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Material Source and TopBrewer

Scanomat UK & Ireland Joins World Class Product & Materials Hub For Architects & Designers In Manchester’s Regenerated NOMA

This autumn, Material Source will throw open the doors to its first Studio offering architects and designers an experience like no other. The brand new 15,000sqft, Manchester-based design destination will allow visitors from across the north west and beyond to fully immerse themselves in ‘beautifully useful’ products and materials, while becoming part of a likeminded creative community. We’re delighted to share that TopBrewer has partnered with Material Source to provide a premium, barista-quality sustainably designed coffee experience which we hope will provide inspiration & innovation for the A&D community in the North West and beyond.

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Scanomat delivers future retail coffee concept for innovation store designed to understand post-Covid world

As non-essential retail stores prepare for reopening, the question remains about what the future will hold for retail in the ‘new normal’.

The global pandemic has accelerated change in consumer behaviour and put ecommerce at the forefront of the retail experience. In fact, in a recent report about how the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to online spending, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that the proportion of non-essential retail sales that took place online during the first wave UK lockdown (March – August 2020) more than doubled versus the same period in 2019. 

With statistics like these, retailers need to work harder than ever to connect the dots between their digital and physical presence – and fast – if bricks and mortar retail is to thrive in the post-pandemic world.

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Guardian TopBrewer Employee Wellbeing

Employee Wellbeing: TopBrewer in The Guardian

Launching today in The Guardian and online, our Co-Founder, Tina Williams is interviewed by Media Planet on how TopBrewer is turning the office coffee experience from an executive perk into a source of workplace wellbeing for all employees. 

As we start to look toward the post-Covid workplace and prepare for a return to the office, looking after your employee’s mental and physical wellbeing is more important than ever before.

Key thought leaders across the UK have worked with Media Planet to highlight the impact, importance and benefits of employee wellbeing and we are delighted to have contributed to this important topic.

Read more in today’s Guardian (24 March 2021) or online here.

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Co-living & Coffee: Elevating the communal coffee experience with TopBrewer

Often described as a hybrid of a hotel and high-quality student accommodation, co-living brings the concept of communal living into the 21st century. Popular in cities, where real estate can be very expensive, co-living as a concept has been increasing in popularity in recent years, particularly amongst Millennials and Generation Z. Co-living is often described as the housing equivalent of coworking, bringing together likeminded individuals with similar interests into a shared house or apartment. Central to the co-living concept is creating a real community that goes beyond just being neighbours. The co-living experience includes a private bedroom, but places emphasis on communal spaces such as living areas, kitchens, gardens and amenities including gyms and cinema rooms. With community and collaboration at the heart of the co-living ethos, the communal spaces and amenities are arguably the most important feature. After all, a well decorated bedroom could be found in any type of shared living, but a well decorated bedroom with access to a cinema room and a house of like-minded people is something else. But how can you stand out and offer something the co-living generation will actually want?

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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: 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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Danish Coffee Roasting Champion 2020

Ante Bikic crowned Danish Coffee Roasting champion

We are proud to present our Head Roaster, Ante Bikic who has won the title of Danish Coffee Roasting champion 2020.

The Speciality Coffee Association of Denmark held the competition over the weekend at The Factory in Copenhagen from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th September 2020.

Ante competed against three other incredibly talented coffee roasters, Nobuarki Matsui, Reza Anissi and Rasmus Madsen, for the title of Denmark’s best coffee roaster 2020.

We are extremely proud of Ante for this incredible achievement which commends the distinguished work he does at Amokka Coffee Roasters to deliver exceptional quality coffee for our customers and all TopBrewer coffee machines worldwide.

We look forward to seeing Ante compete in 2021, for the title of World Coffee Roasting Champion.

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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