Cold beverage dispensers have long been known as a must in a variety of restaurant concepts. From gas stations, to kiosks and fast-casual restaurants, the functionality and ease-of-use of beverage dispensers can't be beat! Unlike your at-home varieties of beverage dispensers, these refrigerated units are designed for regular, heavy use—they'll keep drinks cold all day long!
Dispensers are great for juice or lemonade during events and even continental breakfasts, where self-service options eliminates line backups and keep guests hydrated. They are also quite common in convenience stores and small groceries, where staff can quickly serve customers on the run. But don't think that cold beverage dispensers are limited just to those who want it "to go." Many bars and lounges utilize refrigerated beverage dispensers to make cocktails (like margaritas and mojitos) in batch and ready to go during peak times.
The most common type of refrigerated beverage dispensers you'll find are aptly named as "Bubblers™," like this one from Crathco; the constant "bubble" helps keep drinks mixed and stirred, which prevents sugars and other sediments from your drinks settling on the bottom of the bowl. Convenient and easy-to-use, you can't go wrong with these cold beverage dispensers.
Before jumping into your beverage dispenser purchase, consider first what you'll be using it for. Cold beverage dispensers come in a variety of sizes to suit your specific needs. Read on and learn more:
Like most equipment, following regular cleaning schedules is key to giving your equipment a long and happy life. Your daily cleaning routine should include the disassembly and cleaning of all bowl components, including the valve O-Ring and bowl gasket to remove any dried-on beverage solids and pulp.
Aside from the time commitment of regular cleaning, the biggest challenge with cold beverage dispensers is keeping track of all of the parts. Small pieces like the impeller, bearing sleeve or valve are easy to lose down the drain during cleaning. You should also keep an eye for wear on the bearing sleeve and impeller, which may deteriorate normally based upon usage and time.
Many manufacturers like Crathco make preventative maintenance kits which include everything you could possibly need for your equipment, such as: impellers, bearing sleeves, O-Rings, bowl gaskets and even food-grade lubricant to keep your dispenser operating smoothly. These kits are ideal to keep on hand so you're always prepared.