Why Iced Beverages are So Hot in the Winter

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 20, 2017 9:11:46 PM / by Franke

Imagine you're standing in line at the coffee shop and there are blankets of snow forming outside. All you can focus on is sipping a hot cup of coffee. The person in line in front of you is still shivering from the cold. She places her order:

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What Is Espresso Crema?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Franke

In the world of espresso, you often hear mention of crema. What is crema, and why is it so important?

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The Franke Guide to Espresso Drinks

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM / by Franke

With so many different coffee providers requiring so many different languages when ordering coffee and espresso beverages, we decided it was time to grind everything down and get to the bottom of espresso drinks.

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What Is the Difference Between Espresso and Coffee?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 18, 2016 4:30:00 PM / by Franke

Is there really a difference between espresso beans and coffee beans? Are they from the same places? Are they roasted differently? Are they brewed differently? Will one keep you up later than the other? Can you serve them out of the same machine? At Franke, we receive many questions about these similar yet different coffee styles, so let's take a look at each and bust some of the myths behind espresso and coffee.

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Why Your Specialty Fab Partner Should Work a Shift

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Franke Americas

The only way to truly know how well a kitchen operates is to roll up your sleeves and actually work in it. By spending a few days watching how work flows from station to station and how well workers can complete their tasks, the inconsistencies and inefficiencies become obvious.

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This Coffee and Rum Infusion Will Freak Your Mind

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 8, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Elizabeth Chai of Sprudge


At the inaugural edition of the New York Coffee Festival in Manhattan, Sprudge checked out all the exhibits, talks, and booze with contributors Elizabeth Chai and D. Robert Wolchek, and will be bringing you event coverage throughout the week on Sprudge. First up, Chai checks in on our friends and partners at BKON, who were on hand at NYCCF offering a near-instant molecular rum infusion with their futuristic brewer.

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Flavored Coffee Is Going to Be the Next Big Thing. No, Seriously.

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Zachary Carlsen of Sprudge

The Brothers Vastardis of our partners at BKON Craft Brewer are at the 27thSCAA Event in Seattle, Washington, to showcase their space-aged brewing technology brewing what it was destined to brew since its inception: coffee. When we profiled the brewer last year at SCAA, the machine was dutifully brewing Rishi Tea. Now, with the help of a custom BKON Mahlkönig grinder and a thoughtful filter system, the BKON is capable of brewing a delightful cup of coffee and so much more. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use the BKON Craft Brewer

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Franke

The BKON Craft Brewer® is a revolutionary piece of equipment that is changing the way foodservice and beverage operators think about infused beverages. By utilizing a patented technology called Reverse Atmospheric Infusion, or RAIN™, the BKON Craft Brewer can allow any operator to optimally prepare any loose-leaf tea or any number of other craft beverages, either hot or cold. In order to maximize its potential, though, it's important to follow a series of best practices when brewing with BKON. Here they are.

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What Foodservice Experts Are Saying About the BKON Craft Brewer

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Franke

Sometimes the best way to learn about a new piece of commercial beverage equipment is to hear from industry experts who have already used it. From creative ideas and uses to testimonials on operation and logistics, let's take a look at what some of the country's best chefs, baristas and beverage program operators are saying about the BKON Craft Brewer.

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Why the School Day Just Got Healthier

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 21, 2016 6:17:26 PM / by Franke

In August, the USDA announced additional measures to reduce student exposure to junk food. In addition to healthier food standards, students likely noticed the elimination of junk food advertisements in schools as well.

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