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Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 2:16pm
Subject: Advice about catering opportunity

I'm in a stump to where i have the opportunity to cater at an gallery with no water supply. Running the espresso machine is not a problem, because it will have its own water tank. My concern is about being able to rinse frothing pitchers after steaming milk. What is the best way to run operations if no sink is nearby? There is a kitchen, but it would be a hassle to go back and forth after each beverage. Any suggestions? I only plan on serving espresso beverages at these events (no blending or brewing)
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Posted Wed May 9, 2012, 6:25am
Subject: Re: Advice about catering opportunity

In my opinion, a lot depends on if this is a one time shot or an ongoing thing.

If it is one time, buy 3 plastic basins and a lot of bottled water.

In the first basin, put clean- first rinse/wash water with soap. next a second rinse then in the third a sanitation solution.

As you dirty the water, toss the first wash water, wash the basin and fill with clean water. Move the second station rinse to first wash, add soap to make it the wash water and then replace the rinse water with the now clean rinse water basin that used to be the wash station.

Move from wash to rinse to sanitation. Keep the first two stations clean and you should not need to change the third very often. Sanitizer can be bought at any commercial supply store, even places such as Sams club.

If this is a ongoing thing, buy a portable wash setup, but as these can very quickly run into $$$$$ more than most home espresso setups, very quickly, this is only if you need ongoing sanitation.

This is how we do our dishes/equipment cleaning at BBQ events. The pitchers can be used straight from the sanitation rinse, depending on the rinse you use.

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Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 12:42pm
Subject: Re: Advice about catering opportunity

Very helpful post by calblacksmith very informative and I think it is the wise thing to do Given that there is no kitchen and water supply available. Saves you the time and energy of going back and forth just to wash or get water.  Thanks for posting I have also learned something  with this post.
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