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Coffee Brewers

Coffee Brewers

Coffee brewers come in a variety of types and features, meaning there is no need to short your establishment or over-buy. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind when shopping for a coffee brewer.

How much coffee do you serve?

Before making a decision on a brewer, you must first determine how much coffee your establishment serves on a daily basis. For instance, if you serve a lot of coffee throughout the day, look into higher capacity, automatic brewers. However, if you only serve small amounts of coffee or only need a brewer for an office or breakroom, look into smaller capacity, pour over brewers.

Pour Over or Automatic

  • Pour over coffee brewers are great for serving coffee in low volumes. They require water to be poured in, but since they don't require water lines, many are portable.
  • Automatic coffee brewers are best for establishments that serve large amounts of coffee. They require a water connection which enables a constant supply of coffee.

Brew Capacity

Brewing capacities range from a few liters to over five gallons. Some vendors list capacities by cups, while others list by liters and gallons. To decide an optimal brewing capacity, think of how much coffee your establishment goes through in an hour.

Brewing Vessels
Decanter

Decanters

  • Great for individual serving or to hold smaller capacities of coffee
  • Pair well with brewers that include warming plates, which allow the decanters to retain heat for extended periods of time
  • Many can be customized with colored handles and lids to help distinguish between regular, decaf, or flavored coffees (Typically, a black or brown handle/lid represents regular coffee and orange represents decaf.)
Airpot

Airpots

  • Brewers that pour into airpots are great for larger capacities that need to retain a hot temperature for long periods of time
  • Great for a variety of self-serving establishments from convenience stores to catering events
Thermal Carafe

Thermal Carafes

  • Great for individual serving or to hold smaller capacities of coffee
  • Durable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Can be set out for longer periods of time without needing to be placed on a hot plate as they have longer temperature retention
Profile
In-line Brewer

In-line

In-line brewers are ideal for narrow settings where height isn't an issue. They are linear in shape and typically hold decanters on the top and the base of the unit.

Low Profile Brewer

Low Profile

Low profile brewers work well in low height environments where the unit's width isn't an issue. They typically hold decanters in front of and next to the unit, which makes them ideal in a horizontal setting.

Hot Water Faucet
Blender

Many establishments need the ability to access hot water immediately for items such as tea or oatmeal. This is where many coffee brewers serve another purpose and have a built-in hot water faucet.

Features

Different brewers have different features which may help make a brewer be the perfect fit for your establishment:

  • Auto shut-off
  • Energy saver mode great for idle periods
  • Ready-to-brew light and thermostats help operator determine when to start brewing based on water temperature
  • Automatic brewers with pour over capability
  • Dual-head brewing great for making regular and decaf simultaneously
  • Cord and plug allow brewer to be portable (Note: depending on the type of business you run, larger quantities of coffee are most likely to come from a hard-wired machine.)

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