(Up to 75 employees)
Top Choice: A Single Serve Coffee Maker
Chances are that your employees have different tastes in coffee. Single serve coffee makers (like a Keurig®, for example) provide an office coffee solution that embraces this broad range of coffee preferences by allowing for easy, cup-by-cup production.
A single serve machine uses pods or packets to produce a single cup of coffee. These pods and packets come in a variety of flavors and types of coffee (including decaf) at a wide range of price points. This means you can provide many options to please the diverse tastes of your workforce. With K-Cups®, Mars Drinks™ packs, or soft pods, options include an array of well-known brands like Green Mountain Coffee®, Caribou, Peet’s Coffee®, Starbucks®, and more. Office-exclusive options include gourmet coffee capsules from Nespresso®, Mars Drinks packs, as well as soft pod offerings from local and national brands alike. With single serve coffee machines, employees can brew individual cups of specialty, flavored coffee with very little clean up and virtually no wait time.
Since single serve coffee machines are compact and only make one cup at a time, they’re better suited for smaller break rooms or kitchens that don’t require a large volume of coffee. Additionally, single serve machines typically need less maintenance than other types of office coffee machines, which also makes them a great choice for smaller offices. If you’re looking to supply coffee to a higher-trafficked area, the next few sections cover larger-volume options.
Quick Facts About Single-Serve Office Coffee Solutions:
- Most single-serve machines will provide coffee for up to 50 employees. Larger models will serve more than 50 people.
- Drink options for single serve machines also include tea, hot cocoa, and iced drinks.
- Very little cleanup and maintenance required
- No wait time for your beverage
- Diverse flavor options within one machine
Examples of Single-Serve Options:
- Flavors such as Hazelnut, French Vanilla, and more
- Quality single origins such as Colombia, Costa Rica, and Sumatra
- Chocolate-flavored coffee drinks
- Hot Cocoa
- And many more!
Other Coffee Solutions for Mid-Sized Offices
Single serve machines are great for many different kinds of break areas, but some mid-sized offices may want to have multiple coffee machines, a variety of machines, or machines with larger capacity than a single serve machine.
Traditional drip coffee solutions that use large, thermal canisters (called airpots) produce a considerable amount of coffee in a short period of time, making them ideal for larger breakrooms or conference rooms. Unlike single serve systems, these types of machines make larger volumes of coffee. These systems vary from models that make 8-cup pots to others that make gallons of coffee. The main consideration point for this option is that coffee is readily available to pour as much or as little as you want once the pot is made.
Thermal airpot machines are generally more economical than other systems, and create less environmental impact than single serve systems. When paired with a grinder, this type of system expands the available options of roasts and blends, and also enhances the freshness of the cup.
Is Your Business Growing?
If your business is growing, or plans to grow in the near future, be sure to take that into account when searching for the best coffee makers and solutions for your office. In the next 2-3 years, will you need a larger capacity machine or will you need to stock an additional break room? Questions like this will help you determine if you need to consider larger capacity brewers or additional machines.