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12 STiR tea & coffee industry international / Issue 6, 2015 (December/January) EQUIPMENT NEWS Teforia Tea Brewer Teforia is the first machine-learning brewer to blend centuries of tea knowledge with modern science. Utilizing proprietary selective infusion process (SIP) technology and environmentally-conscious packaging, Teforia automatically determines the best brewing method for each tea. "Most tea drinkers don't know what they're missing, so I wanted to create a way to perfect the process of brewing tea while honoring its tradition," said Allen Han, c.e.o. and founder of Teforia. Teforia's advanced algorithms combine the knowl- edge of generations of tea masters with modern technology to bring out the richest and most robust tea flavor. As well as recognizing the perfect recipe for every varietal, Teforia can also learn from, and adapt to, each tea drinker's taste preferences while giving users the ability to customize each cup. Teforia permits personal recipe creation; caffeine management; antioxidant amplification; and a companion mobile app for iOS and Android. A limited release of 500 devices and will begin shipping in Spring 2016. Teforia retails for $1,299. Learn more at Espresso Machine Buzz Two companies based in Seattle, Wash. have garnered attention this year for advances in espresso machines: Synesso debuted espresso machines featuring manual and volumetric paddleshift controls at the Specialty Coffee Association of America in Seattle. Mavam, in a semi- private showcase, also soft-launched its equipment line when much of the coffee world came to SCAA. The official American debut for Mavam's under-counter espresso machine took place in Portland, Ore. during Coffee Fest, where it won the award for best new product. Both machines tout features designed to give exacting baristas the control they want in pulling shots: with Synesso's MVP, they can program up to six shot profiles and with Mavam's system, a proprietary heat transfer system assures temperature-stability. Learn more: or visit: www. La Marzocco Strada EP The Strada EP is designed as a more stable, reliable, and versatile machine that gives the barista full control over the coffee brewing process. As more coffee roasters work with direct trade coffees, La Marzocco designed a machine that allows baristas to bring out the best of each coffee being served. The Strada EP (electronic paddle) gives the barista the control to create and duplicate pressure profiles for each coffee. The Strada EP is capable of automatically repeating each customized pressure curve. The barista simply moves the paddle to repeat the curve. And, as the brewing process progresses, a feedback loop continuously monitors pressure and adjusts motor speed to match the profile. The EP stores four programmable pressure profiles and one fly-by-wire mode per group. Additional features include individual displays with real time pressure and shot timers, variable solenoid valve control for the steam wand, exposed saturated groups for increased temperature stability, ergonomics and work space visibility, independent coffee boilers and water pre-heating system, and multiple PIDs allowing allowing the barista to electronically control coffee and steam boiler temperatures. The Strada EP is available with two or three groups and features a variety of ergonomically friendly improvements. Learn more:

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