When looking at the different types of machines, you’ll notice that they are categorized according to the brewing method. There are three main brewing methods and each machine is suitable for one or more brewing methods. The brewing system creates different coffee tastes, even if the coffee beans are the same.
The capacity of the coffee machine is an important factor too. There are machines that make 200 cups of coffee per hour, but if your organization consists of 10 employees, this is not necessary. You should also consider other factors in the machine choice including extras and add-on such as milk frothing equipment?
Do you want to offer your employees and customers different coffee varieties? If so, first check what is needed in the workplace. This way you can find out which variations are the most popular. This can be done via a simple employee coffee survey.
The most common brewing methods are: instant, freshly brewed and espresso.
- Instant: this means that the coffee is in powder form. The machine then mixes the water with the extract in a mixing bowl or mixer.
- Freshly brewed: with fresh brew, better known as filter coffee, water is drawn through the filter in the machine using the vacuum principle. The water then seeps through the ground beans to make the end cup.
- Espresso: in the espresso method, or bean coffee, the beans are ground in the machine and dosed, after which water is pushed through the ground beans at high pressure.
Instant machines are intended for making instant or “soluble” coffee. Instant coffee is a 100% pure coffee that is easy to prepare. A great advantage of instant coffee is its long shelf life; the coffee can be stored for months. Furthermore, instant machines are also easy to clean and maintain.
Though a bean machine requires more maintenance than an instant machine, it also has many advantages. The beans are freshly ground with every cup served. This means you always have a fresh cup of coffee. The machine automatically grinds the beans. All you have to do is make sure the bean container is filled and press the button of your favorite coffee choice.
The “combi” machine gives you the best of both worlds. This machine makes it possible to make both instant coffee and fresh bean coffee quickly.
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