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nm19907
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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 1:09am
Subject: Lavazza LB2312 or Nuova Simonelli Oscar
 

Hello,

I am thinking of buying an espresso machine for my restaurant. I am not expecting more than 20-30 orders of coffee a day. Which machine would be a better one compared to the other? Both of the prices are in the same range so that is not really an issue...
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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 6:16am
Subject: Re: Lavazza LB2312 or Nuova Simonelli Oscar
 

Really two completely different machines, the LaVazza is a capsule machine, and the Oscar is a light duty commercial espresso machine. Personally I'm not a fan of Lavazza nor their stale beans they charge $$$ for. The Oscar will take more work/training to nail down as it's not push button machine (knowing cooling flushes before pulling a shot, there are even mods you can do to make it better), it's an h/x steaming beast. I'll take an h/x anyday over a capsule machine. But that's for you to decide. Are you looking for "cups" though or just espresso shots/milk drinks?
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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 8:33am
Subject: Re: Lavazza LB2312 or Nuova Simonelli Oscar
 

As CMIN has already pointed out, these are two completely different machines.  The Lavazza is a capsule machine best for people who don't care about the quality of what they're serving.  The Oscar can do a fine job in a home environment, and should be fine in a low volume commercial setting.  

When I see a Lavazza machine, I order tea.  When I see an Oscar, I'm still a bit cautious/skeptical -- although certified for commercial use, it's on the lower rung of an HX machine -- but I'd certainly give it a shot (no pun intended).  But you will NEED to learn how to use it, and train your staff.  Otherwise it's will be a disaster, and you're better off with a Bunn drip system.

 
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