Jump to content

Espresso machine for a roaster.

Recommended Posts

Hello Coffee Lounge!


I'm looking for an espresso machine, mainly for testing purposes, for a roaster I'm starting up. Of course, money's too tight to mention (when isn't it), but would I be better with something small, like a Rancillio Silva, or spending some money on something with a bit more muscle?


Thoughts and comments please!


Many thanks!

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you just want to evaluate the basic quality of the roast something like a Gaggia Classic will do the job, however you might want to try your coffees at a range of temperatures, so think about adding a PID & fixing the brew pressure to 9BAR.....Personally tho I would want something with more temperature stability for sampling and quality control......Machine aside a good grinder should be your priority though, regardless of machine.


Is your target audience shops , home-users or both? Shops are going to have 'more muscle' than (most) home-users, depends whos set-up you want to replicate I guess


Link to post
Share on other sites

What Gary said!


Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2

Gaggia Selecta Coffee Delux (Rancilio Silvia steam wand mod, OPV and steam valve mod) : Iberital MC2 : Happy Donkey Tamper : Gaggia Bottomless Portafilter :


Favourite coffee/roast is currently BSCA#1 Brazilian Speciality Coffee Association number 1 blend from Two Day Coffee Roasters Bristol :

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Gary. I'll be focusing mainly on cafes, restaurants and hotels. With regards to grinders, I completely agree - as important if not more so than the espresso machine. I've always had success with Mazzer grinders. I'm also looking for a bulk grinder; the usual suspects seem to be Ditting, Mahlkonig and Bunn. Any experience or opinions on them?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I got a Ditting KR 1203 recently and spent a while getting it running. The electrical components in the base are fairly cheap to replace if need be. New burrs are £350 incl vat, or best part of £200 if they can be resharpened.


Mental quick grinding, i.e 5secs for 30g on a medium setting (and that's with dull burrs!)


You just missed one on ebay that went for £102 in working order from Kent! In good condition they're worth in the region of £600-800.



Fun in a Cup Coffee Training

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • About
    Coffee Forums UK is the UK's premier coffee forum Started in June 2008 by Glenn Watson, we now have more than 24000 mainly UK based members, and welcome more than 3000 members and visitors from around the world each day! With strategic investment and digital expertise from the Jackson Lockhart team (Tait Pollack and Adam Bateman), we are taking Coffee Forums UK to the next level, and are delighted to share the journey with you.

    New Members:
    We are often referred to as the friendliest forum on the web and we look forward to welcoming you onboard. Please read our Terms of Use. We stick by them, existing members please familiarise yourselves with them.


    Coffee Forums Media Kit

    Click Here To Buy Advertising Space 
    £100 p/m when paid yearly, up-to: 690000 banner impressions per month!



    Become a friend of CFUK
    Buy Us A Monthly Coffee (massive thank you!) 


    Donate / Sponsor

    Click Here To Donate (big thank you!)

    Get Your Supporter Badge Today (per year)


    Coffee Forums Logo

  • Create New...