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small commercial coffee machines

Small commercial coffee machines are rapidly increasing in popularity - becoming popular in a number of environments.

  • Things you must take into consideration include the desired range of beverages, space availability, desired features.
  • Range of beverages: Small coffee machines typically produce a more limited selection of drinks - with some even simply producing black coffees. The benefit of this is lower acquisition cost.
  • Space Availability: Small models a great option for those establishments with limited space - providing them with the opportunity to provide high-quality coffee despite spatial limitations.
  • Desired features: Despite smaller housing units, many such coffee machines offer a range of great features and innovative technologies, proving to be small and mighty.
  • There are many environments suitable for small coffee machines including; waiting rooms, meeting rooms, smaller offices and B&B dining areas to name a few.
  • The most common tend to be bean to cup machines, as they are typically easy to use and compact in size

It is safe to say that small commercial coffee machines are making their mark in the coffee industry, with their popularity only increasing year on year. But what environments are suitable for machines of this size, and what are the qualities you should expect when looking for smaller models?

Exploring The Benefits Of Small Commercial Coffee Machines

When looking at qualities to expect when looking at a range of commercial coffee machines, one consideration that you must understand is the range of beverages they provide. Whilst some on our recommended list provides a wide range of beverages, a limited drink selection is a typical quality of smaller machines. Whilst many offer a range of milk-based beverages, some of the smallest machines available offer simple espresso-based beverages - and the machine you select is dependent on the requirements of your working environment and the coffee preferences of your workforce.

When looking at qualities to expect when looking at a range of commercial coffee machines, one consideration that you must understand is the range of beverages they provide. Whilst some on our recommended list provides a wide range of beverages, a limited drink selection is a typical quality of smaller machines. Whilst many offer a range of milk-based beverages, some of the smallest machines available offer simple espresso-based beverages - and the machine you select is dependent on the requirements of your working environment and the coffee preferences of your workforce.

But what are the benefits of having a coffee machine that produces a limited range of beverages? One thing to consider is the lower cost of coffee production - particularly beneficial if you wish to provide this machine for employees to use free of charge. Not applicable to all coffee machines of this size, but more so those only providing simple espresso or milk-based beverages. So if you are looking for a cost-effective coffee solution, a small coffee machine may be a great investment.

It is important to address the obvious as well as the not so obvious benefits of having a small commercial coffee machines, with a more compact machine actually being beneficial to any environment for a number of reasons. Compact models are not necessarily low capacity options, with some of our recommended bean to cup machines offering a higher capacity than you would expect - and fit within this category purely based on size. Their smaller housing units make them a great fit for environments with limited space availability - with highly skilled engineering and innovative thinking being required to incorporate the same great technology into a more compact housing unit.

It is important to remember that despite their size, small commercial coffee machines still offer a wide selection of great features with many incorporating state of the art technology. Some of the features seen in smaller coffee machines are also present in their larger counterparts with one example being simultaneous coffee preparation. Many small machines are able to produce two drinks at any given time, ensuring the coffee production process is quick and efficient.

What Type Of Environments Are Most Suitable?

But what kind of environments are suitable for small commercial coffee machines? The following are a great option for a variety of locations but are most commonly used in the following:

  • Small Offices
  • Reception Areas
  • Waiting Rooms
  • Meeting Rooms
  • For Domestic Use

Obtaining a small office coffee machine for the workplace is a great way to improve efficiency and reduce business time lost. Without a coffee machine, there is no doubt that someone will have to be sent on the morning coffee run to the local high street coffee chain. With each drink averaging at approximately £3.00 per cup, coffee machines for the office make a far better alternative by helping reduce the daily coffee spend and eliminating the need for an employee to leave the office - helping to ensure a better use of their time.

Exploring Other Suitable Environments

Looking at the other environments, reception areas, waiting rooms or meeting rooms are all popular choices for keeping commercial coffee machines. Providing hot beverages in each of these environments can be beneficial in a number of ways - in meeting rooms or reception areas, for example, offering speciality coffee can be a great way to welcome guests or visitors, helping make a great first impression. In waiting rooms, it can be a source of income and provide you with an opportunity to gain a small return on investment (ROI). However, this will require you to opt for a payment system to be incorporated in your machine, which will come at an additional cost.

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Commercial Coffee Machines That Typically Fall Within This Category Are…

But what machine types are commonly classed as ‘small commercial coffee machines’. Well, on our list of recommended coffee machines, they are all bean to cup machines - as these tend to be the most popular machine in this category. Bean to cup machines tend to be more varied and suited for this category over traditional espresso machines, but why is that? Traditional espresso machines are mainly used in environments such as cafes and coffee shops, with their being far less variety of 1 group espresso machines on offer than bean to cup machines. They are also less commonly used in environments such as offices and waiting rooms - as they would require a trained barista, rather than being available at the touch of a button.

Many suppliers allow also offer a number of optional add ons for commercial bean to cup machines, such as payment systems or bluetooth systems - allowing you to prepare drinks from your devices. Taking a step into the digital era - this is now a feature that many models are wishing to adopt, meaning there are a variety of technologically advanced options available for you to browse. Other optional accessories that can be added later include; milk chillers and cup warmers - all of which can help increase a machine’s adaptability, allowing it to fit within any working environment with ease.

On the topic of options, it is important to find out whether machines are plumbed or tank fed. Typically, small commercial coffee machines tend to be tank fed, however, this is not the case for all models within this category. Those options that are more compact in size but have larger daily cup counts usually have the option to be tank fed or plumbed in - depending on consumer preference. In order to have a bean to cup machine plumbed in, an engineer must fit it and be able to gain access to your onsite water supply. We understand not all environments have a water supply which is why selecting a tank fed option may be more suitable. Tank fed models are great for those environments that require flexibility, as they are easy to transport if you wish to move locations.

Jura JX8 bean to cup coffee machine black and silver model front view

The Jura JX8 is bean to cup machine that is capable of producing up to 100 cups per day, placing it on the higher end of the scale in comparison to other alternatives on our list. This small commercial coffee machine is capable of producing up to 100 cups per day, meaning it is a great fit for environments such as offices, canteens or any environment looking to provide a self serve coffee solution. With up to 21 programmable drink selections, the Jura JX8 provides users with a wide range of beverages with a full menu of traditional coffee based milky brews. All of these milk-based beverages are available at the touch of a button, making use of the TFT technology. The JX8 is a great example of a bean to cup machine that has a variety of technologically advanced features, with the Aroma G3 Grinder being one of the most impressive. This particular grinder ensures that all flavours and aromas are preserved throughout the grinding process, helping deliver the most superior coffee tasting experience.

WMF 1100s bean to cup coffee machine black and silver model front view

From a highly thought out concept to the machine we see today, the WMF 1100s has become one of the most popular machines within the WMF range, particularly for those smaller working environments. But what is it that makes this machine so popular? Well, there are many features of the WMF 1100s that make this machine desirable by many, with one feature being the various machine configurations. With 4 basic models to choose from, WMF ensures the highest levels of customisation - making sure that each machine is made to order. This means that you not only receive the highest quality machinery - but that it is perfectly suited for all of your businesses needs. On the topic of customisation, the WMF 1100s offers a range of fully customisable beverages - with a range covering all the traditional coffee recipes as well as specialities like mochas and hot chocolates. Offering a total of 80 cups per day, the wide drink selection and capacity make it extremely unique for a small coffee machine - with its design exemplifying this further. With a 7” touchscreen user interface, the WMF 1100s is particularly easy to use - allowing quick navigation through the repertoire of beverages on offer. Not only this, but its user interface is designed with simple operation in mind - with guided visual maintenance aids being highly innovative for a small commercial coffee machine. You will typically find this machine in those smaller office environments, but can be used in a number of other locations such as small cafes, small hotel breakfast rooms or staff rooms.

Coffetek Vitale Espresso machine front view black model

A truly versatile coffee machine, the Coffetek Vitale is highly capable of providing smaller working environments with great tasting coffee. With a simple display, selecting your favourite beverage has never been easier - with a diverse menu, the Coffetek Vitale can provide speciality or traditional beverages at the touch of a button. It is important to note that this machine makes use of soluble milk, which can be slightly more expensive in terms of cost per cup, however, means that the need to carry out an extensive cleaning process is eliminated. Available in two machine configurations, the choice of incorporating a decaf option is provided - great for those who love the taste of coffee but not the accompanying caffeine kick. With both models being able to satisfy a recommended daily output of 50 cups per day, they remain a great option for a number of small working environments but have proved particularly popular in smaller offices. This could be due to its adaptability - with the incorporation of different payment systems or its durable exterior - being manufactured with similar materials as traditional espresso machines.

La Cimbali M1 bean to cup coffee machine side view black and silver model low res

The La Cimbali M1 is able to satisfy a higher level of demand than other small commercial coffee machines are typically able to. Capable of producing up to 150 cups per day, the La Cimbali M1 offers a superior coffee experience, as a result of innovative design features - and a significant power advantage over other models that fit within this category. It is evident that this machine has been built with the user in mind, with a number of features helping make it easy to use, great for those technophobes in your working environment. With a simple user interface, displaying the wide variety of beverages on offer - selecting your desired beverage is as simple as its preparation - providing the highest in cup quality. Providing this level of quality comes with ease for the La Cimbali M1, with a number of great features including expect extraction technology, and milk systems like the TurboSteam and MilkPS. Despite its compact size, this machines ability to suit slightly larger environments means that it is a great option for many medium-sized office spaces, staff rooms or canteens.

Jura WE8 bean to cup coffee machine black and silver model front view

One of the most popular small commercial coffee machines, the Jura WE8 has received much praise within the industry for being a highly suitable solution for smaller commercial workspaces. Capable of producing up to 30 cups per day and offering 12 different specialities, this machine is a great option for low output environments that still desire high-quality coffee. With a multi-level aroma grinder, the flavours and aromas are easily preserved throughout the brewing process, making for an exquisite coffee tasting experience. This is helped with the use of the Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P) - the P.E.P helps deliver barista standard beverages consistently - providing any user with a superior drinking experience. This machine not only has a number of great features but is also sleek and elegant in its design - meaning it is able to fit in a variety of environments with ease.

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