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

Demian Ebert coffehound at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 14:31:26 CDT 2013


Our office in Seattle has an Avalon Gourmet
http://www.americanvendingonline.com/onecup%20pages/avalongourmet.html

There are about 65 or so people in the office. I hear there can be a line
at times in the morning, but it's not too bad. Operation is relativly
simple, choose one of three coffees loaded into a hopper from the top,
choose the cup size, type of coffee, 'strength', etc and it
grinds/brews/dispenses. I was pretty dubious the first time I saw it, but
it doesn't do too bad for an office machine (better than our Mr. Coffee in
the Portland office). My guess is they have a service contract with the
vendor who comes and cleans it, replaces the consumables, etc.

Demian


On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM, Seth Grandeau <grandeau at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
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