Commercial coffee machine

  • Best Coffee Machines for the Office

    How to select the right coffee machine for you.

    Have you been asked to source a coffee machine for the workplace or perhaps your own business and want to supply coffee for the staff and clients? No matter the reason there are various circumstances that will determine your final choice and which machine is best for you.

    Capacity.

    The first step is to determine how many coffees will you be making per day, smaller workplaces might make from 20 to 80cups while large corporate offices make from 90 up to 150+ coffee per day. The capacity will determine your options and price range.

    Something people often don’t consider is looking at two machines to manage coffee volumes rather than one, the advantage of this is being able to make more coffees faster during busy periods like lunch breaks or if you are hosting a conference. The other advantage of this is the ability to always have one running while the other is being serviced or for some reason needs repair.

    Important components to consider are:

    • Size of the water tank or maybe it is better to plumb into the water mains with commercial filtration.
    • Bean container – how many beans can the machine hold at one time.
    • Size of the machine - how much room do you have in the area you wish to use the machine
    • Can you drain the drip tray and coffee grinds?

    Coffee selection & features

    The features between machines can vary a lot, from the choice of coffees you make with some machines offering hot-chocolate, along with steam wands for frothing your own milk and much more..

    If hot-chocolate is not a requirement don’t be swayed unnecessarily, not all machines making hot-chocolate make great coffee too, the best thing to do is test the coffees first. Many suppliers offer a free trial or you can taste test at their premises before you decide.

    The WE8 has the coffee selection you need the way you like it! Fresh Beans and Fresh Milk Coffees

    Below download our pick of the best coffee machines for 2018 and their features

    Download: Best Office Coffee Machines

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    Do you purchase, rent or finance your coffee machine?

    Coffee machines are tax deductible, what you can claim depends on if you are registered for GST or not and if you are running your business from home. I recommend seeking advise from your tax agent to find out what your business is entitled to.

    Purchasing.

    If you would rather purchase and you have the money to purchase outright a new machine this is cheaper over time, or you might be selling coffee and in this case, by purchasing your coffee machine it is paid off in a few short months.

    Leasing.

    This suits some companies who don’t want to outlay the full purchase cost and they can extend it out over a 12-36month rental contract this also provides them with reassurance, as most rental plans will include servicing costs and replacements if something should go wrong. Some suppliers will even offer free on loan machines if ordering their coffee, be sure to read reviews first as some suppliers limit you to one type of bean which is not always the best tasting.

    Rent to own finance.

    There are finance companies that offer 3year rent to own programmes, such as SilverChef. They provide your rental at a higher rate in the first year but drop by 30% in the 2nd and 3rd years at this time you become the proud owner, with this option they will also allow you to upgrade in the first 12months with no penalty.

    Whichever you choose the most important thing you can do is taste the coffee and be sure you not only have all the features, capacity and payment structure to suit your requirements, you are happy with the coffee and the service providers ongoing support.

  • Jura x8 coffee machine compact in size, big in technology

    The Jura X8 professional self-serve coffee maker,

    It has never been easier to afford, barista style coffee at work or in your hospitality business.

    Designed to suit a medium size office or those making 60-80 cups a day the Jura X8 has all the features of a commercial machine at a mid-range price.

    At the press of a button you have a perfectly extracted coffee, it’s simple features make it easy to use and maintain while behind the scene you have a machine with expert barista technology; designed by Jura one of the world’s leading Swiss coffee makers.

    We are excited to say this machine is available from March 2018

    Jura X8 Coffee Machine

    Enjoy the versatility of the coffee App

    This has gained huge popularity in the office market over the past year

    Users can download the Jura coffee app to their smartphones and program drinks to their own personal requirements on their ipad or tablet. Simply Bluetooth, to the machine as you place your cup and prepare your perfect coffee by pressing your app setting, avoiding the pre-set programme on the machine. Compatible with Android or iOS.

    Utilize the new Jura X8 lock feature and users can not change the pre-set functions on the machine but still get to enjoy their own setting via Bluetooth.

    Jura X8 Commercial Coffee Machine

    Let's take a closer look at the Jura X8 Features

    The ultimate coffee machine for businesses.

    • 21 programmable specialty drinks, and special technology allowing for a classic pot of coffee.
      Latte, cappuccino, flat white, espresso, coffee, a pot of coffee, macchiato, and ristretto, along with hot water for tea and hot chocolate drinkers, the Jura X8 covers all your drink options, and the new technology allows it to create long blacks by way of by-pass, this means the coffee is not over extracted when pouring a large cup.
    • The bean container and water tank can be locked along with the maintenance buttons to prevent unwanted re-programming by users.
      Ideal in the workplace, you can control who has access, to clean and maintain the machine.
    • Perfect for self-service with 6 large selector buttons on the front panel.
      Choose the coffee’s you want on the main screen, easy self-serve design. Those using the machine only need to push an easily displayed button, all the convenience of a vending machine with the quality of a true barista.
    • Innovative Aroma (G3) grinder, designed for speed and preserving coffee aroma along with Jura’s (P.E.P.®) Pulse Extraction Process for optimum extraction.
      Jura design every piece of technology to ensure the best extraction of coffee from fresh beans, with grinding precision and the P.E.P.® technology to pulse the water through the grinds, extracting the best possible flavour. This can be seen in the crema after coffee is poured, a rich creamy texture with a beautiful coffee aroma.
    • One step preparation technology – fine milk foam and milk foam.
      The fine foam and foam technology pour automatically, frothing the milk as a barista would do. Simply pop your cup in place, press a button and watch your perfectly extracted coffee pour combined with the perfect milk for your drink of choice.
    • TUV- certified hygiene guarantee. 
    • Integrated rinsing and cleaning cycles reduce the effort involved to keep the machine hygienic, and easy to follow instructions are displayed on the screen. The TUV Certification makes it an excellent choice for premises which operate HACCP*
    • The milk system cleaning is automated and runs at the touch of a button.
      Hassle free easy cleaning cycles, the machine not only prompts you when it needs a clean, it displays images on the front screen showing you what to do step by step.
    • Large 5 Litre water tank or plumb into the mains.
      Enjoy both options with this machine, having a water tank allows for portability all you need is a standard power point where you place your machine. Jura's new feature allows you to lift the water tank forward rather than up, so the machine fits under overhead cupboards.
    • If filling the water tank is too labour intensive you can opt for the plumbed version attaching directly to your water supply for automatic fill.
    • Coffee container 500g capacity, with the optional extender it will take a full 1kg of beans.
    • Compact in size it fits most spaces, dimensions.
    • (WxHxD) 37.3 x 47 x 46.1cm. Height increases to 52.4cm with bean extender.

    Best Office Coffee Machine

    Specs:

    • Set coffee strength in 10 levels
    • Set milk temperature in 10 levels
    • Brewing Temperature can be set in 2 levels
    • Hot water temperature and be set at 3 levels
    • High-performance pump, 15 bar 1
    • Thermoblock heating system 2

    Summary:

    Jura only make coffee machines, putting all their resources into the best automatic machines you can buy, it is no wonder they have Roger Federer as an ambassador, he too puts all his energy into perfecting his game.

    The Jura X8 has all the features you could want with a sleek interface that is simple to use yet packed with commercial grade functions. All this technology wrapped up in an affordable package for under $3,960.00 and you can enjoy the beautiful coffee aroma and great tasting coffee with ease.

    Written by: Letitia Pearcy

    Café Corporate.

  • Commercial coffee machine Buying Guide

    Buying Guide for commercial coffee machines

    Knowing what to look out for and the right questions to ask, this buying guide will help answer them when you are given the responsibility of sourcing a coffee machine for work, here’s a few pointers of the most common questions I get asked and those you need to be aware of when looking for a commercial coffee machine.

    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 coffee machines vs pod

    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. Some prefer the taste of a Pod and in an office like they can choose their own flavours or purchased their own Pods for the machine.

    Which ever you choose, make sure you look at total ongoing costs when purchasing or leasing a Nespresso or coffee machine

    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.

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    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 is portability, being able to place it where you like as all you need is power supply.

    If you are making large numbers of coffee a plumbed unit is worth asking about, as it will save you time having to re-fill, many machines will also convert and allow you to expel the waste ie: coffee grinds and water into a waste bin under the bench. WMF Commercial Machines allow for this and are ideal for high capacity areas.

    Bean hopper Capacity

    Bean hopper size is also important for example: 500g or 1kg?  (1kg will make 80-100 cups of coffee) most coffee you buy is in 1kg bags so being able to empty the whole bag into the beans container is helpful. Some smaller capacity machines only allow for 500g and domestic machines much less again.

    Keep these questions in mind as a buying guide when enquiring about the coffee machine to best fit your workplace, for more information call: 08 9330 1577 or send us a message.

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