In 1938, Milan coffee bartender, Achille Gaggia filed a Patent for a steam-free coffee machine. Unlike its predecessors, Gaggias design used a revolutionary piston mechanism which forced water through the coffee grounds at high pressure. It was his quest for the perfect espresso in 1930s Milan that gave birth to one of Italys most iconic brands, and heralded the production of the Espresso as we know it. Traditional Espresso Coffee Machines are the type you see in Café Nero, Costa Coffee etc.
The last types of machine to consider if offering a "real" coffee are the ones that have been familiar for many years. Filter type coffee made with Pre ground coffee. The type of machines depends upon volumes required. For example, high volumes of coffee may be required for breakfast coffees in Hotels. Conference Centres would require high volumes for seminar coffee breaks. Also, Function facilities, Staff canteens and Theatres where a high demand for fresh coffee is required in a short space of time.
One situation you might find yourself in when buying a office coffee machine is working from home. Working remotely from home, or running a home business is becoming more common. The fact is that, even in this type of environment, a caffeine pick-me-up might still be an absolute necessity. If this is the case, you can choose an office coffee machine that only makes a single cup of coffee at a time. By brewing one cup at a time, there is an advantage over traditional machines that feature a large carafe. A one cup coffee maker often only takes a minute or two to brew a cup. This lets you get your coffee quicker, and you dont have to deal with a large amount of coffee sitting around and growing stale. The freshness of coffee is directly related to its taste, so one cup machines have an advantage in this situation. The coffee will always be hot and fresh when you brew it one cup at a time.
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