Supplier profile: Meet the coffee experts

A selection of some of the Middle East's expert coffee suppliers

Coffee Planet managing director Robert Jones.
Coffee Planet managing director Robert Jones.
The Schaerer AG Coffee Celebration coffee machine.
The Schaerer AG Coffee Celebration coffee machine.
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Coffee
BUNN supply a variety of paper coffee filters for commercial use.
BUNN supply a variety of paper coffee filters for commercial use.
Grindmaster 21H Grind'n Bru. Greenfield World Trade regional sales manager Brenden Wright (left) and vice president Jonathan Vadnos (right).
Grindmaster 21H Grind'n Bru. Greenfield World Trade regional sales manager Brenden Wright (left) and vice president Jonathan Vadnos (right).
The Q10 MilkPS11.
The Q10 MilkPS11.

Coffee Planet Robert Jones Managing Director

Tell us a little about Coffee Planet?
Coffee Planet is a UAE-based coffee roaster that provides freshly roasted coffee to wherever our consumers are; be it self-service machines, five-star hotels, restaurants, catering companies, offices, supermarkets or our own branded cafés.In addition, all of our freshly roasted 100% Arabica coffee is produced from our own HACCP-certified roasting plant in Dubai, making Coffee Planet one of the freshest coffees available in the UAE.

Why should customers pick Coffee Planet?
We have a commitment to quality where we only source graded 100% Arabica coffee beans direct from our farmers in over 20 countries across the world. The coffee beans that make it into our cups go through a stringent selection and grading process before we agree to purchase them to ensure that every bean meets the high standards of quality our consumers have come to expect of the Coffee Planet brand.

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What are your current hot products?
Right now we have a wonderful new certified organic coffee from Limu in Ethiopia. It is a single origin coffee and its the first certified organic coffee that we have introduced into our range to meet the growing number of requests for organic coffee here in the region.

We will also soon be adding capsules to our hotel in-room solutions, so we will have the option of either providing small pouches of fresh roasted ground coffee to be used in a French press/cafetiere by guests, or we can supply a selection of capsules and machines if required.

Finally our range of Turkish and Arabic/Gulf coffees is growing rapidly in popularity within the consumer and Foodservice market, with many of our hotel clients buying these products from us in addition to our usual range of fresh espresso coffee blends.

Contact:
Tel: 800 COFFEE (263333)
Email: coffee@mycoffeeplanet.com
Web: www.coffeeplanet.com

Schaerer AG
Kevin Hibbett
Regional Sales Manager - India, Middle East and Africa

Tell us a little about Schaerer AG?
Schaerer AG, founded in 1892, was the inventor of the fully automatic cappuccino system and is still today one of the world's leading manufacturers of fully automatic coffee machines. Customers all over the world appreciate Schaerer products’ ease of use, large beverage selection and excellent coffee quality all at the push of a button.

Why should customers pick Schaerer AG?
At its Coffee Competence Centre (CCC), Schaerer offers customers a full consultation service with tailored coffee concepts as well as 360° coffee expertise. This is the foundation underlying Schaerer’s ability to offer restaurants and foodservice businesses our comprehensive expertise in all matters related to coffee.

The highest quality standards apply within Schaerer itself: since 2008, over 140 Schaerer employees have been awarded the ‘Barista Level 1’ certificate of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).

What are your current hot products?
Schaerer has found the solution to difficult-to-clean coffee machines: The Schaerer disposable Non Cleaning Foamer (NcFoamer) concept combines hygiene, user-friendliness and sustainability.

This cutting edge solution makes it possible to simply replace the parts of the machine that conduct milk – doing away with the time-consuming process of cleaning them. This disposable concept allows users to ensure the constant compliance with the HACCP system as well as the most stringent hygiene requirements. The new recyclable NcFoamer system has also proven to be up to 50 percent better for the environment than conventional cleaning processes based purely on chemicals.

Contact:
Tel: +41 32 681 6401
Email: inga.schaeper@schaerer.com
Web: www.schaerer.com

WEGA MACCHINE PER CAFFE' S.r.l.
Paolo Nadalet
Managing Director

Tell us a little about Wega?
Wega was founded in 1985 with the objective of producing quality professional espresso coffee machines. Present in 130 countries worldwide, Wega’s newest factory covers more than 20,000 square metres and is one of the largest individual espresso coffee machine factories in the world.

Wega is represented throughout the world by importers, roasters and dealers who manage the market placement, sales and maintenance of a wide range of Wega espresso machines, grinders and Wega-correlated products.

Wega is passionate about the concept of energy saving technology, with production fully optimised according to the philosophy of “lean manufacturing” which aims to minimise waste. The company possesses a cutting-edge research and development department which is the brainchild of the Wega way of doing business.

Why should customers pick Wega?
All models of Wega espresso coffee machines are built on a robust steel chassis, which is electro-plated and assembled using stainless steel impact screws. The internal components of the machine are manufactured from copper, brass and aluminium alloy, ensuring a long and reliable life-span, while the bodywork is composed of bright steel either painted and finished with a clear coat or polished chrome.

The high functionality and efficient operating systems of Wega machines is obtained by utilising the thermo-syphonic heating of the group head via heat exchangers passing through the boiler. This system ensures that we have an extremely stable temperature, allowing for consistent brewing and final product invariability.

Each Wega espresso coffee machine can also be altered according to their final use, with each model's fixtures, extras and optional components able to be personalised to fit the requirements of its respective target market.

Moreover, we have an highly efficient after sales and customer care service which can assist clients with additional queries relating to Wega machines and their functionality. Our website offers a complete record of technical information in the form of user and technical manuals, specifications of any necessary spare parts, exploded diagrams and descriptions.

What are your current hot products?
Our Wegaconcept espresso machine is the pinnacle of our exploration into technology in the service of environmental sustainability.

With a night time stand-by function, combined with our multi-boiler and self learning software technology, the Wegaconcept espresso machine can obtain an energy saving of up to 47.6% on standby.

Contact:
Tel: +39 0438 1799700
Email: info@wega.it
Website: www.wega.it

WMF
Gert Riethmüller
Coffee Machine Export Director

Tell us about WMF?
WMF is one of the leading international manufacturers of professional coffee machines, and one of the few that can bear the “Made in Germany” seal of quality. Innumerable patents and awards over the years are testimony to the experience we have acquired in developing and making coffee machines since 1927.

Why should customers pick WMF?
Every WMF coffee machine is unique in itself and a specialist for meeting individual needs. The entire product range covers a unique spectrum that truly offers everyone a customised machine.

Whether the focus is on the latest specialities or on high cup capacities, whether hot or cold milk foam or milk toppings are asked for – at WMF, the machine fittings are centred on you and never the other way around.

What are your current hot products?
The WMF 8000 S is WMF's new premium model. With its software-based machine intelligence it sets standards in terms of both user-friendliness and coffee quality. The optionally integrated Active Milk system guarantees hot and cold milk mix specialities which are in a class of their own.

Contact:
Tel: +49 7331 258 482
Email: gastro-export@wmf.de
Web: www.wmf.com

BUNN

Tell us a little about BUNN?
The Bunn-O-Matic Corp. manufactures coffee brewers, grinders, liquid coffee dispensers, iced tea brewers, cappuccino and juice machines plus superautomatic espresso systems, hot water systems and paper filters.

Based in the US, BUNN has manufacturing plants and warehouses across America and the United Kingdom as well as offices in Mexico, Germany, China and Brazil. BUNN assures its customers high quality products by adhering to strict guidelines across all of its production plants and it is this dedication to quality that has resulted in an upgrade in the company's manufacturing facilities’ quality management registration through ISO 9001:2008.

Why should customers pick Bunn?
Understanding and responding to customer requirements has always been important to the Bunn-O-Matic Corp (BUNN). Over 160 years ago, Jacob Bunn opened his grocery store in Springfield, Illinois, and a young Abe Lincoln was one of his first customers. Five generations later, BUNN has become a global partner for profitable, reliable beverage equipment and outstanding post-purchase support wherever customers are served.

With thousands of loyal commercial and home customers, the BUNN brand is synonymous with honesty, integrity, courtesy and quality, all of which work together to uphold the company’s brand promise, ‘A Partner You Can Count On’.

What are your current hot products?
Since 1957, BUNN has been at the forefront of beverage equipment innovation: inventing the flat-bottomed paper filter for commercial use, the pour-over coffee brewer, and the first commercial iced tea brewer that uses fresh leaves versus instant mix.

In 2010, the company launched a new single cup brewer, the Trifecta, using Air Infusion technology. This product illustrates an ongoing commitment to discovering ways to deliver the highest possible quality beverage in each cup.

Contact:
Web: www.bunn.com

GREENFIELD WORLD TRADE
Jonathan Vadnos
Vice President

Tell us a little about Greenfield World Trade?
Greenfield World Trade is a leading full-service, international provider of many of the most well-known brands in commercial foodservice equipment and supplies. Greenfield maintains an immediate supply of products with local on-hand inventory and offers a world-wide after sales service, warranty and technical support.

Why should customers pick Greenfield World Trade?
Our products deliver solutions and our after-sales service provides customers with the best support. It is the collective Greenfield benefit that helps all parties involved manage their challenges and maximise their opportunities.

We offer a wide-range of brands including Omega, the world’s finest juicers, blenders and beverage equipment; Excalibur, America’s leading dehydrator; Kold-Draft, premium ice machines that freeze pure, 1 ¼ inch square cubes; Maxx Cold and Maxx Ice, a comprehensive line of refrigeration and ice machines; Blakeslee, commercial dishwashing and kitchen equipment; General, a brand name trusted since 1955 offering high quality mixers, slicers, coffee, tea and other equipment; and finally there are Zeroll kitchen tools and gadgets.

Greenfield also exclusively represents over 25 independent manufacturers that provide a comprehensive selection of equipment and smallwares to satisfy any requirement.

What are your current hot products?
We have many new items as well as some classic items that continue to stand the test of time. From Grindmaster, a name synonymous with excellence in coffee machine selection comes an extensive array of coffee focused equipment, including unique grind-n brew systems; a Maxx Ice range of ice machines that are perfect for making iced coffees; while from General comes a choice of coffee percolators.

Contact:
Tel: +1 954 202 7419
Email: Sales@GreenfieldWorld.com
Web: www.GreenfieldWorld.com

Gruppo CIMBALI

Tell us a little about Gruppo Cimbali?
Gruppo Cimbali, under its brands LaCimbali, Faema, Casadio and Hemerson, designs, manufactures and distributes professional machines for coffee, milk-based drinks, instant beverages, coffee grinders, dosers and dishwashers. Cimbali therefore aims to offer the market the widest range of solutions for the professional catering industry, combining technology, ease of use, design, high performance and high quality in every cup.

Gruppo Cimbali has four production plants across Italy which cover a total area of 80,000 sqm and produce more than 40,000 professional coffee machines, both traditional and super-automatic.

In 2012, Gruppo Cimbali celebrated its first 100 years with the opening of the MUMAC, Museum of Espresso Coffee Machines, the first and the largest permanent exhibition devoted to the history, world, and culture of espresso coffee machines. MUMAC presents an overview of more than 200 espresso machines, of which 95 are displayed, as well as 15,000 archival documents and valuable audio-visual materials all arranged in a multi-media format.

Why should customers pick Cimbali?
Gruppo Cimbali’s mission is to focus on technological innovation to satisfy local market demands. In fact, today’s machines are designed to prepare more than a simple cup of espresso or a cappuccino. Excellency is Gruppo Cimbali’s ultimate goal as it is the only way to ensure an unforgettable coffee experience, while all Gruppo Cimbali products comply with the most important safety and food certifications.

Gruppo Cimbali exports 80% of its products to more than 100 countries through a network of 700 distributors, subsidiaries and representative offices across Italy and another 10 countries (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, USA , Hong Kong, Australia, Austria, Russia).

The entire sales network provides a pre- and post-sales technical assistance service while the group’s portfolio includes the most important names in coffee roasting for hospitality, catering, coffee shop chains, airlines, gas stations and convenience stores.

What are your current hot products?
The M100 is Cimbali’s new professional traditional coffee machine that is able to manage water temperatures and extraction pressures which are the key to making the perfect espresso.

To control them, Cimbali patented its own HD (High Definition) technology which allows you to run and guide the extraction process in a simple and intuitive way. Not only does the M100 HD provide maximum flexibility in adjusting the delivery temperature (GT technology), but it also gives the barista a further plus: the possibility to electronically modulate the pressure of the extraction water.

The setting of the ideal pressure profile, depending on the coffee blend characteristics, allows drawing the most appropriate pressure curve to enhance the organoleptic characteristics of the coffee blend.

The Q10 is the group's latest-generation super-automatic machine which is able to prepare a complete coffee menu.

Simple to maintain, the Q10 features a new variable-chamber coffee group for the optimal preparation of any kind of coffee, and the MilkPS system with a built-in gear pump which enables preparing cappuccinos and other milk based drinks at the touch of a button. The delivery spout is height-adjustable to allow the use of cups or glasses up to 18 cm high.

Contact:
Email: info@gruppocimbali.com
Web: www.gruppocimbali.com/eng/

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