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Somersetgirl
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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013, 3:03pm
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Hi everyone!

So I've read through the forums in a lot of detail, and I know people have asked this before, but I'm confused!

I'm setting up a catering trailer cafe, to work at events and festivals etc. I am really keen to make fantastic coffee amongst other things.
I originally thought I wanted an espresso machine, probably group 2. I am now wondering if this is the best route to go. I understand I need to buy a good grinder, but can anyone advise the best type of coffee machine?
It needs to be relatively light, and I hope to need to make up to 100 coffees an hour.
I don't have an endless budget, and would probably look at a second hand machine. But are there other options? Does anyone have experience with coffee to bean machines? Are there any options I may not have even thought about?
Sorry for the lack of understanding, I just want to get this right!
Any info would be gratefully received!
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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013, 10:03pm
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If you've never made espresso before (and it sounds that way), I highly recommend forgetting about that option completely.  Just push it out of your mind.  If it tries to come back, push it away again.  I don't mean to be critical of you, but there is a steep learning curve in making great espresso, and you're talking about making a hundred drinks an hour.  Do the math, you'd have to make more than 3 drinks every two minutes!  Most of us here who've been doing this for many years can't do that.  Instead, focus on making great drip coffee.

...and since you're in Somerset, I absolutely have to ask...do you drink Moor beer?  The owner is one of my very best friends.  I've known him for 30 years and he's like a brother to me.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 1:30am
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Hi
Many thanks for your reply.
I have used espresso machines before having worked in cafes and restaurants but it's one thing making them on someone else's machine and a whole new thing considering buying one myself!!

I will take a look into the drip coffee route - I don't want to go and buy a machine which I'm not comfortable using so maybe this is the way forward!

And with regards to the beer - no I haven't had Moor beer before, but I will certainly look out for it and give it a go when I see it!
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 9:36am
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Moor beer just took Silver medal in the bitter category at GBBF last week. They've won many other awards, some even more prestigious! They are located in Somerset. I know there are several local pubs that will have it on line.

Good luck with your cart...please keep the questions coming.

 
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