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    Whether you have decided to open up your own coffee shop, start serving coffee on your premises or need to replace a machine which is on its last legs, finding the right commercial coffee machine for your premises could be a make or break situation.

    You will want something which is reliable and offers superior quality coffee in order to keep customers served and keep them coming back. Investing now can save a lot of heartbreak in the future, especially if your business will revolve around the machine.

    These are the best commercial coffee machines for your premises, whether you are after something which can show off your barista skills, help you seem like you know what you’re doing or simply provide black coffee for customers to serve themselves.

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    Commercial Coffee Machine Buying Guide

    Volume

    How large is your business? How many people do you serve in one day, or hope to be serving this time next year?
    Ultimately, this is one of the most important things when it comes to buying your new coffee machine. Will you have 100 customers in a day who will all want coffee? Do you also do takeout?

    Or, are you a smaller shop where people won’t necessarily buy coffee, such as a cafe or bakery? A smaller machine would cost less both now and to run in the future.

    You will need to think about not only how many you make during the day, but also how many at any one time and whether the machine will need to be relied on heavily in a short period, such as a morning rush hour or lunchtime.

    Groupheads

    The main difference between whether a machine is 1, 2 or 3 or 4 group is simply how many coffees it can make at once.

    Most cafes or similar environments will require level 2. This way, if a couple of people come in at once, the coffees can be made at the same time. It usually isn’t any more work for you, either.

    Three level machines are rarer but great for the likes of restaurants where several larger tables may need serving at the same time. One level machines are often better with allowing you a bit more of a hands-off approach.

    Self Serving Machines

    Have an environment where people will be able to serve themselves with hot drinks?
    Self serving machines are available, for a commercial setting

    The different groupheads are capable of producing two, four, six and eight drinks respectively. Machines with more groupheads allow more staff to use them at the same time too, which is great if you have a few people working at the same time.

    Price

    You can buy a small, single or double grouphead machine which could make enough coffees and hot drinks for your establishment for around £1000-£2000. But if you want more groups, a machine which makes a mighty fine espresso as a base for your barista skills, but something still easy to operate, expect to buy above this and even as much as £6000.

    FAQs

    How many cups of coffee will I serve per day?

    This all depends on how large your cafe or business is, whether you usually have takeout coffees, or own a B&B/hotel where there will be a definite number.

    If you currently have customers, usually taking a daily average and adding some extra is a good idea. If you will be starting out, it can be more difficult to assess this.

    It could be worth renting a machine which can make hundreds of coffees every day until you get a good base number. But do remember that it is always best to have a machine which serves too many coffees versus one which can’t keep up

    Which type do I need?

    Bean to cup or espresso are the most traditional in this setting. This way, the base coffee is made, and you can steam milk or add extras as you wish, to make a full range of orders.

    Self serve machines are great if you have a hotel or similar and will be offering buffet-style drinks, but remember to take into account how much coffee the machine can output. A small B&B with limited guests and a limit of two coffees will need a less fancy machine than a room which seats 100+ people who all have unlimited access to the hot drinks machine.

    Filter machines are good if you will be serving bog-standard coffees and a splash of milk, for instance in traditional non-fancy cafes or in food trucks

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