De’Longhi SpA (Treviso, Italy) showcased its new automatic espresso coffee maker, Magnifica, at HomeTech. Based on the company’s CRF (compact, reliable, fresh) technology, the machine’s integrated burr grinder grinds the coffee beans necessary for each cup and transports the freshly-ground coffee directly to the brewing unit—without the use of a large tube. According to Alvise Ricoveri, export area manager, this is necessary to ensure that the coffee produced is exactly what the user requested. “The advantage is that you’re not getting any of the remnants that can remain in the tubes,” he explains. “With ground coffee that sits in the tube, you are not brewing your cup of coffee, but the coffee the person before you requested. That defeats the whole purpose of freshly-brewed espresso.” The unit can also brew previously ground coffee.
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