Dona Snider Coffee Machines December 16th, 2017 - 10:07:25
The following information is intended to give general information on the range of commercial coffee machines that are used in the Coffee Industry today. I apologise in advance if Im Teaching you how to suck eggs. Having been a consultant involved in the Coffee World for some years advising clients and helping them choose the right equipment to suit their needs. Believe me when I say that there have been many people who have asked the question "Whats an egg?" Facts are facts so the following is my interpretation and how I advise clients.
Bean to cup coffee machines are relatively recent additions to the coffee machine market. The principle is to be able to duplicate more or less the range of espresso based coffees that are normally handmade on an espresso machine. All at the "Touch of a Button". As previously explained when using an espresso machine a Barista would make coffees by hand. Although not a long process it doesnt allow the Barista to prepare other food orders for example. In fast food outlets where staff do not have time to hand make a coffee or where there is limited staff training a bean to cup machine is the ideal solution. Bean to Cup machines are found in many self-serve environments such as Cafeterias Company Canteens. Bean to Cup machines are becoming popular in Offices.
The traditional scenario for needing to find an office coffee machine is the obvious one of working in an office full of co-workers. In this type of situation a one cup at a time machine could still work but might not be optimal. If a high percentage of the people in the office are drinking coffee it would be smart to invest in a maker with a large carafe. By brewing more coffee at a time you improve the efficiency of the process. Some machines also feature hot water dispensers for hot water on demand. This is a great feature as it allows people in the office who enjoy hot tea or instant soup to get hot water when they need it without disrupting the production of coffee.
This generally will not be available for low volume domestic machines. If you are considering a Bean to Cup machine for your business it should be noted that they are manufactured to different volume categories. Machines have to be matched to daily cups/day requirements/estimates drink size and how quickly they will be needed. All Manufacturers cups/day specifications are based upon an 8oz serving with numbers spread evenly throughout the day. Typically low volume bean to cup can produce up to 50 coffees per day. Medium volume machines range between 100 and 150 a day. Medium to High volume would be 150 - 200 a day.