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gbnz
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2011, 4:31am
Subject: Thoughts on mobile machine setup?
 

Hi all,

I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the best 2 group setup for the back of a small car?

Looking at the Fracino machines...
http://www.fracino.com/machines/espresso-on-the-go.html

Classic: 2 Group Semi automatic
Classic: 2 Group Automatic

Contempo: 2 Group Lever
Contempo: 2 Group Semi automatic
Contempo: 2 Group Automatic

Details below:
Click Here (www.fracino.com)

If you were working at a busy weekend market what would you prefer to use?
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NobbyR
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2011, 5:18am
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Working on a busy wekend market out of the back of a small car, I'd probably choose the Contempo 2 group automatic machine. Once you've dialed in your grinder, with its volumentric brewing you don't have to pay attention to the amount of espresso in the cup, because the machine takes care of that. That way you can serve other customers or take orders, for example, during extraction. The Contempo has a hot water tap, which allows you to make tea or americanos as well.

You still need to pay attention, of course, because the settings can change. But IMHO the automatic will be more convenient for you.

What grinder are you planing to get?

 
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2011, 11:05am
Subject: Re: Thoughts on mobile machine setup?
 

NobbyR Said:

with its volumentric brewing you don't have to pay attention to the amount of espresso in the cup,
What grinder are you planing to get?

Posted December 3, 2011 link

+1  for production work and likewise I would want grinder with timer and doser.

 
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Posted Sun Dec 25, 2011, 11:31pm
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Thanks lads, sounds like the Contempo 2 group automatic machine is the one to go for.

There are heaps of different grinders you can go for - which one would you prefer for a compact setup?

http://www.fracino.com/machines/grinders.html

Model B Manual Grinder £195 (£145 for 3 off)
Model T Manual Grinder £185 (£140 for 3 off)
Model S Automatic Grinder £220 (£150 for 3 off)
Deli Grinder Michigan Standard – Low Volume £185
Deli Grinder Michigan High – Medium Volume £295
Deli Grinder Hawaii 2 – High Volume £530
Model C3/Touch Polished One Shot £210
Model C3/Touch Black/Silver One Shot £185
Model C3 Automatic Grinder Polished £270
Model C3 Automatic Grinder Black/Silver £240
Model C6 Automatic Grinder Polished £335
Model C6 Automatic Grinder Black/Silver £250
Model C8 Silent Automatic Grinder Black/Silver £510
Model A8 fresh One touch digital grinder £642
Model C10 Conical blades silent grinder £625
Rumba One touch single shot grinder £580
Salsa/Miracle One touch single shot grinder £300
Filtercaf Automatic Grinder 4 settings £275
Tranquilo Automatic Grinder Single Shot £120
Tranquilo Manual Grinder with Dispenser £140
Tranquilo Manual Grinder with Dispenser (Chrome) £150
Heavenly Manual Grinder Polished £135
Piccino On demand black ABS grinder £84
Piccino On demand black painted aluminium grinder £96
Piccino On demand polished aluminium grinder £154
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Posted Mon Dec 26, 2011, 11:43pm
Subject: Re: Thoughts on mobile machine setup?
 

The grinder doesn't have to be of the same brand as the machine. You shouldn't skimp on it.

Are you planing to serve just one kind of coffee or several, e.g. decaf? In that case I'd go for a hands-free grinder with two hoppers and a timer like the Mahlkönig K30 Twin. However, like John said a doser might also come in handy.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 3:26am
Subject: Re: Thoughts on mobile machine setup?
 

Take a look at this coffee bike. The machine is a two-group, gas heated, spring lever Astoria Perla AI. There's only one grinder.

NobbyR: CoffeeBike 1.jpg
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