10 Reasons your Office needs a Hot Drinks Vending Machine.

Why have a vending machine? Many businesses believe they have no requirement for a vending machine this list gives ten reasons why they do!

  1. Vending machines can provide constantly high quality refreshment throughout the day. The choice of hot drinks, ease of use and consistency often make vending machines a hassle free solution to providing hot drinks. No more complaining about the way your colleague makes your cup of tea or going without if you work late and the canteen is closed.
  2. Typically communal kitchen areas become untidy and staff can argue about whose turn it is to tidy it. Whose responsibility is it to buy the tea and coffee supplies in your office? Who has to go out for milk? Many table top hot drinks machines can come with an operating agreement to ensure they are regularly cleaned by a service operator who also fills the ingredients etc.
  3. When using a kettle staff can take can take an average of 5 minutes per hot drink, across a week this is an average of an hour spent each week making hot drinks, rather than working? What impact does this lost time have on your business’ productivity? Is your company losing money with this wasted time?
  4. A number of offices opt for using kettles to provide their refreshments however they are not designed for consistent, heavy duty use. As a result the heating element breaks after a few months and it has to be replaced. Service agreements on table top hot drinks machines ensure they are guaranteed to be fixed by a trained engineer, minimising the time your staff are left without a drinks facility.
  5. The amount of energy consumed by a kettle could be used to power a fridge for a week! Have you ever thought about how much money your office spends on energy bills and the simple steps you could take to reduce this? Modern vending machines have an A++ energy efficiency rating. Saving you money on energy bills and contributing to CSR goals.
  6. Your business may provide a subsidised refreshment facility on site for staff to use. Did you know the average operating costs of a bank of vending machines are up to 90% lower than that of a manned canteen?
  7. Staff appreciates when a company improves the facilities for them. By improving the quality of the hot drinks on offer can boost morale and thereby improve productivity.
  8. Visitors to a business find the provisions of high quality refreshments a professional and preferable alternative to the traditional basic tea and coffee made by the receptionist in a mug.
  9. Companies looking to enhance their corporate image often provide their staff with vending machines branded in the company colour scheme. This promotes the corporate identity whilst providing a relaxing environment to meet, spend a lunch break and socialise.
  10. Many vending machines are available at NIL COST and a good vending company will go through all payment options available to ensure you receive the most cost effective solution. Therefor providing beverage facilities need not increase company expenditure.

What Hot Drink Do You Prefer? Things to consider before investing in hot drinks facilities.

When deciding to invest in an office coffee machine, it is important to first understand the requirements and tastes of those who will be using it, namely your staff and visitors.

In recent years extensive consumer research has identified the hot drinks preferences of the U.K.’s workplace consumers. By understanding the results of this research, you will ensure the facilities you provide will be cost-effective and fulfill the needs of your staff.

Coffees are a balance between the level of Roast – developing the acidity or intensity of flavours from the coffee bean, and Taste – the combination of flavours, textures and sensations that stimulate the taste buds. Research has shown that 42% of workplace coffee consumers prefer the refreshing, sweet and clean taste of Light & Smooth coffees. Whereas only 8% enjoy the dark roasted intensity and full-bodied flavours of Dark and Intense coffees from areas such as Sumatra.

The other 50% of workplace consumers prefer a Medium roasted coffee, however these can be further subcatagorised by their taste sensation. 29% prefer a Medium and Balanced coffee like those from Colombia, for their distinctive rounded flavours . Whilst 21% prefer the Bright taste experience and fruity aromas found in coffees from Papua New Guinea for example.

Before investing in a hot drinks vending machine it’s worth considering if it will provide the quality and choice of drinks your staff demand. In the U.K. many people start the day with a cup of tea, and almost half of them will drink 2-3 cups of tea per day. Many hot drinks machines, particularly bean to cup coffee machines, do not offer a tea option or serve tea of such poor quality that many tea drinkers won’t even try it.

Although traditional Black Teas are the U.K.’s favourite – almost half of tea drinkers require a choice to satisfy their tastes including green, decaffeinated and  herbal teas. Of course with all teas a hot drinks machine needs to brew them properly to serve a high quality hot drinks staff will enjoy.

The growth of  “coffee shop culture” in the U.K.  has increased the popularity of luxury “speciality drinks” including Cappuccino, Latte and Hot Chocolate. Even though these drinks are typically cost more than standard hot drinks, many office consumers will pay extra for a beverage of similar quality to their favourite from a coffee shop.

When preparing to install a hot drinks machine it is worthwhile researching the  taste preferences of your staff, scheduling a “Tasting Demonstration” to sample the quality of the beverages and ensure the needs of the staff are met and the facility is as cost-effective as possible.