What to Consider When Buying a Commercial Coffee Machine for a Coffee Shop or Café?
Getting the right coffee machine for your office can be an intimidating task. With so many variables to consider, it’s important to choose the best option so that your staff, customers and visitors have access to barista-style coffee without ever leaving the office. To make the process easier, here is a list of things to consider when selecting the best machine:
- Number of Cups per Day: The first decision is how many cups of coffee you need your machine to make each day. If you anticipate a low demand for coffee, a small bean-to-cup or filter coffee machine may be the best option. However, if you have a high demand, you’ll need to consider a fully automatic espresso machine that can keep up. Most coffee machines, including domestic ones, usually have a recommended maximum output of cups per day. It is important to ensure the capacity of the machine is sufficient to provide enough coffee for all of your employees. Therefore, the number of cups the machine can make daily should be a crucial factor when making your decision.
- Who will be using the Coffee Machine: The type of people using the machine will also make a difference. If most of your drinkers are experienced coffee lovers who know their way around an espresso machine, you may opt for a state-of-the-art commercial espresso machine. If, however, your users are only occasional coffee drinkers and you don’t want to invest in barista-level training, a touch screen bean to cup coffee machine might be a more suitable option.
- Where is the Machine Going to be Installed: In recent years, we have encountered numerous office customers who have limited kitchen space, making the size of the coffee machine their primary deciding factor. Most commercial office bean-to-cup machines have to be plumbed in, and can require a water filter system that may be bigger than expected.
- Who will be looking after the Coffee Machine: Maintenance and cleaning play an important role in prolonging the life of an office coffee machine. Ideally you should find someone who will be looking after the machine on a regular basis, whether it’s someone from your team or a professional.
- Purchase Options: When it comes to purchasing the right coffee machine, you have a number of options available. You can buy a machine outright or rent it. The cost of the machine, any additional equipment, as well as any related warranties and service contracts, should all be factored into your decision.
- Servicing: An annual service by us or another servicing company is also an important factor to consider.
- Extra Costs: Most machines require a water filter system, which needs to be factored into your costings.
Different Types of Commercial Espresso Machines
An Automatic Espresso Machine
An automatic espresso machine uses electronic sensors and devices to control the flow and pressure of water and shut the flow off once the desired amount of espresso is produced. This machine requires the least amount of skill and experience to operate and produces consistent results.
Semi-automatic Espresso Machine
A semi-automatic espresso machine is operated using a manual switch that controls the flow and pressure of the water. The barista can still adjust the pressure and flow rate, but the machine does the work of stopping the flow when the desired amount of espresso is extracted.
Traditional Espresso Machine
A traditional espresso machine requires a high level of skill and practice to operate, as the barista must manually control the pressure and flow of the water. With this type of machine, once the desired amount of espresso has been extracted, the flow must be manually stopped.
Should I Purchase Coffee Shop Coffee Machine, Lease or Hire?
This decision really depends on the size of your office and your budget.
Leasing a Coffee Machine
Leasing commercial coffee machines can provide several advantages over renting one for a short term. When you lease a commercial coffee machine, you are essentially buying the machine, with the full ownership of the machine transferring from the leasing company to you at the end of the lease period.
Renting a Coffee Machine
On the other hand, with rentals, you won't own the machine. You will work with the finance company to determine the monthly rental payments, and there is usually no option for ownership at the end of the rental period.
Hiring a Coffee Machine
We also offer short term rentals - hiring. These are typically 12 months period. You can opt for either a straight rental (machine only) or a blended rental that includes consumables such as our Redber coffee beans.
Not only is an espresso coffee machine important, but so is the grinder that is used to grind the coffee beans.
Having a quality grinder is essential for making a delicious cup of espresso, as it helps to ensure that the beans are ground to the perfect consistency for extraction.
Coffee Shop Supplies
A quality coffee shop supplies can make a huge difference when it comes to creating delicious beverages for your customers. From hot chocolate, tea, barista supplies, syrups, mugs, disposable cups and brewing accessories – we have got all your needs covered!