Italian foodservice technology trade show, Host, is backing high technology to revive the fortunes of the coffee machine sector.
The organisers of the Milan-based event feels that getting foodservice sites back up and running as quickly as possible will rely on focusing on innovation and on investing in certain trends – from sustainability to the digital world.
The exhibition spoke to hotel industry expert Juan Bernardo Kferman, the food, beverage and supplies buyer for Club Med – USA and Caribbean region, who analysed: “It’s a trend we’re seeing across the entire professional hospitality sector.
“Everything is heading in the direction of touchless devices, as was seen in an Italian company that released air-touch tech on coffee machines. And there are apps for everything now, from room keys to menus and even for flushing a toilet. Everything operated from a mobile phone.”
On the subject of sustainable coffee machines, for the last 7 years, Italian coffee machine manufacturer Simonelli Group has been collaborating with Università Politecnica delle Marche and the Marche Manufacturing cluster on a series of research projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of espresso coffee machines.
The resulting T3 technology is said to maintain temperature stability and the consistency of the beverage in the cup while saving between 30% and 40% of energy compared to a machine that uses other types of technology. Another example is the patented T.E.R.S. (Temperature Energy Recovery System), a solution that is claimed to save 8% on the total consumption of the machine.
Elsewhere, the coffee production plant specialist Brambati has also been focusing on innovation, restyling its roasting machines over the past few months, from both an aesthetic and a functional point of view, and paying particular attention to sustainability.
Company president Fabrizio Brambati said: “The other new idea that is big on hi-tech is the implementation of the new SW devoted to the high-end BR model of roasters. As well as offering the usual level of flexibility, they have all the features required by the specialty sector.”
He stressed how the new SW “makes it possible to check all the parameters (temperature, times, air volume, motor speed and heat exchange between the beans and the air), to diversify the methodology (set-point/gradient), all the way through to cupping.”
In this way various users can evaluate the flavour of the coffee, creating their own assessment datasheets, also with the help of a dedicated web app. And that Brambati added: “The same application can also visualise the history of the roasting curves, the use of green coffee, the previous cupping sessions and a series of key performance indicators (or KPIs), like the number of batches executed, the use of recipes, the frequency of alarm episodes, productivity and much more besides.”
The Host trade show attracts about 2,200 exhibitors from 55 countries and more than 200,000 visitors, 40% of them from outside Italy. The next edition will be held at Fiera Milano from 22 to 26 October 2021.