Things Often Overlooked When Buying a New Commercial Coffeemaker

by admin on August 15, 2010

When you are ready to purchase any commercial coffeemaker you need to be able to state what you need. Commercial coffeemakers begin with the pod brewers that come for heavy duty use or for light duty. They also come as a unit that needs to be plumbed or manually filled or needs a bottled water dispensing system that delivers fresh water straight into the pod brewer. If you choose the plumbed version, do you know if the water pressure is high enough to run the pod brewer properly? Commercial pod brewers are 11amp machines that run on 120volts.

Pour-over Coffee Brewers require the operator to continually fill the water tank with water. The size of water tank varies with the number of warmers. Analog and digital airpot brewers require a .25 water line that has at least a 30psi water line. These brewers will accept from 1.9 to 2.5 liter airpots that will keep the coffee hotter longer than a glass decanter.

All brewers usually come with a plastic brew funnel as standard. Some brewers have a stainless steel brew funnel available at an added cost of $60 dollars or more.  Filters are another consideration. The larger the filter paper the more they cost. This running expense should be a consideration on the anticipated amount of coffee you will be selling and other circumstances.

If you are concerned about liming and are considering a coffee station with multiple warmers you should consider getting one with a polysulfone water tank that reduces liming.

Satellite coffee brew centers, whether single or twin, that brew directly into 1.5 gallon (36 cup) insulated portable carriers have a locking lid and carrier safety holder that keeps firmly on the brewer during the brewing process. These carriers keep the coffee hot at another serving place for a certain length of time, some up to two hours. However, you may need a warmer and/or drip tray for that place. Most satellite coffee brew centers are digitally controlled.

Is the shape of the brewer of concern to you?  Shuttles that fit brewers come as a square box, a rounded box or a round stainless cylinder shuttle. All these shuttles are made of stainless steel.

One more option is a water faucet. From the simple automatic coffee brewers that offer an airpot, decanter or thermal carafe to the most sophisticated brewer, a water faucet is an option. An option to make tea, hot powdered chocolate or hot spiced cider instantly.

Space is another consideration. Commercial coffee makers can run from about 8.5 inches wide to 28.5 inches wide and to as high as 32 inches high for twin digitally controlled brewer that has two 2.5 L vacuum insulated gravity containers.

Measure your area up and across to see if you have available space for your new coffeemaker. Take the space in front of the coffeemaker into consideration as well. A tight working area does not make happy employees. Check to see if the water line delivers clean non-tasting water. If the water has a distinct taste you may need an inline water filter as the taste may alter the coffee taste. See what your electric connection will handle in the way of amps and voltage. Consider the specific use you want for your commercial coffee maker and look at the models available.

Joyce is the owner of and is very knowledgeable about commercial coffeemakers having worked with churches on appliance choices for there commercial kitchens. She has written information on how to take care of coffeemakers, espresso machines and why one year warranties are not a bad thing on her blog site:


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