Earlier this month the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) and the Barista Guild of America hosted the Southeast Regional Barista Championship. The winners qualify to compete in the US Barista Championship and are rewarded for their skill and expertise. Behind the skill of the barista is another factor, the machine. The official machine for the World Barista Championship (and any of its qualifiers) is the Aurelia T3 from Nuova Simonelli.
Nuova Simonelli is a brand you can trust to construct amazing espresso machines and to push the limits of technology. Looking to achieve higher accuracy in every drink, the T3 has abilities to conquer water temperature variables and give the barista supreme control over every aspect of the drink. The computer system inside the machine maintains the temperature of three key points: the water, group head and steam, to the desired specifications of the barista. “T3” refers to the before mentioned three temperature aspects and that is where the name comes from. The T3 also offers more user-friendly controls in terms of maintenance, requiring less outside assistance to solve any maintenance issues. Cleaning groups individually is very easy, with button to control the cycles for each one.
The Aurelia series itself was already very impressive before the additional T3 technology. Cool touch steam wands keep burns from happening during a rush and minimize cleaning time (the milk does not adhere to the wand when it isn’t so hot). However, the new T3 features are even more impressive. The steam nozzles are better lit, offering the baristas better views on the frothing of their milk, and in general the entire work surface has more lighting to assist the barista in drink preparation. The Aurelia is also very energy efficient and saves users water, as well.
An impressive machine that is well deserving of the honor of World Barista Championship competition machine, the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia T3 is the future of espresso preparation. Consistent, high quality beverage preparation will be attainable to coffee shops willing to purchase and educate on the Aurelia T3 for their shop. When the masters of their craft meet at the World Barista Championship in 2013 to duel it out for the title, you can be sure they are grateful to have a spectacular machine to showcase their talent.
If you are interested in learning how you can get this machine for your shop, contact the Stockton Graham & Co. team at 800 835 5943!
The new year is right around the corner, and that means it is time to evaluate your coffee shop’s needs. It’s important to ensure that your menu offers today’s trending products and that your point-of-sale material looks better than ever, but at the beginning of every year, you also should take a look at your equipment. Is your equipment running properly? Is it meeting your shop’s needs? At the busiest time of your day, is your equipment keeping pace? You count on your equipment to serve as many customers as you can, and if these goals aren’t being reached, or your equipment is just out of service, it may be time to look at more options.
From espresso machines to blenders, new equipment models are rolling out each year, and not only does the new equipment continue to include the latest bells and whistles when it comes to features, but it is also becoming more and more energy efficient. When looking into new espresso machines, energy efficient ones should be thought of as ways to save in the future. Your energy usage will drop with these “power savers”, and this will save you money over time. In this post, we are going to look specifically at the latest energy efficient espresso machine features from two of the leading espresso machine manufacturers.
Nuova Simonelli is dedicated to helping baristas serve their customers with their craft at the highest level through the application of science and technology. The “Aurelia”, made by Nuova Simonelli, is currently the official espresso machine of Coffee Fest, the USBC and the WBC. Some of this year’s new efficient features include:
• Energy Savings: The Aurelia’s body consumes less energy while at rest by trapping the heat inside the machine’s chassis. This improvement enables the machine to achieve a weekly power consumption reduction of roughly 50% from conventional machines. • Water Saving: The thermal insulted body work allows the machines to use minimal energy to maintain steam pressure while at rest. This greatly reduces water evaporation and therefore, total daily water consumption. • More Recyclable Material: When possible, Nuova Simonelli uses recyclable material on all components and uses recycled material when possible. From the development and design stages Nuova Simonelli strives to attain 85% recyclability and 95% recoverability.
La Marzocco is commonly considered to be among the top rank of espresso machines, and are found in coffee shops all around the world. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1927, where the machines are still hand crafted, today. For many years, it was the official espresso machine of the WBC. La Marzocco’s latest efficient features include:
• Temperature Control: La Marzocco’s new software allows you to control temperature settings. Now, individual brew groups can be turned off for greater energy savings during slower work periods! • Boiler Insulation: Conserving energy in your coffee shop is key. La Marzocco’s newly-designed, fully-insulated boilers increase energy efficiency by nearly 20%! • Overall Sustainability: La Marzocco machines are designed to create a minimal impact on the environment. Sustainable materials, components and packaging make their machines almost 100% recyclable!
Stockton Graham & Co. understands that purchasing new equipment, such as an espresso machine, is a big investment. We are proud to announce that we have found a way to help make this more attainable for you! Introducing Marlin Equipment Finance and Providence Capital Funding, two prestigious leasing companies that have teamed up with Stockton Graham & Co. to assist with all your equipment leasing needs!
Marlin Equipment Finance: – Marlin offers many options both during and at the end of the lease. You can extend the term, return the equipment or purchase it for fair market value. – The application and decision process is short with most decisions being reached within a business day. – Upon final payment, the customer can continue to lease the equipment, return it or buy it at 10% of the original equipment cost. – For those who can afford to pay a 10% security deposit at the beginning of the lease, with low monthly payments, the customer can use the deposit to purchase the equipment, extend the lease or return the equipment and request a refund of the deposit. – For those who are fairly certain they wish to purchase the equipment at the end of the term, it is simply purchased for $1.00 once the lease term expires.
Providence Capital Funding: – PCF will finance starting at $3,000 up to several million dollars if necessary. They will do 24 month leases up to 60 month leases depending on the equipment, and have monthly payments. – Credit approval is completed within 24-48 hours with applications taken online through their secure server, by phone or by fax. – There are no application fees. – PCF can finance you though one of twenty banks they work with.
To get your application for a lease agreement with one of our two providers or additional information on new equipment and financing, call us toll free at 1.800.835.5943 today!