When coffee first started becoming popular, and people started drinking it at work, they simply took the methods from home and transferred them into the office. We still see this today. Most offices have a kitchen with a kettle, teabags, and other basic amenities. However, at the end of the day, the workplace and the home are two different environments. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other which is why, over time, coffee machines for homes and offices have diverged. There are a number of considerations to take into account for each type of machine, such as convenience, the volume of coffee needed, space, etc. In this week’s blog, we will clarify the difference between home and office coffee machines.
What are the differences between home and office coffee machines?
One of the most obvious differences between the coffee machine at your home and the one in your business is the amount of coffee it needs to make every day. In a home environment, it is common for a coffee machine to be used just once per day. In the office on the other hand, there are likely to be between 20 and 100 users depending on the size of your staff. To say nothing of employees that drink multiple cups per day!
Because of this, there are a number of design and functionality differences. For example, an office coffee machine will have a bigger tank for boiling water, making it more efficient for larger groups of people. It’s not just a question of making more coffee, it is also a question of frequency of use. A home coffee machine is not built with dozens of uses per day in mind. The circuitry can overheat and the internal mechanisms can be damaged more easily from the strain of over-use. In practical terms, you’ll notice the effects of wear and tear very quickly. Not so with a commercial coffee machine. They’re built to be used often and are designed to make cleaning and maintenance as straightforward as possible.
Coffee machines that are made for the home tend to be more simple than office coffee machines in the sense that they only make coffee one way. You add in your pod or your powder and it dispenses the coffee, the same way every time. On the other hand, an office coffee machine gives you options. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, it can give you an espresso or an americano. There are many more styles to choose from, and one of the main reasons for this is that an office coffee machine can use milk.
Because commercial coffee machines are bigger and more complex, they are able to store and use milk in their output. This means you have your pick of a wide array of classic coffees that are normally only available at cafés. Not only does the machine add your milk for you, it can froth and texture it so that lattes, cappuccinos, and flat whites are all up for grabs. In a workplace, office coffee machines are more convenient and offer more choice.
As you may have guessed at this stage, a huge difference between home and office coffee machines is the quality of the drink they produce. There are a number of reasons for this, such as office coffee machines’ ability to store and texture milk as I mentioned above. In addition to this, there are some minor improvements that affect the taste, such as the machine serving the coffee on demand at the perfect temperature every time, but what truly makes coffee from an office machine stand out is the freshness.
Unlike home coffee machines, a standard commercial coffee machine, such as the ones we provide at Cuco, are bean-to-cup. This means the machine starts with fresh, whole coffee beans and grinds them up to make the coffee. Unlike pods, instant coffee granules, or bags of powder, this method ensures that more of the delicious, natural, fresh taste of the coffee is preserved. Don’t believe us? Smell the beans from one of Cuco’s bags of signature blend coffee beans. They’ll make our case for us! Incidentally, our signature bends have been carefully selected from the best tasting, most sustainable sources in the world. We’ve given absolute attention to every stage in the coffee process, from farm to cup. All this to ensure the best possible taste for our customers.
These benefits are all well and good, you might think, but won’t it break the bank? Is the biggest difference between home and office coffee machines the price? It’s true that if you were to buy an office coffee machine outright, it would be much more expensive. That’s where Cuco comes in. You can secure an office coffee machine along with all of the benefits while saving money at the same time by leasing a machine from us.
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We’re confident that we can provide better-tasting, better-value coffee for your office. On top of all the advantages listed above, we provide free installation as well as free, weekly servicing for all of our customers. This means our staff will clean and maintain your office’s machine from top to bottom and keep it in perfect working order. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today!