Office Coffee Machines

Office Coffee Machines

Key takeaways

Consideration Recommendation
Ease of use Super-automatic bean-to-cup machines or pod systems for simplicity
Capacity Choose higher capacity machines like the Bravilor Bonamat models for busy offices
Variety Machines with multiple bean hoppers and instant ingredient canisters offer the most drink options
Maintenance Models with automatic cleaning programs minimize upkeep
Price Expect to pay £1000+ for a quality bean-to-cup office machine, £500+ for a good pod system

Office coffee machines have come a long way in recent years. No longer do you have to settle for a burnt pot of drip coffee or bland instant. With the right machine, your office can enjoy barista-quality espresso drinks, single-origin filter coffees, and more - all at the push of a button.

So which office coffee machine should you choose? It depends on factors like:

  • Number of employees
  • Types of drinks desired
  • Counter space
  • Water line access
  • Cleaning & maintenance needs
  • Budget

To help you decide, we've rounded up our top picks across several categories. Whether you want the variety of a bean-to-cup machine, the simplicity of a pod system, or a high-volume brewer for a large office, you'll find an excellent option here.

Bean-to-cup espresso machines

For the ultimate office coffee setup, go with a fully-automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. These grind the beans fresh for each drink and can make everything from espresso to cappuccinos at the touch of a button.

Our top pick in this category is the Bravilor Bonamat Esprecious 12: Esprecious 12

Some key features of the Esprecious 12 include:

  • Simple touchscreen interface
  • Grinds coffee fresh for each drink
  • Makes 12 specialty drinks including espresso, cappuccino, and hot chocolate
  • Adjustable settings for temperature, grind, strength, etc.
  • Automatic cleaning program
  • Plumbed-in with 2 canisters for beans/instant ingredients
  • Brews two cups at once
  • Professional components for durability & reliability
  • Fresh milk frothing system add-on available

If you have a larger office or higher-volume needs, consider stepping up to the Bravilor Bonamat Sego line. Available in several configurations, these machines brew into portable air pots or a thermal server for batch service. Sego 11L/12L

See more commercial bean-to-cup machines here.

Pod & capsule machines

For a simpler, lower-maintenance option, a single-serve pod machine is a great choice for small to medium offices. The downside is higher per-cup costs and fewer drink options compared to bean-to-cup.

In the pod category, you can't beat Nespresso for quality and convenience. Their Pro machines, like the Aequinox Java, are specifically built for offices.

Aequinox Java

The Java model features:

  • 40 capsule capacity
  • 4L water tank
  • Fresh milk frothing system
  • Hot water spout
  • Adjustable cup sizes
  • Easy capsule emptying & drip tray
  • Integrated descaling and rinse programs
  • 30-80 drinks per day output
  • Compact footprint

Moving up from there, the Aequinox Sumatra line adds even more capacity and capabilities perfect for busy offices:

Aequinox Sumatra Cappu

Shop all Nespresso pods and machines here.

Pourover & filter coffee

For those who prefer a milder cup without milk, a dedicated filter coffee machine or pourover setup may be perfect. These make a smoother, less intense brew than espresso.

One of the top names in premium filter coffee makers is Moccamaster. Hand-built in the Netherlands, these machines produce excellent results thanks to their copper heating elements and careful design. Moccamaster KBG 744

The Moccamaster KBG 744 is a great choice for small to medium offices. It brews a full 10-cup pot in just 6 minutes, and the thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours. The 744 has auto-stop for half pots and an independent hot plate for keeping the carafe warm.

Need to brew for a crowd? The Moccamaster Moccaserver models are perfect for large offices, brewing up to 3L at a time into portable airpots.

Moccamaster Moccaserver

See all our filter coffee machines here.

For the ultimate curated pourover experience, you can set up a full manual bar in your office with gear from brands like Hario, Kalita, Chemex, and more. Some essentials to consider:

Fresh-ground vending machines

Finally, for the best of both worlds, consider a fresh-ground vending machine. These grind the coffee for each cup like a bean-to-cup but dispense into a large capacity server or airpot. You get variety and quality in a high-volume format.

The Bravilor Bonamat FreshGround and FreshMore lines lead this category. They feature:

  • Touchscreen interfaces
  • Up to 5 ingredient canisters for coffee, chocolate, topping, etc.
  • Separate hot water dispense for tea/soup
  • 100-140 cups/hour output
  • Stainless boilers and professional components
  • Auto-cleaning
  • Adjustable features FreshGround XL 330 Touch

Click here to see all our fresh-brew vending machines.


So which type of office coffee machine is right for you? Here's a quick summary:

Machine Type Best For Pros Cons
Bean-to-Cup Quality and variety Grinds fresh, tons of options Pricier, more maintenance
Pod/Capsule Convenience Easy to use and clean, compact Less variety, higher per-cup cost
Pourover/Filter Milder coffee lovers Can brew large batches, smoother taste Fewer options, no milk drinks
Fresh-Ground Vending High-volume needs Variety and capacity, professional brewing Bulkier, spendier upfront

Whichever route you go, investing in a quality office coffee setup boosts morale, productivity, and collaboration. Skip the cafe runs and bad break room brew - treat your team to an in-house barista experience!

For more guidance choosing the perfect machine, reach out to our commercial coffee experts anytime. We'll help you find the ideal setup for your budget, office size, and needs.

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