As a café owner, your primary goal is to serve exceptional coffee for your customers. If an artist needs the highest quality painting materials in order to create their masterpiece, café owners also need the best tools and equipment to create excellent coffee concoctions.
To do this, you have to invest in high-quality coffee ingredients and equipment. Having a durable and efficient coffee machine is key to preparing delicious, excellent drinks (even at high volumes) that will wow your customers and keep them coming back for more. It also offers the highest return on any investment in your business.
However, with so many options available in the market, it’s hard to select the best one for your café. This is why we created a guide to help you decide on how to choose the best coffee machine for your business.
Factors to consider when buying a coffee machine
Type of machine
Coffee machines come in different types and different functionalities. There are four types of commercial espresso machines: manual, semi-automatic, automatic and super-automatic.
How much are you willing to spend on your coffee machine? Deciding how much of your budget can go toward a coffee machine will help you narrow your options.
Volume of customers
You need to think about how many drinks you expect to make. You can do this by observing and taking notes about the customer volume at your location at different times of the day. From this, you’ll be able to understand the peak volume time and how many customers your shop will need to serve. In the long run, when business is picking up, you might have to change your machine as well if it’s already underperforming versus your number of customers per day.
How to find the best coffee machine for your business
Finding the best coffee machine can be challenging, especially when you are new to the industry. By doing some research and partnering with the right people, you’ll be able to find the coffee machine that suits your business needs.
Do your own research
There are various coffee machines to choose from with so many options and features to consider. So where do you start?
Before you check out that coffee machine in your shopping cart, you need to do your own research first. Find out what machine will match your budget and if it will best suit your business goals.
Establish a relationship with a supplier
Suppliers will not only offer you coffee ingredients, some can also lend you a hand when it comes to choosing equipment for your café. You need to partner with someone who will help you understand the features and capabilities of each machine available, and decide on what machine to get.
Loaning vs purchasing a coffee machine
Café suppliers offer coffee machines that can be purchased or loaned. So what’s the difference between loaning and purchasing a coffee machine?
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