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Exploring Batch Brew - Filter Coffee For the Masses

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

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.

CMCR Batch Brew


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!


  1. 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.
  2. We’d recommend starting with the standard 60g of coffee per litre of water for your batches.
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Introducing the Expobar Minore IV

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

A dual boiler domestic machine designed for the astute barista. The Expobar is a dual boiler domestic machine designed for the astute barista wanting to experiment on the effects of brewing temperatures on your favourite coffee. The user friendly controls and dedicated brew boiler allows you to adjust the temperatures easily and fine tune your extractions to suit the roast level and flavor characteristics of your chosen beans.

Additional Information 

Each boiler is 1500ml in capacity with it’s own 2000watt element meaning it is the largest ‘boiler capacity to element wattage’ in its class, what does this mean, steam, steam, steam, and a quick heat up time. Both boilers are insulated to help reduce heat loss. Boiler construction is of copper and brass which has been proven for its reliability, strength and durability. One boiler is designated for steam, hot water and to pre-heat the water entering the brew boiler via a heat exchanger so as to keep the brew boiler temp stable. This is known as the steam boiler and it’s controlled by a pressure stat that can be adjusted up to 1.4 bar steam pressure for more steam velocity. The brew boiler is dedicated for maintaining the perfect temp of water for the extraction of coffee via the group head. It does this with its PID temp controller which can be set very easily to the desired extraction temp for the blend of coffee you are using. The PID controller minimises the temp swing by pulsing the brew boiler element to maintain the set temperature. The machine comes standard with a vibrating pump and is fitted with a pump pressure regulator which is adjustable externally to maximise your control over the extraction pressure. Two taps one for hot water to make tea and one for steam which has a double insulated (or cooltouch) steam arm. The body is made of 2mm thick stainless steel for strength and to assist temperature stability with it’s thermal mass. Large drip tray so you don’t have to empty it all the time. The water reservoir has a capacity of 2750mls. Steam pressure gauge and pump pressure gauge. Minore IV has a new main switch which fits more to the styling and era of the lever groups and has smaller feet to give it a lower profile.

Specifications & Features

Functionality Semi Automatic Control
Power Single Phase
Maximum Installed Power 10 amps
Boiler Size 1.5 + 1.5lt
Boiler Composition 99.9% Pure Copper
Automatic Boiler? Yes
Manual Boiler? No
Water Reservoir 2.750lts
Heating Element Power 2 x 2000 watts
Hot Water Outlets 1
Steam Outlets 1
Steam Pressure Gauge? Yes
Inbuilt Pump Type Vibration
Standard Compliance CE
Product Dimensions (mm) 260w x 440d x 400h
Product Weight 30kg
Shipping Dimensions (mm) 345w x 530d x 490h
Shipping Weight 34kg


Expobar Minore IV shop here

If you are interested in purchasing one of these beautiful machines please get in contact with our Wholesale team (wholesale@cmcroasters.com).

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