It identifies and selects roasted beans by colour to source out the the finest and most consistent quality of coffee.
Merlo is the only company in Queensland to have this machine and is the second in Australia.
“Consistency is key in coffee quality, and this machine, working together with its larger sibling, the Brambati Roaster, which we imported from Italy in 2014, means we are eliminating beans of poorer quality. It is another really important step in our progress towards World’s Best Practice of coffee roasting,” said the company founder Dean Merlo.
“We have to remember that coffee beans are a natural product and therefore come in all shapes and sizes and variations. However, to provide the best possible coffee to our customers, we need to use only the best beans, and the most consistently well-roasted beans.
“By passing the coffee over an infra-red laser reader (three times), any beans that are lighter or darker than the specified parameters will be rejected from the final product. There are many reasons why a colour variance can occur in roasted beans, from imperfect raw input, under or over-ripe coffee, bean density variance, poor sorting or inconsistent grading, to over or under roasting, damaged and broken or chipped beans.”
Coffee aficionados are in for some special flavours over the next few months, with Merlo brewing the Colombia Las Brisas as the March Bean of the Month, followed by Indonesia Blue Roca and Rwanda Gihombo.
“As Australia’s love affair with coffee continues to grow, our Bean of the Month program provides coffee lovers with the opportunity to try unique and rare coffees from around the world,” said Merlo.
A team of specialists from Brambati in Italy flew to Brisbane, from Codevilla, Italy. The town is known for creating the best coffee roasters and roasting machinery in the world – the Brambati range. The team spent time with the Merlo roasters before returning to their homeland.
The Bean of the Month is available at all Merlo owned stores, with customers able to try their regular coffee on the featured bean for no extra cost. Coffee to take home starts at $12 for 200g.