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  • Commercial Coffee Machines for Hospitality

    Finding the best coffee machine for your hospitality business depends on many factors, getting it right will lead to increased profits, efficiency and most importunately your customers coming back for more.

    Deciding between an automatic machine, vending or manual coffee machine depends on whether you have a trained barista dedicated to making coffee, a self-service environment or limited staff to manage the coffee delivery and monitor the machine.

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    What is the right coffee machine for your hospitality business?

    Automatic coffee machines

    An automatic coffee machine is ideal for self-service in a canteen, clubrooms or a breakfast bar area. Many hotel chains use automatic coffee machines in their buffet areas or as a secondary machine after hours, once their barista has gone for the day, allowing guests to grab a coffee 24/7.

    WMF coffee machines are high capacity, quality machines made in Germany. They grind fresh beans into each cup, along with using fresh milk to provide a quality coffee all in a one-step operation. WMF machines also make hot chocolate, providing a total hot drink solution.

    An automatic machine can make from 50 up to 250 cups a day, with high capacity fast grinders and quality milk foam technology. The one-step operation makes them simple to use, untrained employees can prepare drinks easily or customers can make their own if in a self-serve area.

    Depending on usage you can have the machine plumbed into the water mains, this means less maintenance, as you are not having to refill the water tank. A tanked machine gives you the advantage of being portable.

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    Commercial vending machines

    Powder or freeze-dried milk options are a good fit if your hospitality business is in a remote area or left unattended for long periods of time, and there is no staff to re-fill the fresh milk or monitor the machine.

    Brands such as Necta specialize in vending operations with floor standing to bench top models available depending on the capacity you require. The Necta brand uses powder milk and vending chocolate and grinds fresh beans ensuring a great tasting coffee.

    Floor models will dispense cups, sugar, hot chocolate and coffee while benchtop models dispense drinks only. Capacity ranges from 120 drinks per day up to 600, to suit every organization.

    Choose between a water tank or plumbed model for limited maintenance.

    Vending machines offer a coin or pay-pass option should you wish to charge for your coffee.

    Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

    Coffee Machines have come a long way in the past 5 years, manufacturers are now understanding the various business needs and designing technology to suit.

    The WMF Espresso Machine, closes the gap between a traditional espresso machine and an automatic, by measuring the brewing parameters, the coffee grind and automatically tampering the coffee. These superautomatic machines monitor when the ground coffee requires adjusting with 100% consistency.

    They look and act like a true barista machine, giving your business a professional look while allowing you flexibility, as staff do not need to be trained as a barista, or understand coffee grind, to use the machine.

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    Commercial Espresso Machines

    If you have a trained barista an espresso machine is best, allowing you to extract fast and pour the very best espresso and offer every type of coffee imaginable for your discerning customers.

    If you are investigating espresso machines, first ask your preferred coffee roaster. Roasters such as Little Owl can arrange free on loan machines based on purchasing a certain number of coffee beans per week. A good coffee roaster will also offer to train your staff, it is in their best interests to ensure you are delivering great coffee and coming back for more.

    You may prefer to purchase your equipment, the most common machine brands in the industry are; Wega, Sab, and La Marzocco, along with coffee grinder brands Mazzer and Quamar.

    There are finance companies dedicated to the hospitality industry, check out Silver Chef they offer rent to own packages and will finance your coffee machine over a 3-year period.

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    Take the time to investigate all the options open to you, ask questions about the support each supplier offers you. You want to know there is someone to call, should your machine breakdown, who has an expert team to resolve issues quickly and carries parts for fast servicing.

     

  • 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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