NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 2,021 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 3:35am Subject: Re: Which is better?
Sorry, but this is like asking "Which vehicle is the best for getting to work?"
What kind of coffee drinks would you like to have? Just plain old drip coffee or something more fashioinable like latte, for example? What budget do you call medium range? How many people will be using the machine? On average, how many cups per day will you be brewing? Who's going to take care of the machine (cleaning, maintaining)? Who will provide the coffee? Do you want to use pre-ground or whole beans freshly ground?
*** "This drink of the Satan is so delicious that it would be a shame to leave it to the infidels." (Pope Clement VIII on coffee, when he was urged to ban the beverage)
Daniel437 Senior Member Joined: 20 Apr 2012 Posts: 22 Location: Berlin Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Jul 3, 2013, 3:27am Subject: Re: Which is better?
It all depends. Bunn is a go-to for drip coffee in the office. I'm normally not a fan of single-serve coffee makers like Nespresso but they can be good in an office setting in that a) you know when the coffee was brewed and b) you can have more selection. http://www.coffeekrave.com/commercial-coffee-makers/
How many employees do you have? You might buy several different coffee machines (French press, Nespresso machine, drip coffee maker) to give your employees more variety and keep things interesting.
cerridwyn Senior Member Joined: 6 Jun 2010 Posts: 505 Location: Inland Empire California Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 2:45pm Subject: Re: Which is better?
Number of employees who would use it is a big factor. And how fast they will drink what you brew
If it is a small number, a lesser priced quality home machine is probably better than an expensive office machine. I know a lot of people like Bunn's but I've never cared for them.
What sort of coffee are you planning to make in your machine?
A friend of mine's small office does a K-cup machine and in addition to the pre-made cups for those who doctor it so much you can't tell it's coffee, they keep several of the individual cup filters around and allow the aficionados to grind and brew up what they wish. It's not perfect but I personally have a hard time with people taking 20 dollar a pound coffee and adding heaps of sugar and milk when after they are done, it doesn't taste any better than the cheap store brand that is 2 years past roast.
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