14 10 2014
If you’re a regular frequenter of high street coffee chains, you can’t help but have noticed the word ‘barista’ written on the shirt of the person who serves you your frappe-latte-chino. But did you know (such is the UK’s coffee fixation) that there’s actually a UK Barista Championship?
It’s organised and hosted by Essential Cafe Magazine and sanctioned by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) with the finals taking place at the London Coffee Festival on Sunday 6th April next year. It’s a serious affair, with strict time constraints and a panel of two technical judges and four sensory judges giving scores to each barista.
As you’d expect, the baristas in question are provided with the best raw ingredients to make the four espressos, four cappuccinos and four espresso-based speciality drinks that they will be judged on. As such, it’s no surprise that Pentair filtration products have been specified to treat the water used during the competition.
Tony Monks, marketing manager at Pentair Foodservice, believes that the quality of Pentair’s filtration products is an ideal match for the baristas perfectionism, saying “We are delighted to be the water sponsors for the SCAE UK Barista Championships 2015, hosted by our good friends at Essential Café Magazine. We share the same passion for quality as the baristas striving to reach the very top of their game and so are delighted that our products will be used to help the contestants create the very best beverages they can in their quest to be crowned the UK’s very best.”
Aqua Cure will also be in attendance at the London Coffee Festival (more on this soon). For more on both the Coffee Festival and the UK Barista Championship, please see their respective websites.
Image courtesy of Kate Beard.
Aqua Cure are pleased to be launching the new Series 3 range of ultra violet (UV) systems this week.
Aqua Cure have a great deal of experience when it comes to specifying the right UV system for the job as we have been supplying UVs for over 20 years. We also stock a wide range of consumables such as replacement UV lamps and quartz sleeves.
The new Series 3 has been designed with three main factors in mind:
The system is manufactured to a very high standard from stainless steel and is intended to last upwards of 20 years.
The 3 Series is also designed to be very energy efficient and typically only costs around 14p per day to run (based on a 30w system working on a tariff rate of £0.15/Kwh).
- The Environment
The system is designed so that the components can be easily recycled when the system has come to the end of its useful life. This gives the 3 Series a very low overall carbon footprint.
The system is WRAS approved and is available in four different capacities ranging from 8 litres per minute up to 51 litres per minute.
For more details of this range or for general advice on using ultra violet sterilisers, please call us on 01704 516916 or drop us a line.
Aqua Cure would like to invite you to Vendex where ‘free’ appears to be the watch-word with free parking, free entry, a free ‘goodie bag’, a free lunch and also free entry to the National Motorcycle Museum at which Vendex is held this year.
Aqua Cure’s Stuart Godfrey and Nigel Elwick will be in attendance on on stand 43 and you can beat the queues at the entrance by registering now at www.vend-ex.co.uk and collecting your badge at reception on the day.
In keeping with Vendex’s history of product launches, Aqua Cure are introducing the Everpure MRS350 to their range at Vendex 2014. It’s a versatile reverse osmosis system designed to produce water with a low mineral content for hot water vending applications.
Aqua Cure will also be exhibiting Everpure’s Claris and Claris Ultra ranges for servicing tea / coffee making equipment and hot drink vending machines. Aqua Cure are happy to offer advice about whether Claris (scale protection) or Claris Ultra (scale and corrosion protection) are most suitable based on your requirements and water type.
Aside from filters and R.O. systems, Aqua Cure will be exhibiting examples of everything from vending hoses to installation components to sanitiser and coffee machine cleaning products to leak detectors. For details of the many other ranges and products available, please stop by our stand at Vendex.
Total Water Management for Food Service and Beverage
Aqua Cure’s new Total Water Management service offers unparalleled product supply and support to trade organisations within the food service and catering sector.
Whether your business is in food preparation, cooking, soft drinks, coffee, tea or any other area of general food service, this whole market revolves around water. As such, the quality of your water supply dramatically impacts upon the quality of the drinks / food you produce and the running costs of your equipment.
All the pieces of kitchen and catering equipment shown in the Total Water Management PDF above require water filtration to achieve optimum performance and we are specialists in the sourcing and supply of this kind of filtration.
The Battle Against Limescale
In hard water areas, limescale build-up is a major problem for catering and hot beverage equipment. Scale not only increases running costs and leads to expensive breakdowns but also affects the quality of the food and drinks you produce.
Everpure’s Claris and Claris ULTRA range have been market proven to drastically decrease these related costs.
In fact, the Everpure Claris has been used so effectively in the bakery section of a top UK supermarket that they are now in the final stages of negotiation to fit Everpure products in all areas of their business: ice machines, coffee machines and boilers etc. With a variety of sizes available and numerous unique features, Everpure filters are perfect for a wide range of applications while the Claris filters in particular are ideally suited to steam ovens.
Everpure’s Claris Ultra range is specifically designed to produce the very best quality water for hot drinks machines. The patented technology not only protects against scale build-up but also reduces corrosion, while the carefully balanced filtration produces drinks of such a high standard that a number of speciality coffee companies recommend it. This is also one of the many the reasons that Everpure products are now being used by one of the top high street coffee chains in the UK and Ireland for their dispense machines.
High capacity Reverse Osmosis (R.O.) systems are also available for use with both single and multiple machines, allowing the user more control over the quality of water produced. Units are specified on a case by case basis.
Servicing Now Available
To improve further on the service we offer, we recently agreed terms with some well established service partners who can install, change and maintain all of our filtration systems for those without the necessary in-house service engineers. Additionally we can offer site surveys to establish the best filtration option for particular applications.
We recognise that not all catering companies have the same approach to ongoing filter sales and we are able to adapt accordingly to suit individual customers.
Whilst we maintain a trade only approach and work hard to protect this route to market, we are still extremely adaptable to individual customer’s requirements – even if we don’t currently offer a service, if you need it: we’ll look into it.
- Need a supplier to arrange replacement filter changes on your behalf – you got it.
- Want scheduled consignments delivered to your engineers in the field – sure thing.
- Need a ‘drop ship’ service to deliver direct to your customer – you’re the boss.
- Want water filters supplied with your branding on them – consider it done.
If you need it, drop us a line and we’ll find a way of supplying it.
We understand that as the market grows it constantly makes more demands and at Aqua Cure we’re committed to helping our customers meet these demands – whatever they might be.
As ever, we continue to offer installation parts tailored to differing market requirements such as mains water pressure controls, plumbing connections and leak prevention / detection devices and much more.
Why not utilise our expertise and give us an opportunity to specify filtration options for new jobs you’ve acquired? Simply contact us with a detailed overview of your customer’s requirements and we’ll call you straight back with a tailor made quotation – with no obligation to buy.
18 11 2013
Sunday 10th November 2013 saw the 20th anniversary of the first DIY show on the TV shopping channel QVC. As part of the special two hour event, Aqua Cure’s Mark Brown was invited on to the exclusive show to demonstrate the market leading, branded DIY under-sink water filter system, the Water Gem.
Aqua Cure first marketed Water Gem systems via QVC some 18 years ago and have sold many thousands of systems since then. As part of the anniversary and the QVC relaunch, an additional cartridge is being included with Water Gem kits sold through QVC giving 12 months filtration of mains tap water for the home, office or workplace.
Please contact Aqua Cure for more details of their brand leading filter systems.
30 10 2013
Aqua Cure will have a presence on the Waterlogic stand at AquaTech in Amsterdam next week.
Our M.D. Mark Brown will be on the stand Tuesday and Wednesday and our Key Account Manager Stuart Godfrey will be there on Thursday and Friday. Steve Slark will also be popping in on Wednesday & Thursday to cover the post-mix drinks angle.
The Waterlogic stand is in Hall 5, Stand 334 and we look forward to seeing you there.
29 10 2013
‘Wear It Pink’ is Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest fund-raising event of the year and is held nation-wide on 25 October 2013 and Aqua Cure have been donning pink shirts, ties, scarves and socks for the occasion on each of the last three years.
This year, with a little help from a cake sale and a lucky dip, Aqua Cure have raised £82.50 for a very good cause. Thanks must go to Claire Williams for getting us involved and Erin Cordaroy for helping to organise on the day.
18 09 2013
Aqua Cure are delighted to announce the following vacancy in their bustling sales department:
Technical Sales Person
This is a customer focussed position, dealing with customer queries on water filters and systems; a good telephone manner and customer service skills are essential. Computer literacy is required and previous sales experience would be preferred, although full training will be provided. Duties will include contacting both new and existing customers (business to business) by phone to promote customer products as well as handling incoming enquiries. This is a permanent position with good career opportunities for the right candidate.
Please apply by email attaching a current C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 05 2013
Good news – we’re launching our new catalogue in time for AVEX.
Our brand new Issue 15 catalogue includes products for the cooler, vending and domestic markets – drop by stand 480 at AVEX to pick up your free copy.
AVEX is on at the NEC in Birmingham between 11th – 13th June and there’s still still time to register to visit.
18 04 2013
Aqua Cure will once again be at the NEC in Birmingham in June for the AVEX exhibition. Attending AVEX is a ‘no brainer’ for Aqua Cure as it covers two of our biggest markets; vending and water and with many of our customers, suppliers and competitors present, it has become a permanent fixture on our calendar.
This year you’ll find us at stand 480 with plenty of products from our always expanding range – some of them tried and tested, some of them new and exciting.
Included under the ‘new & exciting’ banner will be Everpure’s new Claris Ultra – the world’s first filter cartridge to combine mineral reduction and corrosion protection. This filter system is specifically aimed at hot drinks vending, coffee machine and ice making applications and with its lower service and usage costs combined with the resultant better tasting beverages we hope the Claris Ultra will make quite an impression at the NEC.
Sharing centre stage with the Claris Ultra (also under the ‘new & exciting’ headline) will be Aqua Cure’s very own Hydro+ Eco range. The Hydro+ Eco boasts a unique design feature in order to make it more environmentally friendly: its reusable housing which not only reduces carbon emissions and waste plastic but can also save you money on replacement filters. We reckon we’ve ticked all the boxes with this one: low cost and simple installation achieved without compromising filtration quality (1 micron carbon block to EDWCA standard).
Our existing Hydro+ Inline range will continue alongside its new sibling. It’s British made for high quality while its spun welded construction ensures no seams and therefore no leaks. It’s easy to install thanks to its in-built John Guest fittings and because it’s effectively built in house, we can offer all sorts of permutations of media and fittings at extremely competitive prices for relatively small production runs.
We will also be exhibiting our ACMK1 Integral Install Valve which has been developed in conjunction with Honeywell and which sets a new standard for machine installations. We are, it has to be said, inordinately proud of this neat little device; it combines the features of both an installation rail and a pressure reducing valve in the one compact housing – double check valve, integral isolator, even an integrated 200μm mesh strainer. You name it, we’ve squeezed it in!
There will also be a large range of our award winning sanitisers on show – our Aqua Dosa S11 has been formulated by hygiene specialists Byotrol so it’s more powerful, longer lasting and gentler on your hands than existing sanitisers.
And finally, we will be sharing our stand at AVEX this year with goods handling specialists Expresso. Their hand trucks are of frankly unbelievable quality and are built to last (seriously, our salespeople complain that they get no repeat sales as 10 year old hand trucks are still going strong). As they’re largely aluminium however, they’re still light and easy to handle.
In short, if the words ‘vending’ or ‘water’ are relevant to your business,drop by stand 480 at AVEX. We’re sure we’ll have plenty there to interest you and our expertly trained staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
See you in Birmingham.