Astoria Gloria is exactly what you need, if by "semi-auto" you mean automatic (programmable buttons for volumetric extraction). Semi-automatics you have to turn on the dosing of water and turn off the dosing of water. Super-automatics are the machines Starbucks uses, that produce terrible espresso & simply read your mind without any interaction.
In my experience, Astoria is the best balance of price & reliability (10-13 years of heavy service without major repairs). Machines that are less expensive than Astoria have a lot of plastic components & tend to break more. More expensive machines have marginal benefits & a value equation that doesn't add up in your circumstance.
As a mobile platform, I would definitely buy new. Older machines will have finicky electrical connections & possibly scale that could come loose in transit.
Hope this helps!
Absolutely! I don't have any experience with Spaziale. Mazzer, Compak & Mahlkonig all make incredible espresso grinders. Compak has weight based models that are awesome but a little out of your budget. A time based, doserless Mazzer would fit your budget & last a long time. Just make sure you replace the burrs on a regular basis.
Thanks again, Erik! Mazzer seems to be the consensus with everyone. :)
Nouva Simonella commercial 3 cup espresso with frother asking $700.00
It has very little hours of uses It's retail price is $1,200 for a used one .New is $22,000 .
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I own a coffee truck in Albuquerque. http://www.greenjoecoffeetruck.com
I use an Astoria Divina 2 group semi.
Here's the pros and cons:
1. Pros: Workhorse. Can pull shots, pull shots, pull shots. In fact, I pull so many shots from it, I named it after my tank in the Army, "Dirty Duece"! I have a two group with two steam wands. I can work on 4 drinks at once, which is awesome when I need to bang out a long line. It's dialed in and super easy to use. Which makes for quick work. My business focuses on a good and fast cup. This allows for both.
2. Cons: Draws a lot of power. I'm mobile, so this is a concern for me. But I bought it with the thought of brick and mortar later on...so, its a problem now, but hopefully not one later :) It takes 4400 watts. As of now, I'm unaware of how to power that with anything other than a big ass generator. So, it requires me hauling around this 200 lb genny everywhere I go. That blows.
80% of the time, I don't need that big of an espresso machine. In my opinion, I probably overpurchased my espresso machine. Meaning, I probably could get away with only one group. But, when I work movie sets or have long lines, it's nice to have that second group.
Here's a few notes:
1. It does not have a built in grinder
2. It draws 4.4kw
3. Its 220v
4. Weights 138 pounds dry
5. Takes 15 minutes to warm up
Here's a data sheet if you need one:
I paid $2,400 for a refurb...
Hope it helps!
Where did you get your refurb?? I'm planning to a get the Astoria Rapallo, lever, and a refurb would be great. Was it at Astoria itself?