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Choosing the right Commercial Chocolate Fountain for your business

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Years of research have gone into perfecting Sephra's Commercial Chocolate Fountains.

But you're likely to have lots of questions when considering buying one for the very first time.

If you are thinking about adding one to your inventory as part of your rental, catering or hospitality business, there are a few things to think about.

After all, commercial chocolate fountains come in all shapes and sizes and cater for different numbers of people.

Factors to consider when buying a Commercial Chocolate Fountain

You might want to ask the following questions:

Will the fountain be covered by warranty?

When it comes to Sephra Commercial Chocolate Fountains, the answer is "yes".
All our fountains come with a limited lifetime warranty, which covers manufacturer defects.

Will I be able to service the fountain and source spare parts?

Again, if you choose Sephra, it's a yes. We have a dedicated customer service team which can help with troubleshooting, repairs and spare parts.

Naturally, over time and with frequent use, some components are liable to wear and tear. But whether it's the thermostat or tier set, we can help diagnose the problem and suggest the appropriate solution.

Our motto is to help customers repair rather than return. We also recommend a service after every 1500 hours of use to keep your commercial chocolate fountain in good working order.

And, of course, we sell parts and service kits.

We want your commercial chocolate fountain to remain a long-standing and integral part of your business which generates income and enjoyment for years to come.
As with any piece of equipment, you'll get years of service from your Sephra fountain with proper care and routine maintenance.

Patented commercial chocolate fountain features

A WhisperQuiet motor

There are some features of the Sephra Chocolate Fountains which are specific to Sephra and patented.

This means NO ONE else has these features or, if they do, they have had to legally obtain rights to use the specific feature from Sephra.

Our Sephra Auger and WhisperQuiet Motor are two of these special features. Do they make a difference? You bet!

We can’t imagine being at a special occasion and have a whirring, loud motor of a chocolate fountain running in the background.

That will never happen with Sephra’s Whisper QuietMotor. You can run the fountain and it won’t be obtrusive, no matter when or where you set it up.

Chocolate melts in the basin

The ability to melt chocolate directly in the basin of the machine – without having to use a microwave or double-boiler water bath – is a another big plus.

Of course, using a microwave is always going to be the quickest way to melt chocolate. But it's also the easiest way to scorch pounds of it in seconds flat if you don't know what you're doing.

We’ve all tasted it and know there’s no way to cover up the distinct flavor of burnt chocolate!

Luckily, it's super easy to empty Sephra chocolate directly into the basin. Then all you need to do is stir every once in a while and maintain the perfect temperature and viscosity.

It takes about 45-60 minutes to melt 20 lb of chocolate this way. It definitely takes longer than the microwave, but it also gives you time to get set up.

Creating a picture perfect event

We eat with our eyes, so you want to achieve a picture perfect chocolate fountain!

Set the fountain up properly on a level surface (you might even want to invest in a spirit level) for a perfect cascade of fondue chocolate every time.

Our Sephra Auger will pull the chocolate fondue up and allow it to flow down the tier set without noise or interruption. From a distance, it doesn’t even look like the chocolate is moving.

We’ve even had people comment that the chocolate fountain looks like a piece of pottery.

Hot or cold fondue

Another feature of Sephra fountains is that you can fondue without heat. Fill your fountain with Ranch Dressing, for example, and serve with a spread of healthy veg.

Before we take a look at Sephra's six main commercial chocolate fountains, let's address the most frequently asked question...

How much chocolate will I need for my fountain?

The best ‘guestimate’ of chocolate per person is about 1lb of chocolate per 10 guests. It’s certainly not a hard and fast rule, but it has worked out well over the years.

If you have 10 guests, 1lb of chocolate fondue should be about right and then multiply from there. For 60 people, for example, you should be good with 6lb of chocolate.

There are exceptions however! We have come across a group – which holds the record, as far as we know – whose 34 guests consumed 40lb of chocolate in an hour-and-a-half.

Which Sephra Commercial Chocolate Fountain?

The Legend – 19"

Sephra's smallest (semi) commercial chocolate fountain is the 19” Legend. With the capacity to hold up to 6lb of chocolate, it's small but mighty!

It will run flawlessly with as little as 4lb of chocolate in the basin and can serve between 40 and 60 guests.

You can, of course, melt the chocolate in the basin, which is removable for easy cleaning.

The Legend is ideal as a personal home fountain and for small gatherings, such as Church meetings, office lunches, or school fundraisers.

The Cortez – 23"

Next up is the Sephra Cortez, which stands at 23" tall and weighs 23lb – making it easily transportable for events such as weddings and other functions.

The fountain holds 7lb of chocolate, but flows perfectly with 5lb and is great for groups of between 50 and 70 guests.

It comes with its own travel case and is the perfect companion fountain for one of our larger models.

This works really well if your client has requested two different types of fountain – for example, one Milk Chocolate and one Dark.

The Aztec – 27”

The next step up is The Aztec. Standing 27” tall, 14 3⁄4“ wide and weighing in at 27lb, this is a very versatile and popular fountain.

Although small in stature, is certainly has a presence. It will hold 11lb of chocolate and serve 75-100 guests.

The Montezuma – 34”

Climbing up the fountain ladder is The Montezuma at 34”. This impressive commercial chocolate fountain can hold up to 20lb of chocolate and serve 150+ guests.

The great thing about all Sephra fountains is if you start to run low on chocolate, you can easily add more melted chocolate into the basin to top up the fondue.

Sephra has previously used The Montezuma at bridal shows which saw 8,000 people through the door. By adding chocolate as and when needed, the fountain had no problem rising to the occasion.

What's more, it can grow! By buying the extension kit (which includes an auger and cylinder extension) you can add 10” to the height of the fountain.

The Cascade – 44"

Next, is our “jaw-dropping” Cascade – an amazing sight to behold. Chocolate flows over and down 16 multi-tiered individual cups to create a real showstopper.

The Cascade tier set adds a totally new dimension to your existing 44” fountain and is compatible with all removable bowl models of the 44” Sephra fountain bases.

It's sold separately, so you can interchange tier sets to really give your customers extra choice. This solution is for the customer who “wants something different”.

The Convertible – 44"

Finally, this brings us to The Convertible. Obviously, it’s 44” tall. It's also 18.5 wide and weighs 56 lbs. The tier set weighs 45lb alone. It's hefty.

The fountain comes with double travel cases for ease of transportation. It has five tiers so, when in motion, it's an awesome sight to behold.

Its other main feature is that the fountain is truly convertible. You can substitute the 34” tier set and auger and use it as a 34” fountain. Ultimately, it will give you two fountains in your ‘arsenal’.

This fountain will accommodate 20lbs of chocolate, either with the 5 tier set or the 34” tier set and of course, as is always the option with our Sephra Fountains, you can add chocolate as you go, increasing the number of guests you serve into the hundreds… as we previously have!

So now that you know a little about each fountain, which is the right choice for you and your business?

The Sephra brand is the epitome of chocolate fountains. If cared for correctly, your new piece of kit will offer you years of dependable service – regardless which model you choose.

To chat over the options with one of our experts, give Sephra USA a call on 858 675 3088 or jump onto an online chat where you'll find real people, not robots!