Fora – Reading
“Our Residents love the quality and variety of speciality drinks provided by the TopBrewer and take advantage of being able to personalise their drinks to their own taste and to different sizes using mugs, glasses or espresso-size cups. The TopBrewer team were great in helping with the set up and even tailored our own recipe for Macchiato.” Lauren Rose, General Manager at Fora Reading
Fora Reading selects the TopBrewer premium coffee experience to complement its unique, hospitality-driven ‘proworking’ environment
Fora’s first shared workspace outside London is ideally located for commuters, directly opposite Reading Station and situated in Reading’s pedestrianised piazza over three floors in Thames Tower, a 1970’s office block reworked by dn-a architects with a new terracotta façade.
Designed by Piercy & Company, this new, contemporary environment comprises luxurious yet functional features including handmade tiles from Marrakech, Crittal-style glazes partitions, bespoke fabric curtains, solid timber flooring and Reading Rooms with titles curated by Foyles.
Fora – Space to be Brilliant
The new shared ‘proworking’ environment offers 24-hour access, featuring flexible workspace, event space, meeting rooms, lounges with a stylish top-floor club room and sky garden, Roost.
Fora wanted to reimagine the office experience for Residents and TopBrewer was selected as the ideal, speciality bean-to-cup coffee solution in tune with their approach to providing premium hotel-style service, design and innovative technology.
Lauren Rose, General Manager at Fora Reading, explains:
“One of our directors was impressed by a TopBrewer demonstration and immediately saw its potential to enhance the Resident’s experience in our social space, in preference to a barista or traditional table-top coffee offering. The high spec design, range of speciality drinks and performance of the TopBrewer has proved to be a great asset for Residents and important clients as well as being easy to clean and maintain.”
Resident experience, wellbeing and productivity is at the centre of every choice made by Fora, including the creation of stimulating environments for learning, idea sharing and collaboration.
Fora Reading is home to 400 Residents and the TopBrewer is central to the coffee bar in the main reception area on the ground floor, which operates as a business lounge and meeting room complex for Residents and visitors. TopBrewer lends itself to this open and collaborative environment with its sleek and stylish swan neck tap, occupying a minimal footprint, and with its intuitive iPad-control.
ScanomatPAY: Convenient, contactless payment
Contactless payment is now enabled for TopBrewer, powered by CoffeeCloud, our coffee management system, for payment by credit card or phone through ApplePay and GooglePay. Providing a first-class premium, speciality beverage experience that is completely self-service and economically viable has never been simpler with processing payments securely over the internet.
Fora’s IT team worked with Scanomat UK to integrate contactless payment with the TopBrewer ecosystem, providing them with seamless mobile selection, payment and dispense of a wide range of speciality drinks – including the current favourites of latte, flat white and cappuccino – as well as warm milk and hot water.
Lauren sums up:
“Our Residents love the quality and variety of speciality drinks provided by the TopBrewer and take advantage of being able to personalise their drinks to their own taste and to different sizes using mugs, glasses or espresso-size cups. The TopBrewer team were great in helping with the set up and even tailored our own recipe for Macchiato.”
Simon Bracken, Managing Director & Co-Founder at Scanomat UK & Ireland, comments:
“We are delighted to welcome Fora Reading to our growing client base with their proworking space that has been thoughtfully designed to support their high-quality service to Residents. With the integration of ScanomatPAY secure payment processing over the internet, Fora now has a completely self-service, premium beverage experience from selection through to payment using the TopBrewer app.”