The Importance Of Cleaning Your Coffee Machine

With the hustle and bustle of work and life we can easily forget the detrimental affect it can have on our beverage machines. Depending on how frequently you use it, coffee machines can very easily become clogged up with excess build up and residual stains. We cannot stress enough about the importance of cleaning your coffee machine regularly.

As Bioguard is our brand of the month, it seems fitting to take you through the range of important products we have, to make sure you’re taking care of your coffee appliances and keeping them in tip top condition.

Bioguard - Abbeychart's Brand Of The Month
Bioguard – Abbeychart’s Brand Of The Month

Lawrence Dight, Field Sales Engineer for Abbeychart could not recommend Bioguard enough. “Bioguard coffee cleaning products have been developed alongside leading household names like Costa. If the machine isn’t cleaned, the long and short of it all is that it will fail. The coffee will taste weak because the micro holes in the filter plate will get blocked up.”


Bioguard offer a wide range of cleaning, hygienic and infection control products within the coffee sector. So for all your descaling, detannin and cleaning needs we’re here to help.

If we’re talking about Abbeychart’s favourite then it has to be the Vendshield cleaning liquid. It’s one our most powerful solutions for coffee machines. With it being a 4 in 1 formula it eliminates the need for multiple cleaning products. This product distains, sanitises, cleans and lightly descales.


Bioguard Vendshield

Lawrence Dight also said: “I like the Vendshield cleaning liquid because it won’t block any valves on a coffee machine when doing the back flushing.”

The Milkline Cleaner is another one of our popular choices, a solution that deep cleans automatic coffee machines. This is an acid formula to clean milkstone deposits and sanitise milk lines. This product should be used as part of the automatic cleaning cycle and should only be used if the cleaning cycle flushes the milk from the milk line first. PLEASE NOTE: if the machine does not flush/rinse out the fresh milk first, this formula will curdle the milk so another recommendation would be the alkali based cleaning solution (BIO011).

Bioguard Milkline Cleaner – Clear

Another highly recommended product is Bioguard’s Coffee Tablets. A 3 in 1 detergent for bean to cup brewer units, use for espresso backflush, distaining and sanitising components and accessories on coffee machines. The high purity formula means the tablet fully dissolves, reducing machine breakdowns and service costs. The product is non-corrosive, which means it will not damage or degrade critical parts of the machine. And you’ll also be pleased to know that it’s eco friendly!

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Bioguard Coffee Cleaning Tablets

There’s nothing worse than having a cup of coffee that is tasteless and stale. A regular cleaning routine means not only do you prolong machine life and save maintenance costs, but your coffee is also of a high standard.

Please click here to view our Bioguard range, and don’t miss out on Bioguard’s brand of the month offers. Ends 29th Feb 2020.

Abbeychart welcomes Harry as our new Sales Engineer

Abbeychart welcomes Harry Lovegrove as our new Sales Engineer. We’re so excited for him to be joining us, he will be covering the South West and the West Midlands area.

He was appointed last week where his training commenced and he had the opportunity to meet all the staff and get a feel for the company itself. “I want to become a trustworthy and reliable field sales engineer within the company. Every member of staff I have met has been incredibly supportive during my first few weeks and I wish to pass this on, exceed my targets and help develop the profession of Abbeychart.”

Abbeychart welcomes Harry Lovegrove as our new Sales Engineer

Harry will be out and about helping with all your queries regarding liquid dispense components. In need of new part? from valves to filters we have you covered. “I’m most excited about making the next big step in my career in sales, analysing a new market and becoming part of a successful company.”

Harry is just as excited as we are, he can wait to meet you all! “I’m a friendly little hobbit from Somerset, I enjoy meeting new people and thrive on supporting their businesses. Outside of work I love to climb mountains and intend on progressing my sills so that I can one day reach some of the highest summits throughout the globe.”

But don’t forget we don’t just sell components. We cover your refurbishments needs too! Such as on rotary vane pumps and bar guns etc. We also provide kitting services and much more. Ask us today!

You can connect with Harry here.

John Guest – Abbeychart’s Brand Of The Month

At Abbeychart we’re kick starting the new year with brand of the month, with the first one being John Guest. John Guest has been a trustworthy and reliable brand with Abbeychart. So much so, we’ve been selling the brand for almost 30 years!

Abbeychart has launched brand of the month, January's brand being John Guest
Abbeychart’s Brand of the month – John Guest

John Guest was established back in the 1960s, this is when the first gates to the factory opened. Since then they’ve provided nothing but the best quality products and the best quality service. After all these years, the continuous UK manufacturing and the commitment to quality still carries on.

John Guest fittings are used in all types of industries all over the world including plumbing and heating, drinks dispense and telecommunications etc. The company’s commitment to quality was recognised when they received the British Standard Kitemark Award for plumbing, fittings and pipe. Abbeychart sold around 602 different products and over a whopping 2 million John Guest products in 2019.

The commitment to product development was recognised when they received the Queen’s Award for innovation, recognising the development of twist and lock plumbing fittings and pipe.

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John Guest Product – Shut-off Valve

Our Sales Director, Nigel Barron explained how the brand provides peace of mind. “It’s very well known on the market, incredibly reliable and the best in terms of quality! I’ve been in the business for 13 years now and I struggle to think of any problems we’ve had with John Guest”.

John Guest is well know for its outside the box and innovative designs. In 2012 JG Speedfit launched layflat polybutylene barrier pipe which offered greater flexibility making the Speedfit system even more easy to handle and worry free.

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John Guest Product – Check & Service Valves

Our Commercial Director, Linzi Sahota-Moore said, “John Guest products are a cost effective way to get water to the machine whatever the application. They offer a range of products, it’s made in Britain and it’s excellent quality”.


View our full John Guest range here.



Martin Butler Appointed As Managing Director at Hawco Limited

We’re thrilled to announce the newly appointed Martin Butler as our Managing Director at Hawco LTD. He’s no stranger to the business, Martin has been with the company since 1999 working in various roles.

 newly appointed Martin Butler as our new Managing Director for Hawco LTD
Newly appointed Martin Butler as Managing Director at Hawco Group

With bags of experience working within sales, product management and customer service, Martin was ready for his next challenge. His most recent role as commercial director, meant he had a lot to offer.

“Over the years I’ve held a number of roles throughout the business, primarily sales orientated. Most recently as a commercial director my role was heavily biased towards products (existing and new), inventory control, supplier relations and marketing. I’m looking forward to getting involved in all areas of the business, learning new products, markets and industries and working closely with the senior management team to put initiatives and strategies in place that positions the business strongly in the market.”

He went on further to say: “I wouldn’t necessarily say it was an easy decision. However, having spent 20 years at Hawco, I felt like it was the right time in my career to take on new challenges and make the next step into this role. I’m so pleased that I have the opportunity to be able to do this within the Hawco Group.”

Joining Abbeychart, there’s a lot Martin would like to achieve, ” I hope to be able to bring my experience and guidance that helps strengthen the Abbeychart offering, particularly from the assembly and refurbishment side of things. This is an area that Abbeychart have historically been incredibly successful in. I believe there’s a number of avenues where we can expand on this further.”

David Goode, CEO Control Sector from Diploma PLC, made the announcement to all Hawco employees. It was also announced that Mark Taylor (former Managing  Director at Hawco) would be managing director of a new group being created within the controls sector of Diploma PLC.

“Mark joined Diploma in 2005 and has been the managing director of Hawco since 2013. I would like to thank Mark for the tremendous effort he has made during his time  at Hawco, and he leaves behind a successful and profitable business.”

From everyone at Abbeychart,  we wish both Martin Butler and Mark Taylor, the very best of luck in their new roles!!

Paul Dolton Graduates in HNC Mechanical Engineering with a Distinction!

A huge congratulations to our very own Paul Dolton from Abbeychart, for achieving an impressive distinction in HNC Mechanical Engineering!

Paul Dolton graduates with a distinction
Paul Dolton graduates in HNC Mechanical Engineering!

He’s been studying relentlessly for the last 2 years, and balancing  work and home life. But with his determination and heaps of support, he’s done it, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Paul currently works as a Product Quality Engineer at Abbeychart. We asked him what made him enrol on to the course, he said: “I have always had a natural curiosity in how and why things work (or don’t) especially in both mechanical and electrical aspects, and always take every opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills in these areas.”

Getting back in to education and studying again is never easy, so staying motivated can be a challenge. But there was no stopping Paul, “At no point did it occur to me not to complete, and it has opened up many different aspects of engineering that I would like to pursue further.”

Paul Dolton graduates with a distinction!
Paul Dolton graduates with a distinction!

Paul appreciated all the on-going support and encouragement, “everybody including my wife and children inspired me at certain points, from a word of encouragement or help to a cup of tea while finishing an assignment at midnight”.

Well we all know how much Paul loves a good cup of tea! Good luck in your next challenge Paul, we’re right behind you!


Congratulations to Jade Davis, our employee of the quarter!

Congratulations to Jade Davis, Abbeychart’s employee of the quarter. According to Mark Taylor (Managing Director): “Jade shows a great aptitude to her work and has been prepared to go above and beyond including support work at Bolton and project work/reporting with Linzi at Swindon”.

To add to this, Jade has just completed her ‘Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 Diploma in procurement and supply’ with all first time passes which has required significant out of hours homework alongside support provided by the company.

“It’s great to be part of a company which rewards you for all the hard work you put in and encourages career progression. I will certainly be enjoying this bottle of Champagne tonight to celebrate”

Well done Linzi!

We are thrilled to announce Linzi Sahota-Moore, commercial director, as our employee of the quarter. Well done Linzi!

Linzi was responsible for our recent office relocation and ensured the smoothest possible move to our new facility in Swindon, of course with support from all of our staff.

Linzi also managed the successful return of our Stanford In the Vale property to Peter Best and exceeded her sales target with the support of Andrew.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I won this award,” said Linzi. “The management team all agreed that we wouldn’t nominate ourselves. So, for them to make an exception for me is amazing. It feels really special.”

“It’s been an exceptional quarter and I am extremely appreciative of Linzi’s significant efforts and support with these projects in particular,” said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart.

“Congratulations to all on a positive trading month in April, lets ensure this is backed up by a strong May result.”

All set up and ready to go!

EUVend & Coffeena, the international trade show for the vending and coffee industries opens tomorrow and we‘re all set up and ready to go!

If you are planning on coming along then do drop by Hall 9.1, stand E058, as we’d love to see you!

We have lots to see on our stand including a Wurlitzer vending machine upgraded with impressive retail quality SELF lighting.

Also on show, our new Bioguard cleaning and hygiene range for coffee and vending machines. Created in conjunction with industry professionals, the Bioguard range includes products in tablet, powder and liquid format for specific tasks such as descaling, backflush, milk line cleaning, and de tannin plus surface wipes and hand gels. Designed to meet the needs of both end of day and regular deep cleaning regimes which are critical to beverage quality, taste and aroma, take home some free samples of Bioguard so you can try these powerful products for yourself.

Hope to see you there.

EUVEnd and Coffeena



Simon Bartlett – Abbeychart Employee of the Quarter

Simon Bartlett, workshop operative at Abbeychart has been awarded ‘Employee of the Quarter’ in recognition of his continued hard work and commitment to the business.

Simon is employed as part of the workshop team, undertaking a variety of key tasks including the refurbishment of essential dispense equipment, packing Abbeychart’s installation and service kits and supporting the warehouse during busy spells.

“I was so surprised when my name was called out,” said Simon.  “I stayed late recently to help with the warehouse move but I didn’t mind that as I live locally. It’s good to be recognised for the work you do, I know my efforts are appreciated. I’m looking forward now to enjoying my pizza on the company.”

In recognition of the award, a trophy and Pizza Express voucher were presented to Simon by Linzi Sahota-Moore, Abbeychart’s commercial director.

“Time and time again over the years, Simon has shown his willingness to go that extra mile to help keep the Abbeychart workshop team ahead of schedule, and he does so wherever required and without any complaint, said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart. “Simon is a great asset to the business and a very deserved winner this quarter.”