Coffee equipment maker Gaggia has installed one of its group two machines at The Gunton Arms, one of Norfolk’s latest high profile eatery.
While The Gunton Arms serves very much as a community pub, its walls are hung with fine art and tea and coffee form a critical part of the mix.
“When it came to coffee service, we needed a machine that could make great espresso and be reliable,” said Simone Baker, manager of the establishment. “We serve a lot of coffee, we get through 10 to 15 kilos of beans a fortnight. For me, with coffee machines the first name you think of is Gaggia.”
The Gaggia Deco unit — which is distributed in the UK by Gaggia — installed at the site boasts a 13 litre boiler, giving it the capacity to cope with high volumes quickly without compromising on coffee quality.
The unit’s features also include individual brewing head temperature controls, which allow the coffee’s ‘sweet spot’ to be extracted every time, and a turbo-charged steam wand that can steam a litre of milk in just 40 seconds.
Given the focus on art in the pub, another consideration was how the coffee maker would look behind the bar, which is why Baker specified a Gaggia Deco: the design combines vintage art deco looks with hi-tech features.
“We want the best on the market. I’ve used other coffee makers in the past, including pod machines, but you just don’t get the flavour or quality that you do from grinding beans.”