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  1. Trotters coffee:) I love the idea, post a pic if you get it done.
  2. Oh and if you're in NW England, try https://www.buxtoncoffeeroasters.co.uk v knowledgeable and handy chaps to know.
  3. Hi Jill, have a wee poke about this forum, lots of people have asked the same questions and there are lots of useful answers. I did have a quick nose about to see if I could find and link them but I'm in a hurry and didn't manage sorry. Long story short - mobile coffee perfectly viable at the moment.
  4. Sorry to hear you're so burnt out man, here's the main bits of what I think might be useful. We supply several mobile units (converted horseboxes are popular and I'm fitting out another one at the moment) and you can make a good go of them subject to making sure you tick a few boxes. Firstly the pitch, town centres work well if you can swing it and it doesn't have to be a huge city or touristy but those things help. Places where people park their cars to walk dogs or watch sports are also good, stately homes etc. You must make good coffee, so invest in yourself, training is really important, my advice is find a local roaster who you get along with and they should be able to help you with gear and training. A simple on-demand grinder and a machine ideally with pre-infusion and a shot timer will get you going. Power is a pain in the backside, you can do 12v and a gas machine but you'll need whopping batteries. Mains is obviously best with gensets in the middle, you'll need a good genny at least 4kW, petrol are noisy but cheaper, diesel are heavier, more expensive, but quieter and usually beefier. LPG is a thing but I've never used it. Last thing is the least tangible and that's the experience, if you make a nice vibe and learn your regulars' names and stories you'll get a solid following and build from there, we have a horsebox that goes through thirty kilos of coffee a week and he is very popular. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  5. It's coming soon, will update when they are open:)
  6. I'd try a longish chimney and run a few loads through before you go and spend a fortune, you might find you can get away without a filter.
  7. I think you might be quite lucky to get going for a few grand and your wee machine will struggle if you get busy but crowdfunding is really a thing these days and if you can get the locals behind you then there's no reason why you shouldn't raise enough to get it going properly. Perhaps talk to your local roasters and get them onboard, they may be able to help with equipment and will certainly have plenty of useful advice.
  8. If you don't have enough recommendations to go on already then I'd give a thumbs up to https://www.shibui-tea.co.uk/
  9. I'm sort of in the same boat as you, right now I am putting 250g samples through the little 1kg roaster we started off with years ago which can be done with a lot of bodging but it is clearly not ideal. Totally agree with the Ikawa being rather expensive and in any case its a hot air roaster rather than a drum and I'd rather use the same method as a production batch would go through. I'm tempted to get one of those new ones bella barista are selling for £700 odd quid just to see what they are like, the other option is a proper sample roaster from one of the big companies and you can actually get those for sensible money second hand too (although they don't come up too often). Sorry this is of absolutely no help but if/when I actually get something I'll share what I find out.
  10. OK we have finally got to dig into the guts and I'll add what we found here since I couldn't find anything on the internet when I googled this and it might help someone else down the line. Probably unsurprisingly the conclusion was that the motor does not have three windings despite initial opinion that the connectors had inputs for three (perhaps they use the same plastic connector block for both) and therefore isn't three phase capable. Time to flog it and grab a Ditting....
  11. We supply several mobile outlets and the various setups are: Normal machine and large diesel genset (big thing that needs a forklift to move) which is quiet and powerful but cost five grand I think. Normal machine and 2700W small petrol genset, I did the sums on this and it shouldn't be able to power what it does, however good old Honda power is somehow keeping up. Noisy but customers don't seem to mind and he is going through serious quanttities of coffee. Possible voltage drop? I haven't checked. Gas machine and very large batteries, inverter for grinder, topped off with solar. You need whacking great big leisure batteries for this but it is doable and is therefore nic and quiet plus you can put it anywhere. The sums to calculate your demand per day are pretty simple but do add in a decent safety buffer. The best option of course is to try and run mains from a nearby building which solves all your problems, if that's possible take a look that way first. Good luck, mobile units are doing reallly well right now.
  12. Just got this through and thought you guys might enjoy having a look over the latest swanky bit of home gear. They're all sold out for months ahead but I am going to try and get a demo unit for a while so for anyone around the south of Scotland, hopefully by the time it arrives we will be allowed to have people in to play with it. 1479561188_CUBEBrochure-March2021.pdf
  13. This sounds really interesting, I'm a coffee roaster with a scientific background but know little about computers. Data is always useful provided it is good data and you have enough of it. My initial thoughts would be how to standardise the data you collect, for instance different makes of coffee roaster will have temp probes in different spots so the readings for bean temp will vary ( I use several roasters for different jobs and they need slightly different techniques). Mass, time etc are relatively constant so should be trouble free but important points like first crack are again subjective. One roaster might call first crack on the very first pop that they hear but another may decide to call it slightly later for instance - I am also deaf so will inevitably call it later than someone younger than me:) Last of all you have the problem of reducing the resulting beans to data, that's probably the trickiest bit and I have no immediate answers. Like most experiments - designing it is the hardest bit, I'd be happy to share what I know though, get in touch if you'd like a chat.
  14. You will almost certainly need something from the council if you're on public land. Might get away with it if on private property, for instance a company car park. Depending on the council you may be able to get started and then apply retrospectively. What I can say for sure is that we supply several mobile units and for the last few months they have been ridiculously busy so if you're in a position to get going quick before the majority of the shops re-open then go for it because you'll get a good start to your cashflow. Good luck!
  15. Just spotted this, if you end up in Devon talk to Sanremo, they're based there and I can vouch for the machines.
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