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

Seth Grandeau grandeau at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 14:16:13 CDT 2013


The Capresso Jura line makes a pretty decent cup of coffee and an
acceptable espresso/espresso-based-drink.  If you have a Sur La Table store
near you, they usually have them set up for demo, so you can try a cup and
see how you like it.

http://www.capresso.com/automatic-coffee-centers.shtml

At a lower price point, Nespresso makes a nice pod based machine.  They
have a wide selection of pods and offer special releases each year, to keep
things interesting.  They're line of machines does include one which does
milk-based espresso drinks.  Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma usually have
these set up for demo.

http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/coffee-maker-list-Nesp

As somoene who has had very little luck with making espresso, myself, I've
been very happy with the nespresso machine and pods.  While it is not as
good as a great coffee bar, it's better than 95% of my coffee options.


On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Steve Hamm <steve.hamm at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> > _______________________________________________
> > Homeroast mailing list
> > Homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> >
> >
> http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast_lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> > <a href="http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/forum/">Sweet Maria's
> Forum</a>
> > <a href="http://www.sweetmarias.com/library">Our new Coffee Library</a>
> >
> _______________________________________________
> Homeroast mailing list
> Homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>
> http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast_lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> <a href="http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/forum/">Sweet Maria's Forum</a>
> <a href="http://www.sweetmarias.com/library">Our new Coffee Library</a>
>


More information about the Homeroast mailing list