I remember seeing a Dynamic stick blender at a trade show, soon after buying my first cafe. It was like the little Bamix I had at home, except this was on steroids - as long as my arm! There was nothing else like it on the market, although now Robot Coupe make a strong competitor.

Instead of ladling out pumpkin soup into a blender, one jug at a time, this did the whole pot in one hit, in less than a minute. Good pumpkin soup was one of our all-time best sellers, and we rarely changed the recipe - I believe 8/10 cafe customers want the same thing they had last time, especially if it's good.

The stick blender also pureed pumpkin, with added eggs, sour cream and spices into a  savoury Butternut Pumpkin Pie - a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Another item that was never off the menu.

Front of house, it was excellent for making Italian Frullato (frappe) - in a bucket we combined apple juice, chunks of pineapple, frozen strawberries and orange juice. This was all blended with the Dynamic to make a tall delicious drink, served from a slushy dispenser into a tall glass with two straws and a little paper umbrella, for twice the price of regular cold drinks. 

If the kitchen could get the Dynamic back from the bar staff, they could also use it for salad dressings, gravies, mayonnaise, purees, cheesecake mix and even fixing sauces that had split. 

Soup, pumpkin pie and juicy Frullato - three excellent money makers you should add to your cafe menu, all made in minutes with a large stick blender...