Factory or Industrial
Many of today’s factories house large equipment and offer work to a vast number of employees. What are some of the best options for coffee machines and products when serving a large group of workers? Read on to find out.
Coffee Vending Machines
For high traffic areas, coffee vending machines can be a good solution. There are two primary types of these machines:
- Freestanding: larger machines that can placed in a hall, cafeteria or outside.
- Table top: smaller machines that fit on a counter or in a kitchen or lunch room with ease.
These machines can work well for industrial settings where a large number of workers pass through on a daily (or nightly) basis, especially establishments that aren’t near a favorite local coffee shop. For employees looking to get their hot beverage fix, these machines provide a wide variety of diverse drink choices, including:
- Hot chocolate.
How do you go about getting one of these machines? A simple way is to go through a vendor who will supply you with the machine and then repair, restock and maintain it. This vendor will also hopefully share some of the profits from the machine (often, between five percent and 15 percent of the proceeds from the sale of beverages).with you as a way to entice you to go with their company and not a rival company.
Otherwise, you can buy the machine and take care of it yourself. By doing this, you’ll initially spend thousands of dollars, but you’ll be able to purchase coffee products which can be sold at a relatively high markup. In regard to maintenance, you can either maintain and fix the machine yourself, if you have the ability, hire someone to help keep it running smoothly.
Coffee Delivery Services
For companies that do not want to designate a worker to keep an eye on the stock of coffee or head to the store to buy more products and supplies, a coffee delivery service can help save time and hassle. Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and many others (even some smaller shops around the country), will deliver their products directly to your factory. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small or large establishment: These companies can fine-tune your delivery schedule and the specific delivery amounts (and types) to fit your needs.
If you’re a smaller factory with only a handful of workers, you can opt to get only coffee shipments on an agreed-upon schedule. Larger industrial complexes may choose to get not only coffee, but also a new machine or machines, coffee supplies, installation, maintenance and beyond. Your particular delivery plan will depend upon your size, coffee requirements and budget. On average, the cost of coffee alone will come to $50 to $125 per year for each employee.
Commercial-oriented Coffee Products
Commercial coffee makers are those machines usually seen in restaurants, diners and catering companies. Whether or not your factory needs one of these machines will come down to how many employees you have and how many of them drink coffee (and how much.). Many times, these machines aren’t necessary for non-commercial establishments.
If you have a large-scale operation and seemingly endless coffee needs, you may want to look into these products. Note that many of them can cost hundreds of dollars (think $200 to $600, on average) and some of the top-tier restaurant-ready machines cost well above $1,000.
Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
Automatic drip coffee makers are the tried-and-true traditional appliances found in apartments, homes, small businesses and beyond. You simply open the top, pour in water, insert a filter, add your favorite coffee and brew. For industrial companies on a budget, these makers can work wonders.
Larger models can brew 10 to 12 cups and can be an ideal for less than 15 employees. Obviously, they can work for larger factories, too: you can always buy more than one machine in order to meet unexpected needs or an serve a larger number of employees.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to keep up with demand, or your employees have very particular tastes in coffee, an automatic drip coffee maker may not be the right choice. In addition, upkeep and maintenance are necessary, which could be an additional, unwanted hassle in a busy environment.
These traditional models run between $40 and $200 and include options such as:
- Interactive displays.
- An automatic timer.
- Adjustable brew strength.
- Automatic shutoff.
- Temperature adjustment.
Pod Coffee Makers
Single-serve pod coffee makers put simplicity and superior taste together to create an easy and great-tasting brew. There are office and commercial variations of these single-serve models, the latter of which are touted as suitable for medium to large groups of workers (with some working for facilities with more than 30 employees). But, coffee is served one cup at a time; in addition, the single-serve pods used in these machines are more expensive when compared to buying regular ground coffee.
These machines normally cost between $50 and $300 depending upon the brand, model and features you choose.
Another option for big events can be coffee urns, elongated pots with handles at the top and a spout at the bottom. Size options include 30-cup, 40-cup, 50-cup, 60-cup and 80-cup brewing capacities; prices range from $30 to $150 with some commercial-oriented products moving into the $2,000 range.
If your coffee urns makes between 10 and 20 gallons per hour and you’re using six-ounce coffee cups, your factory function will be able to serve 200 to 400 cups per hour. Now that’s a lot of coffee!