Coffee makers don’t get as much attention from the foodservice equipment channel as pieces like fryers and flattops. If a restaurant’s coffee maker goes down, though, there are likely to be many upset customers. Here are a few tips to keeping coffee makers running smoothly.
Coffee brewers provide an essential beverage service to foodservice operations. These machines heat water to between 195 degrees F and 202 degrees F. Although operators can use the hot water to steep tea, true connoisseurs of this beverage may consider the maximum water temperature too low. Brewers also have water faucets to supply hot water for different applications, such as producing oatmeal, soup and hot chocolate.
Operators installing new coffee machines have to take into consideration water conditions. Treat water for taste, odor and mineral deposits with proper filtration. Regularly change water filters to prevent buildup. Also, check brew levels to determine whether there is scale on the brew tank since it will reduce the amount of water inside.
The Automated French Press brews up to 30 liters of coffee per hour and utilizes easy-to-operate, self-cleaning features. The on-demand heat system provides energy savings. In addition to the hot water dispenser, users can switch from preparing coffee to making flavored hot beverages, consommes and broths.
To better compete in the coffee arena, a number of restaurants have upped the ante in terms of this beverage’s quality and number of offerings. Purchasing the appropriate coffee brewer and accessories can be critical to a business’ success.
Operators often use undercounter dishmachines in front-of-the-house bar areas to wash mainly glassware and utensils. These units clean between 24 and 40 racks per hour, with fill-and-drain and heat recovery types on the lower end. Higher-end models can feature adjustable cycle times for light-, medium- and heavy-volume applications.