how to choose commercial coffee machine
Commercial coffee makers are most probably not going to be available at regular stores. In shopping for coffee makers for commercial use, you will need to go to a commercial appliance specialty store which supplies restaurants and coffee shops with large scale commercial appliances. Commercial coffee machines are needed by coffee shop owners. If you are a coffee shop owner who purchased a franchise, the franchise owner will be able to refer you to several supply stores for the coffee makers you need. Alternatively, the franchise owner may provide you with a coffee maker which is included in the price of a franchise.
Buying an existing coffee shop which already has commercial coffee makers included in the price of the shop is very convenient. However, it does help to know what is out there in the market today. You might also want to increase your network by finding the contact numbers of possible specialized technicians for the particular brand of coffee maker you have. This is just in case of emergency, if something unexpectedly or accidentally breaks down and also in case of a power outage, you can check if your machine was affected in any way.
Some popular types of commercial coffee makers are the Swiss Egro, the Jura Automatic Coffee Center (amazon link), the Rex Royal and brands such as Schaerer, Mocafe, Dalla Corte, Concordia, Compak, Ghirardelli, Bunn Home Coffee Machines, Curtis, Jura Capresso Coffee and Espresso Machines and Fetco.
Commercial coffee machines are normally larger than the kitchen variety, with a large cup capacity according to the demand of the size of your coffee shop. A machine for commercial use can be specifically for just regular brewed coffee or for a variety of coffee concoctions such as cafe latte, cafe mocha or mocha java flavors. It is important to know how much volume of coffee you need in how much time.
Compare products and brands to get an idea of what commercial coffee makers are out there. Check out the competition and talk to other coffee shop owners for ideas. Look for thermal dispensers and urns as well as grinders if you are not brewing and serving from the machine. You can do a lot of comparison shopping online which makes it easy to compare model units and prices.
Make sure you pay attention to the feedback that the particular brands you are interested in are getting. Avoid getting products from new manufacturers and go for the classic brands, which are tested and proven. Remember that different machines have different functions and you need to make sure you choose the machine with the functions you need. No need for a hot milk steamer if you don’t offer cappuccinos in the menu.
Most commercial coffee makers come in stainless steel with black rubber handles. New models are now out in the market that come in all black designs. These machines are designed to not only produce enough coffee to meet a large demand but need to be durable enough to withstand constant use. Cleaning the commercial equipment needs to be done on a daily basis, and the machines need to be checked every so often for maintenance purposes. Installers of commercial coffee equipment usually also provide the technical know-how and the commercially packed coffee grounds.