would you recommend one of these or are they as tricky to use as the reviews suggest.
I am starting a coffee stall and I am tempted by the low power option and by some reviews that suggest they produce a great shot. However Im frightened off by reviews that say you need to endlessly adjust each shot.
Any experience of these be gratefully received ...
I have been using one for about two years in my mobile cafe. I do tinker with the grind over the course of the day, but I wouldn't call it extreme. Any good barista should be paying attention (and/or adjusting) grind over the course of a day. I love my Astoria 2gr Lever and it is a nice conversation piece unlike those super automatics you see at Starbucks. G'luck!
I specialize in sale and service of Astoria's propane-powered lever machines. I use two of them in my own kitchen, and sold one this summer to a gentleman who is using it on the back of a Vespacar Ape three-wheel truck. The entire system is very compact and capable of running for many hours completely autonomously. Levers are not as difficult to use as you might think; in fact they give you more control over the brewing process for a better and unique cup of espresso. My customer's website is here:
macchinamobile dot com
If you let me know whereabouts you are located I can find someone in the dealer network who can help you decide. Good luck
Hello. My cousin had opened his mobile cafe a few months ago. He use the same machine too and it works fine.
lever machines are not tricky to use! they work differently than a pump machine, therefore the parameters and techniques are different too.
in one year of daily commercial operation with a vintage lever machine i counted maybe 10 wasted shots. even the very first shot in the morning was as great as the following shots.
you can read more about lever machines and their operation (in a commercial environment) on my blog ironandsteamespresso.blogspot.com.