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    Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

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    Hi!

    I have been asked to find a suitable coffee solution for a church in the city, St Philips Anglican (currently serving instant coffee!).

    I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions? The machine would be used after church at morning tea probably needing to make up to 40 coffees in an hour three or four times per week. Space is an issue so it could probably not be plumbed in.

    The easier to operate the better since it would probably be operated by lots of different people.

    Thanks for your advice!

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    What form of brewing are you looking at? For ease of use I imagine you would want to shy away from espresso?

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    Id suggest fresh beans, a biggish grinder and a number of french presses.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    For that type of use, a small commercial percolator (30 cup).

    Brew all in one go, they all take it pretty much in the one sitting, its finished, you clean it up and put it away until the next sitting.

    Brew cycle around 20 minutes usually.

    The usual caveat - Use good quality fresh beans - and the brew (if the percolator is used properly ie correct grind and dose) will be very drinkable.

    Use std size cups not mugs.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    Percolator is definately the go. They make an excellent coffee and very easy. You wont need anyone there operating it either.


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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    When you (WhoisDenisJC & Justin Boyle) say "percolator", do you really mean a drip filter machine?
    A percolator boils and re-boils the coffee and makes a disgusting drink, whereas a drip filter machine (with the right grind and brew temperature) can make a very nice cup.
    Luca has mentioned them in his blog (or on this site, maybe??).
    Stay away from percolators.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    get some drip brewers, theyre heaps cheap, easy to use and easy clean. plus they will keep the coffee warm and contain alot alot of caffeine! save the money on a good grinder that will grind for 40 ppl in a reasonable amount of time.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    Quote Originally Posted by 2C0F160519600 link=1243421288/5#5 date=1243503581
    A percolator boils and re-boils the coffee and makes a disgusting drink, whereas a drip filter machine (with the right grind and brew temperature) can make a very nice cup
    Provided it is consumed quickly it shouldnt be too bad. Drip brewers keep the coffee warm for an indefinate period and in reality the coffee is only good for 15-20min anyway so I would have thought that you would be in the same boat.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    Re-boiling would be different to keeping warm.
    Maybe different ends of the same sinking boat.

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    Re: Suggestion for a Coffee Machine $1000-$2000

    Hello all.

    a percolator makes quite a good cup of coffee (percolator style).

    It will only stew up the brew if you leave it on after the brewing cycle has finished, and the "warming cycle" starts. Ideally, you just switch off the percilator as soon as it finishes brewing, and dont let it go on the warming cycle.

    You can argue these things till the cows come home, but in my experience in real terms, and depending on the quality and amount of coffee grinds used in the first place, you can even leave the thing on the warming cycle for a short period (say no more than 10 minutes) wiith little ill effect. Leave it any longer and it certainly will stew up and taste horrible.

    The idea behind the percolator at functions, is you brew it up and it is served out straight away. So you are in control of not letting the coffee sit in the thing and stew up.

    In my experience drip filter machines are a waste of time at functions except if the function is very small. You cant keep any continuity in the delivery of each jug of coffee to the masses.....or you would have to have a bank of several drip filters going at once and then you need to have someone manning them, emptying out the dregs and re filling them etc...its too much trouble.

    Hope this helps.

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