How Do You Coffee at Work?

At one job, our manager coordinated our team to share the purchase of a commercial-grade coffee maker.  We arranged for each member to bring in a large package of ground coffee for the week on a rotating basis.  It worked out great, saved time from trips to the coffee shop down the street, and saved money in the long-run.  It was a convenience we enjoyed every day of the week.

There are all sorts of ways to liven up the whole office’s activity and energy, but one sure-fire way to make sure that your employees are active enough while doing their work is to install an espresso machine.


There are all sorts of benefits that your office will have from installing an espresso machine.  On the other hand, there are some important things that one should think about before going out to buy just any espresso machine for your office.


Here are some of the things that each espresso drinker should consider when thinking about espresso machines for his or her office:


The Price

Just as there are many different types of espresso machines that you can buy, so too are there plenty of espresso machine prices on the market. One can buy an espresso machine for as much as $50 or $500, but it depends on how fancy or nice you need your machine to be.


For the average office, a 2-cup dispenser of espresso would probably be enough because espresso shots are the serving that typically fit one of these espresso machines.  When looking for a 2-serving espresso dispenser, the price of one of these machines will probably be around the vicinity of $150-200.  Of course, fancier ones that are decked out in chrome or a black finish will probably be considerably more expensive as well!


The Needs

Another issue that has to be considered before purchasing an espresso machine for the office is just how much espresso the whole office needs on any one morning or workday.


Furthermore, the type of espresso machine also makes a difference, and here you’ll want to consider whether you should buy an automatic espresso machine or stick with a lesser expensive machine that may have manual controls.  Of course, semi-automatic espresso machines can also be purchased that will also dispense espresso shots rather quickly.


On the other hand, the amount of employees in one office will more than likely determine which type of machine is purchased. Whereas a manual machine may take several minutes to squeeze out one shot of espresso, a fully automatic espresso machine may give out espresso shots as fast as you turn around!


There are also a whole other bunch of specific issues when it comes to choosing the right espresso machine.  For example, you must choose whether your employees need to choose the setting of the grinding of the espresso coffee beans.


Some machines grind the beans to a fine powder automatically, but others let the espresso drinker have total control over the amount of grinding that it does! Of course, the ones that allow the espresso drinker to have the most control over how fine or coarse the beans are ground will probably be considerably more expensive than other automatic espresso machines. Altogether, though, all of these things are very important before investing in an espresso machine for the office!


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