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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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
  5. 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....
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 subje
  9. 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!
  10. Just spotted this, if you end up in Devon talk to Sanremo, they're based there and I can vouch for the machines.
  11. Yep you get different burrs for the three phase ones, a and b after the number. to be honest I'm just going to try it and see. It also gets hot after grinding 20 kilos of coffee in an afternoon and anything I can do to reduce that will improve the coffee and probably extend its lifespan.
  12. Three phase is always preferable if you have it in the building, the motors will run smoother, cooler and hopefully grind a bit quicker. It's like the difference between a one cylinder and a three cylinder engine.
  13. Not 100% no but looks like space for three phases and capacator delaying single phase into one of the three. If I look like Albert Einstein tomorrow you are right:)
  14. Currently about to try this and wondered if anyone else has. The spec sheets for these grinders list two outputs for single and three phase so I dug in the and had a look and I reckon my standard Major shop grinder can take three phase which may save me a lot of money buying a huge great big ditting three phase beastie (or at least delay the purchase). Will report back how mine goes but if anyone has done this and can give me any tips I'd much appreciate.
  15. I went through this recently when some cheapo chinese ones died, did a bit of research and bought what I thought were made in Britain ones and when it arrived, made in China on the back. My takeaway was that electronics are pretty much all the same.. If you're interested the brand was Marsden and it has been working fine so far.
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