In the past, the coffee station at a typical office consisted of regular coffee, decaf coffee, tea and maybe hot chocolate if you were lucky. There were no Interactive Cup™ Brewers 5 years ago so whatever the office manager ordered, the employees were stuck with. However, thankfully, times have changed and now employees can preapre their favorite caffiene beverage with an array of choices and choices and flavors without ever leaving the office.

With the cost of an average cup of coffee soaring at over $1.85  (just for a tall coffee at your local corporate coffee shack), having a coffee setup at the office provides another type of employee benefit much like a company cellphone. However, an old school, single coffee pot, single falvor, stale coffee staion isn’t exactly going to convience employees to stick around for a coffee break in the office. If you do the math, at $1.85 a day for an average of 20 work days a month it comes out to $37.00 a month spent on coffee which is assuming you only get a tall plain coffee once a day. Offering an alternative to the outdated coffee station can be a huge costs savings to both the employee and the employer.

As the love for coffee has evolved so has the variety of choices to add to make your cup of joe just the way you like it. The traditional coffee station at the office has transitioned in many work places to a coffee bar with endless possibilities to make your coffee or hot beverage. Now a coffee bar may not sway a new hire in choosing your company over another, but it certainly sends a message that your company cares about its employees and their happiness.

 

Before you decide which type of office coffee service you want to provide your hard working employees, you should consider the options available to you and which is the better fit.

K-Cups

The majoirty of people at home and in the office use k-cups for convience and It’s a plastic container with a small paper filter inside. Ground coffee is packed in the K-Cup and sealed air-tight with a combination plastic and foil lid. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures both the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into a mug.

The K-Cup is placed in a receptacle on the brewer. K-Cups have an outer ring or rim that stays dry during use, allowing for removal and disposal after use without getting the user’s hands wet or sticky. Most manually discarded pod machines require you to lift out the wet pod before your next brewing cycle. The pod is not really that wet nor is it too hot to handle. There may be an occasional drip of water from either one of the systems coffee device so be careful when discarding!

 

The 2014 year is a very exciting time for the office coffee service industry. Years ago, the
only real choice for your office coffee service was a glass pot to brew with and options of regular or de-café coffee. But as you know there was more; much more to the caffeine struggle then just glass pots, such as

  • Burnt coffee
  • Wasted coffee
  • Hours old coffee
  • Unable to recognize regular or deface coffee
  • Left over grounds in the pot
  • Argument son whose turn it is to clean the machine
  • Unable to agree on flavored coffees
  • Fresh ground or freeze yesterdays leftover grounds

The list goes on and unfortunately the only real way to find out if that coffee was decaf or regular was to wait an hour or so and see if on of your co-workers fall asleep at their desk or decided to take a pre-brunch a jog around the office building. Now lets not kid ourselves, some of these problems still persist today, but not from a lack of technology, but more so a lack of vision for the future.

more

The first great break through showed us the light: single cup coffee.

Now it’s time for the next generation of choices for the office. Machines available today meet the needs of today’s hot beverage needs including Cappuccinos’, Latte’s, Mochaccino and Espressos to name a few. All have the capabilities of brewing your perfect cup of awesome coffee in mere seconds. The tastes of these coffees are exceeding anything in the past but lets not forget the connivance factor here.

Yes we love coffee, so much that we are willing to drag our sleep laden eyes over to the coffee bar and commence in the cruel and unusual dance of adding water to our coffee pot, digging through boxes of lame, unflavored beans, finding filters (which are always gone), picking yesterdays grinds out of the pot just so we can rip open the coffee package( which  7 out of 10 times ends up pouring all over the office floor), all so we can nab some “go go juice” to help us get through our morning meetings.

What if mornings at the office coffee station could be different? What if you had the power to create an exceptional office coffee service for your entire company? Would you take the plunge into creating a better work environment? Would you take the hand of technology and say “lets go on an awesome coffee adventure” without ever having to leave your building?

Now imagine if your morning ritual was completely different. Imagine if you never had to fill the water container again. Never had to mess with coffee packages again. Never had to play coffee Russian roulette hoping you didn’t get the caffeine pot this morning. Imagine if with just a punch a button and you could have any type of coffee quicker than you can read your mornings first email. No disposal of the coffee pod or cartridges, no cleaning up the coffee grinds off the floor, no digging around that place they call the “office kitchen” hoping to find the last filter. These dreams are now a reality. With Coffee systems such as The OC System™ and the Starbucks® Interactive Cup Brewer, there are no limits to getting your caffeine and coffee fix with these new systems

The question now becomes, is your team fueled and focused on the job at hand or are they currently wasting time in the office community kitchen fiddling with ground bags of flavorless beans, chasing down filters, cleaning pots and de-scaling your coffee pot?

You need an office coffee service provider that not only delivers the best machines but also knows the best ways of setting up your office coffee station for maximum caffeine enjoyment and fun.

HubSpot Call-to-Action Code end HubSpot Call-to-Action Code

 

Employers recognize the importance of keeping their employees happy and energized without having them leave the facility to go wait in line for a cup of gourmet coffee or hot beverage. Happy employees are productive employees. Companies are starting to see that creating positive, relaxing environments for employees will lead to greater productivity and longer tenure.

Coffee Machines

The choices of how to prepare your morning cup of joe have exploded in the last 5 years. From instant coffee with actually flavor and depth, to completely self contained caffeine infusion systems with 100’s of flavor combinations, there is a brewing system for everyone and every company. The number of different brewing systems available can be overwhelming, but here are a few must knows:

  • traditional glass pot brewer
  • thermal carafe brewer
  • single cup pod brewer or K cup brewer
  • french press brewer

 

Nobody likes to hear that one of your favorites beverages of all time is going through some growing pains. But… fear not; the Java Geniuses are here to seperate fact from fiction.

As more information emerges on the status of coffee crops from major harvesting countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Columbia, Mexico, and many others in Central and South America, the more we know about the future of coffee prices for 2014. News media outlets have been following the increasingly popular topic of “Coffee Prices on the Rise”, and report that in 2014 to date coffee has been the top commodity in terms of amplified price. Totaling an increase of 95% this year, the price of coffee “C” market futures is among the highest in 2014.

According to recent reports from these countries, crop yields are on the decline due a couple of reasons:

Mother Nature

Drought – In Brazil (the world’s largest coffee producer) harvest was reduced from 44 million bags to 40-43 million bags due to the worst drought they have seen in decades. The cost of the most popular variety of bean – the Arabica bean – has risen dramatically by 20%, the highest it has been in several years.

 

Last week, our Java Geniuses presented you with a slew of common coffee misconceptions. How do these myths impact your coffee service? Well, if your years in the customer service industry have taught you anything, it’s that a well-angled news story makes for a relentless riot of inquisitive customers.

It is a responsibility you inherit with business management – explaining any rumors that arise regarding your product. This assures the safety and satisfaction of all your customers.

So, with that being said, here are two more common coffee myths that, we believe, require proper clarification from a professional brewer.

The Darker The Roast, The Stronger The Coffee

If you have a sign by your dark roast coffee that claims “stronger caffeine content,” take it down. It is a common misconception that gourmet coffee roasted to a darker degree is stronger, and therefore contains higher caffeine content. In fact, dark roast coffee contains less caffeine than lighter roasts – the roasting process burns off beans’ original caffeine content.

Breaking news: dark roast coffee affects shape of fingers

Headlines like these sometimes amuse you, but, as a provider of coffee services, they also scare you. Your business serves hundreds of coffee drinkers every day. When they see a news headline about coffee, whether its legitimate fact or media fabrication, they want answers. It’s your job, as a company who provides a coffee service, to give those answers. If you can’t, you look unprofessional, and your customers soon flock to a differentcoffee watering hole.

Customer service is important to you. You want to be able to answer all customer concerns, but cracking coffee myths isn’t exactly your specialty. It requires some high-energy brain cells and expert knowledge. Let our Java Geniuses help you out.

Below are some highly debated caffeine-related news reports, our genius take on them – and the cold, hard proof to back it up.

Coffee Dehydrates You

Coffee, along with most other caffeinated drinks, does not disrupt your body’s natural balance of fluids, despite popular belief.

Caffeine is a diuretic, (it promotes urination) which leads people to believe it aids in dehydration. But don’t forget: half your coffee is water. Black coffee is made up of 95% water. With an h20 concentration that high, coffee is incapable of dehydrating. It actually does the opposite. Don’t believe us?

 

While your office coffee service doesn’t exactly determine business profitability, it plays a big role in overall environment. Don’t you want a work atmosphere filled with positive, upbeat energy? Currently, you’re probably stopping by a highly trafficked coffee house, complete with a wild assortment of gourmet coffee, but your favorite java pit stop currently houses a nasty barista, complete with zero knowledge of gourmet coffee and a bad eye-rolling habit.