In 2023, caring for your staff’s well-being has become an absolute must to uphold employee retention and boost productivity levels. Having a happy, energised office as opposed to a cranky, decaffeinated one is a delight, and what better way to show your gratitude than by giving your team the best commercial coffee machine on the market?
We’re pretty sure one thing that many office workers can agree on is how crucial the coffee situation in the office is for fuelling the 9 to 5 hours.
Of course, it’s important for your office to keep up with all the latest tech, but catering to your employee’s coffee needs is just that little bit more of a personal touch.
What to look for in a commercial coffee machine
Office coffee machines don’t come cheap, and it can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to begin—we can’t imagine you’ve got much barista training behind your belt. Luckily for you, you won’t need it.
All you have to do is nail down specifics when it comes to your office’s coffee demands to start understanding what to look for in a commercial coffee machine. What’s more, with options for leasing machines instead of purchasing them outright, you can save on cash flow too.
Ask your office the following:
What percentage of your employees actually drink coffee and other hot drinks?
You may have a larger office and find yourself looking at coffee machines that produce around 200 coffees or hot drinks a day—but if this serves only 50% of your office, it might be overkill to invest in the largest coffee machine.
In this case, you may be better off buying a machine that caters to smaller offices, saving you hundreds or thousands of pounds. Ensure that you truly understand the volume you’re going to cater to before you begin your research.
What are your employee’s coffee preferences?
Do they dabble their caffeinated delights in fancy, barista-made coffee such as lattes and cappuccinos, or are they just fine with a nice black Americano?
Let’s say only 70% of your office enjoys their coffee black—then why blow the budget out of the water on a machine that offers milk frothing technology? If you find your office isn’t too picky then maybe an efficient coffee machine and some good beans from our coffee suppliers may be all they need.
How many cups a day do they drink?
Throughout the research process of finding the perfect office coffee machine for your team, you will see comparative numbers across the board of how much coffee each machine can produce daily.
Some of your staff may prefer 3 to 4 coffees a day, and some may prefer just to have one. On top of understanding who actually drinks coffee in the office, dive deeper into understanding how many cups on average your machine will need to be capable of pumping out daily.
It will benefit you greatly to do your research to ensure you make the right decision without wasting time or money on the wrong fit. Not everyone needs a huge beast of a coffee machine. It’s important to understand the demand.
With that being said, here are our top 5 picks for commercial coffee machines for every kind of office.
What are the best office coffee machines?
Jura WE8 — best for small offices
With 16 easily accessible coffee specialty options, the Jura WE8 is the best commercial coffee machine for small offices that crave variety and appreciate the finer things in life.
The Jura WE8 features a 3-litre water tank, a bean storage container that holds up to 500 grams of coffee—making approximately 4 cups per day—and features a programmable switch-off timer, saving your business on electricity bills and helping the planet little by little.
Aesthetically, the Jura WE8 is a dream with its stunning look and feel and easy-to-use interface.
- State-of-the art milk froth quality
- Consistently high grind quality
- Small and compact at 41.9cm x 29.5cm x 44.4cm
- No removable brewing unit, making it a one-touch clean
- Affordable price for it’s superb quality
Franke A600— best for medium sized offices
Simple to use, easy to clean, and a truly intelligent coffee system at that—the Franke A600 offers an exceptional experience. From hot chocolates on cold mornings to iced coffees on sweltering days The Franke A600 is sure to mix it up for your employees or guests.
The Franke A600 is not only stylish, fast, and simple to use, but it also has smart timer functions with minimal power consumption. With Franke’s FoamMaster technology, it’s sure to give a coffee experience like no other, and you can even pop your company logo on the display screen to give it that extra personal touch.
- 150 cups daily
- Stores up to 2.6 lb. of beans
- Three unique dosing stations to add flavours to beverages
- FoamMaster milk system
Franke A800 — best for medium to large offices
Got an office filled with caffeine addicts? Then the Franke A800 might just be for you, and it’s designed to handle large coffee demands without compromising its quality or overall performance. With its endless options, your office can enjoy up to 250 perfect cups of Joe every day without needing to worry about its performance.
The Franke A800 features a massive 10.4-inch colour touchscreen with an easily customisable menu that includes not only cappuccinos, lattes, iced coffees, or hot chocolate but also flavoured milk and syrups.
With its massive 12-litre fridge capacity and 1.2 kg of bean storage, you won’t have to be too attentive to its refilling needs.
It has no issues with multitasking due to its 3-boiler system, making it possible to easily make a high-quality cup of coffee for yourself and another employee or client at the same time.
It may also be large, but it surprisingly boasts mass energy savings, so you can not only save on bills but reduce your cost to the earth too.
- 12-litre cooling fridge capacity
- Hose-free docking system
- Automatic switch-off timer
- Freshly ground beans for each coffee offer maximum flavour
- Programmable customisation options
Jura Giga X8C — best for large offices
Built for maximum performance, the Jura Giga X8c is a sleek, sophisticated, state-of-the-art beast offering high performance while still keeping simplicity and convenience at its forefront, making it accessible to even the most technically challenged.
The Jura Giga X8C boasts a massive daily capacity of 250 drinks with a highly intelligent aroma and preheating system to ensure all your coffees are top quality. With an automatic grinder adjustment and 2 x 650 g of bean storage, all you’ll need to do is simply turn this beast on; it’s ready to perform.
- 2 x 650g bean container holding capacity
- Thermoblock heating system
- Pulse extraction process
- Automatic Grinder Adjustment
- Makes up to 250 coffees daily
- Preheating system
If you’re interested in any of the above office coffee machines, don’t hesitate to get in touch. For further advice on a machine to suit your individual office and team, our friendly experts are on hand to help.