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

Michael Burer michaelhburer at me.com
Thu Jul 18 11:11:08 CDT 2013


Thank you for the recommendations. We looked today at a Jura Giga 5; that may end up being our machine because of price point + features. The local retailer provides good service after the sale as well. If anything interesting develops I'll post the news here. Otherwise, press on, friends!

Michael Burer

On Jul 17, 2013, at 2:31 PM, Demian Ebert <coffehound at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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