Best coffee machine for the office

You turn up at your workplace groggy, half-awake and in the nick of time. The first place you head over to is the coffee corner, waiting eagerly for your arrival. The coffee calls out your name. You call back. But as soon as you pull the lever on the coffee maker, the inevitable happens.

It breaks down.

Time to get another one, right? The only problem is there’s too many to choose from. In the ocean of advertisements and premium tech coffee makers, which one is right for your office? With a bite-sized guide, this article will help you take all factors into consideration and choose from the best of the best.

The factors to keep in mind are generally a few:

• Budget.

You’ll have to check what the company can afford before you can dive in.
Low = cheap
Medium = moderate price
High = expensive

• Convenience.

Can you handle cleaning it out? (If yes, you have more options.)
Low = Hard to handle/Requires more manpower than automatic work/Requires constant cleaning or filtering
Medium = Moderate to handle/requires little manpower/requires cleaning once in a while
High = Easy to handle/does the whole process itself/doesn’t require cleaning

• Preference.

Can you and your colleagues work on a simple coffee or do you prefer fancy lattes?
Low = only makes espresso
Moderate = requires manual power to customize espresso
High = makes cappuccino, macchiato, latte, and sometimes tea.

• Quantity.

Is it a small office with few coffee lovers or big company that functions on caffeine?
Low = makes little amount of coffee in a specific time
Medium = makes moderate amount of coffee but takes time
High = makes large amounts of coffee in a specific time

There are many types of coffee machines available in the market, and to find the one that suits your needs, viewing the most popular ones will give you an idea of what you really need.

1. Manual espresso machines

Budget: Low
Convenience: Low
Preference: High
Quantity: Medium

2. Bean-to-cup vending machines

Budget: Low
Convenience: Medium (require cleaning)
Preference: High
Quantity: Medium

3. Filter coffee machines

Budget: Low
Convenience: High
Preference: Low
Quantity: High

4. Automatic bean-to-cup machines

Budget: Medium
Convenience: Medium (require cleaning)
Preference: Medium
Quantity: High

5. Capsule or Pod machines

Budget: High
Convenience: High
Preference: High
Quantity: Medium

You might find some filter coffee machines aren’t really in the “low” spectrum, and some may cost more than an automatic bean-to-cup, but as this is a general view of the different types of coffee machines and their average ratings, it would be best if you take your factors into consideration and choose the right kind of machine for your office.

Having cleared that, here are some personal favorites that deserve their own ratings. These are the high-tier level caffeine pumpers that would look fantastic in a big company, or simply wow clients and guests with their looks and skill.

Bunn VPR-APS Pourover Airpot Coffee Brewer
Budget: High
Convenience: High
Preference: Low
Quantity: High

Grindmaster B-SAP PrecisionBrew
Budget: High
Convenience: High
Preference: Medium
Quantity: High
Keurig K150P / Keurig K140 / Keurig K10
Budget: High
Convenience: High
Preference: High
Quantity: Low

Flavia Creation 500 / Flavia Barista

Budget: High
Convenience: High
Preference: High
Quantity: High
And with that, we wish you a happy coffee hunt!