It wasn’t that long ago when it was the norm for offices to just have a kettle or a vending machine supplying the team with a quick coffee at work. Today, however, employees have come to expect a quality coffee experience wherever they are. People tend to appreciate office perks and a survey reported that 75% of employees agreed that having high-quality coffee shows that their employer cares for their wellbeing. Coffee forms a vital part of creating a positive and engaging workplace culture and it’s an easy win to add to the office experience.
However, as office or facilities manager, your role is a challenging one with many responsibilities to juggle in order to keep the team happy and the office running smoothly. If you’re thinking about getting an office coffee machine or you just need an upgrade, you’ll want to get a machine that’s easy to use and maintain. So what’s the easiest coffee machine to look after and which type is right for you and your team. We take a look at various factors you’ll want to consider when selecting your office coffee machine and help you find a machine that’s right for you.
What about using a kettle in the office?
Perhaps the easiest to look after and maintain is your standard kettle! You simply fill it up, switch it on and out comes boiling water. Simply keep it clean by wiping it down, occasionally descaling it and hey, it’s not a bad option and is cheap as chips to buy. HOWEVER looking objectively at all other aspects, the kettle is a very poor choice for today’s busy office. You can find out more and understand its many limitations in our ‘Kettle vs Office Coffee Machine’ blog.
So after the kettle, you’re going to need to get yourself a commercial office coffee machine. So which one should you get?
What’s important to you and your team?
Firstly, ease of use is probably your main consideration, it’s vital that you also ask yourself and your team what else is important to them? So you’ll want to ask what drinks do you all want to enjoy at work? You’ll find that many people expect a quality, barista-style coffee similar to what they can pick up on the high street. This means you can probably rule out a standard filter coffee machine and instead opt for a commercial bean to cup machine.
There are thousands of bean to cup machines to choose from but if keeping the coffee flowing is important, you’ll likely want an intuitive machine that’s simple to use. Many machines now come with a digital interface similar to your mobile phone screen which makes it really easy to order and provides step by step instructions for maintaining your machine along with troubleshooting advice.
Is an office coffee machine easy to maintain?
Like any appliance, coffee machines need to be looked after to some extent to keep them in good working order. If you’re responsible for looking after the machine, you’ll want the process to be quick and easy.
Why do I need to clean my office coffee machine?
Cleaning your machine is really important and if your cleaning regime is neglected, you run the risk of your machine malfunctioning or breaking down.
It can also result in poor tasting coffee and with any machines that use milk, neglecting the cleaning process can actually put your teams’ health at risk. Thankfully today’s modern commercial coffee machines make cleaning a breeze.
Cleaning tends to involve just adding a specially developed cleaning tablet to the machine, pressing a few buttons and letting the machine get on with it. Other than that, just keep the machine’s surfaces clean with a regular wipe down so your office coffee machine looks good in the kitchen and it’s safe and hygienic.
Should I research office coffee machines online?
Take your time and do your research to find a premium quality machine that offers reliability along with being able to create and dispense a range of popular drinks for the office. Staple office coffee drinks include cappuccinos, flat whites, lattes, americanos, and of course, a classic espresso. We also recommend taking the time to research office coffee machine providers so they can give your business the service and support you need to keep your operation running smoothly. We’ve put together a handy guide on how to choose a new provider so you can be confident in getting an office coffee machine that’s easy to look after, and if anything does go wrong, you’ll have a team on hand to help you get it fixed pronto!
Which coffee machine is right for me?
Why not take a moment to check out our coffee machines that are all easy to look after. We’ve even created a comparison guide where you can view all of our bean to cup machines together. If you need help in understanding what machine is right for you, simply contact us.
Plus for more tips on cleaning and maintaining your office coffee machine, you can head to the help section, or alternatively, give our team a call.