For many years filter coffee had a bad reputation.
In years gone by filter was often defined by poor quality, stale coffee, it was prepared with little understanding of what was necessary to achieve great tasting results and often left forgotten about in the workplace kitchen.
Since the arrival of third wave coffee however we’ve seen this all change — some of the most progressive cafes have adopted 'by the cup' brew methods like pour-overs, siphon and Clever Coffee Drippers to showcase the subtleties of flavour available in thoughtfully sourced and carefully roasted coffees.
With it new found fans, the demand for filter coffee has increased, but as barista’s struggle to keep up with the orders during a busy service, it is time to revisit filter coffee in its original format, all be it with a little more love, care and skill to get great coffee consistently and in bountiful quantities!
The new era of batch brew:
Filter coffee prepared by the cup can be excellent — there’s no doubt about that. However, achieving consistently excellent results takes good organisation, skills and a time. With Batch Brew, there’s now a great new opportunity to complement this style with a new prep method focusing on ease of service and consistency at volume.
Batch Brew is all about utilising equipment which allows the user to prepare large batches of filter coffee in one, automated go. These batches can vary in size — the small domestic drip brewers would often produce around one litre of coffee which could be seen as a small ‘batch’. Larger, more commercially sized units produce anywhere from one to six litres of coffee in a given batch.
The brewing technology can be likened to large, computerized versions of a pourover — the water is heated and then dispensed over the bed of ground coffee via a shower screen before dripping down into a carafe, airpot or urn.
This essentially means more consistently delicious brewed coffees available with very little wait time and with a lower production cost? WIN!
One of our long-time equipment partners, Marco Beverage Systems recently launched an exciting update to their range of batch brewing gear, incorporating many of the technological advancements made in their innovative Uber boiler projects. We had a couple of these products as part of our Wholesale line up for a while now but now with the arrival of two new products we wanted to introduce them formally.
Marco Bru Unit:
First in the line-up is the Marco Bru unit. Using flash boiler technology, the Bru is focused on offering solid water temperature stability for smaller batch sizes at an incredibly affordable price point. The Bru is essentially plug and play, working off a standard power wall socket and allowing for manual water filling.
This device is perfect for cafes (or workplaces!) that want to experiment with batch brewing without investing too heavily or being weighed down with too much brewed coffee at any one time.
This unit is an ideal option for an entry level batch brew program that wants to deliver some consistently delicious cups.
The Jet 6:
The other new release from Marco, the Jet 6 brewer, is the big brother to the Bru. It requires a little more power and is plumbed into a mains water line to allow management of its own water delivery.
The Jet 6 is a step up in batch size too, enabling the user to prepare 2 ‐ 6 litre brews which run into the slick, thermally insulated dispensing urns. For larger operations with a wide variety of operators, this setup can really help manage quality and consistency in a high turnover location.
We've been taking these two new pieces of equipment out with us at various events in Singapore over the last couple of months and you can try a tasty mug of batch prepared on the with the Marco Bru at our Singapore Café.
We're pretty excited to see how this approach to coffee preparation will influence workflow and customer service not to mention more delicious filter brews on tap!
To find out more about the new Marco equipment, receive pricing or arrange a test drive, drop us a line here — we’d love to hear from you!
- Our own experiments and advice from Marco recommends that brews should be kept for no more than two hours in their respective thermal dispensers for optimum taste.
- We’d recommend starting with the standard 60g of coffee per litre of water for your batches.