Scanomat, the innovating Danish manufacturer of premium coffee experiences who brought us the world’s first app-controlled professional coffee machine, TopBrewer, almost 10 years ago, has taken its user experience to a whole new level with the launch of TopBrewerVoice – a Siri enabled shortcut that will allow users to seamlessly order their favourite premium coffee using just their voice through their iPhone, AppleWatch and AirPod devices.
First of all, thank you all to the thousands of people that visited us over the past 5 days at HOST 2017, the large tradeshow in Hospitality and Business in Milan. Scanomat once again went to the show with a fleet of news that we could proudly present.
The stand was divided into 4 main categories; ColdBrew, Hospitality, Office, and Café.
Scanomat’s TopBrewer is among the most advanced premium commercial coffee machines available on the market for multi-site operators. Its unique app-based system means that the latest software updates are sent ‘over the air’, free of charge to each and every machine across the globe as soon as they are released. This means that multi-site operators can be assured that their entire fleet of equipment will always be up to date with the latest TopBrewer technology at no extra cost. The system’s CoffeeCloud smart management platform, meanwhile, allows users to access real-time data such as drink counts, last clean and fault reports in an instant.
Scanomat have launched a brand new and up-to-date version of the TopBrewer Android app to provide an improved user experience for Android smartphone and tablet users.
The new Android app has had a complete redesign and now supports a tile based architecture which means that it can run in tablet function in both portrait and landscape modes, offering greater design flexibility for TopBrewer installations.
Cutting-edge coffee machine manufacturer, Scanomat has launched an IoT cloud management system for its TopBrewer coffee machines.
The innovative platform, aptly named CoffeeCloud, is the worlds first and most advanced cloud management system for coffee machines, delivering unique business intelligence and a completely connected next-generation user experience.
Available now as a stand-alone app, CoffeeCloud is an industry first as a fully fledged cloud application, providing TopBrewer customers and dealers with real-time operational insights, key metrics and live dashboards to ensure the smooth operational running of commercial coffee machines in a way that has never been seen before. Scanomat believes this will change the game of operation of physical products.
By far the most interesting and exciting coffee segment of the moment is speciality coffee (also referred to as “specialty” coffee).
Speciality coffee is seeing rapid expansion in the UK, and across the globe, as consumers continue to seek out the best quality coffee to enjoy in and out of home. In this blog, we explore the rise of speciality coffee and what makes it so sacred.
Scanomat have become the first coffee machine manufacturer to introduce iBeacon technology into their products. The location based technology for iOS will allow Scanomat to send messages direct to end users via the TopBrewer app.
TopBrewer originally turned heads when it became the first professional coffee machine to be controlled via smartphone or tablet. This latest development from the Danish manufacturer has been launched in conjunction with a new TopBrewer app version 3.0
It has been proven that well thought out workplace design can greatly improve business performance and collaboration amongst employees. If you are planning an office move or relocation project in the near future then it is highly recommend that you work with a reputable office design and fit out partner that can help you to realise your ambitions and meet your business expectations. Here is our guide to choosing the right office design and fit-out company for your workplace design project…
Build a shortlist
The first step is to build a shortlist of around three to five potential partners. It is always preferable to work with a company that has been recommended by someone you know and trust, so try asking your peers if they have been involved with an office move or relocation project and if they can offer any recommendations. LinkedIn is a good resource for building a shortlist too. A simple post asking for recommendations is likely to provide a list of potential partners. You can also use LinkedIn to follow companies to stay up to date with their latest projects. Failing that, a quick google search will give you thousands of results to choose from but you may want to narrow your search down to a local area or specialism.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a hot topic right now for businesses. It is increasingly important that organisations are committed to doing their bit for the environment and ticking all of the right sustainability boxes. At Scanomat, we are committed to producing energy efficient coffee machines that are less harmful to the environment. In doing so we strive to help our clients to meet their own sustainability goals and energy reduction targets.
TopBrewer has been developed to be highly energy efficient and uses up to 90 per cent less energy in the idle state than most bean-to-cup coffee machines. With multiple revolutionary features, TopBrewer is the logical choice when choosing an environmentally-friendly coffee machine. Here are six examples of how TopBrewer can contribute towards your sustainability credentials.
Coffee used to be a minor consideration for Facilities Managers, but as coffee culture has boomed, so too has the importance of serving premium, quality coffee in the workplace.
Coffee is a hugely emotive subject, and is now considered a much valued office perk. Research suggests that serving premium office coffee keeps staff happy and has a positive impact on attracting and retaining the best talent. Not only that, there have been many reports in the media recently about the potential health benefits of drinking coffee to improve staff wellbeing.
Offices have become more agile and flexible to suit the changing needs of the millennial workforce and to encourage collaboration. As a result, the coffee experience has become an integral feature of modern workspace design and a central focal point for breakout spaces and informal work environments.
A big challenge is to keep staff on site, so a premium bean-to-cup coffee offering is required to compete with the lure of high street coffee shop chains.
With all of this in mind, Facilities Manager’s have a very influential role to play when it comes to choosing the right coffee solution for the office.
Move over instant coffee
Gone are the days when a kettle, box of tea bags and tin of instant coffee will do. Even the once favoured vending machine has taken a back seat as the quality of office coffee has dramatically improved over the last 10 years.
Freshly brewed, barista-quality coffee is the only way forward for Facilities Manager’s who want to stay ahead.
For many FM’s, a premium bean-to-cup coffee machine with freshly steamed milk is the perfect office coffee solution as it will confidently deliver premium, self-service beverages of a very high standard to suit all areas of the business. It should also be able to cope with high demand if required.
Tip: Brush up on your coffee knowledge as you will need to taste the coffee and ask the right questions before buying.
Some questions to ask when choosing a bean-to-cup coffee machine
How many drinks can the coffee machine serve a day?
Is the coffee machine easy to clean/maintain?
How does the machine compare for energy efficiency?
What variety of drinks can it serve? Can it serve fresh coffee, hot water for tea, chilled water and hot chocolate? Or will you need to buy separate equipment to cater for all needs?
Our Ethiopian coffee partner, COFFEEPRINT have funded a new water tap station for a Primary School in Jano Mile, Ethiopia. Previously, the school children did not have access to any fresh, clean water and had to carry water with them over long distances in plastic gerry cans.
As part of their commitment to the local community, COFFEEPRINT provided the materials and construction workers for the project. The villagers were invited to get involved with the project to give them a sense of ownership. According to COFFEEPRINT, the villagers, and in particular the school children, are very proud of the water tap station they have built.
COFFEEPRINT is a family-run business based in Sidamo, a region famous for growing very high quality coffee at a high altitude. The Sidamo coffee has become a central part of our Amokka Crema coffee blend which is one of our most popular coffees! This delicious coffee is also available as a single estate.
We are very proud that the contributions from our Direct Trade relationship with COFFEEPRINT is being spent on long lasting projects that have a direct positive impact on the local community.
There have been lots of reports in the news lately about the various health benefits of drinking coffee so we thought we would round up a list of six of the biggest potential health benefits associated with drinking our favourite beverage.
But don’t be tempted to go too crazy with the caffeine, the European Food Safety Agency advises that people drink no more than 400mg of caffeine a day – that’s the equivalent of around five espressos!
So, if you needed any more reasons to drink coffee here they are…
Coffee could protect the liver
Researchers from the University of Southampton have suggested that just two cups of coffee a day can reduce the chances of developing liver cirrhosis by up to 44%. The world’s growing obesity crisis has seen the risk of liver disease increase massively over recent years and cirrhosis is now estimated to cause the death of around 1 million people every year. A study by the World Cancer Fund also found strong evidence that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of liver cancer often associated with alcohol abuse.
Coffee may lower the risk of developing Alzheimers
A 2009 study following 1,409 people over two decades found that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers by up to 20%. Caffeine is a stimulant and the study suggests coffee may provide long term benefits for the brain as well as the short term pick me up we experience day to day.
Coffee could reduce the likelihood of suicide or depression
A Harvard study of over 200,000 men and women has revealed that drinking two to four cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of suicide by up to 50%. It is suggested that caffeine may act as a mild antidepressant by increasing the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that can affect mood.
Coffee may reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
Coffee contains polyphenols, magnesium and chromium which have been linked with lower rates of type 2 diabetes. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who increased their coffee consumption by just one cup of coffee per day reduced their risk of developing diabetes by up to 11% and drinking three to four cups could reduce the risk by 25%. In contrast, those who reduced their coffee consumption seemed to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 17%.
Coffee could reduce risk of Multiple Sclerosis
A recent study has suggested that drinking 6 cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis. Experts say caffeine has certain properties which can reduce inflammatory responses in the body and central nervous system.
Coffee may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to 60% reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The caffeine in coffee seems to be the main factor in this case as the same effect is not seen with decaf coffee drinkers.
Looking for a new commercial coffee machine? Check out our TopBrewer coffee machine to see how you can serve your coffee in style!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is for general purpose only and should not be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice.
Storage specialists Spacestor are launching a brand new showroom at Clerkenwell Design Week and we are thrilled that they have chosen to include a TopBrewer as part of the new space. Make sure you visit Spacestor to check out their creative modular storage solutions for the future workplace environment as well as a range of stylish soft seating options such as the popular Railway Carriage. Read more…
Orangebox are introducing their recently opened SmartWorking™ space at Clerkenwell Design Week and we are delighted that TopBrewer is part of this inspiring new facility. Visit Orangebox to discover five floors of innovative office furniture solutions designed around collaborative working and technology, including Coda, a new range of multifunctional chairs, stools and tables for workplace and hospitality. Or why not sign up for one of their insightful talks or workshops. Read more…
The provision of cutting-edge breakout facilities is the catalyst for collaborative working in the flexible modern workspace and we firmly believe that providing staff with a premium coffee solution is a key factor in attracting and retaining the best talent.
Visit one of the TopBrewer locations during Clerkenwell Design Week and discover how this state-of-the-art bluetooth-enabled coffee machine with unique minimal design has become highly relevant in contemporary workplace and hospitality design.
The office space is increasingly seen as a tool to help recruit and maximise the best people within an organisation. In an ever competitive world it is increasingly important to attract the best employees that will have the right skill-set to help grow your business and move it forward. Keeping those valuable employees is even more important and having the right workplace environment, one that reflects your company culture and what you stand for as a business, can be a great asset to keeping staff happy, motivated and staying put. Here’s our top tips to creating an office environment that will help to attract and retain the best talent in your industry.
Create a happy working environment
By happy environment, we don’t mean that you need to rush out and buy a slide, a table tennis table, or heaven forbid, an adult-sized ball pool. Happiness is about creating the right culture and a sense of community, but there are certain office design elements that you can easily introduce into your workplace to increase the happiness and wellbeing of your staff. Simple things such as positioning meeting areas near windows and introducing bright, relaxing colours to walls and furniture can help to change the overall feel of a space. Consider refreshing furniture and introducing soft furnishings into the space to show staff that the area is cared for and is a ‘home from home’ environment. Plants can add life and clean air to an office so these can be a fantastic addition to any space. If you have access to an outside space then make it easy for staff to step outside into the fresh air. We spend more daylight hours in our offices than anywhere else so our workplace environment is bound to have a huge impact on our positivity and outlook.
Introduce activity-based work zones
You hired your employees for their individuality and skills so it is important to understand that everyone works differently. People are more productive in different environments depending on what they are working on at the time, by creating activity-based work zones within your office you can create different environments to suit different tasks, e.g. a quiet zone for working on individual tasks, or an informal meeting space to encourage collaborative working. When you employ great talent you want them to be collaborating together and coming up with the next big ideas, therefore it is important to create an environment that offers this fluidity. It is also valuable to understand how much of your office space is occupied, as believe it or not most offices are only ever 50% occupied, that gives a great deal of flexibility about how you use the space to best effect.
Encourage coffee breaks with designated break out spaces
Introducing designated breakout areas can make it easier and more acceptable for staff to take a breather away from their desks in a relaxed environment. Make sure there is easy access to filtered water and good quality coffee and tea so that staff are encouraged to use the space rather than going out of the office for fresh coffee on the High Street. Breakout areas can also be highly effective at encouraging accidental interactions amongst employees that can be hugely productive for your business. A premium office coffee experience (like TopBrewer) is certainly high on the list of things staff most value in the workplace so get this simple thing right and your staff will feel much more happy and valued.
Be flexible for a better work/life balance
Giving staff a choice about how and where they work, and making it easy for them to do so, can have a huge impact on staff wellbeing and work/life balance. Advancements in technology have made it so easy for employees to work from anywhere; whether that is at home, at the airport, on the train or in a local coffee shop, work can be carried out literally anywhere there is a good wifi signal. Although its advantageous to still have an office hub where staff can meet and collaborate, it may not be the best environment for some employees depending on their projects so the key is to make it flexible and give staff the option to choose where they work. A great employee will get their work done without their boss watching over them, and giving people freedom and independence will make them feel much more valued.
Increase employee satisfaction with a BYOD policy
BYOD (bring your own device) is a buzz word that has been floating around for a couple of years now but one that few companies cater for. The idea is that some employees, especially those that fit into the bracket of ‘Generation Y’ may prefer to use their own device for work purposes rather than using the certain brand of computer / laptop / phone / tablet / wearables / etc that you provide. Obviously there are some security challenges to overcome in order for BYOD to be successful but once these are ironed out it can be conducive to increased productivity and employee satisfaction.
Coffee can be an extremely lucrative business for hotels when executed in the right way. With over 2 billion cups of coffee drunk ‘out of home’ every year in the UK there is a huge market for premium coffee. Read on to discover our top tips to creating a ‘wow factor’ coffee experience.
Introducing premium coffee as part of your hotel bar or restaurant offer can be a great way to keep guests on-site, grow your daytime trade, and also attract new professional clients who are looking for somewhere to meet colleagues and clients away from the office in a relaxed environment.
When it comes to coffee you need to start by getting the basics right, this includes making sure you choose a premium quality coffee, picking the right coffee machine for your business, and offering excellent customer service. Working with a coffee solutions provider that can offer support in all of those areas is a good place to start as they will be able to assist and guide you.
There are many pitfalls when it comes to creating the perfect coffee offer in hotels, but there are also some simple things you can do to make sure your hotel coffee experience stands out from the crowd. We have put together our top tips for creating a ‘wow factor’ coffee experience that’ll keep your guests coming back for more….
1. Create an environment your guests want to spend time in
Drinking coffee is as much about the occasion as it is about the drink itself, so create an environment that your guests will enjoy spending time in. Think about the different type of guests you want to attract – hotel guests looking for a place to relax, professionals hosting business meetings, groups of friends meeting for lunch – and tailor the environment to suit them. Consider offering different types of seating areas to cater for different customers needs, for example, business guests are likely to appreciate easy access to plug points and free wifi, whereas, a group of friends might prefer comfy sofas to relax and chat.
2. Choose the right coffee partner
It is extremely important to choose the right coffee partner who can provide you with the support and knowledge you need to grow your coffee business. That includes offering comprehensive service support, providing barista training and offering marketing and branding materials to promote your offer. Do your research and choose the partner that can deliver on all your needs. Find out about their coffee beans – where do they come from? What quality grade are they? Do they roast the beans themselves? Do they have a direct relationship with the coffee farmers? Never opt for the cheapest coffee bean option as they are likely to be poor quality.
3. Choose the right coffee machine
Installing a reliable fully automatic bean-to-cup machine is a good option for many hotels as it can help staff to deliver consistency of drinks whilst offering an authentic coffee shop menu with fresh beans and fresh milk. Choosing the right bean-to-cup coffee machine is very important so make sure you know what to look out for and what questions to ask your supplier. First you need to evaluate how many drinks you are likely to serve per day, whether you want to offer barista service of self-service, how easy the machine is to clean at the end of the shift, and what are the ongoing lifecycle costs? If speed is an issue then you may want to consider a machine that can offer filter coffee as well as bean-to-cup coffee. Do your research and make sure the coffee machine meets all of your criteria and ask the supplier for a demonstration of the machine so that you can see and try the coffee quality for yourself.
4. Don’t be afraid to be different
There are a number of ways to differentiate your offer but the important thing is is to create a unique coffee experience that is going to set your venue apart. Think about why customers should come to you instead of the traditional high street coffee shop. Don’t be afraid to be different – a unique coffee solution such as the TopBrewer creates a ‘wow’ factor for your guests whilst providing an authentic coffee shop menu that won’t disappoint.
TopBrewer app-controlled coffee tap
5. Prioritise staff training
It is no good buying a fancy coffee machine and posh coffee and hoping for the best. Consumers are extremely knowledgeable about coffee these days and expect to receive a premium coffee experience wherever they go – they know the difference between a flat white and a latte and expect to receive what they pay for. Yes, installing a fully automatic bean-to-cup machine takes away a lot of room for error, but it is vital that you spend time training front of house staff about coffee so they can meet customer’s expectations – every time. If a customer has a bad coffee experience then they won’t be back in a hurry so put training on your agenda. Most reputable coffee companies will offer barista training as part of their package so make sure you take advantage of this to brush up on your coffee skills. At Scanomat we have a team of highly skilled coffee trainers who offer initial staff training, support on launch day and regular courtesy visits to ensure our client’s standards remain high.
6. Barista service, self service or to go?
You need to consider whether self-service or barista service is best depending on the environment. In some areas of the hotel, e.g. conference facilities or breakfast areas, self service can be a more practical option allowing guests to help themselves. However, in the hotel bar or restaurant, where guests are likely to pay for their coffee, a barista-service may be more appropriate. Make sure the coffee machine you choose offers flexibility for different types of service as it is best to offer guests consistency throughout your establishment. Tip: Don’t forget to offer take away coffee, this can be a fantastic extra revenue driver for guests who are time poor and want to get up and go!
7. Tell tell tell!
It is no good creating the perfect coffee experience if no one knows about it, get out there and tell the world about the amazing coffee you are serving. A simple swing sign or banner at the hotel entrance could be enough to entice passers by in for a quick coffee break. Consider introducing promotions and rewards to encourage repeat local custom; introducing a simple loyalty card can keep customers coming back if they know they are going to get there 8th coffee free. Word of mouth is one of the best types of marketing so if you get all of the above steps right then the recommendations (and the coffee) will soon start flowing….