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This Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine article is intended to assist caterers when considering acquiring a catering coffee machine. With the bewildering variety that are available and significant cost involved it is very important to have a detailed understanding of the types, performance and workings of modern speciality coffee machines. Caffia Coffee Group offer the full range from a filter coffee brewer to a heavy-duty bean-to-cup machine and we’d be pleased to work with you. Call us on 01324 617618 to discuss any aspect.

Filter coffee brewers work by percolating hot water over ground coffee of the correct mixture of grinds (finer than cafetiere, coarser than espresso grind) which normally passes through a filter paper into either a glass jug or a thermos flask.

The resulting brew is pleasant and thin on ‘body’ (‘thickness’ if you will) due to the fineness of the filter paper; aromatic and very drinkable, filter coffee is very useful for office meetings, hotel breakfast and conferencing. Filter coffee, prepared in batches, is the fastest form of coffee – simply pour it and enjoy..  we are delighted that filter coffee’s popularity make a well-deserved comeback in recent years.

Commercial filter coffee machines or ‘brewers’ or ‘pour-overs’ start at the rugged Caffia CX-2 machine with 2 glass jugs and go up to the monster Bravilor B40 with twin 40 litre urns; these latter are known as bulk-brewers – for obvious reasons – and the sheer speed of brew means achieving a delicate and flavoursome brew is quite challenging with these machines.

Cafetieres belong under coffee machines in some ways because having a machine to dispense a carefully measured dose offers an easy and consistent way to make great coffee.

You remember the point about a filter coffee machine’s filter paper taking body out of the coffee? With a cafetiere this is not the case and a very enjoyable cup (which still does not have the extraction or punch of espresso or it’s diluted form as an americano) can be enjoyed (or maybe 2 cups).

The Bravilor KMD unit is one such doser in service with many hundreds of outlets filling cafetieres quickly and easily.

Capsule coffee machines have come about because a filter brewer prepares a whole jug or flask and its tough if you don’t happen to like that coffee! Offering a clever range and making a single cup of fresh coffee, leaf tea or chocolate means this is quality and convenience personified.

No surprise then that one of the world’s leading capsule system is KEURIG Green Mountain from the USA and we are pleased to offer superb K-Cup drinks that makes a very generous size mug or cup. A capsule machine tends to be low-priced but the capsules inevitably are a significantly higher cost per cup and also raise questions about wasted packaging – Keurig recently stated the release of a compostable (biodegradable) capsule for the US and Canada.

Traditional Espresso Machines - The concept of an espresso machine originated in Italy and the key point is high-pressure extraction of intensely flavoured and concentrated coffee in short measure. This strong brew has spread from Italy to the entire world as a favourite coffee fix – with the Caffia range of beans it comes in a variety of taste styles but should always have a good ‘crema’ – the emulsion of coffee oils that floats on top of the drink (it’s a good idea to stir your espresso to blend this in).

As you probably already know, the coffee beans are ground to a fine consistency and ‘tamped’ (pressed firmly) into a strong handle which is known as a group handle, this is not unlike a very small saucepan. Once secured in the group head on the catering coffee machine, the machine’s pump is triggered to force water through the ground coffee at around 140psi (but low flow rate) and the result is this intense extraction.

Milk heating, foaming and texturing are undertaken with the machine’s steam arms – this is a barista skill that takes practice but don’t worry – we train you on all of this. Strong points of espresso machines are smart looks, good cup warming storage, good ‘theatre’ as customers can see the drink being crafted for them, good prices and robust performance.

Also consider that these machines do take time to make a drink as well as skill acquired by practice – also with a human operator (s) there can be a degree of inconsistency in the end product.. it’s fair to say that traditional espresso machines are rare in the office setting as they are not really automated enough to be convenient.

If you run a high-pressure outlet where coffee is not the main focus, have high staff turnover or are in a self-service situation (eg: an office kitchen) you might be better off with an automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine.

Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines are basically automatic robots. With a bean-to-cup you have either FRESH MILK or POWDER MILK integrated into the machine as well as fresh coffee beans. From this combination these machines produce a full range of drinks at the touch of a button like espresso, americano (a diluted espresso), caffe latte, cappuccino and in some cases flat white, mocha (includes chocolate as well as coffee and milk) and espresso macchiato. The automation in bean-to-cup machines is extremely useful in offering a consistent drink and with zero skill on behalf of your staff or in an office or self-service situation maybe by you yourself.

A bean-to-cup using fresh milk does produce a better quality drink and the latest generation like the Jura Giga series and Franke A600 are also easier to clean than previously.

There are situations where a bean to cup with powder milk and often with hot chocolate powder as well offers a neat ‘vending’ type option that is ideal for offices or showrooms – like the Necta Koro Max for example.

It should be noted that in recent years on the one hand, powder milk for touch button bean to cup machines has hugely improved, it is often 100% pure skimmed milk in agglomerated form and on the other hand, the myth that powder milk bean to cups are a lot easier to clean than fresh milk bean to cups is not really credible.

The purchase prices on our range of bean-to-cup machines goes from £1250.00 to £15,000+ – there is a wide range and something for every site situation, volume and quality requirement. Have a look on our website or call us to discuss on 01324 617618 or 0203 096 7233

Instant Coffee Machines use soluble (instant) ingredients like freeze-dried instant coffee, cappuccino topping powder (around 70% milk) and powder hot chocolate.

One of these machines – often called ‘dispensers’ – offers a compact and low-cost machine which is generally plumbed to the mains water supply – the principle benefit is very high speed dispense or a very hot beverage (all powder, no fresh milk to cool the drink, or to go off either), low cost machines and low cost drinks in high volumes. In a factory or office with a short coffee break these machines can be a real queue buster without breaking the bank but the fact is that generally people are more and more seeking better quality coffee such as a bean-to-cup machine would give.

With instant coffee machines, the machine cost is generally lower than espresso machines or bean to cup in some ways with less to go wrong as well. See here for more information.

We hope this short intro to coffee machines has been helpful to you, Caffia Coffee Group is a friendly family run company and would be glad to discuss your needs. Our principle sales contacts are Ben Hardwick and Russell Hardwick. We have 2 showrooms – one at our Falkirk head office in central Scotland and one in central London; these are very useful for viewing equipment and trying coffees.

Caffia Coffee Group
Lomond House
Russel Street
Falkirk
FK2 7HS

Tel: 01324 617618 | Email: sales@caffia.com

Caffia Coffee Group
Design Hub Clerkenwell
47 Gee Street
London
EC1V 3RS

Tel: 0203 096 7233 | Email: sales@caffia.com

Website: www.caffia.com

Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
Help With Deciding On A Catering Coffee Machine
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