Tuesday, March 26

We spoke with Nick DeBorde, of Beaumont TM Ltd, to discuss the importance of bringing optics back

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Optics have long been standing as the easiest and most accurate way of pouring spirits and Beaumont is one of the largest optics manufacturers. However, over the last five years or so, optics have become not as ‘trendy’ as they used to be, or at least not as trendy as jiggers, thimbles and free-pouring. You’ll see in many older TV programmes, like Only Fools & Horses, that there will always be optics behind the bar, yet in recent years, these have become few and far between.

“So why has thimbles and jiggers taken popularity over optics?”

Optics have long been standing as the easiest and most accurate way of pouring spirits and Beaumont is one of the largest optics manufacturers

Optics have long been standing as the most accurate way of pouring spirits & Beaumont is one of the largest manufacturers

This trend is something you often see in large brewery chains, but no one seems to take much note. So why has thimbles and jiggers taken popularity over optics? Now, I’m a big cocktail fan and love watching a master mixologist making a lovely looking concoction. However, if I’m buying a simple vodka & lemonade or rum & coke, then I like to know that I’m getting the exact amount that I’m paying for, as I’m sure everyone does. Unfortunately, with the lack of optics, human error is too common and you either end up with an under-poured drink which is against the law (Weights & Measures Act 1985) or over-poured, which leads to a lot of drink wastage, ultimately resulting in loss of profit, not to mention the mess and hygiene issues when it leaks onto the bar and the barman’s hands.

Now I’m sure that there aren’t any venues making these mistakes in a malicious way, but with a little bit of education, you can make sure your staff are pouring correctly, the customer’s receiving the right drink and the business isn’t wasting any product.

Beaumont Optics are available at here

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