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Posted on April 4th, 2017. Filed under Coffee Equipment.  No Comments »


Coffee is approximately a 30-32 billion dollar annual retail industry, that’s a billion with a “B!” It’s the most popular drink in the world after water and tea.

90% of coffee consumed in the US is slow drip, the remaining 10% being specialty coffee meaning with the use of espresso.  It is the opposite in Europe, 90% off coffee consumed is specialty coffee, 10% being slow drip. Just like wine, coffee beans flavors are affected by the soil altitude and other climatic factors. Specialty coffee is on the rise.

Why is this important? There is extreme room for expansion and it is happening now. If you don’t believe me go to any Starbuck, McDonald, RaceTrac, QuickTrip, Dunkin’ Donuts….etc.


Here are some points to consider if you decide to invest in specialty coffee machines.

  • High Schools are beginning to have these available to the students; they realize there is a market there as the demographic is from 12-45.  There’s also a nutritional value, in a 12 oz latte, 9 oz of that are dairy, another source of calcium.
  • Many people are surprised to hear this but there is actually less caffeine in a shot of espresso than an 8 oz cup of coffee…..let me say that again, less caffeine in a shot of espresso than a regular cup of coffee.  The reason being; espresso beans are ground extreme fine like powder and the extraction period is rapid, 15-20 seconds.  With traditional slow drip coffee, the grounds are coarse and have more surface area, and that extraction time is around 3 minutes.
  • ROI – Return On Investment – besides a mocha, latte’ or cappuccino, this is probably the best part of super automatic espresso machines by Franke.  The return on your investment, the break-even point where you begin making money, is very fast!  Most cases less than a year…..I can’t think of anything that has that kind of return.  Why is it so quick?  I’ll put it this way, the 12 oz latte you buy typically has an average cost of 75 cents, operator cost.  Then you sell for $4.00….I’ll let you do the math.
  • If you are interested in this arena, Franke Coffee Systems has the right machine for your application.
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