There are many different locations you could choose to position a coffee machine, but there are certain considerations that need to be taken into account, for example; budget and the size of the establishment. A high-end hotel may benefit from having multiple coffee machines situated in different areas - such as in bedrooms, the foyer and the breakfast/dining room - which could mean selecting a combination of different commercial coffee machine models. One thing's for sure and that's guests will undoubtedly appreciate the accessibility and variety of coffee on offer. If said coffee also happens to be complementary, it will almost certainly enhance the overall experience of coffee-loving guests.
Bibium has supplied countless coffee machines to hoteliers over the years and we've found that the most popular type of coffee machines for hotels are traditional espresso machines. Having said that, there is the occasional variation and the intended location of a coffee machine cannot help but influence the type you wish to choose. It’s important to understand the benefits of each type of hotel coffee machine and below you will find examples of several popular options, as well as where you would typically find them within the walls of any given establishment.
We'll start by taking a look at semi-automatic espresso machines, the most frequently used coffee machines for hotels. These commercial coffee machines are ideal due to their diversity, as they offer a wide range of choice in terms of practical features, aesthetics and costs. We understand that too much choice can complicate the decision-making process but when it comes to this kind of investment, it's best not to rush. Typically we would recommend that espresso machines are placed in either the foyer/reception or the breakfast/dining room. This may not seem like the most intuitive place for them, however, even the faintest smell of freshly brewed coffee can be incredibly enticing to those who have just spent who knows how long travelling. It also doesn't hurt that espresso machines are often as attractive as they are functional, making them the perfect statement piece to impress guests.
Creating good consumer perceptions is just one benefit of selecting a traditional espresso machine, with another being higher quality beverages. While they will require a trained barista to operate, choosing this type of commercial coffee machine allows hotels to produce truly authentic espressos due to greater human control. Both a coffee grinder and tamper are required in order to prepare coffee when using a traditional espresso machine, which allows for even greater levels of customisation. Despite being more hands-on than any of the alternatives, this option is still remarkably practical, easy to use, and more than capable of satisfying high consumer demand. Whether you're a coffee machine novice or professional barista, with the correct barista training getting to grips with traditional espresso machines is not at all difficult.
Another option for hotels to consider is a super-automatic commercial espresso machine. Requiring little to no active input from a barista, this type of coffee machine is reliable but its ability to satisfy high demand is limited as it has a significantly lower daily output in comparison to semi-automatic espresso machines. The super-automatic espresso machines you generally find in hotels tend to be in guest rooms and are intended for personal use. Having said that, smaller establishments that house relatively a few guests often find them ideally suited to breakfast or dining rooms.