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Best coffee machine for your business office

Bland boring coffee is hardly the stuff to inspire you or your staff to greater heights of productivity during those tough stints at the office but most businesses are happy to have the obligatory 12 cup pot churning out stale lukewarm coffee day in and day out. A lot of businesses also buy instant coffee in the over sized containers as a cost cutting measure, but wouldn’t it be better to show your appreciation of your staff members by serving them coffee that is a little more upmarket. A decent sized coffee machine which provides good quality coffee actually has a couple of major advantages to any business.

Firstly, while instant may be instant, if you think about the time spent waiting for kettles to boil, then the time spent actually making the instant coffee, and then add all of that time up between all of your staff members, you’d probably be shocked at just how much time so called instant coffee sucks out of your employees’ busy schedule. And it’s not even good coffee! Secondly, a happy office is a productive office and there’s not much an employee loves more than a good cup of coffee they don’t have to pay for.

The amount you spend on purchasing the best coffee machine for a business or office will depend a lot on how many staff members the coffee machine will be serving each day. A bigger business will naturally need something larger and more robust, especially if it needs to serve a number of people at the same time. Don’t fall into the trap of buying a cheap machine as this will likely need replacing in 12 months time. Instead, opt for something that is going to last the distance.

Speed is also an important factor as you don’t want your employees milling around wasting time waiting for their brew. This probably means that most espresso machines are out as there are limits on how far a business should be expected to go in terms of coffee supply.

You also want to keep your coffee expenses to a minimum which negates the use of a pod machine. Using up pods day in day out will have a startling effect on the bottom line once you spread that cost out over a number of employees – especially with some of them drinking three and four cups a day or more. For a moderately large office, a good quality barista machine that is self-cleaning and largely automatic should make a good fit. Smaller offices may get away with one of the smaller automatic coffee machines and if you really want to get fancy an automatic coffee bean grinder on standby will keep even the biggest coffee snob employees happy.

We highly recommend DeLonghi’s ECAM22110SB compact automatic espresso and cappuccino machine.

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Best 12 cup coffee mahchine

When you’re not the only person in the room who needs coffee, and needs it now you need a large capacity coffee machine to keep it all fresh, hot, and on demand. A 12 cup coffee machine should do the trick but the choices are many, so which one is right for you? Fortunately, your choice is made a lot easier as there are only a handful of standout models worthy of your consideration. We’ve examined the top contenders and have compiled a few ideas on what you should look for in your next 12 cup coffee machine.

Programmable Timer

A programmable timer such as that found on the Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus will ensure you will have fresh coffee ready and waiting no matter what time you have to drag your coffee craving carcass out of bed. Whether it’s the crack of dawn, or you have scored the graveyard shift, you will always have a clean fresh brew read and waiting for you when you need it the most.

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Another feature we liked on this model is the ability to pause the brewing cycle. This feature allows you to quickly get a brew ready for the road without having to wait until the end of the brewing cycle. Fortunately, this is a popular feature on quite a few of the higher end models so you should have no trouble finding one.

Adjustable Temperature Control

Some of us like to sip our coffee while it’s scalding hot while others enjoy a larger mouthful at cooler temperatures. Opting for a 12 cup machine with this feature will mean you can always have a fresh cup at the perfect temperature.

Easy Filter Replacement

It’s no fun messing about with used filters so easy replacement and cleaning is a must.

Brew Strength Adjustment

We all like our coffee at different strengths and sometimes we just need a larger jolt then usual so being able to set the strength of your brew is a handy feature you might enjoy having.

Smaller Brew Settings

Sometimes you don’t need to have the full twelve cups brewing all the time so a neat feature to look for is the ability to set the machine for a smaller amount of coffee. While you can always make less coffee most cheaper brewers won’t have time to get the heater up to full speed and so the brew may be colder than you like. Having a specialty setting there means your coffee won’t be ready until it’s nice and hot.

We think the above are a few of the most important features when you’re on the lookout for a large capacity coffee machine, but attractiveness may also be important to you as well, so make sure whichever model you settle on is going to look good on the bench.