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    Hello Everyone,

    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)

    Price point:
    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.

    Coffee Throughput:
    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.