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Create a back-to-work destination

In recent years, there has been much discussion surrounding what the future office might look like, but the challenges brought by Covid-19 have pushed these discussions to the forefront. For five months, we were restricted to home working, and now that things are starting to open up, what we expect from the workplace is likely to have changed. According to McKinsey research, 80% of people say they enjoy working from home, but there is strong evidence that teamwork yields better results and some think that the benefits of remote working can’t compensate for what’s lost in creativity and connectedness when employees are in the workplace. 

In the post-Covid world, employers need to ensure their employees feel safe at work, and now that most industries have shown that home-working can be effective, businesses need to make their workplaces a desirable destination to help entice workers back to the office. 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are a few important things to consider that can help you transform your space into a destination that your employees will want to visit. It may go beyond just design changes, and into deeper cultural changes that will alter your business for the better in the long term, and help with the transition to creating an office destination in the short term.

In this blog, we discuss the main areas to focus on to make your office a desirable destination your staff will love. 

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Contactless coffee – the future of coffee retail

We all love to grab a great coffee, but have our attitudes towards our beloved coffee shops changed in the new normal? In recent months, hygiene has understandably been at the forefront of our minds due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s inevitable that an increased focus on cleanliness and safety will continue long after the pandemic is over, but how can coffee retail outlets create a comfortable and secure environment for customers and staff to enjoy?

From cafes to service stations to university campuses – providing great coffee is vital, but there are new considerations to add to the mix.  Will customers need to touch any buttons or shared surfaces to order their coffee? How much contact will they need to have with a barista? Will consumers need to wait in a crowded area to collect their coffee? How will customers pay?

These are all valid questions that need to be considered. Sure, there are practical considerations to be taken into account such as social distancing and hand sanitising. But what if the coffee experience itself could be completely contactless and touch-free

In this blog we explore five ways the coffee retail sector will adapt to deliver the contactless coffee experience of the future.

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voice control coffee mcahine

“Hey Siri, it’s coffee time!” Scanomat takes touchless coffee experience to a level on its own with Siri-enabled voice control for TopBrewer.

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.

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5 health benefits of drinking coffee at work

We drink a staggering 95 million cups of coffee each day. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 coffees  are consumed in the workplace, and a great office coffee machine has become an expected perk for most modern workers. According to the Leesman Index, employees believe the coffee and refreshment facilities to be the most important service aspect in an office space, ahead of computer equipment, overall cleanliness and even WiFi! But as well as coffee being an expected part of office life, studies have shown that it can actually have a range of health and wellbeing benefits. Here are our top five health reasons for drinking coffee…

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How a good office coffee machine can boost staff wellbeing

With many positive health and productivity benefits of drinking coffee at work, providing a premium office coffee machine can be a simple (yet highly effective) way to boost employee wellbeing.

Research has found that employees feel more engaged at work when they have access to high quality coffee, and on top of this 75% of office workers agree that a high quality coffee experience in the office suggests that their employer cares about their wellbeing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that employers can improve the wellbeing, productivity and happiness of staff simply by offering a great cup of coffee in the office…

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2020 Coffee Trends: What’s to Come?

2019 has been a super busy year for the TopBrewer team. We recruited new team members, installed a record number of TopBrewers throughout the UK and Ireland and welcomed lots of amazing new clients to the TopBrewer Experience. Whilst it’s great to look back at your accomplishments, it’s important to look ahead and assess what the future might hold.

We are passionate about great coffee, and the consistent growth for the UK, Irish and European coffee market shows that we’re not the only ones. But what’s to come in 2020? Read on to find out…

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Q&A with Sebastian Vibe-Petersen: What is Impact Trade coffee?

At Scanomat, we live and breathe coffee. It’s our passion. And we know that in order for our clients to have the best coffee experience with their TopBrewer, we must travel back to the source, the coffee farms, to ensure that we are buying the best coffee beans for our AMOKKA coffee range. Our partner farms are incredibly important to us, and we know they are the key to building meaningful relationships and, ultimately, receiving the best quality product. This is where Impact Trade comes in.

We sat down with Scanomat’s Export Manager and all-round coffee expert, Sebastian Vibe-Petersen to find out more about Impact Trade. Read on to find out more…

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Choosing the best coffee machine for your university or college

Students have long relied on coffee to get them through their studies, but where coffee was once merely a source of caffeine, nowadays students are favouring a top-quality beverage, and instant coffees no longer make the cut. In recent years, we have become a nation of coffee connoisseurs, and students are no different. They know their lattes from flat whites, and they expect a barista-quality coffee wherever they are, whether that’s at home, in a coffee shop or at university/college. With 20 years of consecutive market growth for the UK coffee scene, current and future students are exposed to an ever-increasing variety of premium-quality hot beverages, and a sub-par offering will no longer suffice if operators wish to keep students on campus rather than venturing to High Street coffee chains.

With a wide range of coffee machines on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start when finding the perfect one for your campus. To ensure you make the right choice, there are some important things to consider.

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Why a future-proof coffee machine is best for your business and the environment

Business practices have changed dramatically in the last 30 years. From the invention of the computer, to the introduction of the Internet and social media, technology has massively altered how we work. Technology is the driver of innovation, but with tech being updated almost as quickly as it’s released, it can quickly become overwhelming and very expensive to keep up-to-date, not to mention the impact it can have on the environment. The lifecycle of a product has never been more important, and investing in future-proof assets is the best way to ensure your business stays ahead of the crowd, whilst also being financially smart.

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