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Take five self-serve coffee machines

27 May 2011 by
Take five self-serve coffee machines

It is now generally appreciated that automated coffee machines can produce beverages of a considerably high standard. The important next step is in selecting a self-serve machine that will allow guests to dispense their own coffee, typically at breakfast, out-of-hours or in-room.

MANUAL FILL OR PLUMBED IN

WMF Presto
Price £3,995

We say A huge number of options in a small footprint - can offer regular coffee, decaf or chocolate. Can be manually filled or plumbed in. Quick self-cleaning system in six minutes.

Features
â- LED "mood lighting" which can match any decor.
â- Option of free or paid-for vend.

Dimensions 325mm (w) x 668mm (h) x 555mm (d)

http://www.unitedcoffeeuk.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">WMF](http://www.wmf.uk.com) 01895 816106

Self-serve filter coffee

Quickbrew self-service
Price £2,018

We say Designed specially for very high volume self-service filter coffee at locations where staff service may also be required.

Features â- Self-service push button front with staff service tap operation.
â- Variable volume setting on push button.
â- Copious hot water supply for tea.

Dimensions 760mm (h) x 362mm (w) x 668mm (d)

[Marco Beverage Systems](http://www.marco-bev.co.uk) 01933 666488 [ ](http://www.marco-bev.co.uk)

Fresh milk option

Sielaff PiacerePrice £4,990

We say A fully-automatic bean-to-cup machine with option of fresh milk from add-on refrigeration module. The swivelling cup shelf allows large quantities to be drawn off into a pot or flask.

Features â- Easy access to major components for quick servicing.
â- Easy-to-see display, large selection buttons, clear labelling.
â- Option of twin hoppers, allowing choice of coffee.

Dimensions 450mm (w) x 710mm (h) x 570mm (d)

[Sielaff UK](http://www.sielaff.com) 01922 743010

Sealed-in freshness

Kimbo KapsulaPrice £9,995

We say A semi-automatic capsule machine offering freshness, portion control, consistency and no waste for low-volume use.

Features â- 18-bar pump pressure - powerful enough for good espresso extraction.
â- Works off 13A plug; has built in water-tank for full portability.
â- Italian-made components, optional manual steam arm.

Dimensions 265mm (h) x 285mm (w) x 355mm (d)

[Kimbo UK](http://www.kimbo.co.uk) 020 8743 8959

Customer-friendly controls

Black and White CoolPrice £9,995

We say Barista-quality coffee at the touch of a button with a range of applications and functionality tailored for self-service including a display for advertising or promotional videos to engage with the consumer.

Features â- Customer-friendly touchscreen controls.
â- Produces dense and creamy foam without the use of steam or a pressure vessel.
â- Can produce chilled drinks for summer.

Dimensions 700mm(h) x 350mm(w) x 600mm(d)

[United Coffee 01908 275520

Buyers' checklist

â- How much choice to give The conventional espresso menu (cappuccino, latte, mocha) is relatively straightforward. But do guests want filter coffee or hot chocolate?

â- What is the cleaning regime? Generally speaking, most machines which can make a speciality coffee can now clean themselves - but check exactly how, and how long it takes.

â- What is the payment option? You may wish to have the facility to allow free vend at breakfast, but paid-for out-of-hours.

â- What is the ideal milk? It is now common for a machine to offer the choice of using fresh milk or a ‘whitener' - the choice is the caterer's.

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