Astoria Plus 4 You 3 Group Automatic Espresso Machine
Astoria's flagship machine incorporates technical care and control with their new smart, energy efficient software. The Astoria Plus 4 You, available in this new style, dedicates individual boilers to each grouphead, in addition to sporting an oversized steam boiler. The temperature of the steam boiler, coffee water reservoir, and groupheads can be set individually via a digital control panel. The Plus 4 You is also the first espresso machine in Astoria's "Green Line," and can save the shop up to 47% in energy costs. With patented software, the machine learns the work load requirements of various times of the day and week and uses that information to activate functions only when and where they are needed.
Green TechnologyAs the first machine in Astoria's Green Line, the Plus 4 You can save the owner up to 47% on energy costs. This is accomplished through their newly developed software that learns peak times and regulates power distribution throughout the day as needed.
Temperature Stability and ControlThe Plus 4 You features a separate boiler for each group head. The temperature of each group is controlled independently through the digital control panel. The electronic temperature control for each group provides precise temperature stability with a maximum temperature variance of 1°C. The temperature can be controlled for the steam boiler, coffee water reservoir, and the individual groupheads.
Smart TechnologyAstoria's Green Technology learns the peak performance times during the day and the week and uses this information to put one or more groups on standbye during non-peak hours. The Astoria Plus 4 You also features a self-diagnostic system which helps the barista identify errors in coffee extraction. If a shot is not extracted properly, the machine will show the barista a simple message recommending a fix.
Digital DisplayThe Plus 4 You features a multi-functional control panel for guided navigation in the display menus. The display helps you track the status of the machine and features: a counter for the number of shots pulled for each serving size, diagnostic messages for easier service, settings for manual or automatic energy savings, notice of required water softening, and the control of machine parameters.
|Model:||Plus 4 You SAE 3|
|Basket size:||58 mm|
|Coffee boiler:||1.1 L per group|
|Steam Boiler:||13 L|
|PID:||No - electronic temperature control of group, steam boiler, and coffee reservoir|
|Group head to drain tray:||7.5 inches|
|Electrical:||220 volts / 5600 Watts / 24.9 Amps|
|Dimensions:||42.1" W x 22.8" D x 22.6" H (with 4" adjustable legs)|
|Color:||Red and charcoal|
|Warranty:||One year parts and 90 days service|
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Compak is a company dedicated to quality and craft. Their newest endeavor is a line of espresso grinders that raises the bar on control and efficiency. Aptly named "Fresh" for its innovative design and functionality, these grinders were created from conversations with baristas around the world and from the experience of a company that has been around for over 50 years. The K-10 Fresh offers a number of innovative features including: the ability to pre-set the the dosing time for a single and double shot to within a tenth of a second, manual push-button doser that keeps time of amount dosed on the digital display, and a completely new dosing system, electronics and control system. Also, the electronic display shows the selected grinding point, a configurable warning to change the burrs, promotional message with your logo, shot counter, and multi-language display.
$2,865.00When it comes to serving freshly brewed coffee in a commercial setting, one key dilemma has continually arisen. How can a commercial, high volume coffee shop make quick, fresh coffee without sacrificing quality? The solution has been either (1) to slightly sacrifice quality by making a large amount of drip coffee every hour or so, or (2) to preserve quality but to slow down production and possibly lose a potential profit with single-cup brewing (V60, Chemex, French Press, etc.). The brewing process that the Bunn Trifecta is built upon could be the answer to this significant dilemma.
The Trifecta has been anxiously awaited by the coffee community since Starbucks bought the rights to the Clover brewing system and took it off the market. At a fraction of the price of the Clover, the Trifecta could be the next-generation coffee system. The process is incredibly simple and efficient without sacrificing quality. It can be compared to a Syphon Brewer in its use of total immersion, constant temperature, and agitation of the grounds.
First, the hot water completely saturates the freshly ground beans resulting in a French Press like immersion. This takes advantage of the total extraction of beans that can only take place in full immersion brewing systems.
Second, Air is injected into the pressurized chamber which agitates the grounds. This further enhances extraction by exciting the grounds and water as they interact with each other.
Third, at just the right time (before over-extraction can take place), the pressurized air presses the coffee through a metal filter into the waiting cup. Similar to the Aeropress, this added pressure further enhances the extraction process and ensures a full-bodied flavor in the coffee. To read a full, hands-on review of the Bunn Trifecta by our coffee team, click here: Bunn Trifecta First Impression.
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Not only are its looks something to take seriously, but the Solo's coffee is not to be underestimated. Because of its use of "total immersion" brewing (similar to that of a french press), the grounds are evenly and completely submersed in water. This provides extraction that is difficult to achieve by other methods of brewing. It is advisable, however, that once the 4 minutes of extraction is complete, the coffee should be immediately served or transferred into a thermal pot (we recommend one of the Zojirushi carafes). This will prevent over-extraction from taking place which results in a bitter tasting coffee.
The Cafe Solo is unquestionably a unique and exceptional specialty coffee manual brewer. Because of its simple usability and superior design, the Cafe Solo is a force to be reckoned with in the specialty coffee world.