If you’ve always thought automated coffee machines mean high volume, low quality, it’s time to switch on to automation, says Scott Green of JURA UK.

What is automation?

Automatic coffee machines enable establishments to create high-quality coffee, at the touch of a button.

Historically, automatic machines have been associated with quick serve venues that need to produce large volumes of coffee, quickly and conveniently. However, advances in bean-to-cup technology have closed the gap and top-end coffee machines are gathering momentum in the commercial sector, due to their reliability and consistency for producing high-quality coffee, with minimal staff intervention.

What are the potential issues?

When seeking a suitable coffee machine provider, businesses tend to be primarily concerned with factors such as product lifespan and environmental impact.

There is a growing appetite for long-life guarantees, particularly when investing in specialist, top-of-the-range products. Based on the care and upkeep over time, the typical lifetime of a JURA coffee machine is between five and seven years. To ensure a machine reaches its potential lifespan, it’s important that its capacity and functionality meet the needs of its venue. For example, JURA has coffee machines that are capable of making up to 30 coffees per day, yet others can produce up to 300 per day – so there’s something for everyone.

Can it compete with the personal barista touch? 

The speciality coffee industry is growing and no one can underestimate the barista’s role in creating great coffee. However, automatic coffee machines have the edge when it comes to making an equally great-tasting coffee in an instant.

In comparison to traditional machines, automatic types, like JURA, have been found to have a lower whole-life cost, as its coffee machines use thermo block technology to heat the water and steam the milk, therefore avoiding costly boiler inspections.

Is it eco-friendly? 

Generally, pods and capsule coffee machines are less environmentally friendly than bean-to-cup options. Whilst capsules are convenient, trying to recycle them is not straightforward; aluminium coffee pods reportedly take between 150 to 500 years to decompose! In comparison, bean-to-cup coffee machines make fresh coffee from quality beans, rather than pre-ground, pre-packaged alternatives. 

Is the price-tag hefty?

Whether it be an automatic or a traditional style, purchasing a commercial coffee machine will come at a significant cost, so it’s important that businesses invest wisely. JURA has specialised in bean-to-cup coffee machines for more than 30 years and is synonymous with superior performance, precision and quality design. The brand offers cost-effective coffee options and continues to develop both entry-level and super premium models.

For more information, visit www.uk.jura.com