I’ve written about coffee vending before, but I felt it was worth revisiting again. Most of us are familiar with coffee vending services if we’ve been at any sort of job for any length of time. Some of the fancier establishments have nicer coffee vending machines where some of the smaller shops will only have a single coffee vending machine or perhaps just a few coffee makers. So let’s get into this whole coffee vending from both a consumer and perhaps an employer or business owner.
Businesses and coffee vending
If you’re fortunate to work in an established professional firm, such as a large accounting firm, law firm, architectural firm or even a nice private hospital, you probably have access to commercial espresso machines that are leased most likely from a coffee vending business. And they’ll most likely take care of the machine when it needs repair and/or maintenance. And you’ll likely find that you have at least one cappuccino machine if not a few. The nice thing about coffee vending services businesses, is that they will often keep you stocked with coffee supplies. So you’ll find contracts that include coffee beans, tea bags, coffee filters or coffee pods and even disposable coffee cups.
Obviously, the more money you’re throwing their way every month the more likely you are to be comped these free coffee supplies and such. If you have bean to cup coffee machines you’ll likely get sample packs of coffee to try. And if you have a DeLonghi espresso machine or another one like it that takes coffee pods, you’ll likely get each new coffee pod flavor that comes out to try as well. These are some of the benefits of working for a larger corporation. And more than likely, if you don’t like the coffee vending machine choices there is likely to be a coffee franchise such as a Starbucks close by.
Small business coffee vending
However, many of us don’t work at big established firms or companies that have the budget for coffee vending supplies of that nature. Many of us work for little mom and pop establishments like a body shop or lumber yard or scrap metal joint. Here at least you’ll probably at least get Bunn coffee makers and some cheap pre-ground coffee to throw into those Melitta coffee filters or no name coffee filters.
If that is the case, I’d strongly suggest that you do a quick search for coffee vending companies and see what you find. You might be surprised that the coffee vending you’re after could be had for just a hundred bucks or so. In which case, the owner might be inclined to spring for it especially since there isn’t any wasted time for the Administrator or Secretary having to go to the store every week or so for coffee supplies.
But regardless of the kind of coffee service you have or the lack thereof, you can always bring in a Melitta coffee maker for yourself and or your colleagues. The ones where you place the filter on top of the cup or carafe and pour boiling water over the ground coffee beans. There is always a way to enjoy a decent cup of coffee wherever you are, even if you aren’t spoiled like some of those folks who enjoy a coffee vending service.