Welcome to our new website

Whether it’s your first time visiting or you’ve been a customer for the last 20 years, you’re probably wondering, ‘this looks different – am I in the right place, and what’s new?’ So this post is to update and inform you of the exciting changes we’ve made to the website and highlight ways you can get more out of your safe and secure shopping experience with Jaguar Espresso. Let’s get straight into it!

 

1. A fresh new look and feel

Following our brand refresh in 2017, we were keen to roll the new branding out across the website and style it so that our customers, suppliers and other visitors from the UK Speciality Coffee and Tea industry know instantly that they’ve landed in the right place. We very much hope you like the result.

Making the new site as user friendly as possible was (and continues to be!) a priority, and to this end every single page has been re-designed with new, clearer navigation to signpost key information more clearly. In short it’s now easier to find, select, and order products no matter whether you are browsing on mobile, tablet or desktop.

 

2. More account management functions

All the features from the old website have been retained but are presented in a new, easier to read format in a grey panel down the left hand side of the dashboard page, see the example page below. In addition some functionality has been surfaced to make it more visible and accessible. Examples of this include Store Credit, Addresses, Favourites, Invoices & Credits, Aged Debt and more. Customers will now be able to change their personal details and mailing preferences themselves as they wish.

This gives logged in customers complete control over their account data and fully complies with the latest UK GDPR legislation.

 

3. Easier ways to find products

This was the top priority when it came to re-designing the Jaguar website. With 20,000+ products the aim was to save customers as much time as possible by making it very quick to find products and place orders.

To achieve this we took the view that ‘less is more’, and streamlined the product category headings to make it easy to find what you want.

So, finding vending spares is no more complicated than clicking ‘Coffee Machine Spares’ on the main navigation bar and selecting ‘Vending Machines Spares’ or ‘Universal Vending Spares’ as required. Equally, those looking for a coffee drippers will quickly find it in ‘Coffee Brewing’ under ‘Coffee and Tea Kit-N-Caboodle’.

 

     – Smart search

Being restricted to searching exact search terms or codes to find the products required is now a thing of the past! Type in any code or term into the search bar, and a list of relevant products will be presented to you in a drop-down menu, with the most relevant at the top, see the example below. To find out more about the products you want just click on the products in the drop down list to go to the product pages, gather the information you need, and place your order. Want to see the entire list of related products? Just hit ‘show all results’ to view the entire list of relevant products.

Looking for something we no longer stock? No problem. When a product is no longer available, searching the code will take you to the best equivalent, meaning you don’t have to stress out and spend a lot of time finding a suitable replacement.

 

     – Search by manufacturer

Most Jaguar customers know what they want when they visit our website. Engineers understandably like to search for spares by brand, and the best way to do this is to go to ‘Coffee Machine Spares>Espresso Machine Spares’ and click on the manufacturer:

 

…And then search for the relevant product category as per the Ascaso example below:

Previously it was only possible to do this for espresso machine spares, however the new website offers vending machine spares, grinder spares, automatic machine spares and boiler & brewer spares all sorted by manufacturer, with a Universal Vending Spares category added to the Universal Espresso Spares section.

So as long as engineers know the machine brand name they need parts for it will be a quicker and easier job to find parts.

 

     – New product categories

Manufacturer chosen, customers will find plenty of new product categories to help them get straight to the products. There are now entirely new product categories for larger sections such as Bravilor spares and this logic has been applied across every manufacturer to make life easier. A few examples include:

 

     – Search using new filters

Scrolling through multiple pages in large categories to find the product you need is no longer required! Filters, shown in the left hand panel in the example below, allow browsers to select a refined subset of products and the website will only present the smaller number of selected products on the page, saving users time and effort:

 

4. Easier ways to order

Line drawings are one of the most popular features on the website, so we have made them more user friendly than ever before. Now sorted by machine type and then manufacturer, customers can easily find the machine spares they need to see drawings for.

Previously drawings were a great way for customers to find codes for the parts of any machine, which they could then search for. Now customers can find the code they need on the drawing and in the right-hand menu – clicking on either jumps straight to the product page so you can order it immediately, see below:

Found a spare part on the website and want to see what else you might need for the job? No problem, just view the list on each product of any technical drawings they appear in, so if you want to get to a parts machine drawing, you can jump right there, see an example below:

 

     – Even faster Quick Order function

For maximum convenience Quick Order is now presented in one easy form with more ways for you to get the products you need into your basket and get through checkout quickly.

Just enter the product details you need and select the quantity. A new feature allows customers to key in words OR order codes to search for products, and if you need more product information just click on the drop down selector, e.g. in the example above click on ‘Puly Caff Grp Head Cleaner 900g’.

Customers can also submit several codes in one go via the ‘Enter Multiple SKU’s’ text box. This feature, and Order By CSV, which works as before, automatically adds the products onto a single editable list, meaning customers can quickly create orders for multiple parts and add them straight to their carts directly from the Quick Order page without having to go to individual product or product list pages.

 

     – New “My Spares” Section

Some distributor customers need end user customer-specific parts to be available and bespoke kits building, and the new website makes this process easy.

Customers that have parts or kits set up specifically for them will see the ‘My Spares’ link appear in the top menu when they log in to their account. Clicking this opens a page that displays these items and makes re-ordering them a doddle.

Interested in setting up new parts or having us build a kit for you? Email us now at [email protected] and we will get your kit set up quickly and efficiently.

 

5. Time to explore….*securely*

The website is hosted on HP Proliant server hardware with Cisco firewalls providing security and intrusion detection, housed within ISO27001 certified Tier 1 data centres.

Customer credit card information is ONLY held by SagePay, Jaguar keep no record of credit card details and these are NOT recorded or stored on our website. All transactions on the Jaguar website are processed directly through SagePay’s own highly secure payments website.

Jaguar advise all customers to protect their account passwords and change them regularly, using random alpha numeric sequences and a minimum of ten characters.

On a lighter note we hope you find this post useful! We want the website to be more welcoming, more comprehensive and more user-friendly than ever before, and if you have any comments or feedback please let us know.

 

Do coffee shops in soft water areas still need water filtration?

Do coffee shops in soft water areas still need water filtration

With water comprising up to 98% of a cup of coffee and 99% of a cup of tea, the importance of filtered water to commercial operators really can’t be overstated.

As explained in one of our other blog posts on water filtration, coffee shop owners and baristas aiming to offer high quality gourmet beverages to increasingly sophisticated consumers can no longer view water filtration as a ‘nice-to-have.’ Ask any barista that’s ever entered a competition and they will tell you that in today’s tough competitive environment clean, filtered water is a basic necessity.

In that blog we discussed how temporary or carbonate hardness (which is caused when water picks up certain salts, minerals, and metals from pipes, the ground and air) is often the cause of serious issues to both the health of equipment such as espresso machines, and the flavour, aroma and appearance of freshly brewed coffee.

However, it’s widely known that water hardness varies area by area across the country, and identifying the type of water through testing and analysis is considered a good starting point towards achieving the correct filtration solution.

 

What’s the difference between hard and soft water?

Hard water contains a larger volume of minerals such as calcium and magnesium ions in the carbon dioxide in the water, these are collected en-route from the mains supply to the users water tap.

It is these particles that when heated during the process of brewing coffee and tea cause the build up of scale. It follows that the busier the café, coffee or tea shop the more water they use, and also the harder the water the greater the potential damage it can do to espresso machines and other everyday equipment.

By contrast soft water picks up less of these potentially harmful minerals, meaning scale and equipment damage is less likely to be a problem for equipment in the short term.

 

Does this mean coffee shops in soft water areas do not need water filtration?

This is a common misconception, but unfortunately not the case.

While soft water is less harmful to equipment than hard water, it does still have one major effect on coffee. As explained by Gary Norwood, Business Account Manager at BRITA Professional, “often people think because their water is soft they don’t need a water filter, but soft water still contains minerals which can have a drastic effect on the taste of your hot beverages.”

The “drastic effect” on taste that Gary refers to means untreated soft water can lead to beverages taking on a bitter taste and aroma, while the water can often look murky and unclean.

In an industry where the bar is set high, serving inferior lower quality coffee, tea, and hot chocolate can negatively affect the popularity of cafés, coffee and tea shops. After all, if consumers don’t receive the standard of coffee they have come to expect in one coffee shop, they simply walk, drive or cycle a little way down the road to the next one!

 

What’s the solution?

To prepare and present drinks that allow the unique flavours to shine, and in the case of coffee achieve the perfect crema on top, the solution is to filter water regardless of whether it’s hard or soft, and in the process remove a long list of taste impairing substances such as chlorine.

Brand leading water filtration manufacturers offer filters designed specifically for soft water areas, and because there are fewer minerals for these filters to remove they tend to last longer than hard water filters, resulting in lower filtration costs for coffee shop owners.

For example, BRITA’s Purity C50 Fresh will filter 12,000 litres of water before replacement is needed, as opposed to a maximum of 960 litres for the hard water Purity C50 filter.

On top of this, soft water filters remove the harmful minerals that can cause scale, meaning the chances of scale developing in equipment is reduced from very unlikely to impossible.

 

How can I find out the hardness of my water?

The handy water map below provided by BRITA offers an insight of what water hardness you can expect in your area, why not take a look now?

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of the actual levels of water hardness in your area you need a water testing kit, these are inexpensive and easy to use, with clear instructions included:

How to take a water hardness test

Once you’ve worked out the exact hardness of your water, you can purchase a filter that is right for your water and set it up in a way that will allow you to produce the best quality coffee, safe in the knowledge that it won’t be actively damaging your equipment.

For more information, why not take a look at this table from BRITA which helps correctly set up any BRITA filter depending on application and hardness levels.

UK water map

Key takeaways

  • In the modern coffee industry, water filtration is a necessity, not a nice-to-have
  • Both hard water and soft water cause issues with the taste, aroma and appearance of coffee and tea, so a water filtration system is needed regardless of where you are.
  • Testing water is key to ensure your filter is set up correctly.
  • Have any further questions? Simply get in touch via [email protected] or call us on 01189 959 9204.

More choice than ever before

More choice than ever before

15,000+ Coffee machine spare parts available to order now, with fast delivery

In 2019 the coffee industry is in its 5th Wave which focuses on the business of coffee, providing excellent customer experiences, and developing & launching artisan brewing concepts. For our B2B customers, including vending operators, machine engineers, catering equipment dealers, coffee wholesalers, roasters, and retailers this means more frequent new product launches of espresso machines that are more eco-friendly, efficient and technologically advanced, with programming often being done via a supplied tablet.

This creates obvious sales and marketing opportunities for smart baristas and proprietors, and the knock-on expectation is for dealers to keep pace with the change and have access to new machines without having to wait for long, with the same expectation applying to engineers when the need for new spare parts arises.

 

Now stocking spares for more than 85 manufacturers

And many more!

Covering espresso machines, automatic machines, grinders, vending machines, boilers and more – every year new brands and hundreds of new Original and Compatible products are listed for specialist beverage machine engineers in the UK.

In direct response to customer demand we have added more than 380 line drawings to our website to make product selection and ordering as easy as possible by ordering directly from line drawings, these include exploded diagrams showing all relevant components to help eliminate guesswork and get the right product first time round. A lot of spares are ordered out in the field when engineers are on site so our website has been optimised to be easy to use on mobile phones and tablets.

 

Now stocking a huge range of vending spares

In recent years we have massively expanded our vending machine spares range from tens of parts to hundreds, including brands such as Bianchi, Coffeetek, Necta, Crane, Rheavendors, Lavazza, Cantina, Matrix, Saeco and Westomatic. We have also added a number of new Nitro coffee solutions for customers looking to take advantage of the hottest summer trend.

Besides this, all new product releases by all supplier manufacturers every year are reviewed and all common parts for new models are stocked as soon as they become available, so customers don’t need to worry about their offering (or our website) becoming out of date.

It doesn’t stop there! Jaguar stock 2000+ coffee accessories including water filtration from BRITA, cleaning solutions from Puly Caff, machine consumables, and installation items. Barista accessories, brewing kit, and grinders are available from market leading brands, and espresso machines and equipment from manufacturers including Iberital, MACAP and Bravilor.

With so much to choose from, it’s no wonder so many of our diverse customers consider us as their number one online shop for their everyday coffee equipment needs.

 

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

It does happen occasionally! And when it does we’re always ready to help. Whether you’re a one-man band, a large multinational company, or anything in between and looking to order a part or parts you can’t find, please tell us and if we can help we will.

Just give us a call or email [email protected] to let us know what you’re looking for, and one of our experienced team will source the best product for your needs based on quality, price and lead time, and will get it set it up for ordering as soon as it becomes available.

 

Next working day delivery available

Over 10,000 lines are stocked in our warehouses in Reading and available for next working day delivery to customers based on the UK mainland, offering peace of mind that products are available at very short notice. Please note that order cut off is 6pm.

For non-stock products and out of stock items, we set up a back order, and ship the parts out as soon as they become available, giving customers the option to take the in-stock parts right away or wait and have the order shipped complete.

As always, it’s whatever works best for the customer.

 

Great customer service

We do our best to make sure everything goes according to plan, but if anything isn’t quite right, or if you have a question, why not get in touch? Our customer service team has a wealth of product and process-specific experience and provide an outstanding level of service and support to all of our customers. So if in doubt, give us a call!

5 Top tips for cleaning commercial espresso machines

5 Top tips for cleaning commercial espresso machines

Bean selection, storage, coarseness of the grind and extraction time are just a few of the many variables to get right when striving to produce outstanding espresso. Yet while baristas spend a great deal of time personalising their brewing choices, often it can be at the expense of other less interesting (but equally important) aspects!

Cleaning is a great example. Though it is rarely forgotten altogether, for a whole host of reasons all too often espresso machines are either not cleaned often enough, or they are not cleaned thoroughly enough, and over time the machine starts to perform less well. The successful coffee shops that Jaguar have come to know well over the years have built cleaning processes into their daily routines, and they stick to them rigidly.

A notable trend in the UK Speciality Tea and Coffee industry is the growing popularity of 100% organic cleaning solutions, which offer highly effective solutions without using phosphates and are supplied in packaging that is either recyclable or recycled.

Think about it, aside from the brewing decisions mentioned above, what are the two key ways to making great coffee AND getting the best long term return on expensive espresso machines? The answer is cleaning! But as always the devil is in the detail and the trick is to make the most of the cleaning solutions so that they keep your machines in the best possible condition.

 

Tip 1: Clean your commercial machines every day

…Without exception! Commercial espresso machine cleaning solutions are designed to be used daily and are simply less effective when used less regularly. Cleaners used at intermittant intervals will leave coffee residues in the machine which will become harder and harder to remove over time and this is a frequent cause of machine damage.

If you use Automatic Coffee machines we think Puly Capucino Cleaner with it’s dual cleaning system that cleans milk deposits and also sterilises the whole system takes some beating.

For espresso machines you will need cleaning solutions for group heads, filterholders, steam arms, and coffee grinders to mention a few. Many operators find it helps to make daily cleaning as convenient as possible, and choose to buy their cleaning solutions in handy daily doses, for example, Puly Caff Group Head Cleaner Sachets.

 

Tip 2: Don’t use too little (or too much)

Using too little solution will probably fail to remove all coffee residues during cleaning. As with infrequent cleaning this build up will eventually become too much for the cleaner to handle and can lead to more severe issues such as machine breakdown.

It’s worth noting that while it might seem that using more cleaning solution should equal more thorough cleaning, it is essential to follow the manufacturers instructions. Many espresso machine cleaners contain potent ingredients, and using too much, too often, can cause equipment damage.

To ensure baristas are using the correct dose, many customers go for a pre-measured options as mentioned above, and we can’t recommend these highly enough.

 

Tip 3: Use each product only on the intended equipment

This sounds obvious but you would be amazed at how often it happens. Unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all solution for efficiently cleaning the entire espresso machine. Modern espresso machines are complex and have numerous parts with different functions, and to get the best results you need to buy the correct cleaning solution for the intended pieces of equipment because anything else will likely be less effective.

To keep your machine clean at all times you will need at least a group head cleaner, a milk frother cleaner, as well as a general chrome or stainless steel cleaner for the machine exterior. Other cleaners worth considering for your espresso set up are grinder blade cleaners, hopper cleaners and descalers. Many customers get started with the handy Puly Caff Cleaning System.

 

Tip 4: Stock up on machine cleaning tools

Keeping espresso machines in top shape is much easier with the right professional quality cleaning accessories.

For group head cleaning a blanking disc will ensure cleaning powder and hot water returns up into the group head, thoroughly cleaning it in the process. Couple this with a specially designed group head cleaning brush to ensure any tough spots are cleaned thoroughly.

With steam arms, a heatproof cloth is ideal for wiping milk away immediately after each drink is served, while a pipe brush such as the Pallo Steamy Wanda is designed to slot into the steam tube and clean out any left-over milk residue.

Cloths will also help keep machine exteriors sparkling throughout the day, while a cleaning basin can be used to soak filterholders overnight, ensuring they are clean and ready for use first thing in the morning.

 

Tip 5: Read the manufacturer instructions for machine cleaning solutions

Finally, it is important to remember that all machines are different and therefore they have different requirements – the same can be said for cleaning solutions.

Before using a cleaning solution for the first time always read the instructions for both the solution you have bought from Jaguar and for the espresso machine you intend to use it on.

Doing this, and following the rest of the tips above, will help keep espresso machines in tip-top condition all day, every day. Only a clean machine produces the best coffee.

Looking to resell a range of espresso machine cleaning products to your customers?

Jaguar are proud stockists of Puly Caff, the European brand leader for espresso cleaning products and official long term sponsors at the UK Barista Championships, making them a real authority in the espresso equipment cleaning industry.

For more information why not head over to the cleaning section of our website? Or if you’d like to learn more, feel free to get in touch at [email protected]

Top 10 equipment ideas for new coffee shops

10 top equipment ideas for new coffee shops

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We have seen countless coffee shops open in our almost quarter century of operation, many of which we have been delighted to watch flourish and prosper in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment.

Jaguar’s core audience is trade resellers in the Speciality Coffee and Tea industry, and having indirectly supplied a significant volume of coffee equipment to end users over the years, we thought it might be interesting to offer up some thoughts on the most popular equipment products for new coffee shops. We are mindful that every new coffee shop has its own unique purchasing requirements, and at a product level each one is likely to be influenced differently by brand name, product innovation, what other baristas are using,  yet at a product category level clear themes emerge, read on to find out more:

Commercial espresso machines

The number one essential piece of equipment for any coffee shop. But before you rush out to buy the most expensive machine that’s percieved to be the ‘best available’ today, consider whether it is the right machine for you and your coffee shop. Some considerations before you buy:

Capacity: will you have the footfall to justify a two or even three group machine? For many new ventures the output from a one group machine (i.e. 80 cappuccinos or 90 espresso shots per hour) will be more than adequate.

Space: where is your new machine going to sit and are you going to have space for the machine you want bearing in mind all the other essential everyday barista equipment that you’re going to need? Work out the space you have available before choosing your machine. Some models are available in a smaller size, such as the Iberital IB7 Compact, which offers the output of a standard 2 group machine without taking up as much space.

Budget: it doesn’t make business sense to jump in and make an emotional purchase by buying the ‘perfect’ espresso machine with all the bells and whistles if it offers lots of functionality that you aren’t going to use.  The extra cost of those bells and whistles can saddle start-up’s with unnecessary extra debt at what is an expensive phase in your business’ development, so work up to it. Calculate your budget and stick to it, searching out the best model within your price range.

There’s plenty of choice on offer. Make sure you assess the essentials first, e.g. single vs dual boiler, ease of operation, dialling in and servicing, and then consider the nice-to-have features such as LED lights and down lighting before you make a final purchase.

Coffee Grinders

As with espresso machines, baristas have favourite grinder manufacturers. Macap, Mazzer, Baratza, Eureka and Cunill offer professional quality grinders, while Wilfa, Kinto and Hario fill the gap in the market reserved for relatively low usage professional users and home baristas seeking an impressive machine with a small footprint.

Again, when considering what’s right for you it’s worth thinking through the following:

  • Do you run a busy city centre shop and want to grind each shot at the time of order for best possible freshness in each cup? If so have a look at On-Demand models such as the MACAP MXD XTREME, which takes some beating for those that are looking for the very best top end grinders.
  • If you expect to be too busy to grind each shot individually or are looking to spend a little less, check out a grinder with a doser hopper with either manual, timer or automatic operation.

With plenty of choice from Jaguar Espresso it’s often helpful to work out your budget first along with the functions you need and will use, taking into account practical limitations such as available space. Remember to add some domestic grinders to resell to consumers. Do the above and you are ready to start shopping! As always if you need any assistance narrowing down the options please contact us.

Water filtration

Up to 98% of coffee and up to 99% of tea is water, so filtration is an absolute must.

Coffee brewed using unfiltered water can taste bitter and have an unpleasant aroma, it can also result in inferior looking crema – add all these elements together and new coffee shops are likely to find it hard to win a reputation for quality where established local competitors already have this box ticked.

Besides this, unfiltered water will be busily (and silently!) building up limescale in your appliances. Over time the damage this causes to espresso machines and other vital equipment is likely to result in machine breakdowns and expensive repair costs – unwelcome at any time but particularly so for new coffee shops working hard to cover start-up costs and turn a profit.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder more and more coffee shop owners consider water filtration to be an essential ingredient in creating a successful coffee shop. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to resell BRITA Domestic water filters to consumers!

 

Equipment cleaning solutions

One of the best ways to reassure new coffee shop customers and guarantee the finest quality drinks is to keep equipment clean, creating a professional  first impression and making sure the pure natural freshly ground coffee flavours shine through every time. Here are some of the reasons why cleaning is so important:

To get years of trouble-free use from your espresso machines
Backflush the group heads daily with a high quality cleaning solution to keep water flow rates healthy to help achieve this
To get rich crema and quality extractions
Soak baskets and portafilters in a cleaning solution daily. If you have an    automatic machine use Puly Capucino Cleaner

To get milk to froth quickly, taste great and produce quality micro foam.  Keep steam wands free from milk deposits and calcium build-up ensures high quality taste and texture.

 

Milk Foaming Jugs

It’s no secret that experienced baristas generally agree that the best foaming jugs for making cappuccino, latte and hot chocolate are made from stainless steel. There are many different types and sizes available, so how do you choose amongst them?

Do you want to create latte art? If you want to put your own stamp on your cups of coffee you’ll need a jug with a narrow spout and a shaped handle that allows constant flow and pouring control. Motta have a superb range of jugs that are very popular with professional baristas, many who successfully practise latte art.

Do you want to reduce milk waste? Jugs with lined measurements mean baristas can accurately portion control the amount of milk they need for each drink, reducing waste and saving money. Some have lined measurements on both sides making it easy for left and right handed baristas – if this sounds good try the range from Yagua.

Are you keen to prevent cross contamination? If this is a priority our best selling etched foaming jugs are a fantastic solution. Choose from full fat, skinny, soya, or chocolate in 600ml or 1 litre sizes, or alternatively check out Milk ID Handles and Clips.

Is time of the essence? Teflon jugs are super quick and easy to clean, a real favourite with busy coffee shops.

And to get the best results don’t forget to add thermometer clips or label thermometers to your order to make sure you are steaming the milk at the optimum frothing temperature!

Tampers

Many of our trade customers who resell to new coffee shops select tampers by size and brand of choice. Size breaks down into two main categories, domestic and commercial, as follows:

Domestic machines including Gaggia, Krupps, Delonghi, Sage and many more, (see the ‘what size tamper do I need for my machine?’ section of our catalogue for details) need 45mm – 58mm tampers.

Commercial espresso machines use a range of 49mm – 58.4mm tampers, fitting more than 50 brands including La Spaziale, La Marzocco, Iberital, San Remo and more.

With the size sorted it becomes a case of deciding what you need vs what you want. For example a professional barista who is tamping all day long in a busy high street coffee shop will need a comfortable, well balanced tamper and may also want the option to easily change or upgrade the handle. Motta, Espresso Gear, Crema Pro, Reg Barber offer superb ranges for professionals, including high performance competition tampers, and Jaguar stock a range of domestic tampers available in plastic, metal, stainless steel, aluminium or with wooden handle. If you have time, coffee levelling tools are also well worth considering, and so are tamper holders, seats and stands.

Brew scales

There is a vast range of brew scales for baristas to choose from so the key question is how is the end user going to use it? Will an economy scale do the trick or is an impact-resistant case needed for portability to events, competitions and training courses?

If they are to be used with V60 brewers Hario offer some great options, or if you need to weigh portafilters On Balance offer a best selling Bench Scale. All brew scales available from Jaguar are suitable for setting up and monitoring espresso machines and grinders, and then using them to keep an eye on brewing consistency.

Many scales offer extras such as timers (as with the Yagua Barista Scale), USB recharging (Bonavita Rechargeable Coffee Scale) and even Bluetooth connectivity (Felicita Bluetooth Scales).

Espresso thermometers

As with brew scales, espresso thermometers are a vital component for brewing consistency. Getting the milk heated to the correct temperature so it can be stretched just right for the drink it’s going to sit on top of, or poured into, is half the battle when producing top notch milk based coffee.

Make sure you buy thermometers with the correct stem length for your foaming jugs, and a clear face showing the optimum frothing zone to make sure it’s as quick and easy as possible to ensure milk temperature is consistently perfect.

Thermometers with clips, or stick-on label thermometers very popular with busy baristas.

Knock Boxes

Easily taken for granted the humble knock box performs an important task when disposing of used coffee pucks regardless of whether at home or in a coffee shop. Bashing out pucks into a waste bin rather than a knock box presents a few problems, for example the presence of germs, messy espresso leaking out of the portafilter on the way to the bin, and in some cases being able to find the bin!

Sturdiness, stability and capacity are deciding factors when buying knock boxes although some of this will be governed by available space and where they will be placed. This also affects the type of knock box that’s suitable, whether they are counter sunk, freestanding on the counter or floor, or placed underneath a grinder.

Resellers can choose from hard wearing counter or floor standing Crema Pro polypropylene boxes available in black, red, dark grey or burned orange. Stainless steel boxes are very popular with professional baristas and for something more stylish have a look at the stainless steel knock box with bamboo surround.

The choice available for professional users and retailing to home users include offerings from top barista brands including MottaCafelatCrema Pro and Espresso Gear, and replacement spares such as knock bars and sleeves are also readily available in case repairs are needed!

Drinks blenders

The growing list of freshly made blended gourmet drinks consumers expect to see at coffee shops means baristas need at least one blender to satisfy demand. It also opens up the opportunity to be creative with recipes, think Mojito Milkshakes, Cappuccino Cold, Frappes, Freddos, and smoothies!

A commercial model such as the popular range of Artemis Mixers is vital to handle constant demand throughout the day. While you will want to look for something easy to use (look for one-touch operation), it also needs to be fast and the right fit for the physical space available.

And finally…..

There are many other essential items of barista kit such as teaware, tamping mats, kettles, cups, mugs, saucers, glassware, and pour over brewers that are key to setting up and running a coffee shop.

If you are a coffee shop owner, or just about to take the jump, ‘Good Luck’ from everyone at Jaguar!

The Evolution of a Coffee Barista’s Kit

The evolution of a coffee barista's kit

As consumers have become more and more engaged with where their coffee comes from, the climate it’s grown in, the way it’s brewed, and all the fine nuances of its taste; so too have the demands for a wide range of tools and equipment, configured to develop the perfect pressure, temperature and channelling, in order to create a consistent cup of coffee every time.

Speciality equipment is now just as important to baristas, as premium beans are in creating the highest quality serve of coffee.

Even just twenty years ago, the modern global demand for speciality coffee which we see today may have seemed unlikely in its growth trajectory, yet the demand for beverages made by expert artisans shows no signs of slowing pace.

The gap between the expectations of high street coffee shops and speciality, independent coffee retailers is closing too, meaning demand for trained baristas and a wide range of sophisticated barista kit has never been so high.

Furthermore, each barista will have their own unique choices when it comes to tools. A flat or convex tamper, wooden or steel? Which variety of jug will they find best for creating creamy, textured milk, and will it vary from wand to wand? How consequential are these choices, and how can we imagine that present and future technologies will offer new tools and opportunities for the barista to express themselves even further?

When the western world was first introduced to coffee in the 17th century, as it travelled out of Africa and the Middle East, carried by Venetian merchants who had first learned of the beverage in Istanbul and other trade hubs, the direct infusion methods used to produce it, using little more than a pot and boiling water often left the drink overexposed. Perhaps not through inattentiveness; more likely a desired outcome as coffee was still such an exotic, rare commodity. If the Venetians could see the way we make an espresso today, the methodical approach would seem so very alien to them; globalisation affords us the luxury of choice of a wide variety of beans, from vastly greater distances than they would have travelled.

Before long, coffee connoisseurs would begin to use cloth filters to separate the grounds from the liquid, and soon after percolators would become in-style throughout Europe as a reliable way to create coffee that had been exposed for a more balanced amount of time. Other methods such as flip-pots and syphon brewers gained some popularity. Much like in our current time, demand for top-grade coffee drove demand for a wider range of coffee making equipment.

As coffee continued to spread throughout Europe, popular among artists, writers and students, so too did the different methods of brewing and roasting it. Grinding the beans into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle was held in favour, and it wasn’t until the early 18th century that the French began experimenting with and popularising mechanical grinders like the burr grinders widely favoured with baristas today.

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At the end of the 19th century, the first patent for an Espresso machine was awarded to Angelo Moriondo of Turin, and whilst this was considered a giant leap forward towards the kind of Espresso making preferred today, the method was not fully perfected, his invention not yet pushing even 2 bars of pressure.

It would be almost another 20 years before Luigi Bezzerra would refine his design, to include much of the barista equipment we recognise today. Tamped cakes of ground coffee, inserted in a portafilter, delivering espresso at an impressive rate, to satiate the Italian thirst for coffee, albeit still inconsistent compared to modern standards.

Following the rapid technological advances of the first half of the 20th century, Espresso machines grew exponentially as the premier commercial coffee of choice for consumers. These newer machines were capable of pushing up to 9 bars of pressure, making large boilers obsolete and drawing a rich crema from the grounds, consisting of emulsified oils and rich organic materials which were before lost.

A new wave of innovation pursued; computerised components began permitting for precise measurements of both temperature and pressure, giving baristas more room to improvise and distribute their attention to details across every stage of the espresso-making process. PID control systems began to be introduced, stabilising the water temperature in many machines. This ensured that fluctuations in water temperature, which could lead skilled baristas to pull bad shots – through no fault of their own – became a thing of the past. To expedite espresso making further, most modern commercial machines are fitted with double boilers, allowing for steam and water to be dispensed simultaneously, so attentive baristas can both froth milk and create espresso together.

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When considering historic trends and present momentum, there seems little doubt that the modern barista continues to seek ever more precise, reliable and innovative technology. This will in turn enable them and their art to fulfil the thirst of an ever-savvier consumer.

[1] Kenneth Davids, Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, Second Edition, St. Martin’s Press

[2] William Harrison, All About Coffee, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company

[3] British Coffee Association, http://www.britishcoffeeassociation.org/about_coffee/coffee_facts

Discover the Kinto Range

Discover the new range of Kinto

Discover the Kinto Range Now Stocked in the UK by Jaguar Espresso

Jaguar Espresso, the UK’s leading independent supplier to the coffee trade are delighted to have recently introduced the Kinto range to their comprehensive collection of products. Both beautiful and functional, with a focus on usability and aesthetics, the Kinto range features products across coffeeware, teaware and glassware.

Stocking over 20,000 products for the coffee trade including espresso machine spare parts, barista supplies, cleaning products and much more, Jaguar Espresso are well known as a one stop shop for over 3,000 resellers.

Helen Taylor, Director at Jaguar Espresso Systems says “The Kinto range is a fantastic fit for our carefully curated line up of branded products. The Kinto brand is unique in its approach to create a beautiful balance of traditional Japanese form with modern, clean, sleek lines, using original textures and shapes rarely found in the UK.  Jaguar are the exclusive UK agent for the Kinto brand and we’re very proud to bring this carefully selected premium quality range to our trade customers.”

Kinto was established in Japan in 1972 and source the highest quality materials available to manufacture original products that are used worldwide across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Jaguar Espresso are making the full range available for registered trade customers to purchase online at www.jesuk.com.

From elegant kettles designed for a stress free and comfortable experience, the Kinto pour over kettle has a spout shaped for precision pouring control, a hinged lid for fluid movement, and a handle shaped for pouring comfort. The brand also marries unique design with real functionality. For instance, the top rim of the porcelain brewer, with its bold metallic look, is designed to stay cool so it can be picked up without a handle.

In true slow coffee speciality style, the quality of the Kinto range is not only suited for professional use, it also makes a beautiful addition to home interiors. The elegant designs are created to blend into living spaces and enable users to carve out a few pleasurable moments of quality time by brewing and savouring a fresh cup of coffee.

 

The Kinto range offers a striking collection of mugs including:

  • Metallic-look porcelain mugs that both look and feel good. The rounded rim makes drinking from them a pleasure with a handle that is designed to fit users fingers perfectly.
  • Dual colour porcelain mugs, featuring two colours of layered glaze that creates an original, eye catching range of mugs that are specially shaped to fit snugly in users’ hands, with wide arched handles making it super comfortable to pick up and drink from.
  • Single colour porcelain mugs, glazed in calming colours, the single colour effect delivers both a unique and classic look.
  • Stackable porcelain mugs. With their matt glaze and smooth clay texture these mugs are simply stunning. Stacking different coloured mugs together is great for not only space savings, but creates an eye-catching and visually pleasing display on counter tops.
  • Mugs with original sign paintings.  Engaging vintage look mugs with original paintings on the side, each painting has been individually drawn by hand to make them distinctive and packed with character.
  • Kinto cold brew tumblers are a delightful range of thick glass, embossed tumblers in three calming colours include rose, blue and gold, just perfect for providing a cold glass of coffee during the warmer summer months.

 

The Kinto coffeeware brewing range also includes:

  • Coffee carafe sets which includes carafe, choice of plastic brewer or stainless steel filter and filter holder.
  • 2 cup coffee brewers; for use with either paper or stainless steel filters, the Kinto coffee brewer is compatible for use with all Kinto servers and mugs. Each brewer conveniently features the number of cups clearly imprinted on the side for ease of use.
  • Cotton paper filters, for use with any Kinto drip brewer, delivers mild, clear tasting coffee while retaining the used grounds.
  • Coffee servers and jugs; made from heat resistant glass and designed to work with all Kinto brewers and include the use of white dots on each server and jug to indicate when two or four cups of coffee have been reached, eliminating the need for guesswork.
  • Coffee Jug sets, a complete brewing set that removes the needs for scales or guess work whilst still offering exacting results. The complete set includes a permanent stainless steel filter, a brewer and glass jug.

 

Other Kinto Coffee accessories loved by resellers include:

  • A stylish porcelain paper filter stands that hold up to 60 filters
  • Kinto coffee canisters capable of holding around 200g of coffee beans, designed to block sunlight and keep contents flavourful for longer.
  • Kinto Coffee measuring  spoon, a super stylish coffee spoon made from teak with an oil finish.

The Kinto range further extends into teaware, glassware and related accessories.

To access the full range, Jaguar Espresso are welcoming bonafide trade customers so register for a trade account online.  Approved trade customers will join over 3,000 resellers accessing over 20,000 products online, including the exclusive Kinto range.

The Jaguar Espresso team take great pride in delighting the trade, offering a wide range of benefits to our customers including;

  • Fast, next day delivery. Order up until 6pm for next working day delivery across mainland UK
  • Access to a true one stop shop and a huge range of espresso spares and accessories
  • True trade prices and savings on bulk buys across some of the world’s biggest brands
  • A dedicated customer service team on hand to support the needs of our trade customers

Register online today for a Jaguar Espresso Systems account or contact [email protected] via email for sales support or advice on the Kinto range.