Catering market on the cusp of a water boiler revolution

Graham Crisp, sales manager

Growing consumer demand for speciality teas will drive market investment in dual chamber commercial water boilers, a leading product manufacturer is predicting.

Catering equipment firm Instanta believes it is only a matter of time before operators repeat what they have done in the coffee market, where the latest technology has been embraced to widen beverage choice and improve quality.

“We’ve seen that explosion happen in the coffee market and now you are going to see the same explosion happen with tea,” the company’s sales manager Graham Crisp told FEJ on the first day of the Great Hospitality Show. “Operators are now offering much larger tea ranges and herbal teas. It is a case of wanting a water boiler that can dispense at the higher end for your black teas and green teas, but also something at a lower temperature for white teas and herbal teas.”

Instanta’s new DC15 model allows users to operate both chambers simultaneously or independently – a feature that is designed to provide optimal flexibility in terms of usage and energy.

“If you’re a café and need volume during a busy time but don’t want it all the time, you can independently turn one chamber off. You have that option,” said Mr Crisp, who expects the customer base for the £1,055 model to come from specialist tea shops, cafes and foodservice operators within the leisure and tourism sectors.

The DC15 can currently go as low as 80°C, but the software is currently being reconfigured to bring the temperature down to 70°C, making it suitable for delicate teas.

The unit has a 15-litre capacity and can run off a 13amp plug socket.

Instanta is sharing its stand with parent company Zip, which is exhibiting the latest equipment from its integrated Hydro Tap range. It claims to be seeing more and more business go through the catering side having initially started out as a domestic product.

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