KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOCUS: 6 coffee machines you need to know about

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Coffee is a big seller for multi-site operators, which means it’s vital to source machines that support this growth. With the market moving fast, FEJ takes a look at some of the latest machines available to F&B providers and assesses what they have to offer.

1. Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Wave

The Aurelia Wave is the latest and most advanced espresso machine from Italian manufacturer Nuova Simonelli and it is available in the UK through distributor UCC.

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It introduces a new milestone in coffee extraction with its patented Pulse-Jet technology, which optimises flowrate and water pressure during dispensing, letting baristas explore extraction profiles never tried before.

The primary boiler, group boiler and group head can have three independent temperature settings, ensuring water temperature is perfectly controlled throughout the entire extraction.

The machine also features Smart Water technology to analyse water quality entering the machine and Easycream technology to automatically deliver consistent velvety milk.

The combined technology of the wave makes it ideal for baristas looking to exercise control over every element of the coffee-making process and cafés and pubs that are seeking to raise their traditional coffee offer and deliver standout espresso drinks.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“When you’re looking for a piece of equipment, think about your peak times. You need a machine that can deliver a consistent product to every customer that walks through the door during your busiest periods. But, an exceptional coffee offer will grow in popularity, so you need a machine that can cope with an increase in footfall. You may not need the most productive machine on the market, but it’s often well-worth thinking one step above what you need today to make sure you’re secure for tomorrow.”

2. Eversys c’2 Cameo

Everysy’ new machine is a step-change for super-automation, further bridging the gap between traditional and super-automatic technology with a new design, functionality and exceptional coffee quality.

It can deliver 140-175 espressos, 140-175 cappuccinos or 150 hot water portions an hour, as well as two products simultaneously.

Cameo is the company’s first machine to feature the classic ‘C shape’ of traditional espresso machines, inspired by traditional Italian design, and its most feature-rich to date.

It includes a new touchscreen interface designed for intuitive navigation, ease-of-use and simple temperature control, and a sophisticated Electronic Milk Texturing (EMT) system that allows operators to create the perfect milk foam and texture for a comprehensive menu of bespoke milk-based drinks.

An improved e’Foam system, with the Micro Air Dosing system (MAD), allows baristas to texture milk electronically, giving them freedom to be more creative, while other new features include a lower chassis that affords Cameo a reduced footprint compared to the existing Eversys e’range and an integrated cup heater that boasts a 50-cup capacity.

A larger bean hopper, comprising a 2.4kg capacity for one grinder, or two times 1.2kg for two grinders, is incorporated inside the casing.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“Cameo truly pushes the boundaries of super-automation. For so long the super-automatic market has had the technology, but hasn’t had the visual style that so many customers look for. Now there’s a machine that provides quality products and has the classic look to match.”

3. La Cimbali Compact S20

La Cimbali extended its ‘S’ range of superautomatic bean to cup machines earlier this year with the launch of the compact S20, positioned as the ‘little sister’ to the S30 Perfect Touch that was released two years previously.

The S20 will deliver up to 200 cups of coffee- and milk-based beverages a day and with a small footprint it is ideal when space is at a premium and lower drink volumes are anticipated.

Echoing the design and styling of the S30, the S20 features a 7-inch touchscreen display and an integrated Wifi system that allows remote control of all the machine’s settings, including the coffee boiler temperature, pump rate, recipe settings and lighting, as well as analysis of consumption data.

The S20 benefits from several unique La Cimbali patented technologies, including MilkPS, a new milk preparation system that allows even the smallest quantity of hot or cold milk to be textured for more creative recipe development, and SmartBoiler which boosts steam and hot water capacity throughout the brewing cycle, therefore avoiding drops in production.

The S20 meets the need in the market for a low volume high spec automatic machine that can produce the quality that consumers have come to expect across the speciality drinks menu.

Thanks to the precision of the technology, the S20 is capable of delivering even single origin and speciality coffee to a consistent standard over a period of time.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“In terms of coffee machines, specifying the correct equipment by anticipating the likely coffee volumes and desired quality is always essential.

Traditional machines usually deliver better tasting coffee, although that is dependent to a degree on the skills of the barista. Bean to cup machines offer a faster speed of service to help avoid a queue at the till, although coffee quality has not always been as good as a traditional machine.”

4. Hendi Profi line

The latest addition to the Hendi range of coffee machines is the fully automatic and programmable Profi Line unit, which is available in silver or grey.

The full programmable unit has seven beverage options including espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, latte, hot milk, milk froth and hot water.

The unit features one-touch operation on cappuccino and latte macchiato and a digital control panel which not only makes the unit easy to use but also displays a range of functions, commands and error messages for simple diagnosis of any potential faults.

The coffee “throw” is adjustable, allowing the strength of the coffee to be adjusted between 7 and 14 grams per portion. In addition, the beverage volume, hot water volume and steam time are all adjustable.

The unit also features an automatic cleaning programme, a large coffee grounds container, built-in grinder with adjustable grind options, built-in coffee beans container and a 1.8 litre fresh water tank.

The ‘Prof Line’ range is ideal for smaller establishments, such as offices and cafes, that wish to offer a consistently high quality coffee product. The simple, intuitive control panel also makes the unit ideal for break-out areas in hotels and conferencing venues.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“The key factor to consider is the number of cups required per hour. Get this wrong and you will have problems. Always choose a machine based on the maximum throughput you are likely to require — it’s better to have a machine that is able to produce slightly more than what is actually required rather than one that is constantly trying to keep up.”

5. Fracino Velocino 2

Fracino’s Velocino 2 is the company’s first hybrid espresso coffee machine to produce two different varieties of hot beverage at the same time.

The combination of traditional espresso extraction through a regular porta-filter, with a high-tech fully automatic milk foaming system, allows the user to adjust the system throughout the day to compensate for variable milk quality.

The Velocino 2 is ideal for busy coffee bar and restaurant owners — particularly multi-venue groups — where professional and regular barista training can be a difficult challenge. It will always produce consistently high quality drinks with very low maintenance requirements and service costs, according to the company.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“Dependability is the key. This incorporates reliability, ease of repair and access to support and parts if anything does go wrong, low maintenance costs, durability for a long service life and ease of use by the operators of the equipment.”

6. Scanomat TopBrewer

Scanomat is an app-controlled bean to cup coffee machine with an innovative and stylish design. It delivers freshly brewed speciality coffee on tap, using the finest fresh coffee beans and fresh milk.

The company has reimagined the design of the traditional bean-to-cup machine, with TopBrewer’s innovative under-counter brew unit opening up a whole new world of design possibilities.

The modular system allows for extensive drinks menu flexibility in a minimal footprint. There are modules for hot chocolate and still and sparkling water which can be added to the main under-counter brew unit to provide a comprehensive beverage menu.

TopBrewer has been developed to be highly energy efficient and claims to use up to 90% less energy in idle state than most bean-to-cup coffee machines. Unlike most coffee machines, there is no hot water boiler in the TopBrewer. Instead, fresh water is flash-heated for each and every drink.

Not only does this mean that there is no boiler continuously heating water and wasting energy, but it also improves the quality of the drinks and gives individual temperature control of hot water, brew water and steam.

Arguably the most unique and important feature is the CoffeeCloud, a highly advanced real-time cloud management system for commercial coffee machines. It gives operators access to key metrics and machine diagnostics at a glance of the dashboard.

Manufacturer’s top tip

“The main issues come down to usage and capacity. Will it be located in a busy area? Will the whole team be using it? Can the machine work quick enough to keep the customer happy? If the machine will be situated in a busy cafe area used by 100 employees, a machine that has a capacity of 20 drinks per day simply will not be fit for purpose. TopBrewer brews a filter coffee in just 15 seconds, and takes around 25 seconds for an espresso-based drink, with no downtime between drinks. It has a capacity of around 500 drinks per day, which means it can keep up with a fast-paced environment while never compromising on quality.”

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