As the winter months draw on – and it’s worth remembering that this year there’s a real chance that some parts of the UK will find themselves ‘dreaming of a White Easter’ – it’s not just about keeping your workplace warm.

It’s even more important that your staff feel warm. Warm workers in winter are happy – and happy workers are motivated.

Looking out of the window and seeing snow on the ground outside can persuade people they’re cold even when they’re inside and the heating’s running. What’s the solution? There are options – but the best known is obvious.

Just as snow on the ground immediately makes many people feel cold, nothing more immediately restores that idea of warm than the image of hands wrapped around a steaming mug of something hot.

Having a hot drinks machine onsite is one of the best options available for delivering that, warm, happy contented feeling to many colleagues at once. Many machines – the FLAVIA 500 is a perfect example – deliver coffees, teas, and more at speed, serving a wide range of Britain’s favourite brands. It’s a lot quicker than forming a queue at the kettle.

Which model best suits your workplace? There are a lot of factors at play. We put together some questions to consider, but if you’re still unsure, get in touch.

With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, we’re confident we can help. We’ll listen to your thoughts, ask some questions, and provide a recommendation. In fact, once you’re in touch with Nexus Drinks, we can take it from there and get you up and running fast.

More and more offices up and down the land are seeing one or more of the team moving from traditional teas to fruit or herbal brews.

Capsule machines like the FLAVIA and KLIX ranges even offer a selection of these non-standard teas alongside the better known brands. There’s no better measure for the rise in popularity of the drinks!

So is it worth adding these teas to your breakroom selection?

The Benefits of Fruit Teas

For anyone in your office trying to cut back on caffeine, switching a fruit tea or two into the rotation can give you the same keen refreshment without loading up the caffeine buzz.

Most fruit teas are also high in Vitamin C. This makes them especially useful if you’re trying to avoid a cold or shrug off the last of the effects. That alone should make them worth stocking in your breakroom!

There have been suggestions that fruit tea can help with weight loss. Their naturally sweet taste means you can cut down on sugar, too. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which reduce the ‘free radicals’ your body builds up. These free radicals make you more vulnerable to illness and poor health.

The Benefits of Herbal Teas

The benefits of herbal teas vary from tea to tea, but typically include more antioxidants (without cutting caffeine). Hibiscus tea has been found to reduce blood pressure, too.

There are many suggestions that herbal teas can help with weight loss, cold cures, and more, though little research has been done so far.

There’s been a lot of debate in recent years about the best kind of coffee machine for an office. Should you go with a bean to cup or a singles/capsules machine?

This is the sort of question that leads to bitter arguments in some offices. We often hear from companies looking to add a coffee machine to their breakroom. When they call, many of them ask us what the difference really is.

We thought we’d lay out the important differences to help you decide.

Bean to Cup Machines

Modern bean to cup machines are an automated version of barista coffee machines. The idea is to make them easier to operate. You load the machine with beans when required, select the program for the coffee you want, and wait. Don’t forget to add milk – fresh or powdered!

The machine grinds the beans and processes them. In due time you receive your espresso, cappuccino, Americano, etc. Each bean to cup machine has a slightly different selection of coffees it can be set to make.

Of course, the machine must be cleaned daily. This ensures the machine continues to operate at full efficiency.

Flavia/Single Serve Machines

Most modern singles/capsule machines are designed to support a major brand in UK drinks. Mars Drinks is especially active – and their machines are supported by a wide range of popular brands and drink flavours. Your team get a significant amount of choice and it’s easy to cater for everyone’s tastes. Tea lovers are well supported, too – you can do away with the kettle next to your drinks machine.

Perhaps best of all, though, the actual brewing takes place in the cup – meaning much less cleaning and maintenance is needed for the machine.

It’s certainly true that both types of machine have their fans – that’s why we stock both types! But it’s worth thinking carefully about which will improve the mood of the office, pros and cons considered.

If you’d like more of our expert advice, don’t hesitate – get in touch today.

Vending machines have come a long way since the first ones were developed back in the 1880s. The hot drinks that we mostly associate the concept with couldn’t be safely automated back then – and means of payment, variety in what’s offered, and ease of use have all improved radically since then.

Into the Office

Arguably the biggest change, though, is that a reduced size means that vending machines and other hot drinks machines have entered the workplace, rather than being limited to railway stations and larger stores as a novelty.

It’s this commonplace setting where these machines really thrive, and which has made them part of people’s everyday lives.

Today, vending machines are more popular than ever before, and seen in more and more places. Some, like the KLIX range, offer a choice of cashless, coin, and proprietary KLIXKEY operation, giving the premises they’re installed in incredible flexibility in how they’re used.

If your place of work doesn’t have one, perhaps it’s time you asked why not?

Nexus Drinks can supply you with what you need after a quick consultation; just get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help you.

We’re still sorting through the research here at the Nexus Drinks offices, but there’ve been a whole flurry of studies on coffee recently – so we thought we’d look through them and give you a quick report on the benefits Nexus Drinks can offer your workforce.

Coffee Can Cut Down Type 2 Diabetes

Long-term studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. The results of this research came as a slight surprise to the team that carried it out, but reduced blood sugar and insulin levels cut down key risk factors. Please note – once you have Type 2 Diabetes, coffee isn’t a cure-all on its own.

Coffee Can Extend Your Life

Studies from Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Southampton have all recently linked coffee to preventing liver cancer – or purely to extending your life; the Cambridge study suggests that your risk of dying early is 12% lower at one coffee a day and 18% lower at three.

Cambridge Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter translates that to around 9 minutes of extra life per cup of coffee on average.

There Are Other Benefits

A recent summary at sums it up: There are a baker’s dozen of under-recognised health benefits emerging from research into coffee drinking, from reducing the risk of Parkinson’s and cirrhosis to making some cancers less likely.

Not only that, but in a typical Western diet your coffee is your biggest and best source of antioxidants – so as well as long-term preservation of life and quality of life, you’re getting a heap of smaller benefits to each day, which all adds up.

There are a lot of reasons why the various KLIX coffee machines are as popular across the UK as they are. The amazing range of products, from hot and cold drinks to soups, all from Britain’s favourite brands, is a high spot; the purity of the water they use after it’s been through the BRITA filter is another major benefit.

The KLIX in-cup system allows for a total preservation of flavour, so that whenever you hit the button for your hot drink of choice, you can be confident that you’ll be getting the absolute maximum flavour and aroma in your cup.

But there’s one upside that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough – and it also comes from the in-cup system.

Say Goodbye to Clean-Up

If there’s a downside to having a hot drinks machine in your workplace, it’s that your team have to take time out regularly to clean the machine, check the spill tray, and make sure that there’s no build-up of coffee in the nozzle that might contaminate your tea – or, far worse, soup flavour messing with your coffee.

But the in-cup design means that the drink is made in the cup, the flavour comes from the cup – that nothing but pure filtered water runs in the machine itself.

This doesn’t just cut clean-up in half – it practically does away with it entirely. Going with a Klix machine rather than something else really opens up your options – and cuts down on busywork.

Back in 2012, the University of Pittsburgh carried out a study in left-hemisphere processing of positive words.

You’re probably thinking some version, right now, of “So who cares?”

But the study was on how caffeine can affect the brain’s language processing. Faster language processing means faster problem solving. It means more efficient communication with clients or customers.

It means – mana from heaven – shorter and more effective meetings.

A Cup and a Half

Around one and a half coffee cups’ worth of caffeine in your system means a significant speed boost in understanding reading, memorising lists, short-term memory and even solving logic problems.

What that means in practice is that a typical business owner sees his team hit their stride properly late in the morning or even during their lunch break, but any workplace where the coffee’s easily brewed by a quick visit to a hot drinks machine can expect an earlier peak, as your team grab a cup as they arrive and another one an hour or so in.

If they have their first cup of the day before their commute, you might see them reach that peak performance as early as half an hour into the working day, and having a coffee machine on standby will help them maintain the fuel they need throughout; no brewing roster, no kettle time, and no long, complicated lists and money collections while running to the nearest Starbucks or Costa.

Your team doesn’t just save time, but the time they have is also spent more efficiently. There’s nothing better than that.

Make Office Hours Count

One of the best ways to build up the effectiveness and productivity of your team is to make sure that it’s always easy to choose to top up your caffeine intake.

If you’d like to know more about matching your coffee machine to your workplace, we’ve produced some useful guides and will be happy to talk to you in more detail – we’re available on 0800 3357 500.

As much as project management software has improved and as many internal messaging systems and email addresses as a modern company has access to, nobody has yet found a way to keep everyone in the office up to speed more effectively than by talking to each other.

The meeting room is the beating heart of many office-based businesses, because the meeting room is where people find out what’s going on and where plans are discussed and developed.

For this reason, it’s a room where your team need to be at their sharpest, their most perceptive, and their most creative.

How do we encourage that?

A Proper Working Atmosphere Needs That Coffee Aroma

Many businesses make a point – almost a ritual – out of making sure everyone has a freshly-brewed cup of coffee or tea in front of them. It’s well worth doing; a shared drink will bring those in the meeting together and the coffee will sharpen their minds and keep their attention focused.

But how effective this is – and we’ve looked at this sort of question before – depends upon how good the coffee is.

To have the most effective possible meetings, you need to take advantage of every benefit you can. Consider upgrading your meeting room coffee machine to something more modern, like a Jura or WMF bean to cup machine or a FLAVIA 500 Creation.

By bringing new meeting room coffee machines in to play, businesses can improve meeting efficiency, morale, and office camaraderie all in one fell swoop – and every single one of those contribute significantly to long-term productivity.

There are few better ways to see improvements across the board than bringing in a better hot drinks machine.

If you’d like some advice on the right machine for you why not fill in our enquiry form, email us at [email protected] or call 0800 3357 500?

New years are all about new priorities; taking stock, assessing your business and your personal life, and making plans to better both.

Before you get too deep into complex plans to better your business, take a moment and ask yourself – are you missing something? Here at Nexus, we believe you are.

The Benefits of Good Coffee

Nobody will dispute that a jolt of caffeine at the right time creates a short-term productivity boost; that much is well documented.

But there is still something you might easily overlook that separates a cup of great-tasting, full-flavoured coffee with a heady aroma from a can of discount energy drink; the taste and the pleasure of drinking it.

Studies have shown that happier employees are more productive – and not by a little; results indicate the productivity boost is somewhere between 12 and 31% per happy employee, and the difference between the sour tang of taurine in the energy drink can and the smooth, delicious flavour of a strong coffee from a FLAVIA 500, Keurig, Jura or WMF company-scale coffee maker goes a long way toward making a happier employee on its own.

Knowing that the machine was put there by an employer who shows they value their staff also helps, and more than you might think – these seem like little things but their effects are cumulative.

A Small Change with a Big Result

A lot of productivity measures can strain the budget, even break the bank, but upgrading the team’s caffeine delivery system shows you care and benefits them in one fell swoop, lifting their overall mood, fostering loyalty, and raising productivity.

Better yet, it pays off long term, as every day for the year when they make a cup of coffee they’ll remember you took the extra step to make their lives better – giving you another precious jolt of productivity and morale to go with the caffeine’s own benefit.

Ringing in the new year with a new coffee machine is a simple but easily overlooked way to revolutionise your company’s performance. Don’t let it slip through the cracks!

Winter is well and truly upon us now, and with time taken out of everyone’s busy morning schedule to de-ice the car most mornings, dark skies making waking up slower, and all the rest, a fine cup of strong coffee with a rich flavour and a hearty aroma on arrival at work (and at intervals through the day to keep the chill out) is never more sought after than in the Christmas season.

Still, while we won’t deny that an upgrade to the latest coffee machine – a FLAVIA 500, say, or a Keurig, if not trialling a Jura bean-to-cup machine – is a great Christmas present for your staff to keep them motivated and happy into the new year, this is also a time when we at Nexus Drinks like to look back on a busy year, helping our customers get the rich taste they crave and keeping colleagues their customers happy up and down the country in offices, pubs, factories and showrooms.

It’s been a busy year and a lot has changed, good and bad alike, for all of us as the year’s gone forward, but as we reach the end of it, there’s one thing we absolutely have to admit; it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of our customers a Merry Christmas – and a happy new year into the bargain! We look forward to continuing to supply you with the best tasting coffee from the best machines on the market next year.