is a document provided by council to approve the development. We had to change our plan a few times, for example we were not allowed to have roller shutter as this did not conform to the street scape. So we had to resort to using bifold doors...very expensive.
    Other issues involved council putting in clauses whereby certain conditions have to be met before a CC can be issued. Our conditions was the installation of a disabled access ramp and removal of a vertical sign that was part of the building BUT which didnt belong to us.

    To avoid installing the disabled (nothing against disabled people) access ramp, we had to consult a disabled access consultant. The vertical sign is still an issue, councils wants it removed the owners want to keep it.

    While this is going on you have to deal with cafe fitout people, in our case we had 2 groups the fitout people who was responsible for the stainless steel benches and cold food display and refrigeration. The other group was a project manager responsible for the trades people like plumbers, tilers, painters, demolishers etc.

    In our shop we had to drill core holes for the floor waste, however the strata didnt have any drawings to show us the size of the slab, therefore we had to consult an engineer to write a report to say that the core holes that are to be drilled will not impact the structural integrity of the building.

    Then CC (construction cert), to fast track this process we had to service a private certifier. He makes sure the construction work going on complies to BCA fire saftey, food and health regulations.

    Then OC (occupation certifcate) we havent even got there yet......

    Hope to open in 4 weeks.....we already paying rent....

    If anyone needs more advice please contact me, Ill be more than happy to tell you what to look out for. We learnt the hard way.

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    Re: Coffee Machine Question

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
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    Good on you for sticking it out! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    And I hope all goes well for your opening in four weeks! Care to let us know where your business is? Would love to visit when were in Sydney in the end of July!



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