Deciding on the right coffee machine for your restaurant, café or hotel can be stressful if you have little experience in the industry. There are many blog posts on the internet about different machines that are available, it’s difficult to know which one to trust. From years of experience in the industry, we will give you the top 5 things to consider when buying a coffee machine for your business. After all, it’s a crucial investment for most.
How much will you serve?
If you’re serving coffee in large numbers with substantial peaks in certain times in a day (250+ cups) then you must take into consideration the correct size of machine for your shop. Lots of people believe they need a 3-group machine because they’re serving many customers. However, it all depends on the size of your establishment. There are busy coffee shops that use a 2-group machine and separate water boiler for Americano & tea. For a smaller coffee shops (serving 40-80 cups) a compact coffee machine could be perfect, these types of machines have seen an increase in sales due to many new independent coffee shops wanting to serve premium coffee.
A high level of training to use the coffee machine is important because using the appliance incorrectly can damage it. Work with your machine supplier and making sure that the machine is on exactly the right setting to ensure that you get a consistent blend of coffee. What you want in a new machine is improved espresso quality, and a smooth milk texture. Your staff should have regular and complete training on the machine to ensure your customers have a consistent cup of coffee.
Espresso Machines are available in all sizes and many different providers have their own model. If you’re starting your business from scratch, then you should take into consideration your décor and environment when thinking about the coffee machine you want to purchase. If you’re a specialty coffee house, your machine should be in a prominent position within the shop.
Coffee Business owners will have to make the decision between leasing and buying their machine outright. Leasing makes sense for small independent businesses. One benefit of leasing is that lease payments act as a direct operating expense, something the banks like to see. However, buying the appliance out-right means that you don’t have to worry about the money going out of your account each month.
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