Metcalfe Catering Equipment has taken stock of a new generation toaster from Australian brand Roband that is designed to help caterers manage one of the simplest items found on a menu.
The ST500A Sycloid toaster can roll out over 500 slices per hour using a special cycloid motion that moves the bread around the elements in a smooth, seamless stream.
The latest version of the equipment now includes a feature for toasting bun halves up to 30mm thick. It balances the heat, ensuring that the bun is perfectly toasted on the cut side while the crown is gently warmed through.
The ST500A is optimised to deliver its best result for bread slices of less than 20mm thick, the standard size on the average breakfast buffet, but can accommodate slices up to 30mm if required.
The 13-amp toaster, which has a list price of £1,600 plus VAT, is also now available in red or black livery, as well as the natural brushed stainless steel version, to suit the restaurant décor.
A user-friendly and reliable speed controller allows the toasting time to be adjusted for different types of bread or buns.
The knob setting lock feature means that staff can set the toasting speed, reducing customer interaction. The toaster also benefits from a ‘cool to touch’ safety feature and lid-locking latch. A slide-out crumb tray and a hinged top cover allow easy cleaning.
An automatic power-save mode conserves energy during quiet periods. The intelligent auto-sense feature detects when a new slice is placed in the machine and automatically prepares the machine to toast the bread.
Diners can see when their toast is ready from across the buffet thanks to LED lighting that illuminates the toast return chute.