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We sell a range of different sized milk jugs and there’s a lot of confusion over which jug to use for which drinks. The most common sizes we use for milk frothing are 400ml, 600ml, 1000ml and 1.5L. Here’s a quick summary of the different jugs

400ml – these are challenging to get used to on a full sized cafe machine because the milk heats quickly and it’s easy to spill foam everywhere as you froth it. But it’s the jug I reach for first because it’s perfect for a small latte or cappuccino, my 2 favourite milk based drinks. The 400ml jug will fill a 180-230ml cup perfectly and you get used to not having wasted milk. If a customer orders a small/regular sit down coffee, this is the jug. But not quite big enough for a small takeaway coffee that usually comes in at 250ml.

600ml – these are the mainstay for most cafes. Easier to use than a 400ml as you have more time to stretch the milk and it doesn’t spill. A 600ml jug perfectly does a large sit down drink, or a small or large takeaway drink. It can also squeeze out 2 small sit down coffees. I usually split the milk if I’m doing 2 drinks.

1000ml – about as large as I normally recommend, this will pump out 2 large lattes or cappuccinos. It’s very easy to texture the milk when you’ve got this much time, but you definitely need to split the milk before pouring. Also good for 3 or 4 small sit down coffees.

1500ml – this huge milk jug is good for occasional large orders and cleaning duties. Especially great for cleaning group handles. When you get to this size jug you risk the milk separating before you get the chance to split it.

When we supply a cafe with jugs we usually recommend the following list:

2 x 400ml 3 x 600ml 2 x 1000ml 1 x 1500ml

Using a thermometer when you froth your milk allows you to get the perfect temperature. But how do you know if your thermometer is correct? Here’s a quick test:

Make sure you haven’t had any hot/cold drinks in the last few minutes. Put the end of the thermometer in your mouth and suck for 10 seconds The reading should be 37 Celsius

And if the thermometer is out? Many milk thermometers have an adjusting screw on the back. Get a small screwdriver and turn the screw to calibrate it to 37 Celsius in your mouth.

If you have more time and the facilities, you should put the tip of the thermometer into simmering water and check that it’s 100c and into iced water (with blocks of ice) and check that it reads 0c.

We had a great time showing our Automatic Coffee Machines at the Australian Gaming Expo. This is Australia’s largest exhibition aimed at the pubs and clubs market and is mind-blowingly huge. We were lucky enough to share our stand with the juice guys from Fructomat. Our machines had a great response and we had heaps of inquiries that we need to follow up, can’t wait for next years show.

Have you ever had a terrible coffee and wondered why? There’s a number of factors that determine the taste of coffee made through a cafe coffee machine and I’ll briefly cover them here.

The cafe coffee machine will control the temperature and the pressure, and can also influence the dose (filter basket size) and pour (filter basket holes)

Outside of the actual coffee machine the taste is affected by the grind, the dose (made by the operator), the coffee beans and the tamping pressure.

The temperature needs to be able to be set to the correct temperature for the coffee beans being used. Our preference for our own Diva coffee beans is 91 degrees Celsius. Other beans may work better at higher or lower temperatures. On a heat exchange machine the temperature is set from water passing through the steam boiler, and then getting stabilised in the group head. The group head has hot water circulating through it (officially called thermo-siphon) which sets the temperature of the group.

The pump inside a high quality cafe coffee machine will always be rotary, not vibration. A rotary pump will provide a constant pressure of around 9 bars giving you a better extraction.

Having either the temperature or the pressure incorrect will change the taste and flavour profile of your coffee, so make sure you invest in equipment that will get these things right.

So you have a cafe, and you’d like to choose the best coffee machine for your business! Many of our customers come to use looking for the cheapest price that they can get, for an item that could earn them lots of money. Saving $1000 on a coffee machine could cost you tens of thousands in lost sales.

Firstly – does the look match your business? Having a stunning looking machine at the front of your shop can massively increase your sales. Coffee is an emotive product, so customers are expecting a coffee machine that projects the right image.

cafe coffee machine

Secondly – does it make a fantastic coffee? I’m always shocked at the number of customers who sell coffee – but don’t sell good coffee. The quality in the cup is partly due to the quality of the coffee machine. This includes the temperature stability, the pump pressure and the steam pressure. Increasing quality increases sales and profits!

Thirdly – is it reliable and well supported? Any time you mix hot water, pumps and electricity means you’ll have a breakdown at some stage. A cafe relies on the ability to make coffee all the time, otherwise you’ve got customers going to your competitors.

So don’t aim to save a few bucks now, only to get burnt down the track. Choose carefully before getting the right equipment.

Our great HLF Traditional coffee machine has been set up for a coffee cart hire at a church anniversary. Because this machine can be set to low power mode it can use a standard power point, making it portable and easy to use on the road.[nggallery id=6]

What’s better than Diva Coffee? FREE Diva coffee of course! Friday (18/01/2012) is Free Coffee Day from 10am at Eat, Drink, Love Organic at 206 Bondi Rd, Bondi.

Get down to Bondi and sample our award winning coffee made by William the barista.

A big Diva welcome to Mornington Golf club, now serving your favourite coffee. Their new coffee machine (in stunning Diva orange) was installed on Monday and they’re sure drinking a lot of coffee! Drop in for a latte and say hello to Rachel and Kerry.

If you want more information about this great club, check out their website at http://www.morningtongolf.com.au

All fresh milk machines need to be cleaned daily for hygiene reasons. In some busy offices or shops some important aspects of the cleaning can be missed, leading to milk troubles. The normal indication is that steam comes out, but no milk comes through the frother.

If you have steam, but no milk, please view this video for some trouble shooting tips.

If you’re still stuck, call Diva Coffee on 1300 795 282

We”re very excited to have a new customer on board. Eat, Drink, Love Organic is now selling some great food at 206 Bondi Rd, Bondi. 

Open 10am to 8pm weekdays and 9am to 8pm weekends. Eat, Drink, Love offer home delivery of organic foods to the Eastern suburbs, including fresh foods and grocery items. Hop onto Menu Log to get their takeaway slot maschinen and home delivery menu.

More importantly, drop in to Eat, Drink, Love to get a great organic coffee maid with organic milk or soy. Currently serving our award winning Nicaraguan Fair Trade Organic.