Traditionally, coffee beans have been separated into two distinct varieties. Arabica, which is generally thought to be the superior tasting bean, and Robusta, which is slightly more bitter tasting, but much more resilient (hence robust-a). As with any modern commercial crop however, things these days aren’t quite so simple. Coffee producers across the world have been experimenting with cross-breeding different coffee varieties to try to create coffee beans that taste incredible, and are also hardy enough to survive in difficult conditions.
At the Internorga trade show in Hamburg (Germany), the WMF CoffeeConnect digital solution recently won the “Future Award 2019” in the Technology & Equipment category. The panel of experts praised the solution for enabling small, medium and large enterprises to optimise their processes and thus increase both efficiency and profitability.
By the time WMF started manufacturing commercial coffee machines in 1927, the company was already three-quarters of a century old. Turning out coffee machines was no great leap, says Martin Grupp, WMF’s Vice-President Projects Global Business Unit PCM, and a mechanical engineer by training: the company had long been making household metalware such as pressure cookers and cutlery.
Not only is the WMF espresso fully automatic portafilter the very embodiment of Italian barista flair and outstanding coffee quality, it also delivers results with unparalleled reliability. Now, this unique blend of features is being made even better thanks to a digital power pack that will allow customers of the Geislingen-based coffee machine manufacturer to benefit from innovative WMF CoffeeConnect and Dynamic Coffee Assist technology in WMF espresso machines. Two large optional bean hoppers (each holding 1100 grammes) plus the option of a second Auto Steam spout on the right-hand side of the machine create even more flexibility.
The hottest cold drink around – chilled coffee beverages have evolved into one of the most enduring trends of recent years. Coffee machine manufacturer WMF is catering to this growing demand with the innovative Chilled Coffee system. An integrated counterflow cooler reduces the dispensing temperature of a freshly brewed coffee to below 50 degrees. Instead of having to brew or cool the coffee for hours on end, the Chilled Coffee technology delivers a coffee product within seconds which can then go on to be prepared further straight away. Refreshing classics such as iced coffee and caffè freddo as well as the latest on-trend beverages involving syrup and the like can be prepared faster and above all much more easily.