Considering A Bean To Cup Machine? What You Need To know

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Very few businesses are able to afford the absolute luxury of having a talented barista on site to cater to every caffeinated whim. Spoiling your staff and customers with a bean to cup machine is absolutely the next best thing, but there are definitely things to consider before you decide to take the leap.

The Price Of A Bean To Cup Machine

The first thing that often surprises people is the price. The perk of speciality coffee doesn't come cheap due to the technology and quality of the machinery involved.

The least expensive bean to cup machines come in at just under £2000. Office Barista can help ease the burden of the upfront cost with our rental and leasing options. 

Prepare For Ongoing Costs

Buying a bean to cup machine also means considering the after cost. They are more complicated pieces of coffee equipment so its to be expected that they may experience mechanical failure more often.

Luckily we have very experienced engineers who are able to visit on site to look into any problems that may arise and we offer yearly maintenance contracts so you can have peace of mind, knowing that there won't be any surprise costs involved. The very best way to keep visits like that to a minimum is, of course, to keep the machine maintained to a high standard.

Extra Care & Maintenance

Bean to cup machines require significantly more care than a single serve system and we usually recommend that there is a designated person on site to look after and clean the machine. You can't have that ideal latte or cappuccino without milk and whether its fresh or instant, the tubing involved will need to be frequently cleaned to ensure everything is kept up to high hygiene standards.

The frequency of the cleaning depends on the machine and the technology is improving all the time. The new Barista One business coffee machine from Douwe Egberts, for instance, has a disposable milk frothing tube that can be changed every few days to eliminate the need for the cleaning usually involved.  

Do You Have The Space For A Bean To Cup Machine?

Do you have the room? Bean to cup machines are getting smaller all the time but you should expect that they will take up a lot more room than a smaller single serve system.

If counter space is a hurdle that's hard to jump, we do have branded coffee machine & tower options that will keep the machine, beans and required supplies neat and tidy while giving your business the opportunity to promote its brand. We particularly love the Bravilor Especious Go and Lavazza branded coffee towers. 

Tea Drinkers Beware

We all love our coffee but every business has its fair share of tea drinkers and its important to keep in mind that unlike our single serve machines, bean to cup machines do not usually make tea although some do offer a hot water spout and hot chocolate is usually on offer. They do offer a huge variety for your coffee lovers with usually over 40 selections being on offer.

We can help you choose the best bean to coffee machine for your business or retail outlet so contact us now!


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