Buying Guide

  • Coffee Machines for sports clubs

    Coffee machines supporting fundraising for sports clubs

    Fundraising through coffee sales in sports clubs is on the rise, with many clubs becoming aware of the need to keep their members and parents at the club grounds during the season. It is not enough to simply serve coffee it needs to be good quality coffee if you want to keep your customers at the club supporting your fundraising efforts.

    I have spoken with several Junior football clubs recently who were offering coffee previously but losing out on the sales due to poor quality coffee. Their members simply went elsewhere, and many coffee van operators started to poach their sales.

    Take a way coffees for sports clubs

    What are the best coffee machines for sports clubs?

    Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions and concerns clubs have and how they have overcome them.

    Issue: The coffee quality needs to be good for our members to purchase from our club canteen

    Solution: Fresh bean machines are a must, find a local roaster like Little Owl they can support your club and discuss wholesale prices.

    Issue: We have volunteers who are not trained baristas and they can change during the season.

    Solution: A manual Espresso machine can make great coffee but only if the person running it is experienced. Automatic machines have come a long way in the last 5 years producing barista quality coffee at the touch of a button, limiting the need for training. A machine that lets you push a button next to your selected drink and then does the work for you is a good solution. Many clubs have gone with Jura’s Giga range of coffee machines.

    Coffee Machines for Sports Clubs

    Issue: A common issue is a demand for up to 200 cups a day at short intervals, keeping up during these periods is paramount to profits.

    Solution: While a manual Espresso 2 group machine can produce 2-4 cups at one time, the speed with which the drinks are completed comes down to a highly trained barista who can juggle many coffee requests at one time.

    An automatic machine will produce 1-2 coffees by simply pushing a button and can take from 40 seconds to 1min depending on the type and size of the coffee. I recommend 8oz cups for optimum flavour and profits. A bonus with an automatic machine is that you can be preparing food and other customer requests at the same time, as the machine prepares coffee for you.

    Sports Clubs and Coffee Fundraising

    Sports clubs making coffee fundraising a success

    Several clubs in Perth and WA have overcome the capacity for large volumes at once by purchasing or leasing two machines during the season. While this may seem excessive they have done their homework and realised the costs of equipment are outweighed by the revenue they will earn especially if they can pay off the machine over several months.

    For example, a machine might cost from $3,950.00 to $5,500.00 + to purchase, if you are charging $3.50 per cup and making: $2.80 to $3.00 each time you sell a coffee that equals $560.00 - $1,200.00 dollars each weekend if producing 200 cups a day.

    An example of how successful clubs have made selling coffee is (BZFC) Brunswick Zebras Football Club, the President has opted for a manual machine and keeps their volunteers The trained, in his own words “Coffee is our biggest fundraiser.” as mentioned in an interview with the Funding Centre

    If you want advice or to discuss and sample the best options for your club whether it be an Espresso machine or Automatic, get in touch with us. We can supply all your coffee needs as a one stop solution.

    Café Corporate supplying WA for over 20 Years.

     

  • Jura x8 coffee machine compact in size, big in technology

    The Jura X8 professional self-serve coffee maker,

    It has never been easier to afford, barista style coffee at work or in your hospitality business.

    Designed to suit a medium size office or those making 60-80 cups a day the Jura X8 has all the features of a commercial machine at a mid-range price.

    At the press of a button you have a perfectly extracted coffee, it’s simple features make it easy to use and maintain while behind the scene you have a machine with expert barista technology; designed by Jura one of the world’s leading Swiss coffee makers.

    We are excited to say this machine is available from March 2018

    Jura X8 Coffee Machine

    Enjoy the versatility of the coffee App

    This has gained huge popularity in the office market over the past year

    Users can download the Jura coffee app to their smartphones and program drinks to their own personal requirements on their ipad or tablet. Simply Bluetooth, to the machine as you place your cup and prepare your perfect coffee by pressing your app setting, avoiding the pre-set programme on the machine. Compatible with Android or iOS.

    Utilize the new Jura X8 lock feature and users can not change the pre-set functions on the machine but still get to enjoy their own setting via Bluetooth.

    Jura X8 Commercial Coffee Machine

    Let's take a closer look at the Jura X8 Features

    The ultimate coffee machine for businesses.

    • 21 programmable specialty drinks, and special technology allowing for a classic pot of coffee.
      Latte, cappuccino, flat white, espresso, coffee, a pot of coffee, macchiato, and ristretto, along with hot water for tea and hot chocolate drinkers, the Jura X8 covers all your drink options, and the new technology allows it to create long blacks by way of by-pass, this means the coffee is not over extracted when pouring a large cup.
    • The bean container and water tank can be locked along with the maintenance buttons to prevent unwanted re-programming by users.
      Ideal in the workplace, you can control who has access, to clean and maintain the machine.
    • Perfect for self-service with 6 large selector buttons on the front panel.
      Choose the coffee’s you want on the main screen, easy self-serve design. Those using the machine only need to push an easily displayed button, all the convenience of a vending machine with the quality of a true barista.
    • Innovative Aroma (G3) grinder, designed for speed and preserving coffee aroma along with Jura’s (P.E.P.®) Pulse Extraction Process for optimum extraction.
      Jura design every piece of technology to ensure the best extraction of coffee from fresh beans, with grinding precision and the P.E.P.® technology to pulse the water through the grinds, extracting the best possible flavour. This can be seen in the crema after coffee is poured, a rich creamy texture with a beautiful coffee aroma.
    • One step preparation technology – fine milk foam and milk foam.
      The fine foam and foam technology pour automatically, frothing the milk as a barista would do. Simply pop your cup in place, press a button and watch your perfectly extracted coffee pour combined with the perfect milk for your drink of choice.
    • TUV- certified hygiene guarantee. 
    • Integrated rinsing and cleaning cycles reduce the effort involved to keep the machine hygienic, and easy to follow instructions are displayed on the screen. The TUV Certification makes it an excellent choice for premises which operate HACCP*
    • The milk system cleaning is automated and runs at the touch of a button.
      Hassle free easy cleaning cycles, the machine not only prompts you when it needs a clean, it displays images on the front screen showing you what to do step by step.
    • Large 5 Litre water tank or plumb into the mains.
      Enjoy both options with this machine, having a water tank allows for portability all you need is a standard power point where you place your machine. Jura's new feature allows you to lift the water tank forward rather than up, so the machine fits under overhead cupboards.
    • If filling the water tank is too labour intensive you can opt for the plumbed version attaching directly to your water supply for automatic fill.
    • Coffee container 500g capacity, with the optional extender it will take a full 1kg of beans.
    • Compact in size it fits most spaces, dimensions.
    • (WxHxD) 37.3 x 47 x 46.1cm. Height increases to 52.4cm with bean extender.

    Best Office Coffee Machine

    Specs:

    • Set coffee strength in 10 levels
    • Set milk temperature in 10 levels
    • Brewing Temperature can be set in 2 levels
    • Hot water temperature and be set at 3 levels
    • High-performance pump, 15 bar 1
    • Thermoblock heating system 2

    Summary:

    Jura only make coffee machines, putting all their resources into the best automatic machines you can buy, it is no wonder they have Roger Federer as an ambassador, he too puts all his energy into perfecting his game.

    The Jura X8 has all the features you could want with a sleek interface that is simple to use yet packed with commercial grade functions. All this technology wrapped up in an affordable package for under $3,960.00 and you can enjoy the beautiful coffee aroma and great tasting coffee with ease.

     

  • Commercial Coffee Machines for Hospitality

    Finding the best coffee machine for your hospitality business depends on many factors, getting it right will lead to increased profits, efficiency and most importunately your customers coming back for more.

    Deciding between an automatic machine, vending or manual coffee machine depends on whether you have a trained barista dedicated to making coffee, a self-service environment or limited staff to manage the coffee delivery and monitor the machine.

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    What is the right coffee machine for your hospitality business?

    Automatic coffee machines

    An automatic coffee machine is ideal for self-service in a canteen, clubrooms or a breakfast bar area. Many hotel chains use automatic coffee machines in their buffet areas or as a secondary machine after hours, once their barista has gone for the day, allowing guests to grab a coffee 24/7.

    WMF coffee machines are high capacity, quality machines made in Germany. They grind fresh beans into each cup, along with using fresh milk to provide a quality coffee all in a one-step operation. WMF machines also make hot chocolate, providing a total hot drink solution.

    An automatic machine can make from 50 up to 250 cups a day, with high capacity fast grinders and quality milk foam technology. The one-step operation makes them simple to use, untrained employees can prepare drinks easily or customers can make their own if in a self-serve area.

    Depending on usage you can have the machine plumbed into the water mains, this means less maintenance, as you are not having to refill the water tank. A tanked machine gives you the advantage of being portable.

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    WMF - Automatic Commercial Coffee Machine

    Commercial vending machines

    Powder or freeze-dried milk options are a good fit if your hospitality business is in a remote area or left unattended for long periods of time, and there is no staff to re-fill the fresh milk or monitor the machine.

    Brands such as Necta specialize in vending operations with floor standing to bench top models available depending on the capacity you require. The Necta brand uses powder milk and vending chocolate and grinds fresh beans ensuring a great tasting coffee.

    Floor models will dispense cups, sugar, hot chocolate and coffee while benchtop models dispense drinks only. Capacity ranges from 120 drinks per day up to 600, to suit every organization.

    Choose between a water tank or plumbed model for limited maintenance.

    Vending machines offer a coin or pay-pass option should you wish to charge for your coffee.

    Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

    Coffee Machines have come a long way in the past 5 years, manufacturers are now understanding the various business needs and designing technology to suit.

    The WMF Espresso Machine, closes the gap between a traditional espresso machine and an automatic, by measuring the brewing parameters, the coffee grind and automatically tampering the coffee. These superautomatic machines monitor when the ground coffee requires adjusting with 100% consistency.

    They look and act like a true barista machine, giving your business a professional look while allowing you flexibility, as staff do not need to be trained as a barista, or understand coffee grind, to use the machine.

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    Commercial Espresso Machines

    If you have a trained barista an espresso machine is best, allowing you to extract fast and pour the very best espresso and offer every type of coffee imaginable for your discerning customers.

    If you are investigating espresso machines, first ask your preferred coffee roaster. Roasters such as Little Owl can arrange free on loan machines based on purchasing a certain number of coffee beans per week. A good coffee roaster will also offer to train your staff, it is in their best interests to ensure you are delivering great coffee and coming back for more.

    You may prefer to purchase your equipment, the most common machine brands in the industry are; Wega, Sab, and La Marzocco, along with coffee grinder brands Mazzer and Quamar.

    There are finance companies dedicated to the hospitality industry, check out Silver Chef they offer rent to own packages and will finance your coffee machine over a 3-year period.

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    Take the time to investigate all the options open to you, ask questions about the support each supplier offers you. You want to know there is someone to call, should your machine breakdown, who has an expert team to resolve issues quickly and carries parts for fast servicing.

     

  • Commercial coffee machine Buying Guide

    Buying Guide for commercial coffee machines

    Knowing what to look out for and the right questions to ask, this buying guide will help answer them when you are given the responsibility of sourcing a coffee machine for work, here’s a few pointers of the most common questions I get asked and those you need to be aware of when looking for a commercial coffee machine.

    We need easy one touch operation

    Automatic machines take the hassle out of coffee preparation by foaming the milk for you and extracting coffee in a similar way to a barista, simply by pressing a button. Some coffee machines may use what is called a milk dial, this is moved while the milk pours to go from fine foam to froth milk.

    Fresh bean coffee machines vs pod

    Automatic machines such as: Jura, Frankie, and WMF all take fresh beans, and grind around 16 grams of coffee, as the machine prepares each cup. The brands I have listed above all use fresh beans and fresh milk.

    If you are in a remote area or not near the machine frequently, you may wish to use fresh beans with powdered milk, take a look at the: Necta Krea vending machine

    Pod machines while a popular choice due to price, are much like purchasing a colour printer, the equipment might seem cheap but refilling it will cost up to 70% more than fresh beans. Some prefer the taste of a Pod and in an office like they can choose their own flavours or purchased their own Pods for the machine.

    Which ever you choose, make sure you look at total ongoing costs when purchasing or leasing a Nespresso or coffee machine

    How good is the coffee from an automatic machine?

    When considering the quality of coffee, a fresh bean coffee machine, that grinds the coffee into each cup will produce a much better and healthier coffee than a pod machine.

    For fresh bean machines, make sure you can program different coffee strengths, along with 2-3 heat levels and desired milk volume, this allows you to refine your drinks. For those extra fussy coffee lovers, ask if the machine comes equipped with a Coffee App for individual programming on your phone.

    Essentially if the coffee is extracted well and you are using fresh milk along with quality beans then you will have a coffee that is pretty close to a barista’s coffee. Finally, I suggest asking to either trial the machine for a few days or visiting a showroom and asking to have taste tests from the various options before you commit.

    The Giga range by Jura comes highly recommended for its quality coffee, setting options and coffee App!

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    Are they easy to clean?

    Most automatic coffee machines have rinse cycles that push water through the coffee spouts when not in use, however there is always some manual cleaning involved to clear the milk line at the end of each day.

    Other cleaning requirements will be prompted by the machine for you to follow up, these however are not daily, such as: a full machine clean much like cleaning your dishwasher and at times you will be asked to descale or replace the filter. Here is an in-depth cleaning guide.

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    Know the capacity you require

    Make sure you get the right capacity, 20-30 cups a day is different to 20-30 staff that maybe enjoying 2 coffees each, you don’t want to be re-filling the coffee beans or water tank too often, and you don't want to over use a machine that was built for 20 cups a day by making 50+ coffees instead.

    Should we have a water tank or plumbed in machine?

    Consider if you need a plumbed model, these are attached directly to your mains water supply so refilling the tank is no longer required, however the advantage of a tanked machine is portability, being able to place it where you like as all you need is power supply.

    If you are making large numbers of coffee a plumbed unit is worth asking about, as it will save you time having to re-fill, many machines will also convert and allow you to expel the waste ie: coffee grinds and water into a waste bin under the bench. WMF Commercial Machines allow for this and are ideal for high capacity areas.

    Bean hopper Capacity

    Bean hopper size is also important for example: 500g or 1kg?  (1kg will make 80-100 cups of coffee) most coffee you buy is in 1kg bags so being able to empty the whole bag into the beans container is helpful. Some smaller capacity machines only allow for 500g and domestic machines much less again.

    Keep these questions in mind as a buying guide when enquiring about the coffee machine to best fit your workplace, for more information call: 08 9330 1577 or send us a message.

  • Coffee solutions that don't break the office budget

    Do you know how much your team relies on coffee?

    With more people relying on a coffee to jump start their day, more employers are realising the need for a coffee solution, to keep staff motivated and increase productivity.

    Studies have shown 70% of employee’s drink coffee and an average of 65% of people drink 3 or more coffees a day, so keeping staff at work while supplying their favourite latte or espresso is worthwhile.

    What coffee solution is right for you?

    There are so many coffee machines to choose from but by far an automatic coffee maker is the best. They are easy to use and most brands will run automated rinse cycles too.

    Small to Medium Offices might find purchasing a coffee machine more cost efficient than renting, when it comes to fresh bean coffee machines. Larger offices might prefer the tax benefits of renting or leasing a machine, check out Silverchefs "rent to own" program.

    If you decide to purchase prices start from around $2,000.00 up to $15,000.00 for a larger office or canteen type space. click here to view which options are best for you: Office Coffee Machines

    Fresh bean to cup coffee at work, with your very own individual drink settings:

    Did you know, you can save up to 70% purchasing fresh beans over Pods! not to mention saving the environment and the health benefits.

    A fresh bean coffee machine like Jura's Giga X3 combines freshly ground coffee in each cup. Modern technology allowing individual drink settings straight from your smartphone, has proven a great success in many offices, employees no longer need to argue over the way they set the coffee machine, as they can program drink settings on their phone.

    In our increasingly mobile working environment, Jura's Coffee App for smartphones, is putting coffee at the tip of your fingers, literally.

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    What ever you decide one thing is certain, employees are well aware of coffee qaulity and the standard instant cuppa is becoming a thing of the past. Freshly ground automatic coffee machines will add a touch of class for clients and keep staff happy.

     

  • Jura E8 review, technology and coffee perfection at home

    Jura E8

    Combining new technology with style.

    Velvet smooth, full and intense coffee flavour!

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    Jura E8 coffee machine uses new (P.E.P.®) technology, this technology optimises extraction time, by forcing hot water through the ground coffee beans in short intervals. Allowing the flavours of your coffee to develop fully. Combine this with the E8’s fine foam technology, that delivers milk foam as light as air and you are left with velvet smooth finish, my mouth is officially watering!

    Jura E8 Features:

    • Fresh beans & fresh milk
    • Smart Connect App
    • PEP Pulse Extraction Process
    • Programmable coffee strengths in 8 levels
    • Brewing temperature in 2 levels
    • Milk cooler compatible
    • Easy cleaning & maintenance systems
    • Hot water function
    • Automattic milk rinse
    • Digital display
    • I.W.S ® Intelligent water system
    • Claris Smart filter

    PEP ® Perfection

    Optimum flavoured coffee

    with Pulse Extraction Technology

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    Enjoy more coffee options

    Coffees to suit everyone.

    “Flat-Whites” along with...

    • Latte Macchiato
    • Cappuccino
    • Espresso
    • Coffee
    • Ristretti
    • Flat White
    • Milk Portion
    • Hot Water

    Jura Smart Connect

    Blue tooth technology.

    Personalise your coffee, the way you like it!

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    How does smart connect work?

    Simply plug in the Smart Connect to your coffee machine, download Jura’s App and connect via blue tooth your smart phone or tablet. Once you have this up and running you can program your very own drink settings and names to the app. Simply bring up your drink on the App and the machine will make your coffee just as you programmed it. Handy if you are like me and prefer a stronger espresso than my husband, he can now have his the way he likes it and so can I, now that’s smart thinking not to mention peace keeping!

    Jura E8 Capacity:

    • 1.9 Litre Water Tank
    • 250g Bean Container
    • 9.8Kg Weight
    • W28 x H35.1 x D43.9cm

    E8 Coffee Machine Summary:

    There you have folks, everything you need in a coffee machine to get you up and running in the morning, and impressing your guests with barista style coffee in the evening, all from touching a button. Let the machine do the work, it’s even intelligent enough to tell you when and how to keep it clean and maintained, it could just be the smartest kitchen hand you have.

     

     

  • Jura WE8 Why Its The Best Office Coffee Machine

    Getting great coffee at work is a real bonus, I should know I work for a coffee expert and enjoy my coffee just as I programmed it, but my idea of a great “flat white” isn’t necessarily the same as my colleague’s. So why is the WE8 the best office coffee machine?

    WE8 Solving the office coffee dilemma

    The “how do you like your coffee” issue

    Jura invented the “Smart Connect” and “Professional Coffee  App” allowing you to program your individual drink and give it your very own name, how cool is that! Via blue tooth simply press a button on the app and watch the WE8 make your perfect cup of coffee, not that watered-down stuff Steve in aisle 3 keeps raving about.

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    An office coffee machine at the right price

    And full of modern features

    The WE8 isn’t only compatible with the life-saving smart connect, its value makes it extremely popular, priced just under $2,700.00 you get a lot for your money.

    Just a few key features to mention:

    • One-touch function drink preparation
    • TFT Digital Display
    • Individual Drink Settings including the new true “flat white”
    • 6 Level Aroma Grinder
    • Compatible with Smart Connect and Pro App.
    • Hot water in 3 levels
    • Pulse Extraction Process PEP
    • Programmable coffee strengths up to 8 levels
    • Water Tank 3Litres
    • Fresh bean to cup
    • Fresh milk

    The WE8, will it meet the demands of your office?

    Keeping the coffee fanatics happy!

    All Jura coffee machines are made with top quality materials whether it be a domestic machine or a commercial machine making over 150 cups a day. Jura put them to the test in their Swiss factory, so you know you are getting a brand that is at the height of the coffee business, do you really think Roger Federer would put his name on it otherwise.

    • The WE8 will keep a small to medium size office or, 10-50 people supplied with coffee all day long.

    Capacity is important to consider when purchasing the right machine, if your office is larger than 50 staff you might like to take a look at the GIGA range, it has all the same features and is smart connect compatible too.

    Coffee Machine Milk Coolers

    Keep milk fresh while making coffees

    Jura coffee machines and milk coolers Complete your coffee machine purchase with a Milk Cooler

    You simply take it in and out of the fridge each time you make a milk drink, I can hear younow “No way, who’s going to take responsibility for putting it back” this is an issue raised by many office staff.

    luckily there is a solution:

    Custom made milk fridges and coolers that connect directly with your WE8 coffee machine, check out a few options by clicking the link: coffee accessories - milk fridges and coolers

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    Checklist when considering a coffee machine for your office:

    I am a little biased I admit however the WE8 really does tick all the boxes, but let’s not forget the right machine needs the right back up and service of a reputable provider, who can service your machine, supply cleaning products, install and support your team with training if required.

    The WE8 features list make it a Winner!

    • It fits our office capacity requirements
    • There are extra features available, such as Smart Connect and the Jura App Pro
    • Freshly ground beans with each cup made
    • Fresh milk with compatible fridge options
    • Easy to maintain – automatic prompt functions
    • Easy to use – One touch preparation
    • Coffee strength and temperature settings to choose from
    • Stylish appeal and sized to fit most work places
    The WE8 has the coffee selection you need the way you like it! Fresh Beans and Fresh Milk Coffees

    It has the drink programmes we need such as:

    • Flat White
    • Espresso
    • Coffee
    • Cappuccino
    • Ristretti
    • Hot Water
    • Latte Macchiato

    There is only one element to expressing the finest coffee from your machine that the WE8 cannot do or any machine for that matter. You have to fill it with the best coffee beans, once you have a supplier that can ideally deliver these directly to the office and, locally roasted for aroma and quality, it is at this stage you finally have everything in place to enjoy a coffee fix at work.

  • Quick guide to cleaning your automatic coffee machine

    I get asked a lot about looking after your coffee machine: Is it easy to clean? Does it take long? It is for the office so it needs to be easy to maintain.

    Brands such as: WMF, Frankie and Jura all have automatic cleaning cycles making them perfect for the commercial market, while at home Jura and Delonghi provide domestic coffee machines with automatic cycles.

    Steps to Cleaning Your Automatic Coffee Machine

    What does automatic cleaning mean?

    Most of the machine brands I have mentioned will run an automatic rinse cycle, this means the machine if not used within a certain period of time will automatically rinse water through the system to clean out coffee residue;

    It is important to note that it will not rinse the milk hose and milk steam functions of your coffee machine or give it a full clean with a tablet (much like using a dish tab in your dishwasher). The Machine will prompt you when a tablet or milk clean is required and although the machine will manage the clean cycle’s there are still a few steps to take as I have listed below.

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    Download your Automatic Machine Cleaning Quick Guide

    How often do I need to clean the milk hose with milk steam cleaner?

    Answer: Everyday Old milk sitting in the milk hose and in the machine can clog up the coffee machine and prevent it from functioning properly. This is why it’s important you clean the milk hose every day to prevent milk blockages.

    Tip: Simply add 30ml of milk steam cleaner or cappuccino cleaner to 200mls of water, (this creates your clean solution). Remove the milk hose from the milk container and place it into your clean solution then press (P) or program mode button, your coffee machine will have a clean the milk system function, simply follow the prompts.

    Another way to clean the milk hose, is to just click on the milk portion and milk foam functions to pull the liquid through the milk hose and machine. Repeat this step with fresh water.

    How often do I need to use cleaning tablets?

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    Answer: Around every 250/300 cups or when your coffee machine prompts you to. All coffee machines need to be rinsed with a cleaning tablet to ensure the inner workings of the coffee machine are flushed out and coffee residue is removed.

    Tip: Check your machine or ask the manufacturer where the tablet should be used, for Jura coffee machines the tablet is placed in the top of the machine, in the ground decaf coffee compartment. Your machine will prompt you to confirm you have placed a tablet in the system before completing its clean cycle.

    Do I need to use a filter?

    Answer: Yes if you are filling your water tank manually, for example if it is not connected directly to your water mains and they have a water filter applied already, you need to use a filter in your coffee machine tank.

    How often should I change my filter?

    Answer: Your machine should prompt you to do so. It is usually with every 50 litres of water used or around every 1-2 months depending on how often you are using your coffee machine.

    Tip: Not all machines take the same filter so be sure to check the machine model when purchasing a new one. The filter is placed in your water tank.

    By taking the time to run these quick maintenance checks and clean your automatic machines milkhose and milk steam functions each day, you will have a healthy coffee machine that will not only produce better-tasting coffee, it will last longer too.

    Psst... don't forget to add great tasting fresh coffee beans!

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  • The Jura Giga X9c Professional

    The Jura Giga X9c Professional is one of our most popular automatic commercial and cafe coffee machines, and for good reason.  Businesses currently using the Jura Giga X9c Professional purchased from Cafe Corporate include Webb & Brown-Neaves Homes, Dale Alcock Homes, Conocophillips Australia remote Western Australian mine-sites and most recently the Rigters Supermarket IGA in Geraldton. Rigters Supermarket IGA has now opened a fresh food deli serving delicious signature series coffee roasted by Little Owl Coffee Roasters, here's Alan, our general sales manager with the team and their new machine.

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    The Jura GIGA X9c Professional is the plumbed version of top selling GIGA X9. This high end machine is designed for professional barista and caterer use creating 100 + cups of coffee a day with ease. The plumbed version maintains the large ground container of the original X9 with the added benefits of a permanent water supply, allowing you to produce a high amount of different specialty coffees easily and efficiently.

    Features include:

    • Fresh coffee beans at the touch of a button
    • Manual barista arm for specialty drinks and latte art
    • Automatic rinsing and cleaning process for easy care
    • Indicator light for bean container
    • Parallel preparation for coffee, steam and hot water
    • Intelligent Fresh Water System
    • Drip drain set

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  • Coffee Machine Buying Guide – Step 3: The Extras

    2 down, 2 to go. You have chosen your price, machine type and boiler strength now onto our final piece of consumer advice, the extras. These are the little intangibles that you do not make the headlines and more importantly the inconsequential features that vendors will throw at you to put you off the scent.

    What to Look For

    Usability

    You can have the most capable machine in the world, with the best boiler, amazing built in controls and an array of flashing lights that show you ‘something’ is happening. But how is it to use? This can often be an afterthought for engineers and designers. Here are a few pointers:

    Size – a compact machine is fantastic but can you slip the portafilter handle out easily, is their enough clearance below the group head for the cups you own.

    Positioning – check the switches and knobs to make sure they are accessible, are the indicator lights easy to see, does the portafilter lock easily.

    Cup Warming Tray – many machines will use the heat of the boiler to warm cups, but with poor heat exchange these can act more as a fancy aesthetic than usable cup warmer.

    Before you buy a machine run through the process of making a coffee, most retailers will have usable display models, so make sure you test it out.

    Design and Sustainability

    The design of a coffee machine is actually important. Even the smallest machines are noticeable so they have to look the part. Will it fit with your kitchen or café? To justify the cost you will need your coffee machine to last a long time, so pay attention to the build quality. If it feels flimsy or unstable then chances are it won’t last. Look for good quality materials and a solid body.

    Things That Don’t Matter

    Many retailers will try their best to sell you a machine with all the bells and whistles, justify extra cost because of inbuilt features that you will either never use or have no impact. Just a few common examples are:

    The Crema Enhancer – these generally damage the espresso in the search for an attractive looking coffee. There are some exceptions but generally this is either marketing nonsense or a destructive force.

    4,000 BAR pump - You find a lot of cheap espresso machines bragging about 15, 16, or even 18 BARs of pressure. This makes very little difference. Almost every machine available has a vibratory pump inside that is more than adequate for the task of producing 9 BAR of pressure.

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