Entering the world of coffee machines for the first time can be daunting. Full of terminology and statistics, it can be difficult to get an understanding of what machine will best fit your needs. This blog post is designed to help you to understand how to choose the right commercial coffee machine for you.
If you already know a bit about the kind of machine you are after, you can view our range of traditional, bean to cup and filter coffee machines here! If those terms didn’t mean to much to you, read on!
Choosing the right commercial coffee machine is important. You need to be able to produce the right kind of coffee at the right speed for the right customer. But how should you start to address these considerations?
In this article, I am going to talk about 3 different category of coffee machine, each supplied by Caffeine Limited and each a great option for the right situation.
Types of coffee machine
A traditional espresso machine is the coffee machine that you probably imagine when you think of a classic traditional coffee shop. Associated with the clanking and hissing of barista preparation, these machines are the original espresso making tool (although the technology has evolved massively). With portafilters (removable handles that are filled with ground coffee and inserted into the machine) and steam arms (used for steaming milk), these machines require a skilled barista to operate and utilise their full potential.
The Caffeine Limited range of traditional espresso machines includes machines from Conti and Gaggia as well as commercial coffee grinders (find out more about the importance of commercial coffee grinders here).Traditional Machines
A bean-to-cup coffee machine is a machine that grinds fresh coffee beans and steams fresh milk internally at the push of a button, producing coffee on-demand. Bean-to-cup machines reduce the demand on the quality of the barista, and some can even be made to be self-service.
By grinding coffee automatically and texturising milk to a level of quality that would make a trained barista jealous, the Schaerer bean-to-cup machines in the Caffeine Limited range are a great option for delivering fresh, consistent, quality coffee without the need for a trained and experienced barista.
Bean to Cup Machines
Filter coffee is produced differently to espresso coffee and so it requires a different type of coffee machine. Instead of water being forced through a compact puck of coffee as is the case with both traditional and bean-to-cup machines, filter coffee uses gravity to draw water through a bed of ground coffee. Extracting coffee without the pressure of an espresso machine results in a coffee that takes longer to brew and has a lighter taste profile to that of espresso coffee. A filter coffee machine allows the user to bulk-brew this type of coffee, allowing it to be poured from a server on-demand. The customer can then add a splash of milk to their coffee or enjoy it black.Filter Coffee Machines
How to choose the right machine for you?
The first thing to do is to ask yourself is what are your priorities?
If your priority is to craft quality coffee with the ability to explore and experiment with the coffee you produce then a traditional machine is probably right for you.
If your priority is to produce consistent, quality coffee and to produce this consistency across a multiple machines over a large site or multiple branches then a bean-to-cup machine may be the best option.
If your priority is to be able to serve coffee quickly and in bulk, for example at a hotel breakfast buffet or at a meeting room then a filter coffee machine can best provide this service.
The next question is: who is going to be using the coffee machine?
The coffee that a trained barista can produce from a traditional coffee machine is unrivalled, however, to produce this quality consistently requires a high standard of understanding and training across your staff. For many businesses, this quality and training is worth investing in for the quality and theatre of coffee production that it provides.
However, if coffee is a supplementary product or if staff turnover is high, then a Schaerer bean-to-cup machine can be pre-programmed to produce coffee of a quality that can rival a barista, without the need for a deep understanding of coffee preparation. A bean-to-cup machine can be used by anyone and can even be operated as self-service.
Equally, a Bunn filter coffee machine can be programmed to produce perfect filter coffee and so can be operated by anyone once set up. Once brewed, filter coffee can be a great self-service option and therefore a great on-demand coffee solution
Might you need a mix of machines?
Filter coffee machines can be a valuable addition to any coffee service, even if a traditional or bean-to-cup machine is already in place. Filter coffee is wildly popular in Scandinavia and the USA and is seeing continued growth in popularity in the UK. Filter coffee can also work as a great queue busting option and a great option for caterers at breakfast periods. A Bunn filter coffee machine should therefore be considered as an additional coffee option for any coffee provider.