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Major brands celebrate International Coffee Day

To coincide with International Coffee Day, De’Longhi Australia has launched the La Specialista Maestro premium coffee machine for RRP $1,999. Co-created by global coffee scientists, the machine sets a new industry benchmark, providing the perfect balance of coffee science and coffee artistry.

De’Longhi Australia and New Zealand CEO, Paolo Albertoni said, “We are incredibly excited to launch La Specialista Maestro, the evolution of our hero manual machine, La Specialista. Research from coffee scientists around the world has gone into creating our most advanced manual machine to date, transforming the coffee drinking experience. It allows users to create at-home barista style, quality coffee every time, empowering them to master, like a barista would, both the coffee and the milk preparation processes.”

Key features of the La Specialista Maestro include Sensor Grinding technology offering eight grinding levels from very fine to coarse, depending on the type of coffee beans; Active Temperature Control which means the water temperature is precisely controlled throughout the entire brewing process; Dynamic Pre-Infusion that automatically adapts the pre-infusion length to the density of the coffee dose, and Smart Tamping technology reaches consistent pressure results on the dose.

There are six automatic one touch recipes to choose from including espresso, coffee, long black, cappuccino, long black and latte. Complete with two milk systems, the My LatteArt steam wand delivers the perfect microfoam for latte art, while the LatteCrema System creates rich foamy milk at the press of a button.

Find out more about the La Specialista Maestro coffee machine in our exclusive interview with De’Longhi Australia and New Zealand CEO, Paolo Albertoni.

Jura is celebrating International Coffee Day with the release of an independent survey that has confirmed that more than seven in 10 Australians prefer the taste of coffee made from beans in comparison to pods.

The Jura S8 coffee machine

The Swiss and fully automated coffee machine brand which only uses freshly ground coffee beans to produce premium coffee at the touch of a button, believe that the results are a positive move to a more sustainable way of consuming coffee.

Jura Australia managing director, George Liakatos said, “This is really no surprise to us, however it’s great to confirm that the jury is officially out on beans versus pods, when it comes to flavour. The use of freshly ground coffee beans is also not only better for the environment but also for our local growers as our machines can take any blend of fresh coffee beans.

“Also, the freshly ground coffee bean waste can be reused in so many different ways, from adding it to your compost to deter bugs, neutralising odours in the home and of course cocktails, it’s not just for a morning caffeine hit.”

Lavazza has also conducted national research on Australia’s lockdown coffee habits, with insights across morning rituals to coffee consumption.

The research found that Millennial coffee habits have been the most affected by COVID-19 with 42% switching to making coffee at home when they would usually visit a café.

Gen Z (65%) and Millennials (46%) are more than twice as likely to scroll social media while they drink their morning coffee, compared to Baby Boomers (51%) and Gen X (39%) who are most likely to just relax while they drink their morning coffee.

More broadly, 40% of Australians dedicate 10 to 15 minutes of their day to coffee makingand more than half (51%) of Australians are spending their time in isolation cooking.

Lavazza Australia national training manager John Kozsik said this year has seen a shift in the way Australians prepare and enjoy their coffee.

“More people are looking to perfect their barista skills in the comfort of their own homes. The trick in upping your coffee game starts with a quality espresso – the foundational building block for allgood coffees, no matter whether that’s a long black, flat white or latte. You’ll be able to identify it by its aroma, flavour and barista-like crema,” he told Appliance Retailer.

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