New Toy Will Fly

Over the last few months we have been trialling the new BFC Aviator Espresso Machine and are extremely excited to let you know that we have never seen a better extraction than the one we've discovered on this beautiful machine.

At Black Velvet we have always used La Marzocco so to bite the bullet and look at something different was somewhat of a leap of faith. For years we used the Linea Classic in our stores and 3 years ago we switched to the Linea PB. The Linea has always been a workhorse and in large volume cafes like ours was the perfect fit. Did it worry us that the service from LM left a little to be desired? Nope. Did it worry us that the PB’s had flow meter issues within the first month of their working lives? Nope. Were we concerned about the increasing level and ongoing maintenance required over the last few years? Nope.

Why not? Because we had a La Marzocco and they’re the best. The best. That’s what La Marzocco and the coffee industry have told us and that’s good enough for us.

Around 8-9 years ago, through brilliant marketing, La Marzocco became the industry standard. Everyone had to have one. Almost to the point that the perception was that one wasn’t taking their coffee seriously unless they were using La Marzocco. But is it really a better machine than all others or does the quality of the extraction depend on the level of coffee understanding possessed by the driver of the machine? I can tell you it’s a bit of both.

If there is ever an industry governed by fads and the latest trends, it’s the coffee industry. 

The fact is that the status quo remains for only so long. Just until the next fad, product or machine comes along. And if that company does their homework and gets the right partners onboard then hey presto. Habits begin to change.

One of the things that we have always found puzzling is how most cafes/restaurants claim to be unique yet all use coffee from one of a handful of roasters and almost all using the same espresso machine. The fact that your PB is bright blue instead of the cafe next door whose PB is orange doesn’t really set you apart. Why not try something different? Why not be the first to try something that no one else is doing?

So, back to the Aviator. We have been trialling the BFC Aviator for some time now and are awaiting the arrival of our 3 group machine which will go into our Exhibition St store. The extraction is magnificent. Usability is outstanding. Steam pressure, with a cool touch steam wand, is stunning and its 5 stage pressure profiling provides options that no other machine can provide. Does one really need 5 stages of pressure profiling? Who knows? It's there if you want it.

I’m not going to pass off the next 2 paragraphs as my own because they’re not. But if you want the technical details then here they are. Straight from the brochure.

‘Thanks to the new T.C.I. technology, each single group’s delivery temperature can be easily managed, with maximum precision. From the touch-screen colour displays, the water temperature of each single group can be managed in real time. An innovative water pre-heating circuit guarantees excellent thermal stability, even in intense working conditions.’

‘With a new pressure control system, five different pressure profiles can be programmed for each group, allowing perfect and precise espresso coffee extraction. With a new touch-screen display technology, it’s easy to manage the pressure you want, for as long as you want, in real time.’

Moreover, in a world where aesthetics is just as important as performance, this machine is available with a black or white powder coated finish and is a magnificent showpiece for your cafe.

If you’re interested in a closer look at these beautiful machines then talk to us about trying Black Velvet Coffee extracted on the BFC Aviator. We can arrange a tasting and discuss pricing.

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Darren Silverman
Darren Silverman


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