Willie Goodwin. Coffee Machines. December 01st , 2017.
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.
While selecting the best machine, adequate importance must be given to the durability and life time of the machine. The lifetime of any coffee brewing machine depends upon the life of the heating filament that forms an integral part of any coffee machine. The heating filament is prone to wear and tear, manufacturing defects and other malfunctions that may, at times result in grave problems like shocks and short circuits causing destruction of the apparatus. Thus, it is very essential to undergo a prior check up and detailed analysis of the heating filament and proper examination of its warranty before zeroing in on the product.
The last types of machine to consider if offering a "real" coffee are the ones that have been familiar for many years. Filter type coffee made with Pre ground coffee. The type of machines depends upon volumes required. For example, high volumes of coffee may be required for breakfast coffees in Hotels. Conference Centres would require high volumes for seminar coffee breaks. Also, Function facilities, Staff canteens and Theatres where a high demand for fresh coffee is required in a short space of time.
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.
There is a separate Grinder, which usually sits on top of a Knockout Drawer which is used for the spent coffee pucks. Although most Traditional Espresso Machines have automatic dosing these days, the coffee making process is by hand (Artisan). The coffee shot; single or double is prepared using the machine. The milk is foamed using the machine Steam Wand. The coffee is then put together to make any one of the most popular coffees. Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha and Macchiato etc. All of the preparation adds to the "Theatre" of the Coffee Culture. Customers have a higher perception of an "Artisan Coffee" and are willing to pay more. Training is required to ensure quality and consistency.
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