How To Choose The Best Coffee Machine For Your Office
There are a few big things to consider:
- How many members of staff do you have (who will use it)?
- How many cups will it need to make every day?
- Where will it be situated?
But it is also important to take into account how easy the machine is to use – you don’t want people taking ages learning how to use the machine or getting it right. Nor do you want them to waste time preparing the coffee, which is why a machine such as an automatic bean to cup which does every single job is ideal.
Something like an espresso machine may be too complicated to get to grips with, and there is room for error, whereas a pod machine is relatively easy for all to learn about.
After all, everyone will probably be perfectly happy with a standard coffee and splash of milk and will not be expecting a frothy latte with chocolate sprinkles.
Not sure whether to just stick with the kettle? Check out our guide on why a bean to cup machine makes much more sense to use in your office.
We think bean to cup machines are the best for offices. Just touch a few buttons and you have a coffee – no tamping or grinding.
But for those which need to make 100+ coffees per day or would perhaps just flow better with a constant supply ready as opposed to spending break times making it, a filter coffee machine is also a good plan. Pod machines are easy too, but best for under 10 people and those who maybe would rather buy their own coffee pods.
Number Of Coffees
Take how many people drink coffee every day, and multiply by 2 or 3 (depending on how many coffees they usually have on average). This should tell you how many coffees your machine needs to be able to make in a day.
Also think about whether you often have other people coming into the office, such as clients and guest workers, and if you’re looking at hiring extra people in the next few months. You’re better buying a machine which can make too many coffees than one which will struggle on busy days.
If you don’t think you will need anywhere near 80 or 90, take a look at our other pages, such as the ordinary Bean To Cup machines.
People will probably be very happy with a machine which can make plain black Americano coffee and they can then add milk if they wish. After all, they will be in a work environment so probably will not be bothered about frothy milk and chocolate sprinkles.
But if you do want to give everyone something a bit more special, there are plenty of machines out there now that make adding frothed milk to drinks automatically very easy. Look for one which can create a Cappuccino at the touch of a button.
Your budget could vary wildly, but we will say that spending that bit more on a machine will likely be better in the long run.
Not only will it likely last longer and be better at making the coffee quickly and correctly, but it may also come with handy features such as self-cleaning cycles.
Most of the machines we have included are over £1000, but models which can make less than 50 drinks per day for smaller offices can be bought for under £500.