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stokerino1
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 11:39pm
Subject: Who makes Costco's cappuccino/latte machine?
 

Assume that Costco in the US and Canada are essentially the same. Some in Canada have a new and super latte machine that appears to be by the same manufacturer. The new one - and maybe even the previous one - has a compartment where a 4 litre jug of milk sits and is presumably refrigerated. It pumps out wonderful lattes automatically and many of them....seemingly with no breakdowns of the machines. Maybe I'll never have a need for such a machine but want to find out now who makes it just in case I win the lottery so I can establish my coffee joint of my dreams....sigh...
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 5:18am
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Saeco, DeLonghi, Breville.

The usual low-end consumer crap in a well styled box. Believe me....you aren't missing out on much.
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 6:04am
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The only one I could find on the Costco website that had a milk container was Click Here (www.costco.com)

Welcome to the board and sorry for the gruff reply you received from Endo. Super Automatic machines, esp. in the consumer class, are not looked at in a very positive light here. For the most part, they place convince above quality and even the best of them is only able to make an OK drink, let alone the higher level we seek here.

There are places where such a machine has a place. If you have lots of cash, are not particular about the quality of your drinks and don't want to mess with making the drink yourself, then a Super Automatic machine is right for you. They also have a place in an office situation where lots of people are going to use them and no one knows what they are doing but are wowed over by an "exotic" coffee drink.

Super Automatic machines tend to have higher maintenance issues as well as NOT being highly adjustable for quality.

Please do hang around for a while, ask questions, get to know us a little, we really are not so gruff but we do get the SA question a lot.

 
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 6:06am
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Actually....I meant to ask about the commercial machine used by Costco itself to make lattes for members at the food kiosk after checking out (along with hot dogs, pizza, etc.).
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 6:11am
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I'm guessing there's no way to include a picture in the forum so people could see what I'm talking about. Costco doesn't let people cross the line into the kitchen but I'm sure I could get a quick snap anyways.
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 6:19am
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You can add a photo (75 KB size limit) using the "Attach file" panel at the bottom of your post window. Or, you can host one elsewhere and post a link.
Of course, if you're going to Costco to snap a photo, you can probably ask them what the manufacturer of the machine is.
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 6:25am
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Good...I will take a picture today! The people who work the machine know nothing about the machine itself and there doesn't appear to be a brand name visible either. Of course, I've only had a second or two to look before someone catches me having crossed the line....
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 7:33am
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Welcome, Alain, to CG . . .

stokerino1 Said:

It pumps out wonderful lattes automatically and many of them....

Posted May 26, 2011 link

Uh, no.  Wayne is correct when he wrote,

calblacksmith Said:

Super Automatic machines, esp. in the consumer class, are not looked at in a very positive light here. For the most part, they place convince above quality and even the best of them is only able to make an OK drink, let alone the higher level we seek here.

Posted May 27, 2011 link

Now, admittedly, your subsequent posts made it clear you were not talking about a super automatic in the consumer (home) class, but rather in the commercial class.  But don't you think that -- if this (whatever super auto Costco is using) machine were indeed capable of pump(ing) out wonderful lattes automatically -- Starbucks would be all over this sucker?

Trust me:  compared to what you could actually make at home, Costco's super auto is "OK" at best.

 
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 8:04am
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I don't agree.... Part of the "charm" of Starbucks is that they don't do things automatically and that's part of the reason for their charging TWICE what Costco charges for their lattes that are FULLY AUTOMATICALLY made by pushing buttons. It's been many a year since I was in the business of coffee - mostly I sold and serviced commercial machines (La Cimbali and later Rancilio) starting in the mid-1970's but also a few home machines (La Pavoni, Gaggia). All of these machines have come a long way since then both quality-wise and price-wise. Costco's machine is a great one IMO - they wouldn't be using it if they hadn't tested it out for a lengthy period as they and their customers rely on its not being down for repairs (as well as the quality product it produces). I have a plethora of different machines/devices/systems for making (mostly) GREAT coffee....so I am able to offer as valid an opinion about coffee as anyone. BTW, have you even tried Costco's latte? Hint: ask for a double-shot latte!
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Posted Fri May 27, 2011, 8:40am
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There is no "charm" in *$ "coffee" The beans are stale and over roasted AND they pull all their shots on Super Auto machines, (they sold off all their GOOD espresso equipment years ago for the Supers) the "baristas" do little more than the Soda Jerk of yesteryear. . In fact, it is the rare customer that even orders anything that even resembles coffee. There is so much syrup, sprinkles, whip, milk and sugar that there is hardly any room for "coffee"

I know you said you have worked in the industry and if this is true (we have no way to know for sure, anyone can type anything they like ya know) then you have worked with equipment that will produce vastly superior drinks than any Super Auto will ever make.

If you really want a  Super Auto, well the commercial units will produce an OK drink but you are still limited in flexibility for on the fly adjustments to work with the conditions at hand. They are designed to produce the same drink, over and over with a low or no skill operator behind the buttons. They are NOT designed for outstanding drinks.

For high quality drinks at home, tap into your old network and dig up a nice condition used commercial espresso machine and grinder, the result will be MUCH better. Many of the people (EDIT) HERE  (end) have commercial equipment in the home and know how to use it. I have 2 single group and a double group commercial espresso machines with 4 commercial grinders.

 
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