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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 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 from a traditional espresso machine. The brewer in a bean to cup coffee machine works similarly to a cafétiere. The coffee is pre ground into a brewing chamber and then a ram forces the hot water through the coffee 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 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 were 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.
Commercial bean to cup machines are becoming more and more popular. Most of the higher volume bean to cup machines have two separate boilers one for producing steam and the other for hot water. Most of these systems can produce two milk drinks at time. Bean to Cup machines are manufactured to 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.
Jura coffee machines that we supply would range between 70 and 180 cups per day across their model range.
Franke coffee machines have models that would range from 100 to 300 plus coffees per day.
WMF coffee machines can produce between 75 and 500 plus coffees per day.
La Cimbali coffee machines have a range of models that can produce similar numbers per day.