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Scanomat UK & Ireland turns 10: Our coolest moments of fame

It has been 10 years since we launched in the UK! From TV appearances and viral videos, to revolutionary new technologies like TopBrewerVoice, we’ve achieved a lot in the last decade!

We started our journey in 2010 as a team of 3, and we’re proud of how our hardworking, passionate team has grown ever since!

Our first TopBrewer install was for a tech firm’s London office, and we’re thrilled to now have a range of clients throughout the UK & Ireland.

TopBrewer has become the first choice coffee experience for workplace, hospitality and retail, and it’s been a busy and eventful decade!

In no particular order, here are just some our coolest moments of fame…

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Creating a Destination Workplace: Technology

We’ve come a long way technologically in the last decade, with many new technologies being introduced that only a few years ago felt like they’d been plucked straight from a sci-fi film. The global Covid-19 pandemic has taken this technological revolution to a new level, with many businesses being forced to fast-track new products, features and technology to help customers navigate the post-Covid world.

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Creating a Destination Workplace: Wellness

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and wellbeing of the workforce is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. 6 months of working from home, without a commute and with the ability to spend more time with family and friends, have moved the goalposts when it comes to a work-life balance, and employee wellbeing is more important than ever. For others, months of working from home may have had a detrimental impact on mental health.

When the time comes, one simple way to encourage your team to make the move back to the office is by showing that they are cared for and safe at work. Investing in the wellbeing, both physical and mental, of your staff will make the transition back to the workplace much more smooth, and may help alleviate stress if they know they will be looked after at work.

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Creating a Destination Workplace: Culture

After months of virtual meetings and only being able to connect with colleagues digitally, it has become apparent that although we can work from home productively, it is starting to impact the relationships built upon “real life” communication. Office working provides a vital thing that most of us working from home have missed during the pandemic: human connection and interaction. 

The current situation, with home-working set to be part of our lives for the foreseeable future, gives businesses a great opportunity to assess whether their workspace is fit for purpose in the post-Covid world, and presents an opportunity to implement meaningful long-term change if necessary. 

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Creating a Destination Workplace: Sustainability

Sustainability is already a hot topic in the workplace, but in the post-Covid world it will play a more important role than ever before. The global lockdown had an unexpected silver lining by dramatically improving global air and water quality and bringing our relationship with the environment to the front of our minds. After months of the associated sustainability benefits of home-working due to Covid-19, some employees may feel that a return to the office may hinder their environmental goals, but knowing that their employer’s doing their bit for the environment may be a driver in encouraging employees back to the workplace.

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Creating a Destination Workplace: Experience

It has been over 6 months since the majority of the UK workforce transitioned to working from home, but we now have a prime opportunity to plan our eventual return to the office and champion meaningful changes to the workplace experience that are sustainable and long term.

We spend 8-10 hours per day at work, so if we want to get the best out of our people, we need to provide a productive, comfortable and enjoyable environment to encourage staff to head into the office. With some kind of home-working set to be part of our lives until at least the beginning of 2021, now is the opportune time to start thinking about what  long term positive impact you can make to the office environment and to start putting those changes into place. We now know we can work from home effectively and productively, so in order to entice the workforce back into the office, businesses will need to offer a destination where their team will actually want to be.

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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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