Farmer's Market brewing setup

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Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby Andy Schecter on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:20 pm

Using Clevers and v60s, some friends of mine are brewing excellent coffee at a local farmer's market. But the operation is not very efficient.

There is no plug-in access to electricity, so they use a battery/inverter combination that supplies just enough power to run a Ditting grinder.

Water is heated by propane in a large vessel over a turkey fryer burner. Then it's transferred into Buono kettles and kept hot over small propane stovetop burners. There's a lot of filling, refilling, and transferring of water, and it's very labor intensive.

Can anyone describe what a more ideal setup might be in this kind of situation?

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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby John P on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:04 pm

Would it be (financially) reasonable to use a small portable generator, then you have a bit more options. You could hook up a hot water tower with a 5 gallon water container, and still be able to use the grinder as well. If the hot water tower doesn't get water hot enough, you could instead - use a couple portable induction cooker and rotate the bouno kettles, keeping the hottest one closest and rotating the one that needs to be filled to the other cooktop. Given the nature of pour over, there will always be a lot of refilling.... I don't know how to work around that unless you find a REALLY large pourover pot, which will give you very sore wrists and forearms after a short time.

Efficiently making coffee en masse without access to electricity is difficult if not nearly impossible. It's impressive they are managing to do what they are doing.
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby Jesse Crouse on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:37 am

Portable generators as loud as they are might be the best solution. Other than serving cold brewed iced coffee that is.
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby phaelon56 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:23 pm

A smallish portable generator with sound dampening enclosure could be placed towards the back of their area and the noise reduced. Also worth considering is to get some of the big five gallon insulated beverage dispensers such as you see on work sites or the ones used to dispense coffee at catered events. Fill two of those with preheated water that is close to the boil and then transport it to the site. It will still need more heating to get it up to brew temp but they'll have it holding at maybe 175 degrees - doesn't take much energy to get water from there to 200.
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby nick on Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:36 pm

I <3 Owen's idea about bringing Cambros of hot water.

I run a 4-spot brew bar at a local market sometimes. I take hot water from a 3-gallon water tower into a 1.5 gallon kettle on a butane stove. Fluke thermocouples in the hot water tower, spout, and in the stovetop kettle.

If I had no water tower, I'd absolutely get 3-4 cambros, fill them with hot(-tish) water, and dispense them into large (1.5 gallon) kettles on 2 or 3 butane stoves. Thermometers in each. Instead of lifting and pouring from the large kettles, I point them towards me so I can just tip them over to pour them out (like the little teapot song).

How are they doing their Clever drippers? Have you/they seen my Clever Coffee Coasters? 8)
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby Andy Schecter on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:36 pm

Thanks, folks, for your suggestions. I believe a generator is a possibility, although the quiet ones are ungodly expensive.

nick wrote:I run a 4-spot brew bar at a local market sometimes. I take hot water from a 3-gallon water tower into a 1.5 gallon kettle on a butane stove.


That's sort of what they're doing, except they dispense from the turkey fryer pot into Buono kettles.

nick wrote:How are they doing their Clever drippers? Have you/they seen my Clever Coffee Coasters? 8)


Umm...no. I'm afraid this is a joke that I'm not getting.
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby David Kastle on Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:07 am

nick wrote:
How are they doing their Clever drippers? Have you/they seen my Clever Coffee Coasters?

Umm...no. I'm afraid this is a joke that I'm not getting


That's Nick's do-wop band
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby phaelon56 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:04 am

Andy Schecter wrote:Thanks, folks, for your suggestions. I believe a generator is a possibility, although the quiet ones are ungodly expensive.


You're telling me that Schectermatic International Industries doesn't have the capability to build a simple sound dampening enclosure for a cheap portable generator?
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby nick on Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:40 am

Andy Schecter wrote:
nick wrote:How are they doing their Clever drippers? Have you/they seen my Clever Coffee Coasters? 8)


Umm...no. I'm afraid this is a joke that I'm not getting.

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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby Andy Schecter on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:03 pm

phaelon56 wrote:You're telling me that Schectermatic International Industries doesn't have the capability to build a simple sound dampening enclosure for a cheap portable generator?


Of course we have the capability. But Schectermatic does only top of the line, state of the art work, and it's consequently very expensive. If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.
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Re: Farmer's Market brewing setup

Postby Andy Schecter on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:05 pm

Very nice, Nick!
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