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Boema Caffe Series

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From street cafés to executive boardrooms, the new Boema Caffè Series delivers the perfect cup of coffee.


The main benefits of BOEMA’s Caffè Series range include:

For café owners

  • Suitable for businesses with small to medium sized turnover
  • Can be used as a backup machine for businesses with high volume periods
  • Easily transportable and quick to set
  • Perfect for function rooms or alfresco areas.
  • For offices and businesses

  • Less down time for employees
  • Saves time and money for everyone
  • Staff can make a wide range of hot drinks including all types of espresso coffees, hot chocolates, teas and Chai lattes.
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • Easily transportable from kitchen to boardroom
  • Stylish and modern design
  • Consistent and smooth milk production
  • Stainless steel back
  • Quick recovery boiler
  • Height adjustable legs with rubber soles
  • Main controls in waterproof casing
  • Low maintenance and easy access to all working parts
  • Only available in Brushed Stainless Steel


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    Are you being mugged for your cup of coffee

    Posted by: Neil C Willis |  Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Gilkatho have released their coffee price index for 2012 which reveals the average prices we are paying across Australia for a humble cup of cappucino.


    The index also shows that the actual cost of coffee has little bearing on the price in a cafe.  The cost of coffee is actually decreasing globally, and the cost of a takeaway coffee in Australia is rising.

    Perth $3.87
    Brisbane $3.47
    Adelaide $3.44
    Canberra $3.38
    Melbourne $3.36
    Sydney $3.28

    Melbourne had the highest price rise over the year at $0.18 per cup, followed by Sydney & Perth at $0.17.

    Perth continues to lead the pack with the most expensive coffee and I recently saw a facebook post showing a cafe in Scarborough charging $7.25 for a mug of coffee. Yikes!

    Sometimes it is good to live in Sydney.



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    An Appetite for Franchising

    Posted by: Neil Willis |  Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    The retail sector, and food retailing, remains the dominant sub-sector within the franchising arena.
    This is reflected in the annual survey conducted by
     Mortgage Choice which questioned potential franchisees about their intentions. In this report, over half of prospective franchisees are looking to invest in the food retailing sector within the next three years. 

    This is despite the proliferation of cafes and coffee outlets already in the franchise arena. 

    The Mortgage Choice 2010 Potential Franchisee Survey results highlighted the dominance of food retail as the franchise sector of choice, with 53 percent listing retail – food/restaurants/cafes - as their chosen industry.

    See full story


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    Australian Coffee Chains Ranked

    Posted by: Neil Willis |  Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Branded coffee chains stretch the length and breadth of Australia - but are their beans any good?  

    Consumer issues magazine Choice has engaged two baristas and a home economist to test the quality of 10 large chains' coffee beans and coffee makers and found enormous differences in quality and consistency.

    And while most readers won't be surprised to learn Starbucks was amongst the worst, one chain fared even worse: Australia's own Gloria Jean's.

    Choice's experts found Michel's Patisserie Espresso beans were the clear winner on taste, scoring 80 per cent. 

    Runnerup was Coffee Club with 75 per cent and Jamaica Blue on 70 per cent.

    Starbucks, which three years ago closed the majority of its stores after woeful sales Down Under, scored 45 per cent. But Gloria Jean's scored just 40 per cent.

    Choice's first test involved tasting espressos made from each of the chains' mainstream, standard beans, using the same espresso machine and brewed exactly the same way.

    The not-for-profit organisation said there are many factors beyond the coffee beans that can affect how coffee tastes after visiting three outlets from Gloria Jean's, Michel's and Starbucks.

    "Those factors include the grinder setting and milk temperature and most are determined by the barista," says Choice spokesman Brad Schmitt.

    "We found a wide variation in temperature, taste and consistency in the cappuccinos we ordered, despite each outlet in the same chain using the same brand of machine and coffee beans."

    US giant Starbucks came out on top for consistency. However as barista trainer Matthew Gee noted: "If you favour a stronger, bolder flavour, the Starbucks consistency won't necessarily give you a great tasting coffee".

    By contrast, Gloria Jean’s exhibited extraction rates that were "all over the place", which Gee concludes possibly indicates a lack of knowledge about how the grinder works and its importance to taste. "One Gloria Jean’s barista didn’t use a thermometer and the milk wasn’t hot enough (ideally, it should be 65ºC)."

    Gee says the key to making good coffee is to adjust the grinder to ensure a constant 30ml shot is extracted in about 25 to 30 seconds.

    "In seven of the nine outlets we visited the shots were either under or over extracted, meaning the water has passed through the coffee too quickly or slowly, so their coffee didn't stand a chance of being outstanding."

    Footnote: Choice reports that a four-year study of Melbourne coffee drinkers showed chain outlets are preferred by young females and people born overseas. By contrast, independent cafes are preferred by Australian-born customers and are popular with older coffee drinkers.

    Full story and Results

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    Boema Espresso Coffee Machine Special

    Posted by: Neil Willis |  Saturday, April 24, 2010
    Sydney Commercial Kitchens and Boema have just announced that the Boema range of 2 group espresso coffee machines are at a special price if you also purchase a BOEMA GRINDER G1A-STS. This special will last until 31 July 2010. To take advantage of this deal click on one of the following links

    Maestro 2 Group Volumetric AM-2V15A-STS
    Deluxe FUNKY 2 Group Semi-Auto D-2S15AC
    Deluxe FUNKY 2 Group Volumetric D-2V15AC
    Deluxe 2 Group Semi-Auto D-2S15A
    Deluxe 2 Group Volumetric D-2V15A

    Or go to our specials page

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    Go the Coffee Drinkers

    Posted by: Neil Willis |  Sunday, March 07, 2010
    Australia is a nation of coffee drinkers, with increasing sales of coffee and declining tea sales.

    Sydney Commercial Kitchens sells several brands of espresso coffee machines on our website at Espresso Coffee Machines
    To read this story from the SMH by Danny Rose go to

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