We're buying a small breakfast and lunch spot that has a tiny kitchen, but we need to improve some of the current methodology. They currently process everything by hand, and that has to end. So, I need to pick up a food processor, especially for slicing and julienne. I wish I could afford a Hobart, but it's simply not in the budget. I see Robot Coupe for under $1,000 and they're not too huge, and there's a brand I've never heard of, Uniworld, that sort of mimics the design of the Hobart, for under $700. (http://www.aarestaurantsupply.com/store/pc/Uniworld-Pro-Food-Processor-with-3-Blade-Discs-p704.htm#.UwAWT4V_l0k) Anyone familiar?
I also think an immersion blender will really streamline things for sauces and soups. Any decent cordless units out there? The problem with corded units is there will be 3 of us in the line and a cord is too cumbersome. All I can find is a Waring and a "professional" Kitchen Aid, both around $300. Can you get the power with a cordless? Will they hold up? Anyone have experience with one?
The last request is a rec for an espresso machine that uses prepacked pods. We sell tons of coffee and we could kill it with half way decent espresso, but the staff is incapable of becoming baristas and will never be proficient with pulling a consistently great cup from a standard machine. I'd like to keep the expense under $1000 if possible. Any recs out there for a reliably consistent machine? Or even the coffee pods as well?
Thanks in advance for any help you folks might give.