MONTEBELLO, CA -- Wilbur Curtis Co. has extended its Generation 4 line with a novel single-cup brewer, the Gold Cup. The machine can prepare one or two cups of gravity-brewed coffee, using paper filters or filter packs.
Designed to prepare coffee to the Golden Cup standards established by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the new brewer allows operators to program a variety of recipes for particular roast colors and portions. An icon-based touchscreen interface permits quick navigation to the controls for temperature, timing, pre-infusion, pulsing and other variables, which are stored to insure optimum brewing. Onboard self-diagnostic circuitry provides preventive maintenance recommendations to keep the brewer functioning reliably.
The Gold Cup brewer also offers flexibility in fine-tuning existing recipes, and facilitates programming for the user's distinctive profile. Custom recipes can be loaded down to the brewer's controller through a USB connection; the company pointed out that this can be very helpful in multi-unit operations wishing to roll out a new roast in many locations. The front office need only log onto its own Web portal, program the parameters used in the new recipe, and distribute it instantaneously by email to every location that needs it.
The USB port also can be used to update firmware as the manufacturer adds features. Downloads will be available from wilburcurtis.com, saved to a USB flash drive and loaded into the machines.
The standard brew cones are designed for conventional paper-filter brewing with loose grounds. Optional brew cones are available to accommodate round or square "pillow" filter packs; its uniform ridges hold the edges of the pack away from the cone's sides and base, to permit optimum extraction. The brewer also provides a prewet function that streams hot water over the paper filter to eliminate undesirable paper taste prior to brewing.
Wilbur Curtis will exhibit its line of equipment for coffee service at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow in booth No. 644.