Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most elegant and dependable. Commercial filter coffee machines are superbly reliable and convenient, particularly if you’re tight on space or don’t have a water supply. So why do we love them so much? Commercial filter coffee machines have blessed deprived office spaces for decades now, and we often take them for granted. Simply adding water and some freshly ground coffee, you’ll have a delicious pot of coffee ready to share with your colleagues in a matter of minutes. Brands such as Bravilor have focused on perfecting the art of filter coffee, allowing workplaces of all kinds to enjoy superb quality coffee with minimal cost and no equipment set up. Energy efficiency, stylish design and low maintenance requirements are just a few of the qualities that can be attributed to commercial filter coffee machines, but their party piece remains their ability to produce large volumes of coffee in a short period of time.
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Choosing a commercial filter coffee machine for your office comes down to a number of factors including coffee preference, price, and the features that you want or need. Drip brewing or filter coffee machines like the Bravilor Novo are certainly no stranger to offices or homes around the country, as they’ve been around since the 1950s. Bulk brew machines such as the Bravilor B20 are similar, but they produce much larger quantities of filter coffee, making them an ideal choice for large, busy offices with lots of employees, hotels, conference facilities, and sporting venues.
How Filter Coffee Machines Are Used
Filter coffee machines are relatively easy to use, which is why they’re such a popular option.
First, you should add a coffee filter to the filter basket – although many machines come with their own mesh filter, which is a popular option because it’s even easier to use and can be cleaned as and when needed.
Then, measure out your coffee; the amount you put into the filter depends on the amount of coffee you want to make and the type of coffee you’re making. Typically, you’ll need around two tablespoons of coffee to every six ounces of water, but the coffee machine will come with a handbook providing details of the best ratio.
Measure out your water – there are usually markings on the side to make this easy.
Plug it in and turn on the machine. Some machines start automatically, while others have a button that you should press to start brewing.
Finally, wait until the coffee has finished brewing before pouring it into your cup and enjoying it. If your machine uses a paper filter, you should throw it away as soon as you’re done. Mesh filters should be rinsed.
Who Filter Coffee Machines Are Best For
Filter coffee machines come in all shapes and sizes, so the best part is that they are ideal for anybody. Smaller filter coffee machines are often used in homes and are ideal for any coffee-lovers who don’t want to put up with instant coffee in the morning and would much rather have a strong cup of joe right from their kitchen.
Drip brewing filter coffee machines are an ideal choice for smaller offices with not that many employees, since they can only usually make a cup at a time. For larger offices, hotels, restaurants, conference facilities and sporting venues, bulk brew machines are the best option since they can handle larger quantities of coffee for several people at a time.
Filter vs. Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines
If you’re in the market for a new commercial coffee machine, you may have been looking at the different types available including bean-to-cup coffee machines. What’s the difference?
Bean-to-cup Coffee Machines:
Bean-to-cup coffee machines typically produce espresso, which is the base for various different coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites. Espresso comes out thicker and more concentrated than filer, and also has layers.
Crema: This is the golden-brown, top layer of a shot of espresso. Not all coffee can produce it and it can be a divisive topic; some find it quite bitter while others consider it to be a sign of a good shot.
Liquid: This is the main portion of the espresso shot which brings both sweetness and acidity. It comes in two different parts; the heart and the body. The body is the middle portion which is normally a caramel-brown colour, while the heart is at the base of the espresso and is usually a darker, richer brown shade.
Filter Coffee Machines:
In theory, espresso and filter are the same concepts. They have the same basics; pour hot water over coffee grounds, the water passes through the grounds and some kind of filter and falls into a cup. However, the key difference between filter coffee and espresso is that with a filter, the water uses gravity alone to run through the coffee grounds rather than being pushed through with pressure as is the case with espresso. Because of this, the brewing process takes a little longer for a different result and requires more water and coffee grounds.
Compared to espresso with its various layers and density, filter coffee is clear, clean and consistent thanks to the fact that more water is allowed to absorb the coffee fragrances and oils in its own time and at its own pressure rather than by force. It also tends to draw less acidity compared with espresso.
Best Commercial Filter Coffee Machines and Brands
This is a round filter coffee machine which is built to produce a ton of coffee in a short space of time. It is capable of brewing 20l of coffee in under 15 minutes and can hold up to 40l at any given time. Behind its sturdy steel construction and imposing design, there are plenty of little features that put this machine at the top of the list. A signal that tells you when the coffee is brewed, an integrated timer, and four automatic coffee dispenser options make it a great choice for large workplaces, hotels, restaurants, sporting venues and conferences. It also comes with a built-in counter to keep track of the total number of coffees both served over the course of a day and in total, which allows owners to see exactly how much use they’re getting from their machine. And to make sure that it is always running at maximum efficiency, it comes with an inbuilt descaling system to help keep it in the best possible condition.
Designed for Airpots and vacuum flasks, this plumbed in filter coffee machine is designed to brew a whole lot of coffee. It can brew up to 18l of coffee in a single hour and takes just eight minutes to brew enough for around eighteen cups. It’s an ideal option for busy commercial environments or catering and is made from high-quality stainless steel with black elements that complement its mainly silver colour. There are numerous inbuilt helpful features including a ‘coffee ready’ indicator to let users know when it’s okay to remove the flask from the machine, and a warning signal to alert you when descaling is needed. There’s an optional water filter that’s ideal if using the machine in hard water areas.
This modular filter coffee machine is perfect for conference facilities and hotels, offering flexible coffee preparation options. It’s able to accommodate a range of quantities of MELITTA-FILTERED coffee from eight litres to forty litres. The ease of adjusting the quantities allows users to prepare just enough coffee to meet their needs, while the circulated air heating system and porcelain inner insert ensure that any coffee stored inside the machine is at an evenly hot temperature. And, a pressure-less filtering process allows for perfect aroma development and residue-free coffee that stays fresh for as long as possible. It also comes with a useful integrated timer, allowing the machine to be programmed to start heating up and begin the filter process at a set time, which makes it ideal for fast-paced environments needing coffee on the go. The moveable outlets and raised-bottom plate allow large containers, jugs and cups to be easily filled. A high-performance hot water tap means you can use the machine for making tea and other hot drinks.