There are so many things to consider before hiring a coffee service these days: Are their prices reasonable? Can I trust them? Will they deliver decent service? The competition is fierce, and everyone is trying to get into your wallet. Few are trying to make a home in your heart, earn your trust and deliver the quality of service they promised over the phone.

In the coffee industry, it’s sometimes difficult to judge a “good” service from a “bad” service. After all, most customers just want their beverage bar stocked and their machines running smoothly. But there are a lot of other factors that determine good from bad. For example, is the delivery on time? Did they note your current and future inventory needs? Are they considerate to your staff?

 

Have we lost our java way?

With coffee prices on the rise, it’s no wonder that Americans are turning to cheaper brands to satisfy their morning buzz. Luxury taste and gourmet flavor has slipped the the wayside as our survival instincts kick in, and our wallets want nothing more than to grab whatever does the least amount of damage. Value coffee is and has been on the rise for quite some time. With the drought in Brazil hindering crops, chains like McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts, and many convenience stores as well, have been gaining in popularity. Does that mean your team also has to settle for fast food coffee?

 

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 link between coffee and high energy is obvious; as caffeine seeps into the wirings of our mind and body, increasing heart rate and stimulating the nervous system, those quintessential, caffeinated bursts of energy are undeniable – and rather exciting! You go from trudging and whining to dancing and laughing. From hazy to laser-focused. From a zombie to a mad scientist. And while there is a much more complicated process going on in your brain, the simple explanation seems to be: coffee makes us happy.

 

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.

 

Companies all across the country are starting to offer more incentive packages such as paying for you to take a vacation, free food, work from home hours and even longer maternity and paternity leave time.  While many of those take time to cut through the red tape, there is still one simple way to really make an impact now for your employees; an office coffee station.

 

So you think you know your audience; the people who frequent your store every morning? Do you notice what your guests put into their cup, what they prefer? What about the ones who leave because you don’t have what they prefer? Do you understand the coffee audience you’re serving, the ones you’re missing out on and the reasons why specific “types” come into your coffee bar?

There’s a lot that goes into the process of studying your customers. And most of the time, we’re too busy switching pots, filling pots, taking orders and punching numbers to recognize the kind of guest our store brings in. It’s not a means of putting your customers in a box; there are all different shades and hues of coffee drinkers. But through the years, we’ve seen enough outstanding factors to classify a certain “type” from another “type.