Flavorful, hot beverages are a cornerstone of the restaurant industry. From quaint street-side coffee shops to chain restaurants and even bars, everyone needs a fresh java or tea at one point (or several) throughout the day. By following this buying guide, you can find the best hot beverage equipment to make sure your business is serving the drinks that'll turn one-time customers into regulars.
The Right Equipment
|Automatic Coffee Makers||320 - 1920 oz. per hour||Break rooms, diners, coffee shops, offices||
|Pourover Coffee Makers||440 - 520 oz. per hour||Break rooms, diners, coffee shops, offices||
|High Volume Coffee Machine Urns||11 - 160 gallons per hour||Catering, buffets, cafeterias, diners||
|Liquid Coffee Dispensers||600 - 3200 oz. per hour||Banquet halls, hotel lobbies, cafeterias, buffets||
|Hot Tea Urns||15 - 22 gallons per hour||Catering, banquet halls, cafeterias, buffets, Asian restaurants||
|Cappuccino / Espresso Machines||240 - 720 4 oz. demi tasse cups per hour||Coffee shops, sandwich shops, restaurants||
|Cappuccino / Hot Chocolate Dispensers||536 - 840 oz. per hour||Catering, banquet halls, hotel lobbies, cafeterias, buffets||
|Soluble Dispensers||3 - 12 gallon capacity||Catering, banquet halls, cafeterias, buffets||
|Coffee Machine Urns||176 - 552 oz. per hour||Catering, restaurants, hospitals, offices, schools||
|Satellite Coffee Brewers||80 - 2416 oz. per hour||Catering, banquet halls, cafeterias, buffets, restaurants||
The Right Accessories
Getting the right accessories for your equipment can be just as important as the equipment itself. To get the most out of every cup of coffee, check out each category of accessories to learn what's right for your business!
Hot Beverage Supplies
Check out our extensive selection of flavoring syrups, coffee servers, cups, and more! We carry hundreds of different supplies you can use to enhance your beverages’ flavor, body, texture, and presentation.
Water Filtration Systems
Water filtration systems block contaminants to help keep your beverages sanitary, safe, and tasting great. They help prevent scale, sediment, cysts, and other contaminants from clogging the internal components of your machines, extending the life of your equipment and increasing its efficiency to lower your energy costs.
Disposable Coffee Filters
Easy to use and replace, disposable coffee filters offer an economical way to keep grounds safely away from the final product so you have consistent, delicious coffee.
Coffee grinders let you break up coffee beans to extract the perfect flavor right before you brew, giving your coffee full body and taste.
The Right Voltage
Voltage is an important factor when considering coffee brewers and other hot beverage machines. Generally speaking, the higher the voltage, the faster your recovery time. So if you have a 120 volt unit, you will be able to produce less coffee than a 240 volt unit. But just because the voltages are doubled doesn't mean the output is doubled as well - the output can differ widely depending on the manufacturer, the type of machine, and other factors.
To decide on the correct voltage you'll need, you should ask yourself two questions: How much product will you need in a given day, and is your business outfitted correctly for the applicable voltage? Many machines come with ratings of cups per hour, generally referring to 5 or 8 oz. portions, to help you decide what unit is the best for you. But as a general rule of thumb, it's important to keep in mind that a low voltage unit will most likely be a poor performer at a large event, and a high voltage unit will probably wind up making too much product in an intimate setting.
Additionally, you'll need to make sure you have the correct electrical setup for the machine you require. 120 volt units can often be plugged into a common wall outlet. 208 and 240 volt machines may require a different outlet formation. All three voltages could potentially require hard-wiring to accommodate different amperages and phases, a task which must be performed by a qualified electrician. For convenience, you can find plug configurations and wiring requirements in individual product descriptions and specification sheets.
Note: Items with voltages that are separated by a forward slash (such as 120/208) must be hooked up to both voltages. Items with voltages that are separated by a hyphen (such as 120/208-240) can be run on either of the hyphen-separated voltages.
The Best Brew
Whether you're crafting the perfect mug of coffee or a revitalizing cup of tea, there are basic brewing principles that should be taken into account. By following the appropriate guide, you can ensure you'll avoid the most common brewing mistakes so you serve a premium product with every batch.
Get the best brew for your buck by following these basic guidelines. Discover the best way to achieve a desired flavor profile with the perfect balance of body, aroma, acidity, bitterness, and finish to craft a signature cup, or adjust your recipe to meet the specific taste of a thirsty customer. This simple, informative guide lays everything out in plain language so you can make sure you're making the best for your patrons.
Take the time to scan through these tips to take your tea brewing to the next tier. You'll learn about the art of tea steeping, how to achieve a flawless infusion, how to select the best types and grades of tea, and even the potential water hazards of your area. It's all there in an easy-to-read guide that can help improve your output and flavor with a few critical adjustments.