It’s Monday morning and you can’t wait to cuddle up at your desk with your free cup of office coffee. You drop your bags at your workspace and head to the office coffee maker in the kitchen, but the glass coffee decanter is empty. Even though you didn’t finish the last cup, you’re forced to do the dirty work of brewing a fresh pot and have to wait an excruciating twenty minutes for caffeine to hit your bloodstream. Now your entire Monday is ruined because someone was selfish and didn’t feel like following the social customs of the coffee maker.
If you’re looking to avoid this scenario, along with other coffee machine pet peeves, follow along with our story of how we chose the best office coffee maker.
Coffee and the Office Environment
Depending on how many coffee drinkers you have on staff, and on the general culture around your office, coffee may either be prone to getting devoured as soon as the latest brew has dripped its final drip, or prone to going stale in a neglected pot. The way to solve both of these issues is by selecting the right coffee maker!
The insulated stainless steel carafe coffee pot is perhaps one of the best investments an office can make in its coffee making equipment. Replacing thin glass coffee carafe pots with high quality, durable double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel, these more formidable containers provide the ability to keep your coffee warm for hours after it has been brewed.
In the office, this can mean saving time, money, and coffee! Instead of throwing out a cold or burnt pot of coffee and making a new one (wasting coffee, electricity, water, time, and money,) the insulated carafe keeps the coffee as warm and drinkable as it was fresh brewed. This brings additional savings by alleviating the need to use a warming feature on the coffee maker, which has the potential of scalding your coffee, wasting electricity and can even pose a fire hazard.
Type of Coffee
The heart of an office machine is the actual coffee. You can choose between tabs, whole beans or ground beans. Tab-based coffee machines usually prepare the desired coffee straight away with one click and are hence very easy to use. Yet, the downsides are that they are not very environmentally friendly nor a bargain. Whole or ground beans serve as alternative. In addition, grinding them freshly ensures a unique taste.
Opt for high quality coffee beans for top-notch coffee. Also, try to look out for fair-trade, organic coffee to ensure sustainability.
Go Big, or Diversify Your Coffee?
If you have a large office space with a lot of coffee drinkers and are thinking of investing in a large coffee maker, consider the possibility of diversifying instead by purchasing multiple smaller coffee makers.
You might be able to get multiple high quality smaller coffee makers which better serve the needs of your office for less than you would have spent on a single large unit. In some situations, your office might be more at home with multiple smaller units, especially if there are multiple areas around the office which would make convenient spots for a coffee maker.
Aside from that, it is sometimes preferable to be able to make multiple pots simultaneously, and always have coffee brewing. But most of all, with multiple coffee machines on hand, you’ll be sure to never run into a catastrophic coffee crisis when a malfunction strikes.
Of course, the convenience and quality offered by large capacity commercial coffee makers can be enough to outweigh these (potential) benefits. It all really depends on the specific needs of your office and its staff.
Milk is an important component of good coffee for most people. A milk frothier could make colleagues and employees happy and even more motivated and productive. It is also very useful to impress customers and essential to practice your latte art. Alternatively, there are office machines which include the milk processing in just one click, usually found in tab machines.
Last but not least, don’t forget to arrange a tasting to decide which coffee tickles your taste buds and could be an enrichment to your office.