Creating equipment stations

Why use equipment stations?

Equipment stations group multiple pieces of equipment often used together to brew (e.g. grinder, espresso machine, scale, etc.). You can assign and update a reference brew per equipment station for the same recipe.

When a recipe is assigned more than one station, the brew parameters (based on the reference) will display directly from the Recipe card under specific equipment station.

Note: Using equipment stations is not mandatory for Recipes to work. However, we use equipment stations to set a reference to a location, so we automatically create Default stations for each of the locations you use.

How should equipment stations be used?

We recommend to use stations in a manner that will group pieces of equipment often used together to brew. To do this, you can create a station per brewing method (e.g. Espresso, Manual brews, Batch brews, etc.), and group the brewing equipment to each station.

If you have multiple espresso or filter brewing stations in one location, we recommend to create a separate station for each.

If a station has, for example, a combination of manual brewing equipment and an espresso machine, a manual brew (e.g. V60) logged on this station will also show up on the espresso machine's detail page. Creating stations as per our above recommendation avoids this.

Setting up equipment stations

Creating a new equipment station

  1. Go to Cafe > Equipment > Stations tab.
  2. To create more stations, click the Add station button.

  3. From the Add new station page:

    • Name: Give your station a name (e.g. Manual Brew)

    • Location: Choose in which location this station is located.

    • Equipment: Select the equipment you want to group in this station. Only the equipment in the selected location will show up.

  4. Click the Create station button.

Updating an existing equipment station

  1. Navigate to Cafe > Equipment > Stations tab.
    If you have never used stations before, you will see "Default stations" in the list; one per location that you have a recipe for.
  2. Click the Edit button corresponding to the station you want to edit.
    • Name: Here you can change the name of the station (e.g. Batch Brew, Espresso Bar, etc.).
    • Equipment: Select the equipment you want to group in this station. Only the equipment in the location of the selected station will show up.
  3. Click the Update station button. 

Learn how to manage equipment.

Congratulations! You are now ready to create equipment stations.

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