Swiss manufacturer Thermoplan’s new Black&White4c, which it claims to be the “most compact bean-to-cup machine yet”, has launched in the UK.

According to Thermoplan, the machine is 154mm slimmer than its next competitor and is able to free up counter space. The company said it has an intuitive interface which enables operators to deliver barista-quality coffee and milk-based drinks with one touch in any non-specialist setting.

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Sascha Hupf, key account manager at Thermoplan AG, added: “This is the most compact bean-to-cup machine we have ever produced. It is significantly smaller in terms of footprint than other competitors, but it has been engineered without compromise. From the stainless steel burrs that produce fresh coffee for each cup, to our patented milk system that ensures a perfect cappuccino, the Black&White4c showcases the best of Swiss precision component parts, engineering and manufacturing.”

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The company says it combines precision engineering and more than 40 years’ development experience. The machine is available exclusively through UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, Thermoplan added. It said that the machine is “perfectly suited” to the hospitality, pub and bar markets, and claims it achieves high-street quality coffee with simplicity of operation.

Marcus Swift, head of sales and marketing at UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, said: “The Black&White4c makes barista-quality coffee accessible and practical for the pub, restaurant and hospitality market. This precision-engineered machine meets the challenges of skills, space and customer loyalty facing these sectors; the Black&White4c is simple to use, extremely compact and reliable from the first espresso of the day to the last latte of service.”