[Homeroast] recommendation for a commercial machine for a faculty lounge
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.
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.
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>
> > 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
> > is dispensed into a waiting cup. The budget is pretty vague ("thousands"
> > 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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