Beverage Equipment

Browse our articles on cooking equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Carbonated-Beverage Dispensers

Beverage programs have become a point of distinction for a growing number of restaurants and retail foodservice programs.

Cleaning and Maintaining Carbonated-Beverage Dispensers

Fountain units don’t require a great deal of maintenance; however, like all equipment, it’s important to follow daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks to maximize the beverage dispenser’s service life.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Carbonated-Beverage Dispensers

Teri Kidwell, owner/principal, ATK Design Studios, LLC, Sewickley, Pa., answers a few questions about how to specify carbonated-beverage dispensers.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Coffee Brewers and Urns

Coffee brewers provide an essential beverage service to foodservice operations. These machines heat water to between 195 degrees F and 202 degrees F. Although operators can use the hot water to steep tea, true connoisseurs of this beverage may consider the maximum water temperature too low. Brewers also have water faucets to supply hot water for different applications, such as producing oatmeal, soup and hot chocolate.

Consultant Q&A: Ignacio Goris, president, Labor Guru, Miami

FE&S: What do operators need to consider when purchasing a coffee brewer?

IG: First, it depends on the type of brewing they will do. Many operations are now going to high-capacity brewing. Brewing time varies on average from three to five minutes, depending on the size of the unit.

Cleaning & Maintaining Coffee Brewers and Urns

Keeping coffee urns and bulk brewers spotless and in optimal condition has a significant impact on the overall quality and freshness of the coffee. The type of unit and water quality will determine the amount of maintenance a coffee brewer will require. Coffee brewers typically last from 7 to 12 years but can last as long as 25 years, depending on how the operators care for the units.

Product Knowledge Guide: Coffee Brewers

Advanced automatic coffee centers have created a new market segment that makes it easy to serve barista-quality specialty coffee beverages at restaurants, bars, offices, high-end shops, and catering and hospitality venues.

What to Consider When Purchasing Coffee Brewers

To better compete in the coffee arena, a number of restaurants have upped the ante in terms of this beverage’s quality and number of offerings. Purchasing the appropriate coffee brewer and accessories can be critical to a business’ success.

Service Q&A: Richard Smith, Cooking Equipment Specialists

Service Q&A: Richard Smith, general manager, Cooking Equipment Specialists, Mesquite, Texas