Nothing makes for a productive workday quite like a hot cup of coffee. The only trouble is, the standards have changed—a workforce that was once content with instant coffee now has much higher standards. Your staff has tasted good coffee, they want the real thing, has superior knowledge about what makes a good cup of coffee, and they won’t be impressed with less. So how do you provide it? How do you create actual demand to get to the office early just to be able to start the day with the best coffee available?
The journey from high quality beans to a fantastic cup of coffee requires good equipment, storage and tools.
Coffee is a plant, and has to be stored with care. Natural products deteriorate over time, and as those beans biodegrade, their flavor goes with them. It’s in our best interest to delay this process as long as possible, and the solution lies in limiting the three primary enemies of freshness:
- light (especially sunlight)
- and air (or humidity)
To counter the impact of a harsh environment, make sure the storage container for your coffee beans is airtight, opaque, and stored in a cool, dry place.
The Daily Grind
It’s always ideal to grind coffee beans just as you plan to use them—grinding them in advance has an exponentially detrimental effect on their freshness. It’s a matter of surface area—when ground in advance you are exposing more surface area of the beans to the air, rather than just their exterior, and they will deteriorate rapidly—about twice as quickly as whole beans. So keep those beans sealed, and keep them whole if possible.
When it comes time to grind your beans, you have yet another challenge before you, for a perfect cup of coffee is, in part, a direct result of the quality of its grind. The size of the grind has an enormous effect on flavor; the beans will react differently as they continue to be exposed to hot water, with longer periods necessitating a coarser grind. Finer grounds will eventually turn harsh and bitter as a result of overexposure. Thus, it is crucial to produce as consistently uniform a grind as possible, so that all the grounds react similarly when hot water is added.
The most common grinders are the blade and burr varieties—the former utilizes blades spinning at high speed, the latter two revolving abrasive (often conical) surfaces. Blade grinders are more popular due to their significantly cheaper price tag, but as expected, they tend to yield inferior grinds of wildly varying sizes, and flavor suffers accordingly. Burr grinders, on the other hand, while more expensive, and produce more uniform grounds. So if budget allows, there’s no question your staff will appreciate the enhanced quality a burr grinder imparts to a cup of coffee.
Just Add Water
The next all-important step to making coffee is brewing. Assuming you are focused mainly on drip coffee, the there are a wide range of good quality drip coffee makers that can brew delicious coffee at an affordable price.
Brew of The Future
In today’s workplace, moreover, many managers are discovering the convenience of top quality single-cup coffee machines, and, particularly as coffee suppliers have begun offering high quality products crafted specifically for these machines, have chosen to make the leap.
Flavia brewers offer a wide variety of single cup beverage options—which are as diverse and unique as your co-workers!
Keeping It Fresh
There’s nothing more dispiriting than a cold cup of coffee. Airpots keep your delicious coffee hot and fresh, and allow you to transport refreshing drinks safely and easily to meetings and events, making sure your team stays happy and productive.
Make It Custom
Condiment racks allow you to keep your office kitchen neat and tidy, while allowing your employees the flexibility to customize their beverages. Store sugars, creamers, stir sticks, lids and other items where your employees can enjoy them.