Cafe Corporate Blog

  • Mothers Day Special

    With Mother's Day coming soon we are starting on the celebrations now!  For our Mothers Day Special, our very own Annie's blend is on sale for $30.00 (1Kg) online and in store this week ending Sunday 10/5/15.

    We love our mums and they love their coffee.  We asked the mums in our office their coffee order of choice  -

    Annie / likes it strong with a double shot latte

    Alitia / enjoys something different with a almond milk flat white

    Suzie / is a sweet tooth ordering a skim cappuccino with extra sprinkles

    Deb /  keeps it simple with a extra hot flat white

    Gemma / loves a caffeine hit with a long mac occasionally topped up

    Trish / her go to is a soy flat white

    Jacqui / likes a standard latte with a twist - sprinkles on top

    Leonie / needs a double shot flat white, it keeps her so energetic and fun!

    To purchase Annie's Blend on special we will see you in store soon or head here http://cafecorporate.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=Annie+

    Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely mothers!

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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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  • Welcoming back a familiar face at Cafe Corporate

    Cafe Corporate are welcoming back a familiar face.

    Some of you may remember Alitia, she worked at Cafe Corporate for 5 years, 5 years ago and has now returned. Alitia is working in the Sales department alongside Alan, our Sales Manager. Alitia is bubbly, vivacious and loves a chat.  Alitia is a wealth of knowledge on all coffee machines and related products, she knows them inside out.

    Alitia has worked in marketing, sales and merchandising prior making her an extremely valuable member of our team.  Alitia ensures that our showroom is up to date with the latest machine and product ranges and keeps things looking good around here.

    In her spare time Alitia is a well known singer and performer in WA, performing all over WA including balls and charity events. Alitia is also a green thumb - her latest project is an organic veggie patch and enjoys a good cup of coffee - like everyone here!

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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.

  • 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.

  • Necta Krea Coffee Vending Machine

    kreaFull body coffee at the touch of a button with the Necta Krea coffee vending mahcine.

     

     

     

     

     

    Good Coffee, is Good Coffee, Anywhere

    Vending machines have been the number 1 choice for hotels and restaurants for years but have not been taken up by offices. Surely, you need your self-service coffee vending machine to be 3 things: simple, reliable and effective. Whether you work in hospitality or any other industry at all, good coffee is good coffee.

    Simple

    The Necta Krea combines a very simple yet elegant button selection process with a small graphic display. This may not have the same wow-factor of other automatic coffee machines but it does the job. You press the button for the drink you want and it delivers that drink. What more do you want?

    Easy Maintenance

    If you can't attend to your coffee machine regularly, ie no one to maintain the machine during the day, then the Necta range of coffee machines is ideal. They use freeze-dried or powdered milk so the upkeep is very minimal allowing you to fill the containers with fresh beans, chocolate and milk powder in the morning and then it takes care of its self.

    With easy cleaning you only need to attend once the huge grounds bin fills and there are options to increase the capacity for this too. The Necta Krea can make up to 120 cups a day.

    Technology

    Allegedly completing their 'breakfast portfolio' the Krea uses a new infusion system that Necta have catchily named 'Z4000 Technology'. This delivers perfectly, freshly ground coffee to into the chamber and ensures an 'optimum extraction speed and temperature'. This is not quite as fluffy as it sounds, the espresso produced is at least as good as that of the more expensive Colibri and more importantly the other machines in its class such as the Franke Pura and the whole process from push to delivery takes a matter of seconds. This new technology also ensures 'perfectly mixed beverages' so no more sloppy cappuccino or overly foamy latte.

    Efficient Capacity

    Despite being smaller than many other machines the Krea can still produce up to 90 espresso an hour, or 10L of hot water. The small dimensions house a powerful boiler but keeps the weight to a modest 41kg, which classifies it as a tabletop machine.

    The focus of the Krea, as with most Necta machines is on the coffee itself. The design is simple and demonstrates the no-frills approach to consistent performance.The new lower-cost Krea has announced itself to the office coffee machine market with one of the very best self-service option for any office in Perth.

  • 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.

  • Jura Giga X3 Automatic Coffee Machine

    Giga X3 copyEverything you could possible want from an office coffee machine.

    Jura have broken the mould again with the new addition to their Giga X Professional Line. The X3 and X3c combine all the latest technology to provide everything you want, including the latest Coffee App feature.

    Program your favourite latte from your smartphone, no more standard drinks. You can now set coffee to your own personal liking, something office staff who alreay have a Giga X3 in their office just can't get enough of!

    Speciality Coffees

    The GIGA X3 Professional delivers up to 31 individually programmable speciality coffees and another 12 pre-set barista recipes all at the touch of a button, including, for the first time in an automatic coffee machine, a true flat white.
    This not only gives you a choice of every coffee imaginable but the freedom to customise you favourite beverage to your exact specifications. How do you select from so many different coffees? You use Jura’s award winning TFT display and ball bearing-mounted Rotary Switch.

    •  Latte Macchiato
    • Flat White
    • Cappuccino
    • Cafe Latte
    • Ristretto
    • Espresso
    • Coffee
    • Milk Portion
    • Hot Water
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    Mass Production

    The Giga X3 is capable of producing 120 cups of coffee a day. The rapid production and 1kg bean hopper mean your only problem will be buying enough coffee beans.

    You can choose to have the Tanked version which is easy to move, or a plumbed in coffee machine so you don't need to re-fill the water tank in a busy office environment.

    Cleaning/Hygiene

    With integrated, rinsing, cleaning and descaling programmes the Giga X3 Professional could not be easier to care for and ensure you’ll meet all hygiene health and safety requirements.

    Customisable

    With a wide range of coffee machine accessories including a milk cooler, cup warmer, coffee grounds disposal set, drip drain set and interface for accounting systems as well as a range of attractive storage and presentation units you can create a complete coffee solution tailored to your office. You can even customise the start screen to fit the occasion or most popular drinks along with the names of the individual specialities if desired.

    For more information or to purchase or rent your own Jura Giga X3, go to our Jura Giga X3 page or call us today on 08 9330 1577.

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