Restaurant Coffee Makers
Some Restaurant 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.
Curtis Pourover Coffee Machines: available with 1 to 3 warmers
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 ThermoPro Carafe Machines: available in premium and economy, regular and decaf
Newco OCS Carafe Machines: Newco actually makes many kinds of office coffee makers, but the OCS are great small volume 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
Chemex Brewers: these brewed can be taken out to the table with a tea pot of hot water so that the customer can brew their own coffee
Who wants to go to a fine restaurant, have a great meal and great conversation, and then finish it off with a lousy cup of coffee? If you run a restaurant, that is not the type of final impression you want your customer to have. These days, your customers are used to going to Starbuck or an independent coffee shop and getting a great cup of coffee.
The same coffee equipment available to the coffee shops is available to restaurants. Very similar equipment is available at a lower price. Great equipment is also available where the customer can brew their own coffee at their table, which makes for a memorable experience.
Many people who order coffee in a restaurant get stale and bitter coffee that has sat and cooked on a burner for hours. The choices available 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 offices are trending toward purchasing airpot brewer, thermal carafe brewers and thermal server brewers. 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 an restaurant coffee maker:
Pourover or Automatic (hooks up to a waterline) - depends on volume, amount of money you want to spend and your kitchen set-up
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
Do you want to brew into a traditional coffee pot that sits on warmers, or an airpot, thermal carafe or thermal server. Do you want to serve the coffee by the cup, take a container out to the table or let the customer brew their own coffee
Switch controls or touchpad controls