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Nuolatinis
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Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 9:37am
Subject: Espresso machine for a coffee cart in college
 

Hello everyone!

I'm Russian student planning to open a small coffee cart in my college (in Russia) that I've almost finished. I read some of similar topics and came up with few decisions that I need to get an advice upon. I have to notice that it's my first attempt to make a startup and I'm well aware of the fact that I may fail as well as prepared for this. But first, summary of what to expect:
  1. We're planning to have something starting with 50 cups a day (Monday survey will give me more accurate numbers).
  2. Space available for the cart will be limited, so it has to be the small machine (1gp preferably, but it's the subject to discuss).
  3.  Initial buget for the machine may fluctuate from $2000 up to $5000, depending on the availability of the machines (it's a big concern here).

So, from what I've found available in my country, it appears that Nuova Simonelli Appia 1 S is the cheapest way to go (with the price of $2100). Next follows the La Cimbali М21 Junior S1 starting with $3000 (although it comes only wit 2.4l). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the local retailer of Elektra, so Elektra Deliziosa is not an option. Following to more expensive and popular options, there's LM GS/3 of course, but with the price of $7000 which is much more than I expect.

Next follows the grinder. It promises to be less headache since I'm planning to come to America for a couple of weeks to visit my friends, so I'll be able to buy the decent grinder there, however a good advice is still required.

I also wonder if there are companies in America (or other places in the world) that are ready to deliver coffee beans to the Southern Russia (because of the unbelievably high prices of the local suppliers).

The other things such as counter, syrups, design of the whole place itself, milk, sugar, etc are already taken into account. Sanitation regulations will be handled by my college.

Thank you in advance, hope I'll make my way through with your wise advice =)
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Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 7:23pm
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Here is a UK based site that offers worldwide shipping. They specailize in home and some commercial equipment. There prices are VERY reasonable. I am a big fan of Rancilio and Macap. Both are rock solid brands. The epoca 1 group  can handle approx 120 drinks per hour. As for a grinder I own a Macap MX. Its a 1 kg hopper capacity grinder. Think it has 65mm burrs. It can grind a full pound in under 1 min. The Epoca on this site goes for $2000. The Macap M2 is only $450. If your going to be serving Americano n press or drip id look at a water boiler maybe? This will save room on the cart if u brew manually.

Click

Syrups are easy to find. Monin is a great brand. As for coffee the fresher the better. Im sure you have roasters in the area somewhere. Maybe consider roasting yourself?
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Nuolatinis
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 6:05am
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Burner0000,

Thank you for your help! I found Rancilio Epoca option really interesting, and after watching some of the video reviews I believe it's the one I'll take. I am now also considering the roasting as it appears that green beans are much cheaper and not too hard to find. A little meticulous question - is this site reliable? From what I've found on this forum I can't make the complete conclusion and wasting $2000+ is not an option for me =)
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 6:35am
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Have you ever considered also roasting your own beans for your cart?  May be a way to save product costs and also further promote your brand.

Len

 
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Nuolatinis
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 6:46am
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Yes, I am now almost completely convinced that it'd be my best bet to roast the beans by myself. But it's the espresso machines' topic so I will ask questions about the roaster in appropriate place. Thank you for your consideration though!
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Roaster: Behmor 1600 / Sonofresco
Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 9:39am
Subject: Re: Espresso machine for a coffee cart in college
 

I haven't bought from this site so I can't say yes on that one.. If your willing to spend a few bucks more to buy from Canada I know of a few suppliers that will ship to you.  Links are below. Just make sure if you buy from these guys to get the right voltage and plugs.  

Epoca

Macap M4?

If you decide to roast this is is new and lookin good. :P

Coffee Crafters Artisan V Roaster
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