Automatic coffee machines Perth | Office or Workplace

Knowing what to look out for and the right questions to ask, when you are given the responsibility of sourcing automatic coffee machines for work, can fast become a minefield of options. Here’s a few pointers of the most common questions I get asked and those you need to be aware of:

We need easy one touch operation

Automatic machines take the hassle out of coffee preparation by foaming the milk for you and extracting coffee in a similar way to a barista, simply by pressing a button. Some coffee machines may use what is called a milk dial, this is moved while the milk pours to go from fine foam to froth milk.

Fresh bean and fresh milk Automatic Coffee Machines vs Pods

Automatic machines such as: Jura, Frankie, and WMF all take fresh beans, and grind around 16 grams of coffee, as the machine prepares each cup. The brands I have listed above all use fresh beans and fresh milk.

If you are in a remote area or not near the machine frequently, you may wish to use fresh beans with powdered milk, take a look at the: Necta Krea vending machine

Pod machines while a popular choice due to price, are much like purchasing a colour printer, the equipment might seem cheap but refilling it will cost up to 70% more than fresh beans.

How good is the coffee from an automatic machine?

When considering the quality of coffee, a fresh bean coffee machine, that grinds the coffee into each cup will produce a much better and healthier coffee than a pod machine.

For fresh bean machines, make sure you can program different coffee strengths, along with 2-3 heat levels and desired milk volume, this allows you to refine your drinks. For those extra fussy coffee lovers, ask if the machine comes equipped with a Coffee App for individual programming on your phone.

Essentially if the coffee is extracted well and you are using fresh milk along with quality beans then you will have a coffee that is pretty close to a barista’s coffee. Finally, I suggest asking to either trial the machine for a few days or visiting a showroom and asking to have taste tests from the various options before you commit.

The Giga range by Jura comes highly recommended for its quality coffee, setting options and coffee App!

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Are they easy to clean?

Most automatic coffee machines have rinse cycles that push water through the coffee spouts when not in use, however there is always some manual cleaning involved to clear the milk line at the end of each day.

Other cleaning requirements will be prompted by the machine for you to follow up, these however are not daily, such as: a full machine clean much like cleaning your dishwasher and at times you will be asked to descale or replace the filter. Here is an in-depth cleaning guide.

cleaning your coffee machine milk line

Know the capacity you require

Make sure you get the right capacity, 20-30 cups a day is different to 20-30 staff that maybe enjoying 2 coffees each, you don’t want to be re-filling the coffee beans or water tank too often, and you don't want to over use a machine that was built for 20 cups a day by making 50+ coffees instead.

Should we have a water tank or plumbed in machine?

Consider if you need a plumbed model, these are attached directly to your mains water supply so refilling the tank is no longer required, however the advantage of a tanked machine

Bean hopper size: 500g or 1kg, for example 1kg will make 80-100 cups of coffee.

Keep these questions in mind when enquiring about the coffee machine to best fit your workplace, for more information call: 08 9330 1577 or send us an email, we have been supplying Perth and WA with coffee machines and supplies for over 20 years.

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