Perfect espresso. Handmade, automatically26/03/2015
Geislingen/Steige - Those who seek the perfection of full automation with the coffee culture of a portafilter will immediately find what they are looking for with WMF. Pioneering an entirely new machine era, the WMF espresso represents a revolutionary type of coffee-making. Even with little technical know-how, users can now make the perfect espresso and café crème. The whole process is characterised by complete reliability and constantly high coffee quality – without time-consuming and costly training. All potential sources of error in the manual preparation of coffee specialities have now been eliminated by WMF engineers and replaced by automatic processes. The result: traditional coffee culture at the touch of a button. The clear lines and timeless design of the WMF espresso, winner of the 2015 iF Design Award, underscore this aspiration.
Reliable barista skills
The traditional portafilter is a symbol of traditional coffee enjoyment. Although loved by many restaurant owners, it is labour-intensive and training costs are high. If they skimp on this investment, operating errors can occur. WMF has used its technological know-how to develop a portafilter that is reliable and also guarantees emotional barista competence. Service staff continue to work in the traditional way front of house, where it is important to have the hiss and steam. But the machine now takes over at those points where errors often occur – grinding and dispensing the right amount of coffee or tamping with just the right amount of pressure.
Anyone can be a barista!
Fitted with an intuitive touch display, the WMF espresso guides users through all steps of coffee preparation. When a customer orders a drink, the operator inserts the single or double dispenser portafilter in the brewing group. Automatic portafilter recognition prevents the operator from using the wrong dispenser. The operator then takes a warm cup from the push-in, heated cup storage rack directly above the two air-cooled bean hoppers for espresso and/or café crème. Specially designed for espresso cups, the integrated steam jet function allows additional preheating using directed steam.
Once the cup has been placed on the folding cup tray, the user chooses the coffee product ordered (up to 12 varieties) by pressing the product button. The selected drink will now be prepared with the temperature stored in the recipe – fresh and fully automated. Another plus is the special button for each brew group, which allows more types of coffee to be added for external grinding. There is also a barista button, which varies the weighing of coffee grounds by 15%. This allows operators to adjust coffee strength to individual customer preferences. Once the delicious piping hot espresso or café crème is in the cup, the operator knocks the portafilter in the tried and tested manner over the grounds container.
Making milk foam is also child's play with the new WMF espresso: along with a traditional manual steam spout, the machine also has an "auto steam" function, which automatically produces hot milk and milk foam in up to three different consistencies. This ensures process reliability and the highest milk foam quality. For lovers of fine tea, the WMF espresso has a separate hot water spout for different cup sizes.
Last but not least
WMF espresso also benefits from the long-standing coffee expertise of Geislinger engineers in terms of care and maintenance. The fully automated cleaning of the coffee-dispensing parts is done using a blind filter and tablet; a separate drip tray ensures efficient cleaning in the dishwasher.
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About WMF Group
The WMF Group GmbH, located in Geislingen/Steige, is one of the leading premium manufacturers of cutlery, tableware and kitchen products as well as professional coffee machines. The Group offers its customers high-quality, innovative products that are distinguished by their sophisticated design and outstanding functionality. The company sets standards with its many innovations and is an important source of inspiration within the market. It is an organisation with a long tradition, having been founded in 1853 and now operates on an international scale with 6,000 employees at more than 40 locations. With its brands Boehringer Gastro Profi GmbH, Hepp, Kaiser, Schaerer, Silit und WMF the company generated a turnover of 1,024 million euros during the financial year 2014.
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