Toasters are a staple item in cafes, not just for toasting bread but also for creating hot sandwiches and heating up pastries.
Some manufacturers insist that operators bring units in for service, while others will arrange work on toasters where they are installed. Depending on usage rates and models selected, this could prove a critical difference for operator customers.
Cafe operators should consider the toaster’s output capacity, footprint and the types of products that will be toasted before deciding on a model. For space savings, pop-up toasters have smaller footprints than conveyor models but typically handle smaller volumes. Compact models should be considered by operators facing space limitations.
Joshua Labrecque, assistant project manager for Colburn & Guyette, Rockland, Mass., discusses the consideration foodservice operators should weigh when purchasing a conveyor toaster.
Conveyor toasters offer a greater capacity than the pop-up style for high-volume toasting of breads, rolls, buns, English muffins, bagels, frozen waffles and other bread products. Some models also can accommodate larger-size breads, such as sub rolls, croissants and other specialty bread items. Convection conveyor toasters are more versatile, and operators can use them for sandwiches, pretzels and pizza.
Toast-Qwik Conveyor Toasters have a modernized design and advanced controls. The touchscreen control panel allows implementation of up to 12 programmable product settings. The unit monitors and adjusts conveyor speed for consistent toasting results.
The Intelligent Toast-Qwik Narrow Conveyor Toaster toasts multiple bread products and finishes cooking smaller food products — all with the touch of a button. The narrow design allows for continuous single-slice toasting and for the unit to fit into smaller areas. Operators can choose from four different toasting modes.
A deck oven is a crucial piece of baking equipment for pizza operations as well as restaurants needing quick baking. While these ovens tend to take up more real estate in a kitchen or bakery and require skilled bakers to operate, a deck oven’s ability to produce many baked products around the clock makes it an invaluable addition to many commercial kitchens.