Regardless of the size of your garden centre business, it is very likely that there will be a significant portion of coffee fans in your midst. Choosing a machine that is right, however, for not only the preferences of your team, but for your company is of utmost importance.
Whether this is about cutting down on overheads, the amount of staff your machine needs to serve or ease of maintenance, each business has unique needs.
With over 50 years experience supplying coffee machines for your garden centre, at Nexus we are aware of the elements that go into picking a hot drinks dispenser.
When it comes to hot drinks dispensers for garden centres, the two most popular types of machines are bean to cup and single serve. When making a decision about which is right for your workplace there are three important factors that should be thought about– machine maintenance, hot drink selection, and whether you will charge.
Maintaining your garden centre coffee machine
Bean to cup machines grind coffee internally, this means that they will need to be disassembled after a certain amount of use for cleaning. Whilst the frequency of cleaning will naturally vary from model-to-model, in businesses with larger teams, this can mean fairly frequent maintenance.
This problem can, however, be avoided to some degree if your business is happy to train staff properly on how and when to clean the garden centre coffee machine. As a result of their pod brewing method, choosing a single serve machine can be another, more convenient, way to solve this problem.
The hot drink selection that suits your garden centre
The second important factor to bear in mind when picking between these two options is hot drink selection.
Despite coffee often being the preferred choice of hot drink in most offices, it is important to ensure that everyone’s preferences are thought of. At Nexus Drinks, our single serve Flavia and Klix models serve some of the UK’s most popular hot drinks brands, such as Mars, Kenco, and Yorkshire Tea.
These machines are perfect for garden centres people have a wide selection of favourites.
Charging for drinks
When it comes to selecting a hot drinks machine for your garden centre, it is also crucial to consider the price of hot drinks. In smaller teams, offering free hot drinks can be an inexpensive booster of morale, but in larger teams this can quickly become very expensive. Our machines, such as the Flavia, can be fitted to charge for drinks if you think this would better suit your business.
Can using coffee machines in garden centres be environmentally friendly?
At Nexus, we are aware of the environmental issues that come with packaging. It is because of this that we work with organisations such as Terracycle for packaging that is more difficult to recycle and also ensure that we supply sustainably packaged options in every area that we can.