When you buy a coffee machine, there are several factors to consider. Some revolve around the aesthetic you’re looking for or the taste you’re after, but others are more practical:
1. How many cups will the machine produce a day?
Every machine has a maximum capacity that it can produce per day to have a long working life and to keep the warranty valid. Making 100 cups a day on 20 a day machine will not give you money back if something goes wrong within the warranty period.
2. Do you have experience?
Espresso machines require training, ideally barista training, on how to make a good cup of coffee, before they can be used to their fullest. Filter machines and bean to cup machines require very little training.
3. What is your budget?
Perhaps the most important factor. Nowadays you can buy coffee machine for as little as £50. However, the quality might reflect that. If you buy cheap machine, don’t expect great results.
4. Do you know how to clean and maintain your machine?
All machines require regular cleaning. If you are making milk drinks, you will need to clean the milk spout or milk pipe every day with a milk cleaning agent in order to remove the milk residue.
Certain branded cleaning products can be quite expensive compared to generic cleaning products. Make sure you read the warranty before you use generic versions as the use of these can violate the warranty.
5. How much space will it take up?
Many office kitchens are small, hence relying on small, costly pod machines. Some machines will be visible to your customers; hence the design is important. We have many machines: we are sure there will be one suited exactly to your colour scheme, design, and size!