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The Coffee Machine Guru company can provide a wide range of commercial coffee machines to suit all beverage needs. There are many aspects to take into consideration when selecting the correct commercial coffee machine. However, the term Commercial Coffee Machines can cover a multitude of sins. There are two ways of looking at it. Firstly, any coffee machine used in a commercial environment should be a commercial coffee machine. That is to say that the manufacturer should class the machine for commercial professional use and give it a Commercial Warranty. This really is only important if buying a brand new machine or buying a coffee machine that is still in Warranty. Problems can occur when using a “domestic” coffee machine in a commercial business. The “domestic” classification given by manufacturers is intended for a range of coffee machines intended for home use and is given a Domestic Warranty accordingly. Although manufactured to excellent standards, domestic coffee machines are built to suit a “low” volume of coffees per day and where speed of preparation isn’t a big problem. The problem that occurs when using a domestic machine within a commercial environment is that the Domestic Warranty becomes invalid. The other way of looking at it is knowing the type and size of coffee machine to buy for commercial use. For some types of coffee machine the difference is obvious. For others, it’s not always quite as simple.
The obvious commercial choices are those referred to as Soluble Coffee Machines. Soluble machines use Freeze Dried coffee granules (some use real beans), powdered milk and chocolate powder. Coffee and chocolate are made automatically at the touch of a button. They are of a size and style that would obviously not be used for home use. This type of machine would be referred to as a vending machine and would be useful in work environments where staff don’t want to be involved in the day to day cleaning of a coffee machine. They are not used as much in catering outlets these days as customers are more sophisticated when it comes to quality and taste and expect real bean/fresh milk coffees.
Filter coffee machines or “pour over” have uses in the home and in a business. The are the jug and hot plate machines. Higher volume “pour over” types of coffee machines are the Bulk brewers. These have one or two brewing columns. They have detachable brewing containers, capable of holding up to 40 Litres of coffee and once again not an obvious choice for the home. When buying this type of machine you should go to a supplier specialising in coffee machines or catering equipment. You can be sure they will have a standard machine designed for use in commercial environments i.e. Hotels, Restaurants, Fast Food, Takeaway outlets. Self serve Cafeterias. Canteens and Offices.
With Traditional Espresso Machines and Bean to Cup Machines the boundaries are a little more blurred. Espresso Machines are found in any good Italian restaurant. Costa Coffee etc. The making of an Artisan(Handmade) Coffee is seen as an “artform” and provides the “theatre” and irresistible “aromas” of freshly ground coffee. There are domestic versions of the traditional espresso machine. Usually they are single group with small boiler sizes and “tank fill”. This standard of machine can be found in the High Street home appliances shops and will only have domestic warranties. Commercial Espresso Machines will only be found at specialist coffee companies and catering suppliers and will have commercial warranties. The Espresso Machine should definitely be the machine of choice for anyone wanting to set up an authentic Café Culture coffee shop.
Bean to Cup Machines are the hardest to disseminate. Some makes and models can look very similar to the commercial bean to cup machines. Bean to Cup machines are manufactured to different volume categories. The coffee machine has to be matched to daily cups/day requirements/estimates, drink size and how quickly they will be needed. All Manufacturer's cups/day specifications are based upon an 8oz serving with numbers spread evenly throughout the day. Low volume commercial machines will be up to 50 coffees a day. Medium volume range can produce 75 – 150 coffees a day. High volume will be 150 to 500 a day. Domestic Bean to Cup Machines are only designed to suit lower volumes and preparation time will be slower. Once again, this standard of machine can be found in the High Street home appliances shops and will only have domestic warranties. Commercial Espresso Machines will only be found at specialist coffee companies and catering suppliers and will have commercial warranties.