Some employees have to provide their coffee and milk. When quality coffee is supplied at work, however, employees feel valued. There is no doubt about it: quality coffee is the best! There are different ways this can be provided, and we’ll discuss a few aspects together right now.
Consider a Coffee Machine
There are several distinct advantages in having one of these at work. If you obtain one for your office the employees won’t keep disappearing to the local coffee shop during work time. They won’t be paying over $4 for each cup either! There are several different machines available on the market, and the best one for your workplace will be dependent on a number of factors:
- How many coffees will be made in a day
- How automated the machine needs to be
- What space is available
- Whether the machine will be rented or bought
- Whether people want fresh coffee beans, pods, or capsules
People are spoilt for choice these days. They can consider having pour-over coffee makers, cafetieres (French Press), drip coffee machines, and more. Some workplaces will want drinks to be made individually or in a small batch, while others may prefer a drip coffee machine that can serve twelve people at a time.
Use Quality Beans
Arabica coffee can be varied in taste and is best when it’s pure. Robusta coffee is cheaper but can be more bitter. Recently roasted beans are the best, rather than those on sale in supermarkets.
If there is extra time at work, ground whole beans and use them within fifteen minutes (it begins to lose flavour after this time). Burr grinders are a great tool here. If the coffee is ground too fine, however, the coffee taste will be more bitter.
Coffee should be stored in airtight containers and kept out of the light. Never keep it in the fridge or freeze it.
Use Quality Water
If the water is not filtered at work, consider a jug with a built-in filter. Fill it up and keep it in the fridge, replacing it when necessary. Springwater would be acceptable for coffee, and better than tap water with its chlorine flavour. Tap water will also contain minerals that will not merge well with the coffee.
1g of coffee can be used for 18g of water. A digital scale may be a luxury item for work, but it would help get the ratio right! If an 8oz cup is being used, a tablespoon of ground coffee should be sufficient.
Use Quality Filters
This will be relevant if pods or capsules are not being used. Quality filters reduce bitterness and potentially unpleasant flavours. Some of the best ones are dioxin-free or oxygen bleached.
If a pour-over coffee maker is being used, it’s best to wash the paper filter first. There may be some paper residue that needs to be removed. If hot water is used, this will help keep the coffee warm. The ideal water temperature for coffee is 200 degrees F. Anything hotter will risk the coffee to turn bitter to taste.
Clean the Equipment Regularly
This is particularly important if it is owned by the business rather than serviced by an external company. Perhaps there should be a routine, or the cleaners should be trained. Coffee oils or minerals from tap water can build up and risk both hygiene and coffee flavour.
Over time storage containers and grinders will accumulate unwanted residue which should be removed. Make sure any containers are dry before adding more coffee.
Don’t Leave It Too Long
Obviously, we need to be practical here: a jug of heated coffee that is available on-demand may be the easiest option at work. If a cafetiere has been filled, however, the coffee will become bitter if left as it is for too long. It would be better to move it to a carafe to preserve the flavour.
Businesses need to look at budgets and practicality. People are there to work rather than spend all their time making coffee. Having said that, quality drinks are a great morale booster that can aid work productivity. It may be a false economy not to provide it.