Large Coffee Makers
Some Large Coffee Makers to Consider:
Bunn Pourover Coffee Machines: traditional, commercial grade brewers with warmers and a pourover feature. These are less-expensive than the models that connect to a waterline. Available with 1 to 3 warmers
Bunn Automatic Coffee Machines: these have warmers and connect to a waterline and brew about 4 gallons/hour. Available with 1 to 6 warmers.
Bunn Airpot Coffee Machines: these brew directly into airpots so that the coffee does not sit on a heated warmer and continue to cook. Available in pourover and automatic; single and dual
Bunn Thermal Coffee Machines: these brew directly into either thermal carafes or thermal servers so that the coffee does not sit on a heated warmer and continue to cook. Available in pourover and automatic; single and dual
Fetco Extractor Coffee Machines: all Fetco brewers brew into thermal servers. Fetco has sizes from .5 to high-volume 6 gallon brewers, with single and dual available.
Fetco Medium and High Volume Coffee Brewers: for very high volume needs
Curtis Automatic Coffee Machines: available with 1 to 6 warmers.
Curtis Airpot and Thermal Machines: Curtis has airpot and thermal brewers in pourover or automatic
Curtis Milano Coffee Brewers: high-end, high-volume brewers
Curtis Urns: 3 and 6 gallon brewers for high volume needs
Newco OCS Carafe Machines: Newco actually makes many kinds of office coffee makers, but the OCS are great small volume brewers
Newco Ace Intelli-Brew Brewers: a wide range of high-quality, smart, energy-conserving brewers
Grindmaster Pourover Coffee Machines: Grindmaster makes pourover brewers that brew into coffee pots or airpots
Grindmaster Automatic Coffee Machines: available with 1 to 4 warmers; single or dual
Many people think of percolators and urns when they think of large coffee brewers. Percolators and urns do make large quantities of coffee fiarly quickly, and they are economical, but they are cheaply made and don't make good coffee. The problem with these types of brewers is that the process works by boiling the coffee in order to get it to rise up and then drip over the coffee grounds. According to the Specialty Coffee Association, the correct brewing temperature for coffee is 195-205 degrees. If the coffee is boiling, it is 212 degrees, which is too hot and will over-extract the coffee, which will make the coffee bitter. Additionally, coffee that sits in a percolators or urns will continue to be exposed to heat, which alters the chemical composition and taste of the coffee.
Although percolators have been widely used in the past, most people are now moving away from them and going to large brewers that brew coffee at the correct temperature and the keep it in thermal servers that are not heated. The coffee stays fresh and at the correct temperature for a couple of hours this way.
The choices for large coffee makers have increased significantly in the last few years. With the advent recently of thermal servers and airpots that can keep the coffee hot a long time, many companies are trending toward purchasing an airpot brewer, thermal carafe brewer or a thermal server brewer. These brewers can often be the same brewers that are found in high-end coffee shops. They come with computerized touch-pad controls that can tweet many aspects of the brewing process, such as temperature, volume, pre-infusion and water pressure controls.
Some things to consider when purchasing a large coffee maker:
Pourover or Automatic (hooks up to a waterline) - depends on volume, amount of money you want to spend and where your coffee maker is going
Volume of coffee your will serve - breakfast and banquet restaurants will serve more coffee than other restaurants
110V or 220V - more power means more coffee, but your must have a 220V circuit available
Do you want to brew into a traditional coffee pot that sits on warmers, or an airpot, thermal carafe or thermal server. Airpots and thermal carafes and servers can be carried to where the coffee is needed.
Switch controls or touchpad controls