Sabrina Jarvis. Coffee Machines. December 21st , 2017.
One definition for a machine is a mechanically, electrically, or electronically operated device for performing a task. Thus, a coffee machine can, for all intents and purposes, be defined as a coffee maker or coffee grinder. These coffee machines can be simple to advanced and inexpensive to very expensive. This article will cover coffee makers that make as little as a single cup or as much as 60 cups and are inexpensive to very expensive.
High volume would be 200 - 500 cups per day. Bean to Cup machines will protest if asked to do more than they were built to do and will appear slow at busy times. There are no major training requirements to use a Bean to Cup machine. No Barista skills are really needed. Some of the more powerful high volume Bean to Cup machines have traditional Steam Wands so some "foaming" skills may be needed. Training is more to do with how to use and look after the machine. Cleaning is especially important when using a Bean to Cup machine. Its a good idea to have some knowledge of coffee beans so you can choose a blend that will to suit your customers tastes.
Resisting the urge to buy your own coffee machine? Think your day wont be complete without a brewed blend of that delectable espresso? How about that frothy cup of cappuccino or macchiato? Been brave enough for months bearing all those long lines on the counter, finally hearing your name and off you go with your hot concoction? Thanks to the wonderful innovations nowadays you can actually make and enjoy your favorite cup on the convenience of your very own home.
If you work in a small office, a machine with a small carafe is sufficient. However, you work in a very large office, a machine that can fill a large coffee urn might be what is needed. Another feature that would be useful in this type of environment is a machine with a "time to clean" indicator coupled with a self clean feature. Often, calcium buildup can occur in these machines and an indicator of when the machine needs to be cleaned is important. In a shared environment, it is very likely that responsibilities like cleaning the coffee machine can be ignored due to the phenomenon known as the tragedy of the commons. By having a machine with simplified cleaning measures like an auto-clean, you can avoid the pitfall of nobody taking responsibility to clean.
In 1938, Milan coffee bartender, Achille Gaggia filed a Patent for a steam-free coffee machine. Unlike its predecessors, Gaggias design used a revolutionary piston mechanism which forced water through the coffee grounds at high pressure. It was his quest for the perfect espresso in 1930s Milan that gave birth to one of Italys most iconic brands, and heralded the production of the Espresso as we know it. Traditional Espresso Coffee Machines are the type you see in Café Nero, Costa Coffee etc.
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