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All of this just for a cup of coffee?

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Multi-Boiler System

The multi-boiler technology is based on coffee groups and a steam boiler that work completely independently. Each group and boiler have their own autonomous heating system, safety device and precise electronic temperature control.

This system is much more evolved than the conventional system of a single boiler or the dual boiler machines.

Advantages:

  • Aids energy saving.
    1. You can turn a group on or off independently.
    2. Standby function by group or for all the groups. Being independent, the power is only used for the parts of the machine you are using at that particular time.
  • Excellent thermal stability.
  • Excellent extraction quality for either small or large operating volumes. The quantity of steam does not influence the thermal stability of the coffee groups.
  • High, consistent steam production (exclusive boiler)
  • The machine can be adjusted to different types of coffees and roasts.
  • Extra safety level. If there is a problem with one group, the others will continue working.
  • Easy to repair.


Extremely sturdy
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Boiler thickness: 3 mm; cover thickness: 6 mm
Saturated coffee groups in AISI 316 stainless steel

The heart of the machine.

Manufactured in 100% AISI 316 stainless steel. Welded with plasma, both inside and out, to avoid any cracks that might cause corrosion.
The design and material of the coffee groups provide:

  1. Energy efficiency
  2. Thermal stability
  3. Mechanical resistance
  4. Anti-lime scale effect
  5. Nickel- and lead-free coffee  
  6. Improved results in the cup
  7. Easy cleaning: there is an upper lid which lets you inspect the interior condition of each group.

Our saturated coffee groups are exceptional.
The heaviest on the market.


The 6 kg of thermal mass in very thick AISI 316 stainless steel, along with its large water storage capacity (1.3 litres) offers outstanding thermal stability.
The groups are welded directly to the boiler, which is also in stainless steel, with no additional material being added during the welding process. Designed to last ‘forever’ and offer maximum thermal stability on a continuous basis.

Both the coffee groups and the steam boiler can be filled or emptied automatically via the display.
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Engineering of the coffee group

The coffee group was meticulously designed, studied and tested over a period of several months. The goal was to produce a highly reliable and thermally stable group. The main objective is to achieve the maximum thermal stability within the group whether on standby or fully operational. We have achieved constant recirculation, which means that the system does not undergo any variations during the extraction process.

The preheated water that enters the group (70-80ºC) does not enter directly. It first passes through a tube in the boiler, avoiding any thermal shock and quickly adapting to the temperature of the boiler.

The coffee group is completely ‘enveloped’ by thermal cladding. Unique in the market.

Thermal stability. Energy efficiency.
Independent steam boiler in AISI 316 stainless steel

Manufactured in 100% AISI 316 stainless steel.
Plasma-welded both inside and out.
Extremely sturdy: Boiler thickness: 2.5 mm / Lid thickness: 10 mm
Large capacity: 8/12 litres
Weight: 9 kg

Every Big Dream has a boiler dedicated exclusively to producing steam; its large capacity produces a dry steam that facilitates the preparation of cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos with exceptional power.

In addition, with more than 9 kg of thermal mass in very thick AISI 316 stainless steel it provides exceptional thermal stability. This means that the steam pressure is kept constant and it uses less energy while at the same time maximising steam production.

Lime scale hardly ever adheres to stainless steel. This makes cleaning much simpler and means repairs are a thing of the past.

Our boilers (coffee and steam) include a thermal sleeve which reduces the machine’s consumption by up to 35%.

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Energy-efficient

Stainless steel, meanwhile, is a very bad heat conductor and thus an extremely bad dissipater. Therefore, it is a material that requires less power to maintain thermal stability. This characteristic of stainless steel results in improved energy efficiency. By maintaining the optimum operating temperature, the machine requires less electrical power.

As well as using this material, our engineering department also introduced additional measures to achieve energy savings of 40% compared to a traditional machine made from copper and brass.
Additional measures:

  • Electronic temperature management. Computer software and high-precision sensors that manage the system automatically. Programmable standby and On/Off functions
  • PID Control in all the coffee boilers and the steam boiler. All the boilers are controlled by a PID system, featuring electronic thermostats that are much more precise and act much faster than the traditional mechanical pressure gauge system.
  • The Multi-Boiler System  means that power is only used by the part of the machine in use at any time.  Each group can be turned off or on independently.
  • Thermal lagging made from high-tech material for coffee and steam boilers. ISOSOL thermal lagging notably increases the quality of the coffee machine.

PID Control
Triple Temperature Control

(PID) (Proportional Integral Derivative)
Easy and optimal temperature regulation lets you select the appropriate extraction process for each coffee, producing excellent results.

Our system offers a precision of 0.2ºC which considerably reduces any heat fluctuations within the coffee group.
The barista simply has to select the desired temperature and Big Dream will do the rest.

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To do so, Big Dream has triple temperature control:

1. Dynamic pre-heating/temperature control of the water entering the coffee group through the mixer valve. The water that supplies the coffee group will enter pre-heated to the required temperature.


2.
Control of the temperature of each coffee group (PID).
Each group is completely independent and easy to control by the general or individual display (precision of 0.1ºC).

The temperature of each group is controlled by an NTC sensor. The high-speed heat sensor replaces the traditional mechanical thermostat. These high-precision sensors are immersed in the water of each distribution group. The sensors activate the element by means of a static relay (solid state relay). They improve thermal stability, eliminate mechanical failure, and significantly reduce heat fluctuations in each coffee group.


3.
Control of the steam boiler/water temperature (PID)

Double pre-infusion

The main objective of the pre-infusion is to fully and evenly moisten the coffee tablet before the extraction phase, improving its flavour. The aim is to produce a cup of coffee with more nuances, flavours and aromas, and to adapt the coffee machine to the numerous different sources and types of coffee roast.

In machines with very precise temperature control you need a good pre-infusion system that lets you extract the full gamut of complexities from the coffee. Better control of the pre-infusion phase gives you better control of the distribution process.

There are two pre-infusion options:
Classic and Soft
This lets you achieve double ‘flavour profiling’. Completely programmable in each group and each dose selection independently and easily by using the display. This is always done electronically and is perfectly controlled to ensure the barista’s operation is always the same for consistent espresso quality.

With both the pre-infusions you can guarantee that the entire coffee puck will be moistened to the full depth of the filter.
  • Classic or flat pre-infusion. Pre-infusion at 9 bar (or the pressure regulated in the pump), and infusion at 9 bar. Both at the same pressure. With two controllable times: the pre-infusion time and the waiting time until infusion starts. This is a system that most machines on the market offer, with excellent results.

  • Soft pre-infusion. The pre-infusion is done directly at the pressure of the group, without any pump action. A progressive pre-infusion at 0-3 bar takes place. The infusion is done at 9 bar (or the pressure regulated in the pump). With two independent and controllable times in each group: the pre-infusion time and the waiting time until starting the infusion.
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Pre-infusion

The idea is not just to moisten the puck. Soft pre-infusion makes the pre-infusion process an integral part of the extraction.

Yet by changing the pre-infusion time, the grind point (this pre-infusion allows a finer grind), the quantity of coffee, etc., you can obtain other ‘pre-infusion profiles’.

A soft pre-infusion lets you extract new flavours and aromas from your coffee. It also lets you use finer graduations when grinding. In addition, a lower-pressure impact on the dry puck also helps to avoid channelling.

The most logical thing is to programme the soft infusion for the seconds when you see the coffee coming out of the filter holder, which will depend on the grind level, the type of coffee and the amount of coffee per puck.


SATURATED – MULTI-BOILER GROUPS

water/steam

components

electronics

main features