Most work days are made possible by that sweet nectar known as coffee. Coffee has reached it’s cult following because it gives us that spring in our step, not to mention giving us the ritual of making and drinking a hot coffee. Deciding to bring a coffee machine into your office is a smart decision. It will be seen as a perk (literally) to your colleagues who are dishing out $5 for a coffee, and it reduces the time your team spend out of the office finding said coffee. But which coffee machine do you choose? Take into account these factors before you choose.
Always go with quality
There are times to get a bargain basement price, and there are times to buy top of the line. When it comes to your coffee machine, proceed with the latter. Even if you buy the cheapest coffee machine on the market – it will be a total waste if no one uses it. Office coffee machines by Corporate Coffee know what the standard is for great coffee machines, and they exceed it. Never buy the first model you see, always test out the models and try the brews before you make the decision.
Assess the size of your office
The size of your office will greatly impact the decision you make. A small office of 6 will easily survive on a smaller model, whereas an office of 20 and beyond? They will need a larger machine, maybe even two. You’re right, not everyone will use the machine.
But those who do may have more than one cup each day. Also understand whether this coffee machine will also be servicing clients and partners who visit the office on occasion. If this happens fairly frequently, add those to your daily coffee count and get an idea of how many coffees this machine will need to make.
Consider the logistics
And now for the who, what, when and why. If you have an already determined space in mind for your coffee machine, this could very well decide what type of machine you buy. Your larger machine will need a bigger surface area so keep this in mind before you blindly buy online without measuring up. If you have a space in mind, but it is a long way from most of your office team, it may be a better option to buy a much smaller model and place it more centrally.
Remember the beans
In all the drama of finding a machine and figuring out where it has to go, the beans can sometimes slip through the cracks. In reality, your coffee is only going to be as good as the beans you use. And there is a lot that goes into the taste of your coffee. Talk to your corporate coffee provider about the beans that they recommend for your coffee machine, and don’t be afraid to sample the goods.
Some offices fall in the trap of getting a new coffee machine at a reduced price, under the proviso that they only use specific beans with an iron-clad contract. Don’t feel like you have to bundle these purchases. Find the best quality machine for your office, and then select the beans.
Work perks attract great talent and positive work culture. Your coffee machine will assist in achieving both, and will keep your colleagues onsite for most of their day. Don’t rush the process of finding the right machine – take your time and sample the goods so there are no surprises when your team make their coffees for the first time.