Coffee Machine Guru - Bean to Cup Machines
Bean to Cup coffee machines are a relatively recent addition to the coffee machines market. The principle is to be able to more or less produce the range of espresso based coffees normally handmade on an espresso machine at the touch of a button. Using an Espresso machine, a Barista would make coffees by hand. Although not a long process, it doesn’t allow the Barista to prepare other food orders for example. In fast food outlets, where staff do not have time to hand make a coffee, or where there is limited staff training a Bean to Cup machine is the ideal solution. Bean to Cup coffee machines are found in many self-serve environments. Also, Offices where staff want the same standard of coffee that they get from their favourite coffee shop. A Bean to Cup machine grinds the coffee beans to make espresso coffee on demand. These systems also have built in automatic milk foamers that are able to produce steam and foamed milk for producing lattes, cappuccinos and other milk based drinks simultaneously. The process of producing coffee from a Bean to Cup machine differs slightly from a traditional espresso machine. The inbuilt Grinder delivers ground coffee into a brewer. In the brewing chamber, a ram forces the hot water through the coffee thereby extracting the espresso coffee. A traditional espresso machine forces water through pressure through a group head to produce the espresso coffee.
The software in a Bean to Cup coffee machine allows for various types of drinks to be produced. These vary depending on the type of machine chosen. Basic Bean to Cup machines have a separate steam arm which means that the milk for cappuccinos and lattes has to foamed separately. Some basic systems have integral milk foamers that only produce foamed milk not steamed and foamed milk. These machines are ideal for domestic use or small offices where less than twenty drinks are required in any one day. Some of the better known Bean to Cup coffee machines includes Jura coffee machines manufactured in Switzerland. Other manufacturers are Franke coffee machines also made in Switzerland. WMF coffee machines, made in Germany, are World renowned for their commercial Bean to Cup systems. La Cimbali coffee machines, made in Italy have their range of commercial bean to cup machines.
Bean to Cup machines are manufactured in different volume categories. Machines have to be matched to daily cups/day requirements/estimates, drink size and how quickly they will be needed. All Manufacturers’ cups/day specifications are based upon an 8oz serving with numbers spread evenly throughout the day. Typically low volume bean to cup can produce up to 70 coffees per day. Medium volume machines range between 100 and 150 a day. Medium to High volume would be 150 – 200 a day. High volume would be 200 – 500 cups per day.
German company, WMF and its brand have been synonymous with cooking, eating and drinking at home and in cafes and restaurants since 1853. For over 150 Years, WMF has always been close to people whether they realised it or not. They have vast selections of crockery, furniture and much more in top end speciality retailers, department stores and select furniture shops.
Since 1931, the Swiss company JURA Elektroapparate AG has been developing innovative high-end appliances. As a pioneer in the field of automatic Bean to Cup espresso/coffee machines JURA has been a main contributor to the household appliance sector since the middle of the 1980s. Now, the company uses its experience and know-how for the development of Semi-professional and Professional appliances for the Office and Foodservice Sector.