Buying Guide

  • 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.

    Coffee technology for the office Coffee solutions at work

    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

    Jura-PEP-technology Jura E8 coffee machine uses PEP technology for superior flavour and smooth velvet finish.

    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!

    Juras smart connect technology Jura smart connect - coffee the way you like it.

    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.

    WE8 the best coffee machine for your office Jura's WE8 Smart Technology makes it the best coffee machine for your office.

    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

    WE8 the tick of approval

    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.

    cleaning your coffee machine milk line

    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?

    changing your coffee machine filter

    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.

    Geraldton IGA Cafe

    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.

  • Coffee Machine Buying Guide – Step 4: Accessorise

    This is it, the final chapter of our coffee machine buying guide adventure, the accessories. These are vital for turning your machine into a full scale coffee station.

    Coffee Grinder

    It is difficult to emphasise just how important a good grinder is for making good coffee, in fact it would probably need its own buying guide.

    The Tamper

    The Tamper is used for levelling out your dose in the portafilter before you start to brew. The importance and techniques are surprisingly crucial but are best left to the professionals to explain, we will leave it at this. Buy a Tamper

    Milk Cooler/Milk Fridge

    Milk is steamed best when it is cold, and we mean refrigerator cold. You have the option of pouring the milk out into a cooling machine for example the Jura Cool Control or a small specifically designed fridge such as the Waeco Milk Cooler. A separate fridge is not vital for non-super-automatic machines but a small fridge near your coffee machine is a time-saving must for cafes and hospitality.

    Knock Boxes

    These simple little bins hold your used coffee grounds. So why not just use a bin? A knock box is designed with a bar and hose over the top for you to very simply knock the spent coffee out of your portafilter.

    Cleaning Supplies

    Poor maintenance is the quickest way to ruin your coffee, kill your machine and turn your coffee station into an eyesore. Make sure you keep it clean and fresh with regular rinsing, cleaning and even descaling. We have a large selection of coffee machine cleaning supplies available. Make sure you rinse the portafilter after every use, to wash away the used coffee and at least once a day you should rinse grouphead with water, put the portafilter in place and wiggle it as you run the pump.

    And there we have it, you are now ready to buy, own and most importantly enjoy your coffee machine. For any questions please feel free to call us on 08 9330 1577.

  • Coffee Machine Buying Guide – Step 2: The Boiler

    So you know your price and your machine type now onto the more intricate details of buying your coffee machine.

    The Boiler

    There are dozens of boiler options but they can really be separated into three main groups:

    Single Boiler, Dual Use Machines - This is by far the most common type under $1,000. This type of machine has one boiler and two thermostats (or more) inside. One thermostat controls the water temperature for brewing coffee while the other is set at a higher temperature, to produce steam for steaming milk. The machine switches from one thermostat to the other when you flip a switch or press a button. These machines cannot brew and steam at the same time, which slows down production of lattes and cappuccinos.

    Single Boiler, Heat Exchanger Machines - These machines are more common above the $1,000 price point. A big boiler maintains water at around 115°C or higher, ideal for producing steam. The brewing water travels through a coiled tube inside the boiler and is ‘flash heated’ to the ideal brewing temperature. The coiled tube is the heat exchanger. You can steam and brew at the same time on these machines.

    Dual Boiler Machines - These machines are usually quite expensive - around $2,000 on up. They feature two independent boilers (or a boiler and a thermoblock one that maintains water at brewing temperatures, one that maintains water at steaming temperatures. You can steam and brew at the same time on these machines.

    So it’s that simple… nearly. There is one more important point to make. The quality of the boiler can vary hugely depending on the manufacturer. Here at Café Corporate we select our range based on quality and would be happy to use any of our coffee machines. In fact we all do regularly. However there are many manufacturers that try to trick you by squeezing a poor quality boiler into their machine just to say that it is there. Be careful.

  • Coffee Machine Buying Guide – Step 1: The Class

    Rocket Premium Plus Giotto v2 3If you’re buying your first espresso machine you may be slightly taken aback by the huge range available. We have a lot of customers that come into our showroom who give us the same answer: “I just want one that makes good coffee”. Well we’re taking this as a given, but there is far more to consider:

    Which type of espresso machine do you need?

    There are four main classes of coffee machine:

    Manual Coffee Machines – Manual espresso machines (often referred to as lever espresso machines) offer a completely hands on espresso making experience. You control everything from temperature to dose size to extraction speed. These machines require a lot of practice and are arguably best left to the experienced barista.

    Semi-Automatic Coffee Machines – These will feature an automated pump, temperature controls, activation and de-activation switches. You will have some control over the subtleties of your espresso but you will need some practice before you can start producing café quality espresso. (Probably not necessary for solely milk based coffee drinkers).

    Automatic Machines – These will feature a pump, automated temperature controls for the boiler and automated pre-set dosing volumes.
    Super-Automatic Machines – These intelligent machines do everything for you at the press of a button. Grind, dose, tamp, brew and even steam milk. This is a completely hands-off machine that does it all.

    There is also a little sub-class or coffee or pod espresso machines. These are generally designed to be compact, cheap options for your home, the coffee is very drinkable without being delicious but the process is incredibly simple.

    For the best balance between hands on and assistance we find that most of our customers will go for a Semi-Automatic or Automatic machine. These both give you the feeling of actually ‘making’ your own coffee without the potential disaster of manual machines.
    Great examples of these are the Sunbeam Café Series EM7000, Rancilio Silvia or for the true barista the Giotto Rocket range.

    If you want to get the most out of your new machine there are several coffee making classes in Perth that can teach you everything from the basics to latte art.

    For large scale operations where you are mass producing coffee, such as office or mass catering, you may want to go for a large Super-Automatic machine. For a full bean to cup machine we recommend Jura machines in general. An alternative option is the Technosystem pod coffee machines. These are one of very few large pod coffee machines on the market.

    For a balance between volume and quality you will want a dual group machine. There are too many options, variations and requirements to cover here but please feel free to call our team on 08 9330 1577 for some free advice.

    How much do you want to spend?

    This may seem like an obvious point but is actually quite a stumbling block. Coffee machines vary hugely in price depending on style, output and most importantly, quality. For example a top of the range café quality machine can cost around $25,000 whilst a small capsule machine can be as cheap as $100. As a general rule of thumb a good quality semi-automatic or automatic machine will cost between $700-$2,000 while super-automatic coffee machines can coast anything from $1,000-$10,000.

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