How Much Should You Invest in Your Commercial Espresso Machine?

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Starting a business or adding a new, caffeinated dimension to your existing business will require some investment in your equipment to get going. How much sh…


Khalil Homaam says:

Cat (meow!!), you are such a genius person…

Matthew McGee says:

Stretching the milk by 100% would result in the consistency of shaving
cream no? I thought it was common knowledge to go about 25-33%

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

That is wholesale pricing, yes, not retail pricing. I’ll put your video
request on the to-do list! – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Your can affect your dose by your grind and your tamp. 14g is the standard
for a double shot (7g for single) but how much you dose will depend on your
grinder, what kind of coffee you’re using, etc. – Kat

Phewy says:

It’s a pipe dream of mine to open a Cafe, would love to see more video’s
like this!

Retro Kid says:

Lol… I’m an accounting major and this guy must of taken a cost accounting
and capital budget class, very good breakdown I would buy a piece of
equipment from this guy.fantastic explanation

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

It really depends on your volume and how much rebuild you want to do. A lot
of manufacturers estimate replacement within several years — if you’re
making a couple hundred drinks per hour, you’re going to be rebuilding
elements quite often and then, at a certain point, it’s more expensive to
do that than to replace. Longevity in this market is highly dependent upon
business volume – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I think this varies by cafe – drinks styles, etc. So when you’re looking at
this for your business, you need to plug in the numbers that make sense for
your region and the style of drinks you’re making. – Kat

Serge Mutant says:

more videos like it please ! some advice for some one who wants to start
this type of business, would be cool ! thx for your videos !

Matthew McGee says:

If you stretch the milk to double the volume it’s no longer a latte and
would result in Gail-esque latteart….sorry Gail, love ya!!

Rohan Punamia says:

Forgot to include Labor, which even near min wage will change those numbers
up considerably

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Nope, this video’s focus was not on either of these — grinder is a totally
different story and we have no idea how much electricity costs folks. That
was part of our comment on ‘overhead’ – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We explicitly state that this is gross profit only and that we can’t talk
about your net profit. We actually say we can’t tell you about labor …
so, no, we didn’t forget. This is about gross not net, as we explain in the
video. – Kat

faustas308 says:

Probably should include costs to maintain the machine(s), which can be
estimated fairly easily.

Robert Gallop says:

Interesting topic, wouldn’t mind some more on this

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

aww shucks! thanks I will tell BK, Kat and the Crew ~ sam

Zooronaut says:

You should have added the grinder and the costs for the electric power.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Hahah 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Glad you enjoyed it! We’re going to have him talk through a lot of other
things regarding how to choose equipment, setting up a cafe or a stand,
etc…. so stay tuned 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We’re working on ’em 🙂 – Kat

Xezmer says:

5, 6, 7, 9 years? Wow that doesn’t sound like very long.. I would hope they
last 10+ EASILY with good maintenance.

kmaglion says:

$9/lb? I wish… more like $15/12oz. On more of a related note, I’d be
interested in a video on choosing a (non-super-auto) machine for office
use. Especially if that video’s conclusion is that no office should have
anything other than a GS/3 and a doserless Mazzer Mini.

diva d says:

Math is hard:)

Sutrisno indonesian says:

i used Nuova Simonelli Oscar and i cant make a double shot espresso using
14gr of coffee, that basket had to fill up to 20gr of about you
Kat and Gail?any help or advice?thank you

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

They’re in the works! 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

This varies widely, depending on the machine chosen and volume; as well as
market. For example, if you’re working in an error that is milk drink
heavy, you’re going to be rebuilding your steam wand and assembly
significantly more often than somewhere that is catering to a largely
espresso-only market. But we’ll get into care and maintenance later 🙂 – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Not true at all 🙂 – Kat

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