Italian espresso maker Carimali has launched a new sub-brand called Heylo which will soon launch a line of coffee and milk equipment featuring induction heating technology.
Two machines from Heylo include an espresso machine and a separate milk heater / frother, designed to be stand-alone, side-by-side, or part of a larger modular setup.
Each espresso module is a single-group espresso maker without a boiler that heats water using induction technology. Each milk module will also feature induction heating, as well as foam from an air valve rather than hot steam.
Carimali’s induction technology was first shown at HostMilano in Italy in 2019, and the company introduced the Heylo brand to the public at the same location last month.
“Right now it’s a sub-brand, legally speaking,” Diana Zuluaga, content marketing specialist for Heylo, told Daily Coffee News. “But marketing and branding are completely independent and even work in a different direction.”
While Carimali focuses on traditional and super-automatic espresso machines, as well as traditional grinders and those made by the Slingshot brand, Heylo will lead all efforts associated with induction technology.
A previous attempt to apply induction technology to heating water for coffee took the form of the La Fenice espresso and filter coffee maker, which raised over $ 200,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, but ultimately failed to go into production.
Heylo, who told DCN he had no connection with the people or technology associated with the La Fenice project, began development of his own induction heating solution four years ago.
Heylo’s Boilerless System is designed to quickly heat small amounts of water or milk for coffee drinks on demand by channeling liquids through conductive metal tubes surrounded by electromagnetic induction coils.
When not actively brewing, the only power the Heylo espresso module consumes is that of the digital touchscreen, according to Heylo. When pulling on the espresso module, the machine uses around 600 to 700 watts of electricity or less, the company says.
Zuluaga told DCN that users can adjust the water temperature during a single extraction, for temperature profiling. Flow and pressure profiling is also facilitated by the touchscreen.
The milk module works using two inductors instead of one, providing a longer heated path designed for more precise temperature control than that achieved by steam. The milk is frothed through a steamless fresh air valve that does not require heat, allowing the option of cold frothed milk.
The two modules will also have the possibility of being connected or of having on-board tanks.
“We plan to launch both at the same time so that we can present the whole solution,” Zuluaga said. “For the professional market, the espresso machine without the milk option would be quite incomplete. “
The Heylo espresso and milk modules, which have yet to be officially named, are expected to go on sale in spring 2022.
Howard Bryman is the associate editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.