HIGHLY COMMENDED: Malibu Corporation Self Serve C/SP Soft Ice Cream Machine (Launched February 2014). The countertop self-serve soft ice cream machine from Malibu opens up the lucrative soft ice cream market to a larger variety of businesses. The eye-catching design, adjustable lighting display and voice guidance system is aimed at drawing in customers, giving catering businesses the chance to make profits of more than 80% with this machine. As the unit is self-pasteurising, the cleaning frequency is reduced from every two to three days to fortnightly. The380mm-wide unit is easy to operate, dispensing a measured portion of freshly-whipped soft ice cream within seconds of placing a cup into the holder. Optional remote control is available, while the machine can be supplied on a stainless steel stand on castors.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Schaerer Coffee Art Plus Supersteam (Launched May 2014). The Coffee Art Plus Supersteam is a three-phase bean-to-cup espresso machine designed to deliver the best quality coffee at the touch of a button. The Swiss-manufactured unit features a stylishly ridged body, but its compact footprint means it can offer a complete coffee service system for coffee shops, restaurants, bars and hotels with very limited space. The system has three boilers, one each for the coffee brewer, steam wand and hot water, all of which can operate simultaneously. The Coffee Art Plus Supersteam, which is marketed in the UK by Caffeine Limited, can dispense up to 350 beverages per hour and comes with a fully HACCP-compliant automatic cleaning programme.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: WMF
(Launched March 2014).
Designed in the same style as the 8000S but with a revolutionary 8-inch LCD MMI screen for operator interaction, the 1500S is eye-catching and functional, with many enhanced features from a footprint of just 325mm. The operator can bespoke the machine to suit their exact requirements but the base model comes with an improved Americano bypass, which creates a smoother coffee with a cleaner flavour, selectable mood lighting, a steam wand to foam milk by hand and a steam jet which gives a burst of steam to an empty cup prior to dispending coffee, effectively heating up the cup, ensuring a consistent drink temperature. It also boasts an improved two-boiler water system with a 2.9KW heating capacity and has a recommended daily output of up to 180 cups.