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Shopping Guide: Choosing a Coffee Maker

January 08, 2018
Shopping Guide: Choosing a Coffee Maker

Having a coffee maker in the office is one of the many perks that employees enjoy. Being able to get a coffee in the break room freely is a great way to get away from the desk and have a nice break before getting back to work, increasing happiness and productivity in the office.

However, there is a multitude of coffee makers and it’s not always easy to find one that is high quality and durable. Here is your complete buying guide that will explain the different models and main features to help you choose the one that will meet your needs. Happy shopping!

Types of Coffee Maker

There are several types of coffee makers on the market nowadays. All do the same thing, but in their own unique way. Below are the details for each model.

1. Classic Coffee Maker

Using ground coffee and filters, the classic coffee maker will fill a carafe and keep it warm for a period of time while people can fill up as they please. The paper filters are disposable but the mesh inside should be rinsed at the end of each day to eliminate any coffee grounds still left. This is the most economical model, but effective for even the biggest coffee drinkers!

If you’re looking for a classic coffee maker, you'll definitely enjoy the 12-cup Black and Decker Smart Brew at just $ 39.99.

2. Pod Coffee Maker

This type of coffee makers is becoming one of the latest crazes. You simply put a pre-packaged pod into a machine where it is then pierced, allowing hot water to flow through it leaving you with the perfect cup of coffee in seconds. You can get multiple flavours for your employees to choose from based on their preferences. Keep in mind that you will have to use the coffee pods that fit in the machine you have.

If you’re into the pod coffee makers, you’ll definitely love the Tassimo, which can automatically adjusts the amount of water and the brewing time. We sell coffee pods on our website, including brands such as Maxwell House.

3. Classic Espresso Machine

If you enjoy the ritual of making strong coffee, the classic espresso machine will prepare traditional espressos or specialty coffees, such as lattes or cappuccinos. You can prepare 1 or 2 at a time, depending on the machine chosen. To add a little spunk, you can buy a milk frother for a finishing touch. The Delonghi brand is one of the most popular on the market.

Two other models exist, including the espresso machine with a grinder, which allows you to grind your coffee beans directly in the machine for fresh coffee. The last model is the espresso machine using capsules, like the pod coffee machine, it allows you to use single-use coffee capsules.

4. Italian Coffee Maker

An Italian coffee maker uses a peculiar looking coffee pot, known as a moka pot, to make a cup of delicious coffee or espresso. This is good for one or two cups, but not ideal for large offices.

5. Milk Frother

Although some coffee machines have these already attached, others opt to have them separate. A milk frother will heat milk to a nice, foamy state. Perfect to add a finishing touch to any coffee.

6. Coffee Grinder

Nothing makes a better tasting coffee than by using freshly ground coffee beans. You can grind the beans yourself in a short amount of time with a coffee grinder. The advantage is being able to keep the freshness and flavour of the coffee until the moment of preparation.

How to Decide on a Coffee Maker

The various features of a coffee machine can have you leaning towards one model over another. To help you choose, here are the main functions to consider.

1. Number of Cups

Think about how many people are in your office, you don’t want to buy a coffee maker that doesn’t produce enough coffee for everyone, or takes too long to make enough cups. Your coffee budget will also be a good indicator for the type of coffee maker you can buy.

2. Programmable

It comes in handy to be able to program a coffee maker so that it’s hot and ready for the first person to come in. It is also handy to be able to program it to make multiple pots of coffee throughout the day and to turn off automatically at the end of the day.

3. Filtering

Some coffee makers have filter cartridges, which help maintain taste by removing the chlorine in the water. They also eliminate limescale and extend the life of your machine.

4. Practical functions

Many coffee makers, especially the classic ones, will have practical functions like an automatic shut down after a certain amount of time while keeping a pot of coffee hot in the meantime. In addition, some models are self-cleaning, offer multiple delivery modes, distribute hot water, have smart features that fit with your smartphone and more. There are a number of features to suit the needs of anyone!

Here at Crites and Riddell, we offer a variety of office essentials such as coffee, pods and filters. We also sell several models of coffee makers on our website. Visit us online and buy a new coffee maker for your office today!

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