STORY: Pret A Manger - bespoke Cimbali technology

La Cimbali has created customised La Cimbali S60 fully automatic coffee machines for Pret A Manager as the organic coffee and freshly made food hospitality chain continues to grow its Pret Coffee Subscription. This custom built La Cimbali has been installed in Pret’s top performing shops with plans to roll out to regional shops including Oxford and Birmingham.

The S60 is a high-performance model, delivering up to 600 cups of espresso per day and is the fastest and most productive machine of its type currently available. Bespoke refinements that benefit the Pret barista team and the customer experience include additional user controls to optimise the workflow and enhanced steam wand function to texture milk at speed.

Guy Meakin, UK Trading Director at Pret A Manger explained: “As our Pret Coffee Subscription continues to grow, we’re proud to be investing in custom equipment for our baristas that is easy and fast to operate whilst continues to serve our delicious 100% organic coffee our customers love. Our customers expect high quality coffee so consistency is key for us across our estate which is why we look forward to rolling out The S60 to more shops.” 

The Cimbali S60 uses fresh milk and fresh coffee beans to deliver Barista standard coffees on demand. Touch screen controlled and featuring unique, patented technologies which regulate the brew cycle for exceptional performance, the S60 is super-fast, guaranteeing consistent coffee quality whilst avoiding queues at the till.

Daniel Clarke, Commercial Director UK & Ireland, La Cimbali said, “The Cimbali R&D team became immersed in the Pret business model in order to really understand the challenges of delivering quality coffee in a fast-moving environment. This collaborative approach has shaped many S60 design refinements that help achieve excellence across the hot drinks range, which is critical for Pret, the nation’s best loved food to go retailer. 

“It’s great to see the S60 roll out across the business, and most importantly, help Pret serve up great coffee every day.”