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Brambati S.p.A outlines plans for 2024 and beyond

Brambati S.p.A

Brambati S.p.A. unveils its blueprint for the year ahead, including details on how the company plans to continue improving its practices and products to maintain a leading status.

Last year was a busy one for Italy-based coffee roaster manufacturer Brambati S.p.A. It launched a new generation of roller grinders for capsule and gourmet coffee grinding, exhibited at events such as HostMilano and Interpack, and continued to invest in research and development to improve its technology and software.

This year, Brambati President and CEO Fabrizio Brambati has no intention of slowing down.

“We see consistent growth in Brambati year-on-year, and I think our history in the industry has a lot to do with that. With almost 80 years of expertise, Brambati is a trusted partner and well-respected in the industry. I’m very proud to be a part of such an esteemed brand,” says Brambati.

“Since we launched the grinders in late 2022, they’ve had massive success in the market. The grinders cover all capacity and production sizes, guaranteeing more flexibility of operations.”

These new grinders can produce the desired granulometry with a right amount of fine particles necessary for capsule coffee production, while also giving delivering bulk density in ground coffee.

One such grinder in the range is the KL250, which Brambati says is “unique” for its scale. Despite being one of the company’s smallest specialty grinders for small production capacity, it retains all the details and features of Brambati’s classic cylinder grinders.

These roller grinders are set to become popular items in the Brambati suite, in addition to its range of roasters and grinders. Brambati says their development is timely and continuous to ensure its machines are increasingly performance driven and can meet the most demanding specifications in terms of efficiency and sustainability.

“Technological innovations and technical improvements have made it possible in the period between 2018 to 2021 to reduce the energy consumption of coffee grinding grinders by 22 per cent,” Brambati says.

“Brambati’s grinders come in a variety of sizes and types, from traditional with a production capacity ranging from 100 kilograms per hour to 2500 kilograms per hour for espresso, moka pot and filter coffee, to a special [grinder] type with a production capacity ranging from 50 kilograms per hour to 1000 kilograms per hour for Turkish and Greek coffee. All types have a fully automatic model of the KMT series available, and modular model of the KL/KLL series available.”

With continual innovation front of mind, Brambati says the company improves its technology and software every year.

“We constantly update the controls of our machines to become more and more sophisticated while remaining simple and easy to use. We have developed specialty software that allows users to overlap historical curves during the roasting phase, view discrepancies, and verify variations or any drifts in real time,” he says.

“One of the biggest advantages we have is that our machinery can consider the taste and cupping result, which is very useful for specialty coffee and a highly requested feature.”

Brambati now has a worldwide presence in sales and installed roasting plants, with about 80 per cent of its sales accounted in foreign markets. In 2014, Brambati opened an Asia Pacific office in Australia, and most recently an office in the United States.

“We keep an eye on the global market because every year, we expand into new regions and find new customers. Right now, we’re seeing a lot of uptake of our roasters in Asian countries and have started supplying more equipment to Vietnam, Indonesia, and China. I believe in the future we will see increased interest in Asia and possibly the United States for our products,” says Brambati.

In addition to its expansion plans, Brambati’s Advanced Food Lab (AFL), a research and development centre that has been recognised with Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus certification, offers a unique educational setting for coffee education.

The AFL, with its complete pilot plant, was designed to increase the brand’s scientific capabilities so it can continue to push the limits of technological advancements. It features a laboratory, 3D scanners, dedicated graphics software, and the infrastructure to conduct rigorous testing.

“The AFL is a result of Brambati’s continuous commitment to search for innovation, where theoretical tests and trials are not enough. Instead, there is a need to test, confirm and support results with laboratory analysis,” says Brambati.

He adds that the AFL and its specialised technical division positions Brambati at the forefront of roasting expertise, with its competitive advantage in the flexibility of Brambati’s catalogue.

“Innovation and flexibility are two of the core pillars that this brand is built on. We are constantly seeking to develop our processes and technology,” Brambati says.

“We take pride in our products being adaptable and consistent. Our machines today are suitable for every kind of coffee and are able to obtain results that every professional roaster wants.”

To help potential buyers make purchasing decisions, Brambati has also embraced digitalisation in the form of webinars and educational online classes based in its AFL, showcasing how to use its machinery.

“Brambati runs 80 per cent of the business out of Italy, so it’s important to us that we allow our customers the possibility to train remotely, and commission installation remotely, to guarantee the satisfaction of our customers,” Brambati says.

“It’s been a great advantage over the past few years. This ensures we maintain a close connection with our clients, which is very important to us.”

The webinars allow clients and staff to explore Brambati’s latest advancements in roasting technology and automation, and adapt it into their own facility.

“The courses are dedicated to customers that have our machinery and wish to improve their knowledge on how to best use the equipment, to ensure they understand the full capabilities and flexibility of the machinery. By utilising the machine to its full potential, they can achieve the best results,” says Brambati.

“It’s also a way for us to show new customers the features of the equipment and the advantages of using our products.”

Brambati has also invested heavily in maintaining its sustainable solutions and reducing its carbon footprint. This has resulted in implementing solar power, using recycled products, and driving social and economic sustainable practices.

“We’re currently 70 per cent self-sufficient and are determined to operate the business without waste. To reduce indirect emissions, we reduce consumption by installing more efficient components or even eliminating some components,” he says.

“For primary emissions, we use a low NOx burner and high efficiency catalytic systems.”

Brambati says further digitalisation and sustainability will continue to be major goals for the company. He says there is continuous research and development to improve the efficiency of its roasting plants and reduce the environmental footprint of its installations.

“As we explore new ways to operate more efficiently, it’s important to us that we share our knowledge with the global coffee industry. We believe continual improvement is the secret to success,” he says.

For more information, visit www.brambati.it

This article was first published in the March/April 2024 edition of Global Coffee Report. Read more HERE.

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