It’s not just budget you need to consider when looking for a commercial coffee machine for cafes, you’ve got to look at the space available and understand how this will impact your ability to select certain machines. When choosing a product we would recommend having a rough idea on the measurements of space you have available. However, if you’re a start-up cafe you may not have access to the premises as of yet to determine, but by putting a floor plan together you will gain an idea of what type of product your space can accommodate.
Different offerings have the ability to cope with different levels of demand, so having an idea of what your daily output expectations are would be wise! Some manufacturers have recommended hourly and daily output quantities that are specified within their product brochures. Although these are just recommendations we would suggest not exceeding these suggested outputs as it has the potential to void any warranty on the machine when purchasing or leasing.
But what type of products are the most common cafe coffee machines for both start-up and established cafes? Traditionally many cafes will choose traditional espresso machines. These come in semi automatic and automatic models, with the most frequently chosen being the former. Unlike automatic models, semi-automatic espresso machines require the skill of a trained barista, however, it is fairly easy to get to grips with the machinery dependant on factors such as a number of groups and user interface. Although it is harder to ensure consistency with a semi-automatic espresso machine, the finished product tends to be of higher quality due to human involvement and control in the process.
However, it should be understood that not all cafes select the traditional espresso machines, with other options available for both large and small cafes. One option is selecting a bean to cup coffee machine, that is capable of handling your demand. With the wide variety of models available, finding one that will suit your venue and capacity will be no issue. Choosing to lease or purchase a bean to cup machine could have many benefits for any cafe, particularly start-ups, with it being far less intimidating to those who may not be aficionados. Their simple user interface and display make it far easier to navigate, with quick cleaning guides being a common feature of many products making cleaning far less of an ominous task for beginners. Being easy to use is just one great feature of bean to cup models with many offering a wide variety of drinks, ensuring that customers are still provided with a broad range to suit a variety of preferences.
What Qualities Should You Look For In Coffee Machines For Cafes?
We thought it would be a good idea to break it down into the two recommended machine types, as mentioned earlier: semi-automatic espresso machines and bean to cup coffee machines.
What should you look for when you're looking to buy a bean to cup coffee machine? Well for this particular environment ensuring you have the ability to cater for a wide variety of consumer preferences is a must. Many smaller models are limited to the drinks selection they can provide, but can still produce the ‘classic’ hot beverages, with larger products being able to offer a wider selection catering for lovers of hot chocolates and even milkshakes. Speed and ability to cope with demand are another two qualities to look for when looking to purchase or lease a coffee machine. Customers don’t want to wait long periods of time to receive their order, and with the competitive cafe culture present in the UK, it is important you impress! Bean to cup coffee machines are typically easy to both use and clean, but some have more complicated features that may make it difficult for someone with limited knowledge. Ensuring you select a model with a simple user interface and cleaning routine, will help improve efficiency whilst minimising training.
For semi-automatic espresso machines, the criteria are largely similar to that of bean to cup coffee machines. Although this type of product would require training and a higher level of skill you should still look for qualities such as; speed, ability to cope with demand and a simple user interface (particularly for those start-up cafes with little experience).