This is the conclusion reached by the experts from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), after checking 88 outlets.
The tests on the ice cubes, ice cube machines and utensils showed that there were genuine breeding grounds for bacteria at more than 30% of the cafés. These bacteria are caused by a lack of cleaning which leads to the potential contamination of the food and drinks.
According to the HPA, one of the best ways of serving only ice cubes fit for human consumption is to make sure that they’re made using a healthy water source and to keep the ice cube machine in a good state of repair.
This means that after either receiving the ice cubes at your outlet or buying them at a point of sale, you’ve got plenty of time to put them into the freezer.
Ice cube machines need a lot of water to produce just a few ice cubes, and that’s without even counting the electricity used, cleaning, repairs and depreciation. So, at the end of the day, it might be a good idea to check out which solution is most profitable.
If you’ve got a bottle of wine at room temperature, it’ll take less than 10 minutes to cool it to the perfect temperature by placing it in a bucket full of ice cubes.