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Wilbur Curtis Supports UC DAVIS Coffee Center

Professor William Ristenpart (center) with students in UC Davis’ “Design of Coffee” class. The popular class uses coffee roasting and brewing to teach basic principles of chemical engineering. It is part of the recently established UC Davis Coffee Center, which aims to expand research and teaching on post-harvest coffee. Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis.

MONTEBELLO, Calif. – Wilbur Curtis Co., an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of coffee and tea brewing equipment, has pledged $250,000 to the University of California, Davis to support the university’s expanding Coffee Center. The donation is the first by Wilbur Curtis to a major academic institution.

The UC Coffee Center will be the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to post-harvest research of coffee. By applying a rigorous academic framework to research and education in coffee science the center is slated to elevate the entire coffee industry.

“With over 75 years of coffee knowledge under our belts, we know that, with the help of UC Davis, the next 75 years will bring us an enhanced understanding of coffee that will continue to revolutionize the industry and benefit our customers,” said Patrick Curtis, the company’s business development manager. “We are excited to partner with the UC Davis Coffee Center to help advance our knowledge of the most popular beverage on the planet.”

The gift will contribute to the renovation of a 6,000-square-foot building for the new Coffee Center, which will include a pilot roastery, an experimental green bean storage facility, a sensory analysis laboratory, advanced analytical labs, as well as classroom and office space. An outdoor patio event space, intended to host coffee tastings and coffee-industry events, will be named in Curtis’ honor.

A leader in the foodservice industry for over 75 years, the Wilbur Curtis Company is a premier manufacturer of state-of-the-art coffee and tea brewing equipment, including the world-renowned Gemini® and ThermoPro® G4 Brewing Systems, and the Curtis Gold Cup™ single cup coffee brewer.

Photo: Professor William Ristenpart (center) with students in UC Davis’ “Design of Coffee” class. The popular class uses coffee roasting and brewing to teach basic principles of chemical engineering. It is part of the recently established UC Davis Coffee Center, which aims to expand research and teaching on post-harvest coffee. Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis.

Thermal Freshtrac™

Thermal Freshtrac™

“KEEP AN EYE” ON COFFEE FRESHNESS WITH THE NEW CURTIS THERMAL FRESHTRAC™

The key to a well-executed coffee program is serving hot, fresh coffee cup after cup. Monitoring the holding time and amount of coffee in a dispenser is crucial to freshness and quality. To simplify this challenge Curtis is introducing the new Thermal FreshTrac™ System. Activated from the moment coffee is brewed it provides a simple, visual system that communicates time and volume at a glance that’s easy to see, even from across the room.

Curtis’s new Thermal FreshTrac (TFT) is an innovative, simple and highly visual system for restaurants, c-stores and other high-volume foodservice operations that depend on coffee profits and satisfied customers. Designed to fit existing models of Curtis Thermal Servers, the TFT is offered in three sizes - 64 oz, 1 gallon and 1-1/2 gallon - to accommodate even the busiest operations.

Through sensors in the lid, the system is activated and volume measured the moment coffee starts flowing into the dispenser. Liquid level bars eliminate the need to guess the amount of coffee in the dispenser at any time. An LCD timer immediately begins to count UP or DOWN to show operations when it’s time to brew again. Plus, an active LED light display allows servers to track coffee freshness and volume anytime at a glance.

“A great cup of coffee is rightfully a badge of honor and customer magnet for so many operations,” says Kevin Curtis, Curtis EVP. “Our new Thermal FreshTrac system is just the latest in a long line of Curtis innovations, each designed to help deliver the excellent brew everyone wants.”

G4 Gemini with Intellifresh Coffee Brewing System

G4 Gemini with Intellifresh Coffee Brewing System

EXTRACT HIGHER COFFEE PROFITS CURTIS G4 GEMINI® WITH INTELLIFRESH™

Give your coffee program a caffeine boost with the innovative Curtis G4 Digital Gemini® Brewing System. The secret to Gemini’s performance is smart IntelliFresh™ (IF) technology. Putting brains behind the brew, the Wilbur Curtis Company developed IF as part of their quest to simplify brewing and serving high volumes of fresh coffee at the perfect temperature.

IntelliFresh maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and temperature throughout the dispensing cycle by enveloping the satellite servers with pulses of gentle heat. These pulses keep the coffee at a consistent temperature while maintaining the chemical structure of the coffee. The result? The coffee taste is not altered and each and every cup is as hot as the one before it. IF technology keeps the coffee at the optimal temperature for the duration of the pre-set serving time ensuring consistent coffee quality. Integrated into the industry-recognized Gemini brewing system, IntelliFresh nearly eliminates the possibility of serving cold or ‘cooked’ coffee ever again.

New G3 5 Gallon Narrow Hot Water Dispenser

New G3 5 Gallon Narrow Hot Water Dispenser

CURTIS TURNS ON THE HEAT WITH ITS
NEW G3 5 GALLON NARROW HOT WATER DISPENSER

From making tea, soup and freeze-dried foods to cleaning up after a long day serving customers, access to hot water is an essential part of any foodservice operation.
But amid a growing collection of equipment and precious shelf space, the question becomes where to put a dispenser. The Wilbur Curtis Company has a brilliant answer to that question in the form of its latest innovation, the new G3 Five Gallon Narrow Hot Water Dispenser with Aeration.

With its slender base and feature-packed design, this new dispenser can take its rightful place on even the most crowded foodservice counter. Plus, it’s a real workhorse—loaded with features that help restaurants, c-stores and other establishments broaden their menu, serve customers faster, and spend less time cleaning up.

This versatile unit dispenses all the hot water needed thanks to an automatic refill system for hot water on demand — with a programmable temperature range between 140°F to 210°F. It also features an automatic aeration setting to help improve tea extraction and flavor.

The G3 Narrow Hot Water Dispenser couldn’t be easier to use. It includes a large LED display with a water temperature indicator, color-coded buttons and ready lights for all functions. Curtis’ famed G3 Digital Control Module lets staff easily regulate temperature and aeration. Onboard diagnostics continuously sense water level and temperature for simpler operation while common parts and a side-access maintenance door make servicing the unit a snap.

All in all, the Curtis G3 Narrow Hot Water Dispenser makes it easy for today’s space-starved foodservice operators to pour on the convenience.

Curtis Iced Tea Dispensers

Curtis Iced Tea Dispensers


CURTIS ICED TEA DISPENSERS - MADE IN THE USA

Curtis Iced Tea Dispensers are one of the industry’s most popular tea dispensing systems. Featuring an advanced design and American stainless steel construction, each model is NSF® Certified and constructed to stand up to rigorous foodservice environments.

Available in a wide variety of sizes and models, there’s a Curtis Tea Dispenser to accommodate every need. The TCN Narrow Tea Dispenser offers a sleek, modern design and with custom graphics, it becomes a powerful impulse sales opportunity. Even with its small footprint that’s perfect for operations with limited counter space, it still offers the same volume capacity as other Curtis dispensers.

The TCO Curtis Tea Dispenser is offered in a variety of sizes and its oval design has no sharp edges or corners so they’re ideal for self serve operations. Each dispenser model was designed with the operator in mind. Sloping bottoms allow for effortless dispensing so they’ll empty completely for easy cleaning. Welded-on stainless steel handles and hand grips have no screws or plastic making them easy to move even when completely full. Additionally, on each unit the tall faucet height fits any glass or pitcher for effortless filling and refilling, eliminating the need for spacers.

G4 ThermoPro 1 Gallon Brewing System

Curtis ThermoPro 1 Gal. Brewing System

QUALITY, FLAVOR AND CONSISTENCY.... IT’S HARD TO BEAT THE INNOVATIVE CURTIS® THERMOPRO™ BREWING SYSTEM

With advanced Generation Four (G4) Technology and state-of-the-art servers, Curtis ThermoPro makes Golden Cup quality, coffee batch brewing instantly easy. This system quickly brews gourmet coffee into 1 gallon high-tech ThermoPro vacuum-insulated, stainless steel servers. Not only does it provide precise control over all critical brewing functions thanks to the G4 digital controls, it keeps coffee quality and flavor consistent and delicious.

The ThermoPro server offers unsurpassed heat retention and keeps coffee fresh and at the perfect serving temperature with no need for additional heat. Because of the size and thermal efficiency of the vacuum servers, this type of system is ideal for restaurants, hotel lobbies, C-Stores, or applications where several different coffee roasts need to be merchandised. Available in single and twin brew head models, the innovative design delivers user-friendly operation and flexibility that everyone appreciates.

Color-coded buttons and an intuitive LCD display with scroll-through programming provide easy-to-use digital control of the ThermoPro system.

Users can choose from pre-programmed recipes for ideal out-of-the-box operation, or fine-tune settings for gourmet options at the touch of a button.

ThermoPro is available only from Wilbur Curtis, a family-owned company with a 75-year heritage of commercial coffee leadership. For more information, please contact the Wilbur Curtis Company, Inc. 6913 Acco Street, Montebello, CA 90640. Toll-free: 800/421-6150. www.wilburcurtis.com.

News from Curtis SCA Sponsorships

WILBUR CURTIS SUPPORTS THE SCA AND THE COFFEE INDUSTRY’S KEY EXPOSITION GATHERING

The Wilbur Curtis Company, the premier manufacturer of state-of-the-art coffee and tea brewing equipment, announces the sponsorship of several key events at the upcoming SCA Annual Exposition. The largest coffee trade association gathering, the SCA Expo features a variety of sessions, workshops and competitions that both educate and enlighten attendees. Curtis is proud to take a supportive position as a sponsor and supporter of the following SCA Expo events:

  • National Partner Sponsor for the Brewer’s Cup, and its six United States Barista Regional Competitions
  • Host of the SCA Coffee Symposium Discussion geared to inspire new specialty coffee solutions
  • Equipment Sponsor for the Roaster’s Guild, Coffees of the Year Competition (COTY)
  • Equipment Sponsor for the Barista Guild of America, Barista’s Camp
  • Equipment Sponsor for the Roaster’s Guild Retreat

The SCA Exposition is the coffee industry’s foremost gathering of coffee professionals and aficionados, attended by over 8,000 roasters, retailers and coffee producers, and features over 700 exhibitor booths. “There is so much energy and innovation occurring in the industry now, it’s an exciting time to be involved on such a integral level,” stated Kevin Curtis, President and CEO of Wilbur Curtis. “The SCA has been at the forefront of developing and promoting specialty coffee, and we’re honored to support their commitment of the industry,” Curtis continued.

A leader in the foodservice industry for over 75 years, the Wilbur Curtis Company is a premier manufacturer of state-of-the-art coffee and tea brewing equipment, including the world-renowned Gemini® Brewing Systems, Primo Cappuccino™ and the new Curtis Gold Cup™ single cup gourmet coffee brewer.

For more information, contact Wilbur Curtis Company, Inc., 6913 Acco St. Montebello, CA 90640. Toll Free: 800/421-6150. Internet: www.wilburcurtis.com.

Dual Airpot G3 Systems

ENHANCE GOURMET COFFEE FLAVOR AND PROFITABILITY WITH CURTIS® G3 AIRPOT DIGITAL COFFEE BREWING SYSTEMS Gourmet coffee brewing is made simple and profitable with Curtis® GENERATION THREE (G3) Airpot Digital Coffee Brewing Systems. Like other Curtis G3 systems, the Airpot Digital Coffee Brewing System offers a host of features that optimize coffee quality and flavor, while reducing maintenance and service. Featuring the industry’s most advanced digital technology, the G3 ADS™ Digital Control Module provides precise control and the expertise to brew premium gourmet coffee with ease. It’s simple, “scroll-through” programming on an oversized LCD display enables you to adjust time, volume, temperature, brew functions and more ensuring you provide customers with great gourmet taste, without the fuss. A programmable display banner can also be set to display your operation’s name and message. Built-in fine tuning brewing modes allow you to choose gourmet brew settings such as pre-infusion and others to optimize flavor extraction, while cold water brew lock-out prevents brewing when water temperature is below a set level. Ready right out-of-the box, Curtis G3 Airpot systems are rich in features and design. They utilize ThermoPro™ stainless steel vacuum airpots known for their high heat retention and long-stroke dispensing pumps. These versatile servers are available in a variety of exterior colors featuring either glass or stainless steel liners that guarantee optimal gourmet coffee quality and temperature without additional heat. Curtis G3 Airpot Systems are available in your choice of single or twin heads models, each brew consistently great tasting gourmet coffee time and again while providing unmatched reliability, serviceability, sales and profits. For more information, contact Wilbur Curtis Company, Inc., 6913 Acco St. Montebello, CA 90640. Toll Free: 800/421-6150. Internet: www.wilburcurtis.com.

Low Profile AlphaG3

COFFEE FOR A COUPLE OR A CROWD, NO PROBLEM WITH CURTIS® ALPHA™ G3 AUTOMATIC COFFEE BREWING SYSTEMS Brewing the richest, most consistently flavorful coffee is no problem in any size foodservice operation with Curtis® Alpha G3 Automatic Coffee Brewing Systems. Foodservice operators can reduce set-up, maintenance and operating costs by installing the Alpha G3 system with its quick and easy set-up. Simply plumb in water, plug in the built-in cord, turn the machine on and you’re guaranteed to brew consistently great tasting coffee decanter after decanter. From compact Automatic and Pour Over models to deluxe five and six decanter systems, Curtis’ full range of Alpha G3 Decanter Coffee Systems will suit practically any need in any foodservice operation. Whether you need to brew for a couple or a crowd, there’s a Curtis Alpha G3 model to meet your needs, and each model boasts a full spectrum of features that optimize coffee quality and flavor, while reducing maintenance and service. Like other Curtis G3 systems, the Alpha systems feature the industry’s most advanced digital technology, the G3 ADS™ Digital Control Module. This “brewing brain” is completely encapsulated in a high-tech polymer case, protecting it from harmful heat, moisture and impact which may have damaged earlier systems. It provides precise control and the expertise to brew any coffee, including premium gourmet coffees, with ease. Simple, “scroll-through” programming on an oversized LCD display enables you to adjust time, volume, temperature, and brew functions ensuring you provide customers with consistently great coffee, without the fuss. An attractive, programmable display banner can also be set to display your operation’s name and message. Built-in fine tuning brewing modes allow you to choose pre-infusion or pulse brew to optimize extraction of gourmet coffee flavor, while cold water brew lock-out prevents brewing when water temperature is below a set level. Ready right out-of-the box, Curtis Alpha G3 systems allow you to select pre-programmed factory settings so all you need to do is supply a level counter, power and water, and you’re ready to brew. Available in your choice of six efficient models, units are offered with several options. Regardless of the model selected, there’s a Curtis Alpha G3 Automatic Coffee Brewing System for your operation that will provide unmatched reliability, serviceability, sales and profits. For more information, contact Wilbur Curtis Company, Inc., 6913 Acco St. Montebello, CA 90640. Toll Free: 800/421-6150. Internet: www.wilburcurtis.com.

ThermoPro Systems


WILBUR CURTIS® INFUSES DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTO GOURMET COFFEE BREWING MONTEBELLO, Calif.—It’s not easy to meet the ultra-high standards of today’s gourmet coffee connoisseurs. With literally thousands of exotic coffee blends to choose from, each with its own unique brewing requirements, many operators are struggling to keep pace. That’s why the Wilbur Curtis Company has been working overtime to introduce new Gourmet Brewing Systems™ that make it easier than ever for any restaurant, hotel or coffee house to consistently brew large volumes of the highest quality gourmet coffees all day, everyday. “We are in the business of making sure your customer will come back for seconds when they order your coffee—especially when it’s gourmet coffee,” said Curtis Regional Manager John Hickey. “We understand the essence of great coffee.” Curtis has applied its understanding of great coffee to its new, state-of-the-art ThermoPro™ G3 Digital Coffee Brewing System. It combines Curtis’ advanced Generation Three (G3) digital brewing technology with exclusive ThermoPro vacuumed-sealed servers for simple, one-touch brewing that maximizes the richness and flavor of the finest gourmet beans. Vice President of Marketing Kevin Curtis says that G3 digital technology not only brews better coffee, it’s also more user-friendly. “Anyone can operate a ThermoPro system with minimal instruction because everything is already preset, and the control panel is so intuitive.” Available in both single- and twin-head models, ThermoPro G3 systems feature a unique Universal Control Module (UCM) with an easy-to-read LCD display showing all brewing functions in real time. It’s factory set for out-of-the-box operation with pre-programmed Gourmet Recipes—based on coffee type, grind and weight—to ensure the best, consistent brew, every time. All functions are controlled automatically, including water bypass and special pre-infused or pulsed brewing. And, if desired, scroll-through menus allow for simple fine-tuning of the brewing process for your exacting gourmet coffee profile. Curtis designed the ThermoPro to adapt to an operator’s needs, not the other way around. “Depending on the coffee blend, the computer within the system can make the coffee either stronger or weaker,” Hickey said. “Before, the operator would have to change the beans. But now they can use the control panel to adjust flavor, without timers or extra parts like traditional machines.” The G3 digital technology also makes the ThermoPro system more reliable and less expensive to operate. “It’s far more cost-effective and low maintenance,” he added, “because it takes all those extra parts and puts them on one digital board. You get one part rather than 20 parts.” The system brews directly into attractive ThermoPro stainless-steel vacuum servers, using no additional heat, which can accelerate the breakdown of the coffee. A brew-through top seals in the heat and flavor. Plus, its specially engineered faucet and sight glass feature a truly unique connection to eliminate the heat-loss issues associated with other styles. On-board self-diagnostics continually sense proper operation and a service phone number and error code are displayed on the LCD display in the event technical assistance is required. For more information, contact Wilbur Curtis Company, Inc., 6913 Acco St. Montebello, CA 90640. Toll Free: 800/421-6150. Web: www.wilburcurtis.com.