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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!

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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

@garydyke1

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What Gary said!

 

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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?

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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.

 

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