With 96% of British workers recently revealing that they drink at least one cup of coffee a day, it’s no surprise that the coffee machine industry is so big.
There are five main types of commercial coffee machines. These are:
- Espresso machines
- Bean to Cup coffee machines
- Instant coffee machines
- Filter coffee machines
- Bulk brew coffee machines
In this blog post, we’ll explore further into these types so it’s easier for you to decide which commercial coffee machine is right for you.
Espresso coffee machines are often considered the most ‘classic.’ Famous brands are Astoria, Expobar and Qualita.
Espresso, roughly translated, means a cup of espresso coffee served to you quickly.
The first espresso machine was developed in 1822. It was a breakthrough due to the fact it could maintain and handle the necessary pressure needed to serve the coffee.
Today, it is still an affordable and reliable machine.
Bean to cup coffee machines
These machines work similarly to the traditional espresso machines, though it works on a one-cup basis, grinding the beans and then adding water.
You are able to make variations of the traditional espresso, for example a cappuccino or a latte, by adding milk at the beginning of the process.
They are one of the most straightforward and easy to use pieces of coffee making equipment, and it is easy to experiment with different blends.
Some users may find that these machines allow the drinks to cool very quickly, but otherwise they are a great suggestion for a first time coffee machine, because of their ease of use.
A popular brand of bean to cup coffee machines is De’Longhi.
Instant coffee machines
Instant coffee has been used for decades because it is quick and convenient. Today, around 15% of coffee consumed in the United States is instant coffee.
Some early versions of instant coffee did not dissolve well in the water and as such developers have been constantly looking at new ways to improve.
Instant coffee machines have become more and more accessible to people for their homes, as well as in offices.
They are fast and reliable as well as giving you the chance to make coffee that tastes and smells just as good as you’d get in a coffee shop.
Nespresso is a great example of an office coffee machine, as well as Douwe Egberts.
Filter coffee machines
Filter coffee machines have hot plates and a drip system. The plates heat up and a jug is placed on top.
The filter is full of coffee grounds. Hot water is poured through the machine, through the filter, leaving the jug full of coffee ready to be drunk.
Filter coffee machines have been in use for many years and was first developed in 1908.
Most well known stores will sell filter coffee machines.
They don’t allow you to experiment with other types of coffee, like lattes or cappuccinos, but for basic coffee they are probably the best.
Bulk brew coffee machines
Bulk brew coffee machines are perfect for when large amounts of coffee are required. Some bulk brew machines can produce up to 20 litres of coffee per hour, great for an office or large event where coffee is a must.
They can be placed in almost any location, meaning again, they are great for public events.
Hotels and restaurants also use them to keep up with the high levels of demand.
Bravilor and Magrini are well known brands of bulk brew coffee machines.