Classeq has released a special guide to the variety of ice that its machines produce, in a bid to promote its Ice-O-Matic ice makers as summer rolls in.
The company is encouraging bars, hotels and restaurants to be prepared to offer a diverse range of ice products with drinks, stating that ice production is an “integral part of business” for such establishments where drink menus are diverse.
“While ice machines can produce ice in a variety of shapes and sizes, not all ice is suitable for the same application, for example, ice served in a cocktail isn’t suitable for blended drinks,” said a release from Classeq.
Classeq, which distributes the Ice-O-Matic in the UK, says that its equipment suitable to produce a variety of ice types, shapes and textures.
It is also pushing its GEM0655 pearl ice machine, a model that can produces up to 325kg of clear, pure pearl ice per day. Classeq says the GEM0655 is ideal for restaurants and bars as it is cost effective due to pearl ice taking less energy to make, meaning the model is also cheaper to run.
Classeq has put together a list of the five main types of ice to help caterers and restaurateurs decide what will best suit their requirements.
Half Cube (aka Half Dice): This small, easy-to-handle ice is perfect for blended drinks because it breaks down easily and creates a smoother finish.
Full Cube: A long-lasting larger cube that looks good in drinks and cocktails. It’s also ideal for large-volume applications like bagging and bulk cooling.
Gourmet Cube: These cylindrical-shaped, crystal-clear cubes enhance any drink and are especially suitable for upmarket drinks in for example, fine dining restaurants, receptions and conventions.
Pearl Ice: Soft and chewable, pearl ice dispenses smoothly and displaces liquid better than cubes. It’s great for smoothies and other soft drinks.
Flake Ice: The best ice for maintaining hydration and extending shelf life and appearance of seafood and enjoying in cocktails.