yamhill Senior Member Joined: 1 Feb 2009 Posts: 37 Location: Portland, OR Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 9:26am Subject: Corporate coffee service
I've been pegged as a coffee geek and tasked with helping improve the coffee service at work. By way of scale: we use right at 100 pounds per month. We have 7 coffee stations consisting of curtis slg grinders, curtis tlp brewers, and press pots. Have any of you worked through the options for this sort of demand level with equipment, service contracts, etc?
The primary objective is to improve the coffee service for the office. I'm starting to collect bids, and I'm feeling my way forward. Of course being a corporate environment, budgets will play a role, but the initial indications are that we can improve with the current budget.
Our current vendor delivers coffee every two weeks - and who knows how old it is when it gets here. The grinders and brewers are fairly standard commercial units from what I can tell. I think the primary problem is the old coffee. Old coffee in plus almost any level of service or brewing technology is going to produce swill. The second problem is the service. I don't think they ever clean the grinders and only rarely clean the brewers.
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