When thinking about the different types of coffee available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options. However, choosing a coffee machine for your office doesn’t need to be complicated. There are just a few things you need to consider when researching what machine is right for you. In this blog, we will walk you through the key things you need to bear in mind when looking for the right option for your office.
What do you need from your coffee machine?
Would your staff like a choice of different coffees like espressos, lattes, mochas and cappuccinos? A good machine should be able to make a range of coffees. You’d be surprised by how happy you’ll make everyone just by providing a choice of different coffees. Think about the people in your office and the needs they have: are they coffee aficionados or do they prefer a simple filter coffee?
This will also impact the size of machine you are looking for. If you have a large number of employees in your office but your machine only makes one cup at a time, you’ve hit a problem. Nobody wants to be queuing for the mid-afternoon cup, so take the need and size into close consideration.
Where will the machine be located?
A key part of your buying process is considering the size and available space for your coffee machine. You may be dreaming of a fully kitted out coffee machine with options for steaming milk, but only have the space for a small bean-to-cup machine. But size doesn’t equate to quality – there are many compact coffee machines out there that can make high quality coffees. Knowing what kitchen space you have available will help you identify exactly which machine you should lease or buy.
Why does your office need a new coffee machine?
So after all this, you need to ask yourself a serious question: what are the key reasons that you’re looking for a new coffee machine? Are you looking to cut down on coffee breaks while still offering staff great tasting drinks, or do you have a large number of clients visiting regularly? Knowing what you want from your machine can make a huge difference to your search.
If you are looking for convenient quick coffee making than a bean-to-cup machine is your best bet. With a simple press of a button you’ve got barista style coffee with minimal effort. By contrast, you might want a variety of options with added ease – and in that case a capsule machine could be what you’re looking for. This produces high-quality coffees that you can select from a range of capsules – ideal for meeting a range of requests from client and staff.
Is there a budget or price limit?
Price is a big factor to consider. You don’t have to fork out a lot to be able to serve and enjoy high quality hot drinks. However, make sure you think about the cost of the machine itself, and for upkeep. For example, you need to think consider the cost of electricity, milk costs, cups (either reusable or biodegradable take away cups), capsules and coffee beans on an ongoing basis.
What added extras are available?
This could be the key difference when it comes to deciding between machines. Make sure you secure a good warranty for starters – ideally you are looking for something that supports the life of your machine, so between 2-3 years.
What if your machine breaks? You need to ensure you buy from a company that offers a consistent customer service and a fast call out if your machine were to experience a technical fault. We always aim to fix your machine in just 8 hours for critical faults. The reality is, however, that our engineers are currently fixing machines in an average of 5.3 hours!
Think about maintenance too – someone will need to clean the machine on a regular basis, so it’s important that your machine isn’t complicated to clean.
Find the perfect coffee machine for your office
While you are considering all the different aspects of buying your office coffee machine, there’s an easy way to search through the different options. With just a few simple questions, our coffee machine finder helps you find the perfect coffee machine at the right price for you.
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