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Latest Schaerer bean-to-cup machine from Caffeine can adapt as business grows

The Schaerer Coffee Prime from Caffeine LimitedCaffeine says the latest Coffee Prime espresso machine is aimed at both coffee connoisseurs and accountants. Manufactured in Switzerland by market-leading bean-to-cup specialist Schaerer, it produces gourmet beverages at the press of a button. However, it also saves costs and cuts down on energy consumption. It can make up to 100 espressos or 70 cappuccinos per hour and is aimed at a range of sectors, including staff catering, conference and meeting rooms, directors’ dining, restaurants and hotels.

A key feature of the Coffee Prime is its ability to be adapted, with the addition of ancillary equipment, as a site’s needs change. Larger bean hoppers and a powder system with large container can be added at a later date. Optional accessories include a fresh milk system, two bean grinders, and a cup dispenser module.

Another useful feature is that the standard Coffee Prime can be either mains water- or tank-fed. So if a plumbed-in unit needs to be moved to a meeting room, it can be easily disconnected from the mains, carried to the room and then run using the on-board tank.

The base Coffee Prime model is very easy to operate – the touch screen user panel comes in two versions, for self-service and staff operation. Up to 40 drinks can be programmed into the controls, using ingredients such as coffee beans, fresh milk and chocolate.   The 7” screen can also be used for advertising, for example to help promote products such as croissants and other morning goods, and for logos.

The superiority of espresso drinks is guaranteed by fine adjustment controls, to ensure the perfect beverage, and features such as the air pump technology, which delivers consistent milk foam quality. A brewing accelerator makes the Coffee Prime quicker during busy periods, whilst maintaining beverage quality with large servings.

Energy saving features include compact machine components, which minimise consumption, and a fully insulated boiler. In power-saving standby mode the unit uses less than 0.5 watts.

The milk system has a disposable one-piece foaming head and milk pipe, which is biodegradable. This environmentally-friendly solution eliminates the need for chemical cleaning products and does away with an unpopular maintenance task for staff.

The base Coffee Prime unit measures 344mm wide by 538mm deep and 560mm high. It has a list price of from £5,000, is backed by a comprehensive 12 month parts and labour warranty and is available through distributors nationally.

Caffeine Ltd is one of the UK’s leading coffee machines specialists, distributing brands including Schaerer and Gaggia. The company also offers a comprehensive choice of coffee service accessories. For more information visit caffeineonline.co.uk.