Deciding Between the X-1 and X-1 Mini for Your Juice Business
X-1 vs X-1 Mini
It may be hard to decide on whether you should invest in an X-1 Mini or upgrade to the X-1 when either starting your juice business or adding juice to your current offerings at a restaurant or cafe. This article should make the decision easy.
The Mini is great for two use cases: Making bottles of juice to stock a refrigerator or for delivery, and making made-to-order / on-demand juice.
The Mini is our smallest unit available, and is a great machine for most small juice producers. The most popular use case for the Mini is to produce bottles of juice for a refrigerator or for delivery. This is the machine we recommend for clients wishing to make 20 – 200 bottles of juice per day. At that volume, the X-1 Mini can efficiently produce what you need at a regular work pace. The Mini is capable of producing much more juice than this, but it’s highly dependent on the recipes and how fast the user is working. We’ve seen in normal work environments with a mix of recipes about 20-30 bottles per hour production. If you are making pure apple juice and working as fast as you can, you could realistically double this output or more.
The X-1 Mini can also be used for made-to-order / on-demand juice if the work-space is set up properly. There are two speeds on the machine, the faster speed being for single servings of juice. A single juice can go from raw produce to juice in about two minutes.
Since the machine will sometimes need to be rinsed between recipes, it’s best if the machine is located on a counter that is made of stainless steel and has a drain built in so the machine can be rinsed in place without worrying about making a mess on the counter top. You can view this thread on the community forums for more info. If the space cannot be washed down, the X-1 Mini is probably not the best choice for made-to-order juice.
The X-1 use case is simple: Best used for companies that want to make a lot of juice quickly, with minimal preparation and labor time.
If you are planning a wholesale business or any other type of juice business that will be producing 150 – 800 bottles of juice per day, this machine could be the best fit for you. Compared to the Mini, the X-1 is big, loud, and messy, but oh boy—does it make juice! The X-1 is capable of producing much more juice than 800 bottles of juice per day, but in a normal work environment we have seen about 80-100 bottles per hour as a realistic production rate.
The ideal environment for using the X-1 is a commercial kitchen that has a floor drain so the machine can be washed down in-place. Many users don’t have a floor drain and are still able to utilize the machine efficiently, but the cleaning process takes a bit more time. If you don’t have a back-of-house kitchen, the X-1 isn’t really an option for you. It’s too loud to use in a cafe environment where customers are trying to enjoy their juice or coffee.
Using both machines
Lots of companies have both machines. The X-1 Mini can be used to make all of the juice for a single juice bar location to stock the refrigerator, but if customers are ordering a lot of delivery or juice cleanse packages, you may find it a struggle to keep up with the demand. The X-1 is great for this reason. A group of five friends just ordered a 3-day cleanse package each? That’s a lot of juice! The X-1 can get through this order quickly and allow your staff to get back to work on other tasks.
The X-1 Mini is also a great recipe development machine since you can make as little as 12 ounces (350 ml) of juice in a batch if desired. The minimum batch size on an X-1 is about a gallon of juice, so it can create a lot of waste if just testing new recipes. For this reason, some X-1 owners like to have an X-1 Mini available even if they need to generally make large batches of juice.
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