nm19907 Senior Member Joined: 24 Jan 2014 Posts: 1 Location: maryland Expertise: Just starting
Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 1:09am Subject: Lavazza LB2312 or Nuova Simonelli Oscar
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...
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,506 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
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?
JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,475 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -... Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -... Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup Drip: CCD, Chemex Roaster: No, no, not another...
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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