At Corporate Coffee Solutions we understand that finding the right coffee machine for your office can be challenging. There are so many types of machines on the market – automatic, semi-automatic, manual. Add to that all the differing opinions on what makes a good office coffee machine and it’s understandable you might be feeling a little paralysed with indecision. That’s why we’ve put together the top four things to think about before buying an office coffee machine. These key factors will help you decide which machine will best suit your needs, budget and coffee culture of your office. Keep reading to find out more!
1. What kind of volume and output do you need?
First and foremost you need to think about the volume and output of your office coffee machine. The type of machine you buy will depend on whether you’re looking for short, quick bursts of 30-50 cups throughout the day or longer-term large volumes of up to 200 cups during an all-day conference. We suggest thinking about it in a ‘cups per day ratio’ – how many employers do you have? How many cups of coffee do they drink per day? Once you have the answer to those questions, you’ll have a more accurate picture of the volume and output your office coffee machine needs to be capable of.
2. What’s your budget?
Coffee machines are an investment for your office, so it’s important that you get value for money. With so many types of machines on the market, you could find yourself buying something that’s not quite right just because it’s within your price range. To avoid any unwelcome surprises, we suggest thinking about what kind of machine will give you the best value for money. For example, an automatic office coffee machine might cost slightly more than a manual option at the outset, but could save you money in the long term if you’re making a lot of coffee. Plus, there’s always the option to rent an office coffee machine that fits better with your budget.
3. Are you looking for convenience?
One of the best things about having your very own coffee machine in the office is being able to enjoy your favourite beverage any time you like! However, to make sure your investment is worthwhile, you need to consider what level of convenience you’re after. For example, do you want to be able to brew multiple cups at the same time? Are your employees open to the idea of learning to make coffee? How much time do people have in their day to make coffee? Having the answers to these important questions will help you determine the right type and size coffee machine for your office and purchase one with confidence.
4. Who’s responsible for the maintenance?
The key to enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in the office for years to come is making sure you keep the machine maintained. The exact cleaning and maintenance procedure will differ with each coffee machine, but it generally involves soaking and cleaning removable coffee maker parts once per week to remove coffee oil and residue, as well as scheduling a yearly service with one of our experienced technicians. Before you purchase an office coffee machine, make sure you have a clear understanding of who’s going to be responsible for maintenance, that way you can be sure the new addition to the office will be well taken care of and able to perform at its best.
As you can see, there are a number of things to consider before purchasing a coffee machine for your office. But taking the time to ask yourself these questions is guaranteed to help you make the right choice and enjoy all the benefits of having a coffee machine. Got more questions? Make sure you subscribe to the Corporate Coffee Solutions blog – it’s the number one source of all things coffee.