Boilers, beware: If the new commercial drip brewing products on display at the 2023 SCA Expo are any indication, the end times are approaching.
While reflected in a relatively small number of machines, the innovations presented in commercial drip coffee at the trade show in Portland, Oregon, this year confirmed a trend towards boiler-free, on-demand hot water delivery systems.
Three of the five new and upcoming systems we learned about heat water on demand, while the remaining two focused on smaller footprints for delivering high-quality coffee in a wider variety of settings.
Here’s a look at commercial drip coffee systems that broke new ground at the SCA Expo. (See DCN’s complete 2023 SCA Expo coverage here):
Professional automated single-cup pourover machine maker Poursteady revealed a major leap forward for the brand with the Poursteady PS2, a 2-group version of its automated pourover system. In addition to new features regarding maintenance and programming, the machine’s biggest departure from its predecessor is the absence of a boiler for continuous hot water. The tankless machine instantly heats only the water it needs for each cup on demand. A full report on the launch is coming soon.
New Ground Control Brewer
Oakland, California-based maker of the high-tech and attention-grabbing Cyclops brewing system revealed a more compact, low-profile batch brewer intended to save shop owners both space and money. The company founders brought a prototype of the upcoming machine to the SCA Expo. See DCN’s full report here.
Tone Touch 04
Continuing down its path of high and boiler-free performance, Swiss manufacturer Tone used its presence at the GH Grinding & Brewing Solutions booth to showcase the Touch 04, a boilerless batch brewer. See DCN’s full report here.
Portland’s own maker of premium home drip coffeemakers, Ratio, is making its first foray into the commercial market with the Ratio Four+. The upcoming 20-ounce-batch coffee brewer will be plumbable, programmable and will heat water on demand for office, hospitality or portable commercial coffee settings. A consumer version that draws water from an external reservoir is also in the works. We’ll have more on this soon.
Coulée Swirl and Swirl Plus
Following releases of a kettle as well as Vpak and Filter Stand products for manual brewing, startup Coulée Coffee will next roll out the Coulée Swirl and the Coulée Swirl Plus. The two machines automate the delivery of hot water into the coffee held by the company’s Vpak filter packs. The Swirls are targeting office, hotel and other hospitality settings. DCN will have more on these machines soon.
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Howard Bryman is the associate editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.