Automatic VS Semi-Automatic Coffee Machines In The Office

Selecting the right coffee machine for your office can be tricky, particularly with so many different options on the market. But don’t worry, Corporate Coffee Solutions is here to help. In today’s blog, we’re doing a deep dive into automatic coffee machines and semi-automatic coffee machines to help you decide if they’re the right fit for your office. Keep reading to learn more!

Automatic coffee machines

A popular choice in offices worldwide, automatic coffee machines come with standard features like programmable buttons, power settings, and larger water tanks which make them perfect for pumping out cup after cup all day long.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

The biggest benefit of an automatic coffee machine is that they’re easy to use. With just a push of a button, you and your employees can enjoy a fresh latte, espresso, cappuccino and more. As well as ease of use, you won’t be on hook for teaching new hires how to use the machine. Another great thing about automatic coffee machines is the consistency of flavour. The perfect espresso shot and milk ratio is taken care of for you, ensuring a perfectly balanced and flavourful cup of coffee every morning.

Thanks to their simplicity, automatic coffee machines can also help save you time in the morning. Just press a few buttons and your morning brew is ready. This makes them an excellent fit for large offices where getting in and out of the kitchen quickly to avoid crowding is important.

Semi-automatic coffee machines

While a semi-automatic coffee machine takes a little more effort to use compared to an automatic, it can produce far better results. For example, the beans are ground fresh before each cup is prepared which ensures they’re as good as the coffee you buy from your local barista at a cafe.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

While both automatic and semi-automatic coffee machines both produce a top quality cup of Joe, a semi-automatic gives you slightly more control over how the coffee is made. For example, if you or your staff prefer their coffee strong, a semi-automatic can be great as it allows users to adjust the fineness of their grind so they don’t have to compromise on taste or strength.

However, one downside to using a semi-automatic coffee machine is that they tend to take up quite a bit of counter space, so it’s important to double check your staff kitchen has enough space before you go ahead.

How to choose the right coffee machine for your office

So now you know the benefits of both automatic and semi-automatic coffee machines, it’s time to start looking. To make sure you get the best machine possible, keep in mind these few simple tips:

  • How much usage do you expect to get out of your machine? This determines both the size of your water tank, as well as the durability. The more hours per day it’s being used, the bigger and sturdier it should be.
  • What’s the look and feel of the machine important to you? It isn’t just about aesthetics – think carefully about where it’s going to be placed. An automatic coffee machine takes up far less space than a semi-automatic, so if you’re limited on space then this might be your best option.
  • If your office only has a few staff members, an automatic is probably enough. However if more than one person makes coffee every morning, a semi-automatic with the option to prepare more than one cup at a time is ideal.
  • Think carefully about what you want from your coffee machine. Are you looking for espresso-based drinks, or would pour overs and cold brews be better?

So there you have it! Automatic or semi-automatic? Whatever option you choose, the friendly staff at Corporate Coffee Solutions is here to help. For more tips and tricks and to stay on top of the latest coffee news, make sure you subscribe to our blog today!

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