[Homeroast] recommendation for a commercial machine for a faculty lounge

Steve Hamm steve.hamm at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 12:33:07 CDT 2013

Good problem to have. Wish I had this problem here at the office. There may
be someone on the list who can speak to this, but home roasters will
probably be hands-on baristas. You're talking about a commercial
superautomatic espresso machine.

If I were in your shoes, I'd want to find out what the most popular
commercial superautomatic machine is in Switzerland and/or Italy. Schaerer
and Thermoplan machines (both Swiss) are evidently popular in the states,
from the number of refurb machines available. No idea about how these
compare to other machines or a decent barista. Both have models that look
like they sing, dance, and maybe shave chocolate and do swirly-patterns in
the foam.

You should also look into installation (220V power + water + drain(?)) and
make sure about a good local company to service the machine.

On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM, Michael Burer <michaelhburer at me.com> wrote:

> Good morning, everyone!
> The academic dean at my graduate school is looking to buy a commercial
> coffee maker for the faculty lounge. He is thinking of an automatic,
> self-service  machine. I'm imagining fresh beans go in a container at the
> top, the user presses a few buttons to make their selection, and the coffee
> is dispensed into a waiting cup. The budget is pretty vague ("thousands" is
> all I know at this point). It would get heavy use by lots of non-coffee
> specialists and very heavy use by a small cadre of coffee geeks, some of
> whom I converted myself. Can anyone recommend a machine for this type
> environment? Any info or links would be appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> Michael Burer
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