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Built-in industrial coffee maker comes to the home
There's a definite relationship between caffeine and technology, so this latest built-in, fully plumbed, totally automated, all stainless steel, self-cleaning Profi-Coffee Centre from Küppersbusch was a natural Gizmo. The on-board computer is like having your own live-in Barista to control the complex process of coffee making while at the same time guiding you through an assortment of user-friendly programs.
The "Touch-me" technology involves "intuitive" software and an easy-to-read digital display to place the mysteries of coffee squarely under your control. It lets a novice make a perfect macchiato, and lets the seasoned veteran set specific levels of grounds, milk, and water, even temperature, for each individual type of beverage. And when you're done, Profi-Coffee Centre lends a hand as the integrated self-cleaning and calcium deposit removal programs enable regular, easy maintenance without ever having to take out the brewing unit.
The Profi-Coffee Centre also has a constant, immediate hot water supply thanks to its two integrated boiler units, which eliminate the wait for hot water when you first turn on the machine in the morning or when you want a cup of coffee after someone else made tea. There's also a professional grade round grinder with its slow spinning stainless steel blades which provides for the necessary mixture of fine particles and slightly more coarse powder. http://www.kueppersbusch.de/
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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We owned the Dacor version of this machine. It developed a slow leak damaging our cabinet and ceiling in the basement. The part to fix it was quoted at $800 and after 10 weeks everybody has given up and the extended warranty people are cutting me a check.
Just as important the coffee heating element is always \"on\" and it\'s right under the beans. The heat hits the beans and they spoil after a couple of days delivering sour coffee. We now turn off the machine after a couple of hours in the morning and shut off the water supply.
In the market for a new one.
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