"We chose the TopBrewer for three simple reasons – it looks good, it’s interactive, and it provides a great point of difference for our business" Ian Rydin, Senior Director
Radisson Blu adopt the TopBrewer – app controlled coffee machine – in major hotel refurbishment
Currently undergoing a major refurbishment, the Radisson Blu at Manchester Airport is the biggest hotel investment programme in the North.
As part of Phase One of the project, the hotel restaurant, Collage, has been completely transformed, doubling in size and providing panoramic views of the airport. Within the restaurant’s major modification the Scanomat TopBrewer has been installed behind the bar area to serve coffee to diner’s in a unique and stylish way.
The TopBrewer by Scanomat is the world’s first, and only, smartphone/tablet controlled professional bean-to-cup coffee machine, allowing the barista to serve freshly brewed coffee at the swipe of an iPad or iPhone. A unique feature of the TopBrewer app is that it allows the barista to individually customise drinks for the customer so that each guest can have their own personal fa- vourite, whether that be extra espresso in their cappuccino or extra milk foam in their flat white. Scanomat UK’s Managing Director, Simon Bracken, said: “This project allows us to showcase the TopBrewer in a professional barista service operation.”
“The TopBrewer at Radisson is positioned behind the bar, operated by the barista, and in full view of the customer. Utilising the customisation feature on the iPad and iPhone, the barista can now use his barista skills in a modern way! The guys have great fun showing customers how they can have their coffee ‘just the way they like it’ and save their favourite for their next visit to the Radisson.”
The Radisson, part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, are the first major hotel chain to adopt the TopBrewer barista concept and have specified the TopBrewer for future refurbishment projects across Europe. Speaking about the TopBrewer, Ian Rydin, Senior Director Future Openings at the Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “We chose the TopBrewer for three simple reasons – it looks good, it’s interactive, and it provides a great point of difference for our business”
The refurbishment project started in April 2013 and is due for completion in 2015 with Thomas Johnstone as the main contractor and Graven Images providing all architectural services. The development is set to transform the airport’s flagship hotel, including the addition of 120 extra guest bedrooms.