Many coffee machines for the home use pod capsules that do produce great quality coffee. However, the costs begin to creep up when you’re are supplying enough pods to serve an office, especially if staff are provided with coffee for free. Businesses will want to keep costs to a minimum, and the cost per coffee when using domestic pod brands such a Nespresso and Tassimo range from 30p-50p per cup. Factor in the cost of additional milk and costs start to soar.
The cost of running bean to cup coffee machines are far lower than pod coffee machines, as coffee beans cost between 16p-20p per cup and produce full-bodied aromatic coffee that any coffee connoisseur would appreciate. Powder coffee is around 15p per cup but the cost of powder milk is higher than fresh milk so this needs to be taken into account when choosing an instant coffee machine.
Milk costs are an important consideration with milk based coffees, such as lattes and cappuccinos, as these kind of drinks are amongst the most popular. Fresh milk costs around 7p per cup but coffee machines that use it require more cleaning time. Powdered milk can be nearly double the price per cup but saves a load of time cleaning and is much easier to store.
Many commercial coffee machines have energy saving modes making them both economical and eco-friendly. Some allow users to programme an automatic heat-up time so that coffee is ready to be served when people start to arrive at the office in the morning. This same feature will turn the machine off when the working day is over, thereby saving money on running costs.
When investing in an office coffee machine, businesses have the option to lease in order spread the cost over a 6 month to a 5-year period. This option allows offices to invest in a commercial grade machine without having to worry about getting all the money together up front, thereby alleviate some of the financial pressure. Coffee machine leases allow the leaseholder to purchase the machine at the end of the agreement by paying off the remaining value. This gives businesses the opportunity to choose a better model than the one they may have gone for if they had had to pay the full amount up front. By paying in manageable, tax-deductible monthly payments, businesses are able to budget efficiently, making investing in a commercial coffee machine a far less daunting prospect. There are also options to upgrade the coffee machine within a lease if, for instance, the size of a company suddenly expands or it is decided that a coffee machine with even more capabilities is required. Leasing gives businesses the flexibility to adapt according to their needs, and you can find out more by taking a look at our Pros and Cons of Leasing FAQ Pages.
To summarise, the benefits of leasing a commercial coffee machine include:
- Spread the cost
- Invest in a better model
- Ability to upgrade
- Easy monthly payments
By purchasing or leasing a commercial coffee machine, businesses will receive a comprehensive warranty period where breakdowns or faults are both covered. It is worth mentioning that if a domestic coffee machine is bought for use in a commercial setting, such as an office, any warranty will be void. Even if the fact a domestic machine had been used incorrectly were ignored, the office will be without coffee for a period of time as repairs are made or the machine is replaced. When a commercial coffee machine breaks down, on the other hand, a specialised technician is sent out to it and they carry out any repairs that are needed then and there.
There are many reasons why offices should consider purchasing a commercial coffee machine over a domestic one, and there are many so many options available that there is sure to be at least one to suit all possible requirements. Take the Bibium quiz to see what coffee machine would best suit your needs, but as a general guide we would recommend the following machines:
||Coffee Machine Recommendation
|Small Offices (Fewer Than 50 People)
||WMF 1100s, Bravilor Sego, Coffetek Vitale, Jura WE8
|Medium Offices (50 – 200 People)
||Bravilor Esprescious, Coffetek Vitro, WMF 1500s, Jura JX8, WMF 1100s
|Large Office (Over 200 People)
||Coffetek Vitro, Schaerer Prime, Franke A800, WMF1500s, Jura Giga Z8
Commercial Coffee Machines Improve Aesthetics & Morale
Lastly, coffee machines quickly become the heart of the office, so why not make sure it looks the part? With many sleek stylish designs, classic looks and ultra-modern customisable LED panels like those on the bean to cup WMF 1500s, office coffee machines can set the mood of an entire office. Aesthetics are particularly important if clients are likely to come into the office, and the ability to offer a client a quality cup of coffee from a machine that not only produces a great coffee but also looks great will make a big impression and create a professional appearance.