What constitutes innovation in the professional coffee machine market these days, and what’s next on the horizon as far as innovative features are concerned?
According to Peter Atmore, head of global sales at Fracino, features that enable the barista to fully utilise the varieties of coffee and roast profiles they’re using to create personalised espresso flavours are destined to make a powerful impact.
“Our Romano P.I.D, for example, is designed for venues which aspire for their baristas to consistently create the highest quality drinks,” he says. “Integrating cutting-edge technology for precise temperature control and pin-sharp timing, most features are controlled by a simple and easy-to-use LCD display mounted on the front panel.”
He adds that Fracino has a series of “dynamic” machine innovations which will be launched across 2019.
Anders Backstrom, field marketing manager at Crem UK & Ireland, says that innovative coffee machine developments have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, particularly where the issue of sustainability is concerned.
“This is largely thanks to operators demanding a better class of energy efficient units. For Crem, however, sustainability has always been a key focus and has led us to launch incredibly efficient units such as the fully automatic Spengler CL22. As we look to the future of the coffee machine market, we expect to see further innovations when it comes to sustainability, particularly within our own portfolio.”
UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, meanwhile, believes that automation is the future of coffee.
“Consumers are becoming more demanding, and expect speed, consistency and great tasting coffee at good value, with operators under pressure to deliver this at scale,” says independent and trade sales controller Will Kenney. “Automation can revolutionise how they achieve this, signalling a new age of efficient coffee production for the high street.”