How to Buy Your Perfect Office Coffee Machine
Time was when making a coffee ay the office involved putting the kettle on and unscrewing a jar of Nescafe Blend 43, but the boom in retailers selling freshly ground coffee has made us all a bit more particular that we used to be. The use of office coffee machines has been growing with an ever-growing number of businesses now placing at least one in the office.
Whether you’re about to join them by getting a new coffee machine for your workplace, or your existing canteen coffee machine needs replacing, here’s a guide to the options available.
The Choices of Coffee Machine for Use At Work
There are more ways to make coffee than you might realise, but these are the main options:
Coffee Pod or capsule coffee machines: The coffee is in a pre-packaged capsule which you put into the machine. When you press a button the pod is pierced and hot water is sent through it and into a waiting mug. These are typically easy to clean, but you tend to be limited to the type of capsule or pod sold by your machine manufacturer.
Traditional Coffee Machines: These use a thermostatically controlled boiler which heats the water to its optimum temperature for coffee (between 85C and 92C). When this is reached the water passes through the ground coffee at the correct bar pressure. They usually include a tool for steaming milk so can be used for lattes and cappuccinos.
Bean-to-cup Coffee Machines: These Type of machines will grind the coffee beans & then run hot water through them before dispensing the drink. It is essentially a traditional coffee machines with a built-in grinder.
Other Considerations For Workplace Coffee Solutions
If you are considering a coffee machine without an integrated grinder and you want to use beans, there is one major consideration. We at coffee4business consider that when making good quality coffee you need to get the grind right. You should look to get the best grinder available for your budget as you want to achieve an accurate and consistent grind so that you get the best extraction of liquid.
There are plenty of grinders to choose from, at coffee4business we’ve shortlisted those we consider the best on the market:
- BUNN MHG BLK (60Hz) Coffee Grinder
- Wega 5.8 Mini Instant Coffee Grinder
- Wega 6.4 Silenzio Coffee Grinder
- Wega 6.8 Konik Automatic Coffee Grinder
Crema, the foam on your espresso, is one of the main indicators of a good cup. Freshly roasted coffee produces the best crema. To achieve this you need to use a high-quality blend of coffee and ensure your machine is set to the right water pressure and correct pour time (about 18-24 seconds). Here are more details on making the perfect espresso.
Now that you’re aware of some of some of the types of coffee machine & grinders, the next consideration is how many people do you need to serve coffee to.
How Many People Work at Your Office
At coffee4business work with clients to deliver the best corporate coffee solution for your workplace. From 1, to 100, to 1000… we’ve got something for any office, workplace, canteen, staffroom & dining room… any location.
1 to 50 people
A great machine for this sized office is the San Marco Plus 5 Coffee Machine its an excellent fully automatic coffee machine for large spaces such as staff kitchens, airport lounges and large offices.
50 to 150 People
For this sized workplace the Necta Krea Coffee & Drink Vending Machine would be worth considering. It’s s an excellent fully automatic coffee machine for large spaces such as staff kitchens, airport lounges and large offices. It has lots of features such as two bean grinders, it uses fresh milk, & brews decaf coffee as an option & amongst the many other features.
Over 150 People
For a large corporate location, the Necta Astro Coffee & Drink Vending Machine is a winning solution, serving the expectations of even the most demanding customers. The vending machine offers 18 direct selections, drinks are selected using the numeric keypad & large back-lit drink labels.
The drink menu itself can be customised to suit your staff & visitors, there’s even an option to dispense cold drinks (this requires an additional internal cooling unit). Necta Astro’s cup station can also accommodate jugs up to 14cm in height, the built-in cup sensor guarantees drink delivery every time.
Coffee Machines For Your Workplace
At coffee4business, we specialise in coffee machines & beverages suited to workplace environments. Whether your business is small, medium, corporate, industrial or retail, we can offer sound professional advice based on many years experience.
We supply coffee machines and their accessories, quality coffee beans and other consumables and also water filtration units. Whatever your workplace beverage needs, we can offer professional advice!