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  • Coffee supplies

    Here at Cafe Corporate, we know our coffee, not only the equipment you need but the process of coffee roasting, which is why we work with some of the best, Little Owl Coffee Roasters, roast many of our blends which have become favorites with our customers and businesses around Perth.

    With over 20 years experience in the coffee business, we know what it takes to make great coffee, from roasting the beans to extracting the best flavour from your equipment.

    Getting the best coffee and equipment for optimum flavour

    Knowing the art of coffee roasting is the beginning of great coffee, that's why we work with Little Owl developing blends that work with our various coffee machines as each machine type will extract differently, this means the roasting process is adjusted suit.

    The results are the best full bodied taste from your particular equipment whether that be an espresso barista machine for the hospitality industry or an automatic coffee machine at your workplace or home.

    P.s I can recommend the Bosses Blend or Nocturnal for those of you with automatic machines these are two of our most popular.

    Read below to find out more about the art of coffee roasting, or click Shop for a full list of coffee and equipment, we can supply directly to you.

    The roasting process and making great coffee.

    If you simply have a curiosity for the art of great coffee one thing is for sure, anyone I have ever meet with a passion for making coffee is always striving for that perfect extraction and flavour.

    To perfect coffee roasting you need to have a strong knowledge of green bean profiles, as it is the bean variety that will play a large factor in determining the desired coffee flavour, not just the roasting process. A coffee’s taste is determined by the region or country in which it is grown, once you understand the type of green beans you need to help achieve a particular tasting profile, then you can look to the roasting process to complete the flavour.

    Keeping notes is like a good recipe book.

    Coffee Roasters are always asking questions such as: In which part? How? And to what extent? Keeping their focus narrow so as not to confuse one experiment with another, each test must be refined, and notes are written down.

    During a roast, hundreds of reactions occur due to amino acids and sugar molecules breaking down. These reactions take place at different times during the roasting cycle depending on temperature and the different structures in coffee beans. The process of roasting beans requires constant attention to the physical signs of the bean, not only the appearance and colour of the bean but the aroma, much like a good chef will always be aware of timing, temperature and visually checking every stage in his or her food preparation.

    Leading up to the first crack as beans go through an endothermic reaction you will recognise a toast or popcorn-like aroma. This is when the beans are turning from green, to yellow and finally brown, learning to use your sense of smell is important at this time so as not to over or under roast the beans.
    Below is a diagram of the roasting cycle by Anne Cooper, she divides her roast into 3 key points during the cycle, Prep, Millard and Acids, this is like a recipe book or roasting log book, with detailed notes of each tweak and adjustment for different bean types and flavour profiles.

    coffee roasting guide Chart by Anne Cooper

    Chart by Anne Cooper Website: www.eqmr.com.au

    It is not just passion but a mathematical approach that is required to become a good Roaster, you should always be asking questions and be methodical. Successful Roasters have an open mind, enjoy analysing and have a genuine love for the process and results.

    If you are ready to give a go, whether it be at home or as a professional, make sure you are well-educated in green bean profiles and the roasting process before you invest in the equipment, as each roaster is like a different oven, you get to understand it and moving from a small roaster to a larger roaster will present changes in the roasting process, your note taking will be paramount to success as you grow.

    Written by: Letitia Pearcy

    Café Corporate.

  • Jura F8 - Best of the Best Coffee Machine 2014

    Impressa F8 TFT - RdDotJura have produced yet another award winning automatic coffee machine. The Impressa F8 TFT was awarded the 2014 Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ award for its ‘exceptional quality’ and ‘ground-breaking design’. This makes it one of the best coffee machines in its class.

    Red Dot Best Coffee Machine 2014

    This award puts the F8 in the top 1.5% of the 4,815 nominations and proves once again that Jura are among the leaders in product design. The panel commended the F8 on its TFT colour display and how well it simplifies choosing from the wide range of speciality coffees this compact machine can produce. Also on the list was the hot water and steam function and Latte Macchiatio system. The expert judges were also impressed by the high build quality and precise workmanship that has become a trademark of Jura machines.

    This is just yet another in a long list of awards for Jura, but serves to reaffirm their dominance over the automatic coffee machine market and proving they are still making the best automatic coffee machines and the rest of the field have some catching up to do.

    Follow these links for more information or to buy a Jura Impress F8 or any other Jura Automatic Coffee Machine.

  • 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 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.

  • Sunbeam Café Series EM7000 – Australian International Design Award

    EM7000 Cafe Series Manual Espresso Machine - Perth

    We have yet another award winning coffee machine in our range. The Sunbeam Cafe Series EM7000 Espresso Machine was awarded the prestigious Australian International Design Award making it the only manual espresso machine currently available in Australia to carry such an accolade.

    Commenting on the award, John Turnbull, Sunbeam General Marketing Manager, said: "Fresh from a successful weekend at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo which saw the EM7000 go down a storm with everyone from consumers to coffee roasters, we are delighted it has been further honoured with this prestigious award. The award is evidence and recognition of Sunbeam's commitment to developing coffee machines that deliver café quality espresso at home."

    The Australian Engineered EM7000 Café Series Espresso Machine was launched as the upgrade to the groundbreaking EM6910 which itself redefined the market. Sunbeam has always focussed on producing commercial quality espresso machines for the domestic market and the EM7000 is no different, featuring a brass collar, PID controlled twin thermoblock heating system and, at the time, a unique temperature sensing steam wand. The Café Series was originally a fantastic ‘bang for your buck’ option but as it has developed has become a serious contender for any mid-range manual espresso machine.

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