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?
- Is the coffee of a premium grade?
- Is the coffee sustainably sourced?
- Will the coffee machine take up much space?