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Effortless Efficiency: The Zojirushi Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50

Water boiler and warmer on a white backgroundWith Zojirushi’s Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 your business will always have access to precisely heated water on demand. Whether it’s for a quick cup of tea, a necessary ingredient for a dish, or a warm welcome to a guest, this reliable hot water dispenser is there to enhance every interaction. Join us as we dive into the remarkble features of this product and discover how it can  elevate your service and delight your guests. 

 

Tailored Temperature Control: 

This machine gives you the control you need, whether you’re brewing various types of tea or ensuring foods are cooked at the ideal temperature. This water boiler and warmer offers versatility for your culinary needs with three different temperature settings: 208°F (98°C), 195°F (90°C), and 175°F (80°C).  

Did you know that matcha is ideally made at 175°F, while black is best brewed at 208°F? Check out our full tea brewing guide here to see how this commercial water boiler and warmer can accommodate a wide range of common beverage needs. 

 

Generous Capacity and Convenience: 

The CD-LTC50 boasts a generous 169 oz. (5-liter) capacity, capable of serving up to 21-8 oz. cups. This makes it a must-have for busy restaurants, cafes, and event spaces. With the convenient REBOIL feature, you can quickly bring water back to a boil, and the optional QUICK TEMP mode reaches 195°F or 175°F without boiling, saving both time and energy.  

CD-LTC Control Panel from the top

Designed for Safety and Ease: 

Zojirushi understands that safety is paramount in any commercial appliance. The Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 includes an automatic dispense-lock—a safety feature that prevents unintended dispensing to prevent accidents and burns. Additionally, its 7-hour delay timer can be set up the night before, ensuring that hot water is ready when you open for business in the morning. 

 

No Plumbing Required: 

One of the standout features of the CD-LTC50 is its ease of use. With no plumbing required, this countertop hot water dispenser can be set up and ready to use in any commercial setting quickly. It’s not only effective but also incredibly convenient, fitting easily into any business model without requiring extensive modifications or installations. 

 

Made in Japan: 

Crafted in Japan, the CD-LTC50 adheres to the highest standards of quality and performance. Conforming to ANSI/UL STD. 197, it’s certified for commercial use, ensuring that it meets strict safety and performance criteria. 

Consider the Zojirushi the Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 a reliable business partner that adapts to your pace. Whether you’re catering to a rush of morning customers or need a steady supply of hot water throughout the day for the office, the CD-LTC50 is designed to keep up without skipping a beat.  pouring hot water into the cup noodleHow has our Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer changed the game in your business? Do you have any tips or tricks you want to share, or a particular drink or dish that’s become easier to prepare thanks to this water boiler? We’d love to hear your stories! Share your experiences with us on social media by tagging us on Instagram and Facebook using. #Zojirushi #ZoFan 

 

 

Throwback to Innovation: Meet Zojirushi’s First Micom Rice Cooker!

Happy May, Zo Fans!

Floral patter vintage rice cooker at a museum with a colorful background

Are you ready to see back in time to discover the origins of one of Zojirushi’s iconic products? The Micom Rice Cooker transformed the way people cook rice around the world, and remains as one of our most beloved and popular products to date. Without it, we wouldn’t have any of our higher-end IH and Pressure IH rice cookers, as well!
But before we delve into the details, let’s rewind the clock and start where the innovation all began.

Innovating for Over 100 Years

More than a century ago in 1918, Zojirushi introduced the groundbreaking glass-lined vacuum bottle. This innovative creation, leveraging vacuum insulation technology drastically changed home convenience, laying the foundation for our enduring commitment to “Creating a Quality of Life.” From that passion, Zojirushi continued introducing a range of products designed to simplify and enrich daily living. 

Fast forward to the late 1970s and early 1980s, an era marked by unprecedented technological advancement developed in Japan. Known as the “microcomputer boom,” it led way to accessible appliances with capabilities like never before. From phones to washing machines, Japan saw a changing landscape of life with new technology making lives more convenient. 

This boom started competitions from many companies over the best way to cook the best rice. As a result, it was during this period that Zojirushi released its first Micom Rice Cooker. This would, in turn, be a significant step in the realm of rice cooking for generations to come.

Meet the Original Micom Rice Cooker

Profile view of floral vintage rice cooker with a colorful background in a museum

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cookers & Warmers made their debut in 1983, with the release of a product called Waza Irazu (NMT model). This Micom Rice Cooker fused traditional Japanese culinary techniques with cutting-edge microchip technology that automated much of the cooking process, allowing only washing before and fluffing after as manual tasks. 

Unlike its predecessors, which relied on traditional timers, the Micom technology offered precise control over cooking parameters, ensuring consistently flawless results with every batch of rice. Last but not least, the microchip allowed users to alter the rice-cooking procedure for different types of rice and other rice based dishes, including white rice, okayu (rice porridge), brown rice, and okowa (sweet rice).

Understanding Micom Technology

Micom is simply short for “microcomputer.” The microcomputer within our Micom rice cookers creates ideal cooking environments for various types of rice and rice dishes found in everyday homes. It essentially transformed your rice cooker into a smart appliance, capable of creating optimal cooking conditions for various types of rice and rice dishes. 

It replicated the beloved, precise heating method of a traditional Kamado stove, with a new level of control. By adjusting cooking time, temperature, and other parameters, it ensures the perfect batch of grains every time. Micom works tirelessly to manage soaking, cooking, and steaming behind the scenes to orchestrate the entire cooking process seamlessly. 

There’s a Japanese saying that captures the essence of Micom’s role in everyday life. Taken from the Kamado stove that the Japanese loved, the saying goes: “Hajime choro-choro/ Naka pa-ppa/ Akago naite mo/ Futa toruna!” which translates to “At first it bubbles, and then it hisses. Even if baby cries, don’t open the lid!” This passion for rice cooking laid the foundation for research that now translates into our products today.

Continuing the Legacy

We have always crafted our offerings, from high-end IH and Pressure IH rice cookers to internet-connected home appliances, with one overarching goal: to elevate the everyday experience. At Zojirushi, we remain steadfast in our commitment to craftsmanship, attention to detail, and high safety standards. Drawing upon our rich heritage and innovative technologies, we are excited to continue innovating new waves of products and services designed to inspire confidence and help everyone create treasured moments that they can share.

So, there you have it—the captivating tale of Zojirushi’s first Micom Rice Cooker! If you want to learn more about other Zojirushi throwback products, make sure to check out our Food & Culture blog. 

Do you have any stories of throwback Zojirushi products you want to share with us? We’d love to hear them! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #Zojirushi #ZoFan.

Commercial-Grade Comfort: Zojirushi’s Professional Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA

Two Zojirushi's Professional Rice Warmer with white background

There is something about a warm bowl of rice that provides perfect comfort in a bowl! When you are running a bustling restaurant or a thriving catering business, serving up that homey feeling with every scoop of rice is crucial. That’s where the Zojirushi Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA comes in — designed to keep rice warm at the perfect serving temperature and tasting like it was freshly made, without drying, scorching, or yellowing. Let us explore how this professional-grade appliance keeps your rice warm and deliciously fluffy, making your guests feel right at home. 

A person wearing a white shirt and apron opens the lid of the rice warmer

First Look: Capacity and Convenience 

The Zojirushi Commercial Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA is expertly crafted from durable and elegant stainless steel, making them elegant in the kitchen and durable and effortless to clean.  

Whether you are growing your restaurant business or have a bustling establishment unparalleled flexibility with options of 6 or 8-liter capacity, which equals approximately 66 or 88 servings! Plus, the smart design ensures effortless cleaning after a long shift. Some key features include a nonstick inner pan, a hinged/detachable/washable lid, and handles on the inner pan for easy removal. This allows you to focus on what matters most—delivering exceptional dining experiences.

A person wearing a white shirt and apron is holding the inner pan that has been removed

Safety and Reliability 

At Zojirushi, we prioritize not just the functionality but also the safety and cleanliness of our products in both home and professional kitchens. This is why the Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA is backed by certifications for safety and sanitation. Being cETLus listed ensures that it meets rigorous safety standards set by the Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL) for both the United States (UL) and Canada (CSA). Moreover, its ETL Sanitation listing guarantees compliance with sanitation requirements essential for commercial food service environments.  

How has our Electric Rice Warmer changed the game in your kitchen? Do you have tips or tricks you want to share, or a special dish that’s become easier to serve thanks to this rice warmer? Share your stories with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging us. Remember, every meal you serve tells a story. Let’s spread the warmth together! #Zojirushi #ZoFan 

 

A Journey Through Time: The Evolution of Unique Carafes at Zojirushi

Glass table with an Air Pot from the rattan line with two cups of tea next to it

As we dive into the rich history of Zojirushi, we uncover the innovative spirit and dedication to quality that has defined our brand for decades. Among our diverse range of products, our carafes stand out for their unique materials and design, reflecting our customers’ evolving tastes and needs.

Join us as we take a nostalgic journey, looking back at some of the most distinctive carafes that have shaped our brand. From the luxurious copper pot to the practical and durable stainless steel carafe, these carafes became the blueprint for our commitment to innovation.

The Copper Pot Carafe: A Gleaming Gem from 1979

Copper carafe with hammered dimple design with a wooden handle. A black box with copper embossed writing.

In 1979, amidst the rising popularity of copper products, Zojirushi introduced a hammered copper carafe that quickly became a sought-after high-end gift item. Its deep sepia shine, complemented by natural wood accents on the handle and stopper, captured the essence of both traditional elegance and modern simplicity. This carafe was not just a vessel for beverages; it was a piece of art that appealed to young and old alike. The inner glass liner, tinted to match the exterior copper color as well as the uniquely Zojirushi spout cover feature, underscored our commitment to beauty, functionality, and attention to detail.

The Rattan Series: Embracing Nature in Design

Clipping of a product catalog showcasing a rattan covered product line of carafes and vacuum insualted products

Fast forward to 1986, and the introduction of the Rattan Series marked a new chapter in our design journey. These carafes, air pots, and even an ice pail wrapped in natural rattan, resonated with nature-oriented consumers looking for authentic, eco-friendly products. Offered in different sizes, these fan-favorite items show the ingenuity of Zojirushi’s quest for craftsmanship. Popular in the spring and summer for their cool and organic feel, these items also excelled at maintaining the temperature of cold beverages, proving that style and substance could coexist harmoniously. Today, you can still see the enduring popularity of the Rattan Series on social media as a testament to the lasting appeal of these designs.

Clipping of catalog from 1980s with a stainless steel carafes with different color trimming

The late 1970s witnessed a revolution in vacuum insulation technology with the introduction of the first stainless steel vacuum bottle—a milestone Zojirushi embraced in 1981 with our own stainless steel vacuum bottle. Shatterproof and lighter than their glass-lined counterparts, these stainless steel bottles represented a leap forward in durability and portability. This innovation paved the way for the creation of a wide array of products, including the first stainless steel carafe by Zojirushi. Ideal for both household and commercial use, the stainless steel carafe became synonymous with convenience and reliability. With its simple easy-to-use functionality and outstanding insulation technology, it became the forerunner to the current Zojirushi products today.

Inspired by Life

From the elegance of the copper pot carafe to the rustic charm of the Rattan Series and the groundbreaking durability of the stainless steel liner, Zojirushi’s journey through carafe materials reflects our ongoing quest to blend aesthetics with functionality. Each material, with its unique properties and design, tells a story of innovation and tradition, underscoring our commitment to have people treasure everyday life with Zojirushi products.

Discover more about Zojirushi’s history and innovative products by exploring our Food & Culture blog. Do you own one of these product or have seen them? Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Elevate Your Service with the Zojirushi Air Pot® Beverage Dispenser AAPE-22/25

Two chrome beverage dispensers side by side with a busy coffee shop on the background

In the fast-paced hospitality and service industry, the efficiency and reliability of your equipment play a crucial role in the guest experience. The Zojirushi Air Pot® Beverage Dispenser AAPE-22/25, designed to cater to the varied needs of cafes, restaurants, and catering services, ensures that every hot and cold beverage you serve delivers satisfaction in every sip. Join us as we dive into the distinctive features that make our Air Pot® a favorite among industry professionals.

Designed for Service Excellence

Our Air Pot® Beverage Dispensers AAPE-22/25 are available in two sizes, each featuring a premium stainless steel finish that offers functionality and elegance for your service needs. 

Meet the two models:

The AAPE-22 holds a capacity of 74 oz. or 2.2 liters and measures 15-1/4 inches in height, it boasts heat retention* of 169°F after 10 hours and 145°F after 24 hours. Its stainless color and replaceable inner glass liner make it versatile and durable.

The AAPE-25 offers a slightly larger capacity than the AAPE-22, holding 83 oz. or 2.45 liters. This product measures 15-3/4 inches in height. This model ensures heat retention* of 172°F after 10 hours and 147°F after 24 hours, slightly higher than the AAPE-22 because of it’s larger capacity. The glass liner will preserve the coffee’s fresh taste while also boasting the best vacuum insulation. Replacement liners are available if needed through our Customer Service.

Top view looking inside the beverage dispenser showing the glass liner

Functions & Features

The Air Pot® Beverage Dispenser comes packed with dynamic features and functions specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s hospitality services. Each model features Zojirushi’s signature high-quality vacuum insulated glass liner, ensuring contents stay hot or cold for hours. Furthermore, Zojirushi’s patented Brew-Thru® stem stopper and a removable lid, which opens a full 125°, allow for direct brewing under most commercial brewers, enhancing functionality and convenience. Take a closer look: Beverage dispenser under a commercial sized coffee maker

Brew-Thru® Stem Stopper: The innovative Brew-Thru® stem stopper allows for direct brewing, making operation seamless and maintaining the integrity and flavor of your beverage.

High-Quality Vacuum Insulation: Keep beverages hot or cold for hours without electricity. This feature is crucial for maintaining your beverages’ optimal temperature and taste, ensuring guest satisfaction with every cup.

Easy-to-Use Smooth Pump Mechanism: The smooth pump mechanism on the Air Pot® Beverage Dispenser ensures simple dispensing, allowing guests or staff to serve themselves effortlessly, enhancing the overall user experience.

Beverage dispenser being used by pressing the top button and serving a cup of coffee

Removable Lid for Easy Filling and Cleaning: A detachable lid facilitates easy filling and simplifies the cleaning process, ensuring that hygiene and convenience are always prioritized.

Swivel Base for Easy Access: Including a swivel base allows for effortless rotation, offering convenient access from any direction and enhancing the service efficiency and guest experience.

NSF Certified: Meeting the highest safety and sanitation standards, the Air Pot® Beverage Dispenser is NSF certified, assuring compliance with critical health regulations.

Commitment to the Commercial Sector

Zojirushi Commercial Products are crafted with an unwavering commitment to durability and performance and are designed to endure rigorous daily use in an industrial setting. Our supply backs our reputation as a top-quality food service equipment manufacturer to various industry-leading brewer manufacturers, coffee roasters, hotels, restaurants, and other chains. 

We’d love to hear from our professional culinary community. How have our commercial Air Pot® Beverage Dispensers impacted your business or beverage program? Share your experiences and thoughts with us on Facebook and Instagram. #Zojirushi #ZoFan

*Heat retention ratings are based on water at a starting temperature of 203°F (95°C) at a room temperature of 68°F (20°C).

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