THREE TO BEAT: Coffee machines to keep operators profiting

Matthew Algie coffee

FEJ picks out a handful of commercial coffee machines ideal for use by operators with sites that experience differing levels of demand.

VISACREM VETRO

Tell us about its key benefits…

The Visacrem Vetro espresso machine from Verde Coffee boasts a number of key features including a tempered glass control panel with touch buttons and mono-block 2 kilo brass group heads with infusion-extraction system. It contains a copper boiler with independent thermo-siphon heat exchangers for each group head, two stainless steel rotational steam outlets and one hot water outlet. The water level is electronically controlled, while the internal latte system controls milk frothing.

What makes this model suitable for a multi-site operation?

This machine is designed to offer the perfect balance of style and functionality that multi-site operators desire. It’s also available with capsule handles, meaning the operator can use biodegradable coffee capsules with the machine, therefore ensuring consistency across sites as well as excellent quality coffee that will drive repeat business.

How much training is needed to use this piece of equipment?

Verde Coffee offers full barista training with all its traditional espresso machines. Just a few hours spent learning about the machine will ensure users know how to operate and maintain it properly, and get the best out of it.

Which one feature would most benefit a multi-site operator?

The Visacrem Vetro is available with Link technology, which allows owners and operators of coffee machines to obtain information such as the number of coffee cycles performed, fault messages and preventive maintenance reports. The system works thanks to a Vodafone Global SIM card installed on the electronic board of each machine, which transmits all the information to a data platform. Coffee machine owners may then access the information from the data platform using any internet-connected device. The technology allows multi-site operators to manage their machines remotely, meaning they can see the result of local marketing campaigns, monitor coffee output against sales and identify consumer trends, as well as make sure their machines are in perfect working order.

Visacrem Vetro

VELOCINO 2

Tell us about its key benefits…

The Velocino2 from Fracino is an innovative and unique 2 group espresso machine which is designed to meet and exceed the expectations of restaurants and pub chains for speed and consistency. Designed for sites with high staff turnover, the ‘hybrid’ system combines the reliability and low maintenance requirements of a traditional machine with the ease of use of a fully automatic system. The Velocino2 delivers ‘one touch’ cappuccino and latte options, two drink size options and up to two 12oz drinks at the same time. Its groundbreaking engineering capabilities include a 4 component milk frother system with push-fit assembly for quick, easy and thorough cleaning. An adjustable needle valve for cappuccino air intake, meanwhile, allows users to adjust the consistency of the cappuccino foam to compensate for the natural variations in milk, producing a perfect frothy cappuccino.

What makes this model suitable for a multi-site operation?

The simplicity and flexibility of the Velocino2 enables multi-site operations to produce as many or as few drinks as they need. It can make just one drink at a time on demand as and when needed — and it is designed to produce multiple drinks as the venue becomes busier. Fracino insists it will deliver consistently premium quality drinks with minimal wastage.

How much training is needed to use this piece of equipment?

The machine has been designed so that minimal barista training is required guaranteeing consistent, premium quality drinks, no matter how inexperienced the operator. The user can dispense all espresso-based drinks straight into the cup at the press of a button. Simple technology includes a pre-programmed menu which minimises the need for engineer support. The easy-to-use control system includes a colour-coded system with basic instructions on the front panel, tactile switches and high intensity LED indicator lights.

Which one feature would most benefit a multi-site operator?

The Velocino2 is a state-of the-art ‘hybrid’ system which combines the reliability and low maintenance requirements of a traditional machine with the ease of use of a fully automatic system. Its simplicity enables it to automatically dispense espresso, cappuccino, latte and americano with the touch of a single button.

Velocino2TOPBREWER

Tell us about its key benefits…

Scanomat’s TopBrewer is among the most advanced premium commercial coffee machines available on the market for multi-site operators. Its unique app-based system means that the latest software updates are sent ‘over the air’, free of charge to each and every machine across the globe as soon as they are released. This means that multi-site operators can be assured that their entire fleet of equipment will always be up to date with the latest TopBrewer technology at no extra cost. The system’s CoffeeCloud smart management platform, meanwhile, allows users to access real-time data such as drink counts, last clean and fault reports in an instant.

What makes this model suitable for a multi-site operation?

There are two TopBrewer models available: the Professional Series, which is suitable for higher volume outlets, and the Compact Series, which is ideal for quieter outlets. From a customer perspective, both machines look identical on the surface, it is only the equipment underneath the counter that is different, meaning that the end-user will always get the exact same gourmet coffee experience at every outlet regardless of the machine model. This is vital for multi-site operators that want to offer consistent quality coffee and have sufficient flexibility to handle different usage and volume patterns.

How much training is needed to use this piece of equipment?

The TopBrewer is completely app-controlled making it really simple and intuitive to operate. That said, Scanomat has a team of highly-skilled TopBrewer baristas in the field that offer first-class training to operators from day one.

Which one feature would most benefit a multi-site operator?

Scanomat claims that CoffeeCloud is the most advanced cloud management platform for coffee machines available today and insists it will change the entire landscape of coffee machine operation. The vision of CoffeeCloud is to allow every individual who is involved in coffee machine operation and business management to have access to instant real-time data at their fingertips, either via the app or on their desktop. The alerts and notifications facility is a valuable tool for multi-site clients as they can be notified instantly when specific events occur, for example if a machine is running low on beans, saving valuable time and energy. Multi-site restaurant operators can also have a complete overview of their entire TopBrewer fleet as well as drilling down into specific information about each site, making coffee machine management smart, efficient and hassle-free.

TopBrewer

 

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