Cafe Corporate Blog

  • Necta Krea

    kreaWe have recently added the New Necta Krea to our range, a rare honour indeed. Here's an explanation as to why we decided to stock it, and why we think you might want it in your office:

    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?

    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
    Jura App Technology Jura App Technology

    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.

  • Coffee Machine Rental

    Office Coffee Machine Rental Perth- Cafe Corporate

    Rent A Coffee Machine

    With Café Corporate’s coffee machine rental programme, having a coffee machine in your office has never been easier. No matter how big or small your office; we have the coffee machine for you.

    Benefits Of An Office Coffee Machine

    Coffee and work go hand in hand, whether we’re grabbing a coffee to kick start our day or meeting for coffee to work out the kinks in a proposal or simply seeking refuge from the pile of paperwork on our desks. Our coffee machine

    Café quality coffee at a fraction of the cost

    The average Australian drinks 1.2 cups of coffee every day. Factor in the percentage of people that drink coffee, the average age range of your employees and the ever climbing cost of café quality coffee and we are looking at roughly $3 Billion spent on coffee every year.

    Increased Productivity

    On top of the positive effects of coffee on motivation, memory and cognitive function, going out to a café is often a timely exercise. In the fast-paced world of improved efficiency, an in house coffee machine gives your employees the delicious pick-me-up they need without the hours away from their desk.


    Benefits Of Renting a Coffee Machine from Café Corporate

    Our coffee machine service and maintenance policy is what sets us apart from our competitors. Our dedication to customer care and satisfaction extends into our rental package:

    • Free Delivery & Installation - We deliver and install your new rental machine free of charge.
    • Free Servicing - In the unlikely event that your coffee machine needs maintenance we will give you a free replacement while our technical team fix the issue.
    • Troubleshooting - Our technicians are on hand 5 days a week to help you with any issues with you might be having with your rented coffee machine.

    Giga X3 copyThe New Giga X3
    Our range of rental machines now includes the brand new Jura Giga X3, the complete coffee solution for a large office or staff room. You can choose from up to 43 individually programmable speicality coffees at the touch of a button.

     

     

    For more information or to rent your coffee machine, go to our Coffee Machine Rental page or call us today on 08 9330 1577

  • 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.

  • Café Corporate – Perth Coffee Roasters

    Decaf - Owl OnlyWe could not be more excited to announce the launch of Little Owl, our very own artisan coffee roasters.

    After years working with some of the best roasters in Australia, the boss, Tony, decided that he can do it better. He felt had the team (that’s us), the customers (that’s you) and the passion (that’s all him) in place to roast our own incredible coffee, and he has done just that.

    After months of set-backs and paper work and more importantly tinkering and tasting, our Head Roaster, Lloyd, has struck gold with a fantastic Signature Blend and a range of single origins that’s as diverse as it is delicious.

    Little Owl

    You can buy our new range online here at Café Corporate by going to our Little Owl Coffee page or even at littleowlcoffeeroasters.com.au (coming soon). We understand you might not be as excited as we are, but that’s only because you haven’t tasted the coffee.

    For tastings, advice or larger orders please call us on 08 9330 1577. Alan would love to hear from you and we know Tony loves nothing more than talking coffee.

  • Jura Giga X7 Professional

    Giga X7The Giga X7 Professional is a fantastic high output automatic coffee machine. Designed for quick service of great tasting coffee, the X7 combines the ease of a capsule coffee machine with the superior taste and flexibility of your own Barista. With the power of two grinders, two heating systems and two pumps the Giga X7 Professional prepares all your coffee favourites, two at a time.

    The X7 can handle the demands of any office or small restaurant/cafe without the normal fuss involved with high capacity machines. Jura's, award winning, TFT display and rotary selection system makes choosing your coffee easier than ever, simply select your choice using the clear icon display and away you go.

    Grinders

    Quiet, low wear ceramic grinders produce a finer grind giving you a better extraction for your espresso and better tasting without the noise.

    Cleaning

    Looking after your Giga X7 could not be easier. Jura’s integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programmes keep your machine running better and for longer and ensure your coffee machine comply with all Health & Safety Standards.

    Customisable

    With a wide range of options and accessories from cup warmers and milk coolers to accounting programmes and storage units, your Giga X7 can transform from a top quality coffee machine to a full service coffee station.

    For more information or to order your Giga X7 today go to the Giga X7 product page or call us today on 08 9330 1577

  • Special Offer - Jura XJ9 Professional

    Jura XJ9 Special Offer

    Jura’s Impressa XJ9 Professional is one of our best-selling automatic coffee machines. With touch-of-a-button Cappuccino/Latte Macchiato as well as milk and hot water functions the XJ9 has been servicing offices and restaurants in Perth for years.

    Well it just got even better! If you order the XJ9 before September before 25th September we will give you a Jura Cool Control Milk Fridge and a $500 discount. That’s a total saving of $659.

    All you have to do is follow the link to our XJ9 Coffee Machine Offer page, add the XJ9 and the 0.6l Cool Control to your shopping cart and you will receive your discount when you check out. Alternatively you can call us on 08 9330 1577 or come in and see us. Just tell our team that you saw the deal on our website and make the most of this fantastic offer.

  • How Does Fair Trade Coffee Affect Farmers, Consumers and the Environment?

    Fair TradeHave you ever wondered where exactly the coffee beans that you brew each morning come from? We are very conscious of the importance of using and selling fair trade beans but what exactly does it mean?

    What is Fair Trade?

    Fair trade is a type of economic system that benefits both the consumers and the producers. It connects the two parties in an equal, meaningful and sustainable manner. The Fair trade movement was founded on seven basic principles created by the Fair Trade Federation. These principles are as follows:

    Fair Wages

    Each producer who participates in the fair trade industry, will receive fair wages to help them and their families survive. This doesn’t mean that the fair trade products are more expensive though. Fair trade organizations often bypass the middleman that big corporations employ, so they are able to cut costs and form lasting relationships with their consumers.

    Cooperative Workplaces

    Fair trade organizations are often small businesses that are run by families or small associations. This helps bring money to the whole community, and benefits all of the workers.

    Consumer Education
    All fair trade organizations strive to educate consumers about the importance of purchasing fair trade products that support both fair wages and healthy working conditions.
    Environmental Sustainability

    The world’s ecosystem is in a precarious condition right now, and fair trade organizations understand the importance of producing products in environmentally sustainable ways.

    Financial and Technical Support

    Many small-scale farmers and artisans around the world lack the funds they need to start a business, but fair trade federation members help provide them with financial and technical support by buying their products. They also offer assistance to the producers whenever necessary.

    Respect for Cultural Identity

    Fair trade organizations help producers create products that are unique to their culture and adapt them to the Western market.

    Public Accountability

    The finances of the Fair Trade Federation members are open to the public, which gives them a sense of accountability at all times.

    Benefits of Fair Trade Coffee

    The benefits of fair trade businesses are truly endless. The farmer, consumer and the environment all benefit greatly.

    • Fair trade coffee farmers often receive increases in their annual income, which helps them stay out of debt, build their business’s infrastructure, and become self-sufficient.
    • The consumer benefits from buying fair trade by empowering the farmers, taking part in a social justice movement surrounding economic trade, and by positively impacting the lives of coffee farmers and their families around the world.
    • Finally, the environment also benefits greatly from the fair trade movement. Small farmers utilize organic farming methods, which are more environmentally friendly and sustainable than using pesticides. They also disperse their plants all throughout their region, to help enrich the soil with nutrients.
    • Overall, fair trade businesses offer sustainable models for doing business which look out for the interests of all parties involved.

Now that you know all about fair trade coffee, the next time you reach for your morning cup of Joe, grab a cup from the little guys. You can get started by going to our Fair Trade Coffee page for all the brands we can guarentee are ethically sourced. This list will grow and change as we work hard to ensure the ethical source of our beans.

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