Liquid Coffee Makers
You know what I'm going to say here, don't you? Liquid coffee is black gold! There's concentrated soda syrups, which you mix with CO2, and there's concentrated coffee which you mix with hot water. When I used to waitress the slang term for this was moccomat. I never really knew why until now. Moccomat Coffee systems were developed by Sara Lee to brew coffee which was uniform and in large quantities, in a short time period. These are generally commercial coffee machines, which are attached to plumbing and you can get a cup of coffee, 24-hours a day, by pushing a button. Most of these liquid coffee dispensers must have an additional coffee filtration system in place to get rid of calcium and lime build-up. These liquid coffee machines have their benefits and their cons.
Liquid Coffee Maker Benefits:
- You can get liquid coffee dispensers with a few different chambers, which allow for coffee, decaf and either hot chocolate or flavored coffee.
- The machines usually come with a hot water nozzle for making tea, cup-a-soup etc.
- The coffee is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
- There is virtually no cleaning required on a regular basis.
- The liquid coffee can be packaged in boxes, in which you just tear the bottom of the box and pull down a phallic looking tube. Making it a 2-second job.
- Each liquid coffee box has enough coffee to supply a 35 people office for at least a month.
- Cost in the long run is lower since there is minimal wastage. Each box can cost about $80. If you buy in bulk you can get a discount usually and the coffee can be frozen.
- Sometimes there are buttons to pour a carafe of coffee as well as individual cups. Which is great for business meetings in the boardroom. Less breaks because you have the coffee right there.
Liquid Coffee Cons:
- You cannot change the coffee strength by individual cups. Some machines you can change the strength by using a slider button, but it is for the whole box, not just the individual cups.
- You must buy good quality coffee, which can be a bit expensive initially. In my experience, there are a lot of liquid coffees which taste bitter.
- You can make arrangements with coffee distributors to give you a liquid coffee machine with a contract to buy so much coffee per year. It is a good idea because the distributors will generally fix the liquid coffee machine on site or replace the machine completely.
- If you go with a contract and you decide the coffee doesn't taste good then you are stuck with it for awhile.
- Your energy costs could be higher because there is always hot water in the tank and the machine must stay on 24/7.
- You need room to store the coffee boxes in a freezer.
- Most liquid coffee machines do not have a gauge to let you know when it's nearly empty. If your liquid coffee is in the freezer you have to virtually wait a day for it to unthaw.
Personally, I prefer a the taste of a fresh pot of coffee made by using vacuum packed coffee pouches, using filtered water by an automatic drip coffeemaker. However, for large scale offices I think liquid coffee makers are a cost effective and time saving way to provide coffee to your employees in a split-second.