Are you looking for a coffee machine for your hotel?
The fragrance of freshly made espresso, the aroma of freshly baked desserts, and the freshness of the products make your guests’ stay in your hotel special. For this reason, your breakfast room must be welcoming, functional and, above all, there must be a breakfast machine that makes excellent coffee.
Some customers want to drink their first espresso of the day right in their room, according to their own rhythms and routines. In this case, rather than having coffee machines in hotel rooms, it is preferable to provide a room service for breakfast as well.
Each customer is different, so it is important that they feel satisfied with whatever their request is.
Particularly, your job is to offer a fast, pleasant, and impressive service. So people will be tempted to come back to your hotel.
Breakfast time, as well as that of check-in, helps to make customers feel at home and make their stay in your hotel pleasant. With a great cup of coffee, you show your guests how important their happiness is for you. It is a small thing that reveals your attention to detail and the quality of your structure.
Hotel guests, in general, experience breakfast as a moment of relaxation, to recharge and face the day with the right amount of energy. They need to feel at home but, at the same time, they know they won’t have to make coffee by themselves. And they expect to fully enjoy the atmosphere of the hotel and the place, in a context designed in detail.
To purchase a professional coffee machine for your hotel, you will need to evaluate many important characteristics. Design and available space are necessary elements to consider in order to to understand which is the best breakfast machine for your hotel. But not only.
It is also important to consider your staff skills and the amount of coffee you prepare daily.
The prices of hotel breakfast machines vary a lot depending on the materials, the type of product, and the number of groups they have. There are coffee machines on the market starting from 350 euros, for the most basic models, to 1,500 euros for the most equipped coffee machines.
Pontevecchio lever coffee machines are designed to withstand over time and to prepare drinks with perfect organoleptic features.
They are available in different models and adapt well to any type of context, thanks to their refined and elegant design.
The multiple colour variations make them perfect for both a luxury hotel and a family-run accommodation facility. In fact, in any environment, our coffee machines guarantee the same result: a very high-quality espresso.
Here are some tips to help you figure out which coffee machine is right for your hotel.
What you need to consider when choosing a coffee machine for your hotel
Breakfast is always considered when customers evaluate an accommodation facility.
The aroma of your espresso and the attention for your breakfast buffet are crucial factors that can change the number of stars given in a customer review.
For this reason, it is important to buy the best coffee machine. The choice is not easy as there are many types of equipment on the market.
The main factors to consider to find the most suitable coffee machine are:
- how many coffee-based drinks you prepare each day;
- management of the hydraulic system;
- the speed of the service you intend to guarantee to your guests;
- the presence or absence of trained staff dedicated to the preparation of breakfast;
- the place where you intend to locate the coffee machine.
In the next paragraphs, we explain how to evaluate them one by one.
Type of coffee machine
There are usually four types of hotel breakfast machines available on the market:
Each one has to be handled differently and requires more or fewer skills. The choice, therefore, must be made based on the hotel staff who takes care of breakfast and the amount of time that can be dedicated to the preparation of coffee.
- Manual coffee machines compared to capsule machines can be slightly more expensive. But the cost of each cup of coffee can vary also on the type of blend you will use. So the expense of the manual machine will be amortized quite quickly. Besides, coffee powder is recyclable, and you can throw it in the compost bin or use it as a fertilizer.
- Semi-automatic espresso machines are those in which the user is most involved in the extraction process. They require more experience but allow you to have more control over the final product. Some barista skills will allow you to add greater personalization to coffee and better manage the aroma and intensity of the espresso.
- Automatic espresso machines are very simple to use as employees only have to take care of starting them. Just press the power button to get the drink. Delivery stops by itself when the espresso is ready.
- The super-automatic espresso machines manage all the phases of coffee extraction by themselves: grinding the beans, preparing the drink, frothing the milk. It is a type very suitable for offices and environments where there is no staff assigned to breakfast.
In this respect, there are mainly two types of coffee machines: those with direct connection and machines that must be tucked in manually.
The former is connected to the waterline and the process starts automatically when the equipment reaches the set level.
Pour-over coffee machines are more practical and can be moved and transported more easily because they do not require the presence of water filters. The only precaution is to keep the water level under control.
The choice of the coffee machine must also consider the capacity of your hotel.
One-group appliances that allow you to prepare only one coffee at a time. In case you need to prepare several coffees at the same time, you can opt for a two-group coffee machine.
In this article – click on the next link – we will explain the difference between the 1-group and 2-group coffee machine.
When you read the features, then, imagine your breakfast room. Think of the customers who arrive one after the other to savour the desserts on the buffet and drink a delicious espresso. In order not to make them wait, you need a fast machine that allows you to serve the right amount of coffee in sequence.
How many drinks do you have to prepare for your guests
Coffee machine with only one group is perfect for small facilities like a bed and breakfast. Here the number of guests is small and therefore the number of coffee-based drinks to prepare is limited. So, your customers will have a personalized service, an espresso with a unique aroma, and savour the familiar and intimate atmosphere of your facility.
With a larger number of guests, you must choose a coffee machine with several groups. In this way, you will be able to serve hot coffee to all tables quickly, without unnecessary waiting.
Also, consider whether you provide an afternoon coffee service and the volume of drinks that require coffee are usually ordered.
When choosing a breakfast machine for your hotel you will need to consider the number of breakfast attendants and what kind of turnover they do.
The automatic and super-automatic machines are very suitable for occasional personnel, as they do not require special training for their use.
The coffee obtained with these machines is quite standard. Generally, it is sufficient to activate the coffee machine to have the selected drink.
Conversely, if you have specialized breakfast attendants, you can choose a more flexible machine. The most experienced baristas know how the lever coffee machine works and with this equipment, they can fully express their competence.
Size of the coffee machine
Where do you want to place your coffee machine?
Thinking about the most suitable place for hotel breakfast machines is also essential to evaluate the coffee machine that best meets your needs.
Depending on the space you have available, you can evaluate the type of machine to buy.
For smaller rooms, it is always better to opt for a compact coffee machine that is well suited to your business.
If you are still deciding how to set up your hotel, remember to optimize space and choose equipment with a design in line with the style of your hotel.
Pontevecchio lever coffee machines
Enjoying a coffee with unaltered organoleptic characteristics makes breakfast time truly special.
A first-class coffee machine can help you make the customer experience at your hotel memorable.
We at Pontevecchio S.r.l. have been producing lever coffee machines for over twenty years, so we know how different the needs of individuals looking to purchase one might be.
The attention to detail, the quality of the materials, and the design of the mechanisms represent constants of our products which, however, differ from each other for the design and the amount of coffee that they allow to brew at the same time.
Among our coffee machines to prepare your hotel breakfast you can choose:
A simple and linear design characterizes the lever coffee machines of the Export model. They are devices that work mechanically and have a single electrical element that manages the heating of the water.
They are equipped with only one group and are well suited for home use or for businesses that serve a few coffees at a time. Made of brass and sheet steel, they come in six different colours: white, gold, stainless steel, black, red, and tobacco.
Export lever machines are delivered with filters for the preparation of one or two cups, the filter for the pods, the measuring cup for coffee, the tamper, and the funnel to top up the water.
Lusso 1 Group
The Lusso one-group coffee machine is made of brass and steel. It works mechanically and has indicator lights to check the pressure and the minimum water level.
It is also equipped with a tap for dispensing hot water and one for steam that allows you to prepare other types of drinks besides coffee.
The Lusso 1 appliances can always be kept running as they manage the temperature automatically.
They allow you to prepare two cups of coffee at a time and are delivered together with different accessories: filter for two cups, filter for one cup, filter for pods, measuring cup for coffee, tamper, and funnel.
They have a vintage design that adapts very well to any type of context.
The Lusso I coffee machines are available in different colours: white, stainless steel, black, tobacco, and red.
Lusso 2 Group
If you are looking for an excellent coffee machine that allows you to prepare up to four coffees at the same time, the 2-group Lusso model is the right one.
It has a chromed plate that allows the water to be distributed on the two dispensing groups and enables you to serve more customers at the same time, without waiting.
The quality of the coffee obtained is very high and the drink maintains all its organoleptic characteristics.
The two-group Lusso lever coffee machines are available in different colours: white, stainless steel, black, red, and tobacco.
They have a functional yet elegant design. They are also equipped with a pressure gauge that allows you to check the water pressure to extract a perfect espresso.
Remember not to put automatic coffee machines in your hotel rooms
Many hosts think that having an automatic coffee machine in the rooms of their hotel or B&B’s rooms shows that they take care about their guests. Many people prefer to have a coffee maker nearby in addition to a comfy bed and television.
In reality, drinking coffee in the room appears to be a way to make the customer feel at home and welcome while their stay at the hotel.
A 2015 recent study by the University of Valencia found that coffee machines used in public locations can be a receptacle for a variety of pathogens, in addition to the problematic quality of the extract produced by automatic machines.
The coffee machine’s handle and body can hold up to 67 distinct bacteria strains, including bacteria associated to the urinary tract and pneumonia.
Even more recent studies have revealed that common-use coffee machines in hotel lobbies provide a rich substrate for bacterial development, with the handle being one of the first parts to be infected by the coronavirus.
So, in order to take care about your guests, it is preferable to focus on various sorts of attention: such as serving breakfast directly in the room or brewing coffee for guests in the breakfast area.
The cup of coffee in the room, which may be enjoyed while relaxing for a few more minutes, is a welcome treat for guests who cannot fail to appreciate it.
Room service is also popular among those with limited time who don’t want to waste it fiddling with the coffee machine.
Furthermore, in terms of taste, consistency, and quality of the blend, espresso made using a manual coffee maker has nothing in common with espresso made with an automatic machine.
Even in the lobby, customers want to be served, and not having to handle the coffee yourself may be a genuine treat.
Make the right choice for your hotel
Guests in an accommodation facility expect to find a welcoming, nice place that can host them in the best possible way.
Each structure can be evaluated based on many small characteristics ranging from the rooms to the richness of the buffet. A high-quality espresso is one of these and can turn into a plus for your hotel.
Preparing a good coffee is the result of a good blend, the barista’s skills, and the machine used.
If you want to buy the best coffee machine for hotels you have to evaluate many small details, such as the quantity of coffee you prepare daily and the design of the equipment.
At Pontevecchio we have been producing lever coffee machines for over twenty years and we take care of every detail, from design to the choice of materials.
If you want to offer your customers an espresso with a unique taste, consult our models for more information.
Thanks to our professional machines you will be able to make your guests’ stay in your hotel memorable.