Egro’s new QuBe fully automatic coffee machine is making its way down, and it’s a full-size solution for small businesses and the office coffee sector.
In any office building, the coffee machine is a community gathering place. It gives people permission to take a break from their work and invites conversation with colleagues. The only downside, however, is the amount of coffee quality which can vary depending on who is making it. Do you really trust Mary for your first cup of the day? Could Alex texturize the milk a little better? Or if you’re left in Jack’s hands, do you find yourself using the excuse of “missing this trick and taking another one later”?
In 2022 Rancilio Group Australasia Managing Director Paul O’Brien said there should be no excuses or excuses for a bad cup of coffee, including from a vending machine. As such, the new Egro QuBe fully automatic coffee machine, under the Rancilio Group umbrella, is the solution that Paul says will make bad office coffee a thing of the past.
“Everyone is going back to the office to some degree, and we want to support that by making sure businesses have the right equipment. Egro’s Zero machine was our previous entry-level machine, and now Egro has taken technology from our high-volume machines and applied it in a much smaller, more compact form factor,” he says.
“COVID-19 has done a lot for coffee education. Australians are spoiled when it comes to coffee quality, and now we are moving that education from the home to the office and small business market, and filling the gap. gap between vending machines and baristas, and what is acceptable.
QuBe is available in three versions – Pure Coffee, Quick Milk and Pro Milk – and a total of seven configurations. Pure Coffee is suitable for volumes of 80 cups per day, Quick Milk for 100 cups per day and Pro Milk for 120 cups per day.
Paul says that due to the high volume milk market in Australia, customers will have access to the Pro Milk version, which uses a milk pump system to digitally control the milk temperature and texture/aeration of each dose.
Unlike most old-school push-button desktop machines, Paul says the QuBe produces a “true long black” with hot water bypassing the solenoid valve to the group head and onto the coffee. for a distinct cream.
“The devil is in the details,” says Paul. “Coffee quality always speaks for itself and with QuBe, that is the goal. We don’t complicate it too much. It’s about simplicity, choice and ease of use so anyone can use QuBe and produce great results.
“Apple’s iPhone is the benchmark for high-end technology in a small unit. It’s a simple, clean, easy and robust device on the outside, with very advanced technology on the inside, and that’s what we have here with QuBe.
Egro has been part of the Rancilio group for almost 15 years and as a company it has shared the same quality philosophy since 1927.
Andrea Lucchini, Export Sales Manager of the Rancilio Group, says QuBe is a product that the market demanded and that the Italian company managed to achieve in just 2.5 years.
“Egro always invests in quality and high-end products. But the key with QuBe was to reduce the size capability of the machine and therefore the price, and to provide a flexible machine. In this way, we can offer the user different options according to their needs, bearing in mind that quality guides the choice”, explains Andrea.
The main consideration, however, was not to sacrifice coffee quality despite developing a lower production volume and a more compact model.
Depending on the configurations, QuBe includes up to two coffee grinders, up to two integrated powder containers for chocolate or powdered milk and an optional external refrigerator for fresh milk.
Its 9-16 gram adjustable brew chamber allows users to customize each coffee recipe when programming.
The seven-inch digital touchscreen makes it easy to navigate and select the beverage to dispense. Through the interface, users can program up to 27 beverages, adjust dosage and temperature, and set multiple doses of hot water.
The QuBe interface is designed with three different menus depending on the operational role as manager, barista/operator or technician. In the technical menu all the different parameters can be adjusted. In manager mode, users can edit menu recipes, and in barista/operator view is the list of products to select.
“When we develop a machine, we really think about all the links in the chain – our technicians, engineers, designers, customers and operators – to see how we can develop a solution that is really accessible, easy to maintain and provides an overall improvement for our users,” says Andrea.
The machine’s boiler, thermoblock, water tank and waste paper bin all fit into the compact 58.5 centimeter high space. With carefully placed internal components, the QuBe’s compact size is ideal for installation in most commercial kitchens or under kitchen cabinets with minimal counter space required.
The layout of QuBe’s internal components, assembled in modules, is also designed to speed up maintenance and cleaning operations.
The machine’s front panel allows easy access to QuBe’s internal components, including the group head and circuitry, for maintenance, while intuitive and simple instructions guide users to properly clean the machine with detergent from pre-dosed cleaning for the brewing unit and for the milk system. Once the cycle is complete, the user simply empty the waste container and refill it with fresh water.
Just as QuBe is a size solution, it is also a solution for places, such as offices or small businesses without an experienced barista, and with minimal training required. Thanks to Rancilio Group Australasia and the support of Moffat Group, all machine configurations will take place with a specialist technician in Australia according to the Egro commercial range, as will ongoing training, maintenance and ongoing support.
During installation, customers can choose to connect the machine directly to a running water supply or can simply use the optional four liter water tank inside the machine.
The QuBe also connects to Rancilio Group’s Connect telemetry system. As a powerful IoT solution, Rancilio Group Marketing and Communications Manager Simona Sordelli says the Connect system helps customers easily collect and analyze relevant data for value and key performance metrics.
“Users can track and measure machine consumption, performance across different stores within a group, and be notified if something is not working and needs attention, avoiding wasted downtime and anticipating the need for spare parts if necessary”, says Simone.
For offices considering diving into the world of coffee machines and using QuBe as an incentive to bring staff back and satisfy their daily coffee cravings, Paul says the saving on the cost per cup is also worth taking. into account.
“Efficiency in the office has always been a consideration, and whether the company offers free coffee to all its staff or at a reduced price, it is good to know that the Egro range can be configured for cashless payment solutions “, he says. . “Wouldn’t you rather keep staff in your building for a tasty coffee than leave the premises for 20 minutes every time they go for a coffee break at another venue down the street?”
QuBe is just one of many Egro and Rancilio products that will be on display at the 2022 Melbourne International Coffee Expo in September, which will also include the Rancilio Silvia Pro X, the new Classe 20 multi-boiler espresso machine and the Rancilio Certified Specialty Coffee Association. RS1 specialty with pre- and post-infusion and optional wooden portafilter and steam lever handles.
“There are so many exciting projects going on. We look forward to receiving QuBe in Q3,” says Paul. “MICE will be a great celebration of the wide range of products that embrace the Rancilio Group’s commitment to offering quality solutions for every market need.”
For more information visit www.ranciliogroup.com/egro/qube
This article appears in the June 2022 edition of BeanScene. Subscribe HERE.