the cafe will be in santiago chile, where i live. coffee is a big part of chilean life, but to me, an expat australian, it is rubbish compared to that of australia. while i have made a few thousand coffees in my life using an already set up machine, i know very little about the art of a barista. i don't believe there to be any problem with the available beans, although i will need to be selective, as most i've tasted seem strong and bitter, which is not for me, i prefer a smooth sweeter brew. the problem is how it is made. at best, a take away cup is 50/50 water milk ratio. the smaller the cup the less milk, yuk. and zero texture to the milk. now i do appreciate a country has its own cultures and tastes but i know of many chilean nationals visiting australia for what ever reason and saying they were completely gobsmacked by how good our coffee is in australia. the coffee processes here in chile are probably closer to its origins than that of australia but to me that don't make it better.
most global coffee brands are represented in chile, so far i am leaning towards Lucaffe Exquisit as my preferred bean.
i am not familiar at all with machines or the quality of particular brands. this site has been very useful in that regard. while it is a start up, i don't want to have to fork out again if my first purchase can't keep up.
any help and tips would be greatly appreciated.