Larragh Senior Member Joined: 5 Jul 2013 Posts: 1 Location: London UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:37am Subject: Duel Lpg / Electric coffee machine for mobile catering
I would like an advice on what is the best quality coffee machine for mobile catering which runs on Lpg and on rare occasions , electric and what would be the best solution in order for it not to drop in temperature . Is it best to go lever, or can you still archive great quality and constant temperature with semi auto machine. My budget is 3000-4000 UK pounds just for the machine, producing 200, 250 cups an hour. Any advice would be appreciated. Regards, L
west77 Senior Member Joined: 18 Aug 2010 Posts: 49 Location: Calgary AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: WEGA 2 group Airy, Rancilio... Grinder: Carimali M1, Nuova Simonelli... Vac Pot: Cory gasketless Drip: What's drip? Roaster: Fratello ;)
Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 12:46am Subject: Re: Duel Lpg / Electric coffee machine for mobile catering
That is kind of a tough question- most of us will not have served 250 cups an hour with no electricity (heck, most of do not serve 4 cups per minute even with electricity...) I was doing a little reading when I bought the lever machine with an LPG option installed and can really only pass on second hand information gleaned from around the web. If you are spending that kind of money and needing something functional and reliable I would think you might need to contact a dealer to help steer you in the right direction. There is also the grinder and whatever you need to meet health regulations (do you need a sink etc?)
Most of the sources that I had found questioned the official numbers that are usually quoted for a commercial 2 group machine (most manufacturers claim around 240 cups / hour as their capacity.) Whatever you choose, you still need some pressure behind the water to fill the machine (are you planning on hooking into the water main somehow or running an electric pump?)
The temperature stability of the LPG lever machines seems to almost be legendary and it is more a question of how many shots you can pull and how much milk you can steam each hour. As a side note, you can also type in propane rather than LPG on your search (you will get mostly results from your part of the world with LPG and mostly American results with propane.)
There are a few threads on various boards dealing with propane machines that you may find helpful. In the end though, I think you will need some advice from a dealer who can work with you on the set up and your expectations. Best of luck.
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