General Information and Features
The La Pavoni Pub commercial espresso machines are made for smaller restaurants and bars that will not have a prolonged "rush" for espresso drinks. In American coffee shops, there is more of a demand for cappuccino and latte than for plain espresso. What will tend to limit the rate at which your staff can make drinks is not (primarily) the number of group heads on your commercial espresso machine. The limit will more likely be the rate at which your staff can froth and steam milk for cappuccino and latte.
When there is a prolonged rush, you will need to be frothing milk nearly continunously throughout the rush. What enables you to do this is a large boiler. In commercial espresso machines having smaller boilers, you will need to let the espresso machine "recover" for a few minutes (say, 3-5 minutes) after steaming for a long stretch (say, 10-15 minutes). If you will need to be steaming continuously for longer than this, you should look at the La Pavoni Bar and Bar Star commercial espresso machines.
If you do not anticipate prolonged "rushes" in your coffee shop or restaraunt, then the La Pavoni Pub commercial espresso machines may meet your needs quite adequately. While we've just explanied the limitations of the La Pavoni Pub espresso machines, there are also three advantages that they offer. First, these espresso machines cost less. Second, these espresso machines take up less space, and weigh less. And third, these espresso machines run at the normal household voltage of 110 Volts for the 1-group configurations.
Commercial espresso machines having large boilers (like the La Pavoni Bar commercial espresso machines) are built to run at 220 Volts. This is because the larger boiler requires the higher voltage to heat it quickly enough to get your shop up and running in the morning. This means that if you do not already have a 220 Volt outlet where you are going to put your commercial espresso machine, you will incur the added cost of having an electrician put one in for you.
The La Pavoni Pub 1-group commercial espresso machines do not require this, and can be plugged into any nearby outlet. (Most zoning departments will require that the outlet be within 3 feet of the commercial espresso machine. But even if you don't have a 110 Volt outlet within 3 feet, it is an easier job for the electrician to put in a new outlet that jumpers off of whichever other outlet is nearby than it is for them to run a new 220 Volt circuit from your main electrical panel.)
The La Pavoni Pub commercial espresso machines come in either a single group or a double group configuration. Each La Pavoni Pub espresso machine has a single steam wand. The La Pavoni Pub M series of commercial espresso machines are semiautomatic espresso machines. The La Pavoni Pub V series of commercial espresso machines are fully automatic espresso machines, on which your shots can be preprogrammed.
All La Pavoni Pub commercial espresso machines can be ordered either in a Candy-Apple Red, or a glossy Black finish.standard in a deep burgundy finish.
Note that the special Pub 1EM configuration is a pour-over (meaning that you fill it with water manually, and it is not plumbed to the building water pipes). This offers the smaller shop an extremely attractive price point, and the ultimate in convenience for reducing installation costs (i.e., you don't need a plumber). It may also be an ideal solution for mobile espresso service, where plumbing is just not practical.
What's Included in the Price?
The prices include the commercial espresso machine itself, a 12 liter water softening unit (except for the pourover model), and a 1-year parts warrany. Prices do not include freight. Specifically, prices include:
Your La Pavoni Pub commercial espresso machine;
An 12-liter water softening unit (except for the 1EM Pourover model);
One single-serving group handle (independent of the # of groups);
A double-serving group handle for each group;
A 1-year parts warranty.
We can arrange the installation for you, or you can do it yourself. Note that there is really no installation cost for the 1EM Pourover model unless your local Board of Health requires a floor drain. All 1-group La Pavoni Pub espresso machines run on standard 110-120 Volt power, and the 1EM Pourover does not connect to plumbing.
What Will You Need to Do Before Your Commercial Espresso Machine is Operational?
When your La Pavoni commercial espresso machine arrives, it needs to be installed, and if you aren't sure how to use a commercial espresso machine, you need to be shown. (You will be able to figure it out yourself by reading some of the articles about commercial espresso machines on our site. Being shown is merely quicker. We recommend that you read these articles on commercial espresso machines and on running a coffee shop too.) We will arrange for the installation of your commercial espresso machine, or you can have it done yourself. Our installers will provide about an hour of training as part of the installation of your commercial espresso machine.
For us to provide installation, your site must be installation-ready for a commercial espresso machine. This means that there has to be a high-voltage (220 Volt - 240 Volt) outlet for the 2-group machines, a water outlet for all machines except the 1EM Pourover, and a floor drain (as per your local health code) near your commercial espresso machine. Specifically:
A 220-240 Volt outlet within 3 feet of 2-group Pub commercial espresso machines, or a 110-120 Volt outlet within 3 feet of 1 group Pub commercial espresso machines;
A water supply line having a 3/8 inch diameter and a shut-off valve, also within 3 feet of the commercial espresso machine, except for the 1EM which is a pourover model;
Your local board of health will specify the requirements for a floor drain. Usually, they will want a floor drain within 3 feet of your commercial espresso machine, but sometimes, zoning boards will allow for other creative solutions (such as an under-the-counter bucket in a mobile application). You will have to find out what it required by them, and make sure that your drain solution complies.
You will have to have these things in place before our people come to install your commercial espresso machine. The person doing the installation of your commercial espresso machine will probably not be a licensed electrician and/or a licensed plumber, although they might be.
Generally speaking, putting in an electricity, water, and a drain are not included as part of the installation. For installation of our La Pavoni Pub and Bar series of our commercial espresso machines, we work with a national network of installers and service providers. These are independent businesses. When you buy a La Pavoni Pub or Bar commercial espresso machine from us, we will contact your local installer for you, and arrange for them to contact you to set up an installation date.
As we've said, the installers are independent businesses near you. They will bill you separately and independently for installation. Our role is to put you in contact. All of them are authorized and trained to install and repair La Pavoni commercial espresso machines. If you like the service that they give you, you can use them for service and maintenance. If not, we will work to find you someone else near your location.
You must arrange for electricity and water with your own electrician and/or plumber ahead of installation of your commercial espresso machine. We will be happy to discuss what's required with them if you aren't sure. If these things have not been done by the time that your installer arrives, they will not be able to do the installation, and they will have to make a second trip. Depending on the installer, you might be billed a "nuissance fee" for this.
Note that 220 Volt commercial espresso machines will come without a plug at the end of the power cord. This is because there are different outlet conventions for high-voltage circuits, so there is no "standard" plug for 220-240 Volts. Part of the installation procedure for your commercial espresso machine is to put a plug on the power cord that matches your outlet. If you will be doing the installation of your commercial espresso machine yourself, you will have to provide this plug.
Expenses You Will Incur getting Your Commercial Espresso Machine Operational
Here are the additional expenses that you will incur in getting your commercial espresso machine operational.
Providing electrical, water supply, and a drain (see section above). If this work needs to be done, you will need to contact your electrician and/or plumber for a price.
Installation & Training: This will be done by your local installer, or you can do it yourself. If you use your local installer, they will bill you separately. In general, installation will probably cost about $300, but could possibly be as high as $500, depending on the difficulty. Installation will include training. As we've said, the installers are independent businesses. The dollar figures mentioned are not price quotes. They are just meant to give you a rough idea, so that you will know your total costs up front.
You may or may not wish to purchase a service contract from your local installer.
Other Equipment that You Might Want
Most all coffee shops grind their coffee fresh. We have two models of La Pavoni commerial coffee grinders that were made to match the La Pavoni commercial espresso machines. They come in Red or Black. Check out the "Coffee Grinders" section inside our "Commercial" section for details and prices.
To provide full service of cappuccino and latte in addition to plain espresso, you will need some standard barista supplies: frothing pitchers, frothing thermometers, tampers, etc. See our "Accessories" section. Depending on your store, you might want real cups, saucers, and spoons. Check out our "Cups & Saucers" section.
If you have any questions, or want recommendations or suggestions based on your particular situation, don't hesitate to drop us a note, or give us a call.
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