Share and Learn
Whether you’re an espresso machine novice or an expert at pulling shots, there’s always more to learn about what you can do with your machine. Your own imagination can be an excellent tool but drawing from the experiences of others can evoke even better ideas. Talk to other espresso connoisseurs, share your own ideas, and find out that they can spark your imagination to come up with extraordinary coffee drinks.
- Start with Basics
Additions, flavorings, and garnishes will enhance the drinks that come from your espresso machine but first you have to start with a quality shot of espresso! You may enjoy your regular espresso with cream and sugar, with steamed milk, or with some other mixture so take some time to pull a shot and taste how it is straight with nothing in it. This will give you an indication about whether or not you should try different grounds, pack them into the portafilter differently, or even try new ways of grinding the beans.
- Try New Recipes
Before you make your own unique creations to share with your social media friends, start with some simple recipes that will teach you about enhancing the beverages you can make with your espresso machine. Find several recipes you’d like to try and gather the ingredients you’ll need before you begin experimenting. The last thing you want is to start a recipe and then realize you’re missing an ingredient.
- Face-to-Face Sharing
Talking to people and tasting their recipes in person is a lot different from reading about them online. If you’re planning to share pictures of your finished creations and take videos of the process, you’ll need to learn a little bit about the best ways to do these things. Invite friends who have shared their own espresso machine adventures on social media and ask them to show you some tips and tricks. When you’re ready to share your own creations, your posts will look like the pros.
- Create a Theme
What kind of coffee drinks do you love? If lattes are your passion, make them your theme and experiment with different kinds of milk to steam. Try new additions to the espresso under the milk and garnishes for the top. If you’re a fan of iced espresso, try using coffee ice cubes or flavored syrups to spice up your drinks. Maybe your forte is trying different kinds of beans or making sure that the drink recipes you share are focused on healthy additions. Find your coffee passion and make it yours.
- Set the Scene
There’s more to sharing on social media then your recipes and pictures of your coffee drinks. You can make your espresso machine a focal point, show people how to pull shots with videos, how to use attachments on their own home machine like milk steamers or the hot water spout. The information that you put out into the world could help others who are struggling to learn how to use their machines properly. Use decorations, interesting place settings, and even fun sayings and language to make your pictures and videos more enticing. Your friends will enjoy the extra effort and any fans you gain will keep coming back for more.
- What Is Your Message?
Most people use social media to share with friends and family and have some fun with their coffee adventures. We use social media to find new ideas and to proudly display the ones we’ve come up with ourselves. You can use these tools for something bigger, though. If you run a coffee shop or other coffee – based business, social media can help you spread the word about the machines you use, the drinks you make, and the people who love them. Use your social media pages to connect with clients and customers and to build your business as you share your creations.
- Research and Marketing
There’s a lot to be said on this subject but in the niche of social media, you can get started with your coffee – based business marketing plan in a cinch. If you don’t already have a page for your business, create one and then make it yours. Put up pictures of your place and happy customers enjoying themselves. If your unsure about letting people see the espresso machine or other machines at your beverage station, give them a good cleaning or consider upgrading the machines so they look good on your pages and in your shop.
- Care for Your Machine
Through all your experimentation and imaginative creation, don’t forget to clean and maintain your espresso machine regularly. It’s likely that you’ll be using your machine more and that means you’ll have to clean it more. Refer to your user manual or call customer service to be sure you’re doing things correctly. You can even use this part of the process in your social media sharing. Take videos or pictures of the cleaning and maintenance process to show others with a home machine how they can do the same.
Beyond Social Media
Social media is easy to use and a great way to share your favorite espresso drinks from your home machine but you could want more. If you find that your creativity is awakened by the use of your espresso machine and all the things you can do with it, consider starting your own website or blog about what you’re exploring. You can write articles, post videos, and share pictures about the different things you learn and display it as one ongoing story. The upside to this is that it allows you to keep your social media pages personal instead of letting them become all about coffee. The choice is yours, so start mixing new drinks and sharing them with your friends today! Remember that the important part is you have some fun with it. Enjoy your beautiful coffee.
There are many ways to create better coffee using your home machine that include different kinds of beans, grinders that give those beans perfect consistency, and syrups or spices that enhance the taste. Some people love to use flavored creamers and some enjoy the simple milk and sugar additions. What really makes a great gourmet coffee drink though is not just the way it tastes but also how it looks. Milk steamers offer the easiest way to foam milk at home that you can use to top off your coffee and create the ultimate gourmet experience without leaving your kitchen.
- Why Use a Pour Over Steamer?
You can enjoy lattes without the use of milk steamers but several of the methods involve complicated steps and heating milk over the stove without a temperature regulator. When you steam milk into foam, the milk must be heated and then air is added to the heated product to create foam. Without a pour over steamer, you have to heat the milk over the stove and then add the air using a whisk or other method like pumping it in a French press canister. Pour over steamers do all of that work for you so that all you have to do is put the cup of cold milk under the steamer wand and move it around as the hot air from the wand steams the milk evenly.
- Temperature Regulation
Steamed milk should remain at a specific temperature throughout the entire process and when you’re using other methods besides pour over steamers, it’s difficult to maintain that temperature regulation. Fully automatic steamers do this for you so that all you have to do is turn on the machine and let the steamer wand do the work. Most steamers have a temperature regulation gauge on the machine that shows you what’s happening while you’re steaming your milk. A more manual machine allows the user to adjust this temperature but in most cases, this function is automatic and you should only be using the temperature regulation gauge as an indicator to tell if something is wrong.
- Commercial or Not?
Your milk steaming needs may extend beyond your home machine if you run a business that centers on beverage distribution. Your café or café setup in the workplace could warrant the use of commercial steamers due to the amount of traffic that the machine handles on a daily basis. Consider the amount of people that will use the steamers and the amount of drinks each of those people will make that include foamed milk. If your business or setup doesn’t involve a lot of drinks with steamed milk, then commercial pour over steamers are not necessary. For home use, it is very unlikely that a commercial steamer will ever be necessary but use your personal judgment to make this decision.
- Attached Steamers
When you decide that you want to enjoy beverages with steamed milk at home, it might be a good idea to upgrade to an espresso machine with attached steamers. These machines have a steamer wand (or wands) on the machine itself. Hot water is stored in a boiler tank and is ready to steam milk at a moment’s notice. There is also a temperature regulator and pressure gauge on the machine so you know it’s working properly on all accounts. You’ll be able to pull your espresso shots, steam the milk, then put your drink together all with one machine.
- Steam Milk with Confidence
No matter which machine you purchase, you need to learn how to use it properly in order to create the gourmet drinks you enjoy. You can find a tutorial, refer to your instruction manual, or look at videos to find out how to steam milk with the confidence to get the desired consistency. Fully automatic milk steamers are pretty easy to use because they regulate temperature and pressure without your manual involvement.
All you have to do is measure cold milk into a stainless steal cup, position it under the steamer wand so it is in the milk, turn on the wand, and twirl the cup as the hot air is added evenly. Before you start, it’s a good idea to “clear” the steamer wand by turning it on for a couple of seconds to let steam come out before the wand is put into the milk. There will be some trial and error to the process. Your first drink will not be perfect and the second or third may leave a little something to be desired as well but you’ll get it with some practice and before you know it, you’ll be whipping up lattes just like a professional barista.
Entertain with Flair
One of the best thing about owning an espresso machine with steamers, is that you’ll be able to serve coffee drinks to guests that look better than the dessert they’re served with! Once you learn how to use your new machine, experiment with different looks and garnishes for the drinks you serve. Try adding flavored syrups, spices, or other toppings to make your drinks look as good as they’ll taste. You can find new recipes in many places or you can ask friends who also own machines what kinds of recipes they’ve tried. Share your discoveries with your friends and other coffee lovers using social media and don’t forget to take pictures of your creations to post with your recipes. Go to your favorite café and order the lattes you’ve never tried in the past and then ask yourself what you did and didn’t like about them. Use those answers to tweak the recipes on your own at home and make them even better than the ones at the café. With a little experimentation, you’ll be entertaining with lattes that are better than gourmet and your friends and family will be in awe.
The aroma of fresh coffee brewing in your home machine in the morning (or afternoon or evening) can calm your nerves in any situation and create a sense of balance that lasts all day. The look of the machine on the counter, the display of coffee ready to brew, your favorite mugs, and all the other accessories and additions that make your coffee time what it is don’t have to stay in the kitchen. Extend your favorite things about the beverage you love throughout the rest of your house and create a sanctuary that makes you feel good all the time.
- Coffee Color Schemes
One of the most subtle ways to enjoy the feelings of coffee throughout your home is to create color schemes based on the colors of coffee. Use your home machine for inspiration. For instance, if your machine is black, you may not want to go with the classic dark browns that are often associated with coffee but instead draw your inspiration from cream colors or the whites and textures of foam on top of your coffee drinks. You don’t have to stick with browns, blacks, or cream colors either. Use colors that complement your main scheme. Soft and calming colors like blues and lavenders accent the colors of coffee and provide splashes of interest to your home.
- Comfort and Entertainment
Your coffee style also has a lot to do with enjoying your favorite beverage and serving it to others while they’re at your house. Your home machine allows you to create gourmet beverages but you’ll need a comfortable setting by which to enjoy them in order to set the scene. Once you have your colors, use them to add soft pillows, extra blankets, and warmth to the sitting areas of your home. Accent tables or fold up snack trays serve to keep beverages from tipping onto the floor and many of them add convenience as well as style to the scene you create.
- Add a Little Sophistication
The espresso machine and the cappuccino machine often evoke a sense of philosophical discussion. Enhance that feeling with coffee table books about art and style that spark conversation and add beauty to your home. Coffee table books are usually focused on photography but if that’s not your passion, there are others that can make you feel happy. Generally speaking, a coffee table book is called that because it’s size is perfect for spreading out across the accent tables that break up a room.
- Have Some Fun
There are a lot of coffee mugs out there with funny sayings and cartoons on them that coffee lovers everywhere enjoy collecting. There are also the same sayings and cartoons, among others, on plaques, posters, and other accents you can place strategically around your house. Find a throw pillow with a fun saying for the couch, pictures that inspire you in the living room, and coffee themed canisters to store spices and additions in the kitchen. With these pieces, you’ll be able to display your coffee comfort everywhere you go. You can even take some of the smaller accents to the office and extend your style even farther than the home!
- Start with Your Machine
If you’re having trouble deciding where to start with your coffee style, consider your home machine. You might need something newer or different to make your style your own. A traditional looking machine could bring back nostalgia about a period in your life that made you begin loving coffee or something sleek and fully automatic could bring out the ways you handle things seamlessly in your life. The machine you’ve been using for several years could have been good for you thus far but something new could be great. Let yourself experience the comfort, aroma, and happiness that come with gourmet. Once you change the machine, you might be surprised to see the torrent of ideas that come to you after that shiny piece is sitting on your countertop.
- Share Your Experience
Your experience creating your own coffee style will be fun and interesting for you, but you can make it even better by sharing it with others and giving your fellow coffee lovers ideas to style their own homes with a coffee-themed inspiration. Of course, you can invite people over to enjoy the fruits of your home machine and let them experience what you’ve created firsthand. You can also take pictures and post them on social media or send them to your friends to share what you’ve done. Post these pictures throughout your experience to share it as you’re going through it as well! Others who have done this before may have ideas that help you along and your ideas could help them. Sharing the experience is another way to enjoy it fully.
Make It Your Own
Other people may give you ideas and you may find interesting inspiration in many sources but the most important part of creating your coffee style is to make it yours. The colors, accents, and pieces that you choose will likely adorn your home for several years, so they should reflect who you are and what you love most. Let your home machine be the biggest inspiration for you to fill the rest of your house with thing that make you feel the way that coffee does. Next time you brew a coffee drink in your home, savor the aroma a little longer. Look at the colors, fall into the feelings you get from your favorite drinks, and from these feelings you’ll learn what is your true style. That style will radiate through the things you choose and everyone who sees them will feel the way that you do when you’re holding that hot beverage first thing in the morning.
The coffee lover in your life will certainly appreciate a gift card but why not step it up and get them a gift they never expected. An espresso machine is the ultimate gourmet experience for the one who loves coffee and something they will use (and brag about) for many years to come. Finding the right machine for a gift is not the same as buying one for yourself, though, and there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration before you make your decision and present your gift.
- What Occasion is This Gift For?
An espresso machine is a formidable piece of equipment and most of them come with a hefty price tag. A holiday gift, wedding gift, or milestone birthday is a good time to present this kind of generosity but otherwise, you might want to think twice about what your gift says before you buy one for a friend who celebrates Flag Day. Either way, the coffee connoisseur will love an espresso machine but timing is still everything when it comes to big gifts.
- Who Will Be Using the Machine?
The coffee lover you’re buying for is likely to have specific requirements for the type of coffee they make and the kinds of drinks they enjoy. If this is the case for your coffee lover, the espresso machine you buy must be able to meet those requirements. Take your gift recipient out for coffee at a café and see what they order. Strike up a conversation about the kinds of coffee drinks they like and use that information when you’re purchasing an espresso machine as a gift for them.
- How Much Space is Available?
Find out what the configuration of your coffee lover’s kitchen is to see if the espresso machine you want to give as a gift will fit. Are they willing to part with the machine they already have? If your gift is a surprise, maneuvering the conversation toward this answer can be tricky but it’s still a good idea to figure out what kind of wiggle room there is in their kitchen. The last thing you want is to give them the exact machine they’ve always wanted but they can’t use it because they have no place for it in their home.
- Style Considerations
Is your recipient a flashy person or a coffee traditionalist? Do they like sleek and compact or machines that have several functions without worrying about sacrificing space? Everyone has a style when it comes to the machines they keep and the espresso machine is no exception. Your coffee lover might want a traditional looking machine with its nostalgic style or they might want something fully automatic and compact. You can gather this information by viewing the types of machines they already have or simply leading the conversation to this topic.
- Functions and Attachments
There are instances where a machine that has multiple steamers or built in grinders are optimal and there are others where all one wants is to be able to pull a shot of espresso and drink it straight. When you learn about the coffee preferences of your recipient, you’ll learn more about the functions the espresso machine you purchase as a gift will need to perform. Does this person like to grind their own beans? Are they proficient in steaming milk for a latte? These are things they’ll need to know how to do if you give them a machine that has these functions.
You may not be the only one with the idea to buy an espresso machine for the coffee connoisseur in your life. If that’s the case, you can split the cost with others and add some accessories or other coffee related items to the gift that make it extra special. Create your own basket with unique finds or purchase something practical you know will be needed with the machine. Before you look for extras and accessories, try to find out what the recipient already has in their kitchen. This way, you’ll be sure to give them something that will surprise them and be appreciated.
- Include Instructions and Important Numbers
Before you wrap your espresso machine gift, open up the box and make sure that all the parts, instructions, and important numbers are there. This includes the serial numbers, anything needed to register the product, customer service numbers, and any electrical connections or numbers for a professional to install the machine. Put the instruction manual on the top of the box so it’s easy to find and include a gift receipt for the product in the card. This way, the recipient will be able to learn how to use every part of the machine, maintain it and install it properly, and return it if it’s too complicated or doesn’t fit in their kitchen. Even if you’ve taken the time to get all the correct information, you never know how someone will react when you give them a gift. Having all your bases covered ahead of time will be much appreciated when the time comes to actually use the machine after you’ve left the party.`
When purchasing an espresso machine for a coffee connoisseur, it’s important to get the best. They know what a good espresso machine looks like and chances are that if they wanted a basic one, they would have bought it for themselves already. Go the extra mile and get them a machine that shows you not only know and understand their love of coffee but also that you want them them to have the best of the best. They’ll appreciate the gift more and it will be one that they can enjoy for many years to come. Don’t forget to stop by once in awhile and have a latte with your favorite coffee lover from that gourmet machine!
This is the question that pops into every mind of a person who’s romantically interested in another. Coffee is casual and easy. It’s not as much of a time commitment as a meal but it still offers the option to stay and chat for as long as you like. The coffee date is the perfect start for two people to get to know each other before they go on a much more planned out and anticipated date. When that step happens, there’s the other question: Do you want to come in for a cup of coffee? This is the one that can extend any date into a conversation that lasts for hours. The best way to ensure such an outcome is to have a home machine that produces premium coffee instead of the regular cup of joe that anyone can brew. Nothing ends a great date faster than being invited in for a cup of coffee and finding out that what is offered is barely more than hot water and instant grounds.
- Know Your Beans
Your date may not be a coffee snob but they also may not know much about coffee in general, even if you’re meeting at a café. Everyone has their specific coffee drink order but the advantage of your home machine is that you get to try out all kinds of different beans and addition combinations that a café may not even serve. Know your beans and you’ll be able to strike up a conversation that leads to your own coffee adventure with the person you’re meeting. Try ordering something you’ve both never had, or a type of drink you’ve always wanted to make at home but never had the ingredients.
- Have Fun With It
Coffee is a fun beverage. It’s tasty, sweet, and gives us a happy energy boost that lets us talk amiably for hours and that makes it a wonderful date. Take that up a notch and have fun with your coffee. Use the espresso machine you have at home to teach someone about making their own latte for a new twist on an old concept. Set up different flavors and spices and you might find a unique beverage that becomes yours together. A few clever coffee sayings can make the entertainment more interesting. Find a few you love and make cards or placemats to decorate your date.
- Coffee Machine Conversations
The person you’re talking to might be another home machine owner who loves theirs as much as you love yours. Your special someone might be a traditionalist with a shiny copper antique-looking machine while yours is a fully automatic coffee system. You can teach each other the merits of your machines or talk about why you love them for what they are.
- The Comfort in Coffee
A coffee date isn’t just a nice way to meet someone because of the coffee. The atmosphere that the café or your home machine could bring is comforting in so many ways. The aroma of coffee, the look of a well made latte with all of its foam on top, and the familiar taste of it can induce a comfort that makes it easy to relax as you’re getting to know someone new. Enjoy the space your in as well as all the other benefits that a beautiful coffee drink can bring.
- Group Settings
On a double date or group date, a few lattes can be a great way to bring everyone together and help stimulate conversation. Usually, people go straight for drinks at a bar but a café is usually brighter or a setting in your living room using your home machine can be easy and comfortable for everyone. Pass around a few cups of espresso or lattes foaming with tasty goodness and watch the conversation start to flow among everyone present.
- Coffee Before Dinner
A dinner date can often end with coffee but you may want to try switching things up and starting out a café instead. You can sort of prime the conversation, get a boost before you go to dinner, get comfortable with the person with whom you’ll be sharing a meal, and avoid the food coma that can come with eating the large portions at a restaurant. Choose a café near the restaurant you’ll be going to or if the place is close to home you can utilize your home machine. Take your coffee to go and walk to the restaurant for a fun way to build up your appetite.
A decadent coffee drink made with rich ingredients like chocolate or pieces of brownie inside can be the perfect dessert to end a date. You can make something like this in your own kitchen with your home machine or choose a restaurant that has specialty coffee on the dessert menu. The coffee will be tasty and the caffeine can perk you up to keep the conversation going long after dessert is over.
The Best Part About a Coffee Date
We all love to be optimistic but we also know that not every date, whether it is at a coffee shop or somewhere else, is going to be a good one. The best part about a coffee date is that at the end of it you still have coffee if it goes well or not. If your date has no part in your home or at a coffee shop, you can still take comfort in the gourmet home machine you have back in your kitchen. Your day (or night) will get so much better when you come home from a dud of date to the coffee drinks you love made exactly the way you love them from the home machine you know will work the way you want it to.
It’s that time of year again when café locations across the country have implemented the pumpkin spice craze to ring in the most popular autumn coffee trend. You may not realize that it’s not necessary to spend so many of your hard earned dollars on the café versions of the autumn coffee classics and instead you can make them with your own home machine. You can even create unique sensations and impress your friends and family with original autumn recipes that carry your signature. Learn how to mix and match familiar flavors and have fun with your coffee drinks without having to wait in line with everyone else.
- Gather Ingredients
One trip to the grocery store should be all you need to stock up on all the ingredients you’ll need to make all kinds of autumn spice drinks until snow starts to fall and you’re headed back for candy canes and marshmallows. There are some specialty ingredients that you’ll have to decide on before you choose your recipes and that will be entirely up to you. You’ll want to research and tweak them according to your liking before you make your shopping lists. Generally speaking, you’ll want to have cinnamon, pumpkin puree, ground ginger, sugar, caramel syrup, and vanilla extract on hand to make most of the drinks you’re probably thinking about. If you purchase canned pumpkin puree, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze what you don’t think you’ll use within a few days.
The most popular autumn sensation is the pumpkin spice latte and you can make this at home if you have an espresso machine and milk steamers in addition to the ingredients needed. If you don’t have the right equipment, there are alternative recipes available that will simply take a little more time and effort to whip up. The difference will be between a more professional look to the finished product. Either way, you’ll be able to adjust the recipe to be exactly the way you want it…including calories and level of sweetness!
- Branch Out
As the season changes from summer, the hot beverage in general becomes a staple for so many of us trying to chase away the chill. While the classics will ring true as favorites for most of the people you know, there are other coffee drinks you can make with your home machine that are unique and probably won’t be found at the average chain café down the street. Try adding different syrup combinations to your coffee or brewing grounds spiced with various quantities of ground ginger, cinnamon, and even finely ground hazelnuts or almonds. Add chocolate syrup or vanilla extract to the finished product or try something really interesting and see if you can find hazelnut syrup. The possibilities are endless. You can add spice combinations to coffee grounds before brewing, to coffee or espresso after brewing, to the foam or steamed milk that tops off your beverage, or any mix of these options. Try them all to discover drink recipes you never imagined.
- Share Your Creations
You’re probably not going to get famous from the signature café creation you make using your home machine, but that shouldn’t stop you from sharing your recipes and ideas with friends and family. Use social media to share pictures of your finished creations and include recipes along with the images to give others a chance to try them out for themselves. Invite friends over for an autumn themed café party where everyone brings their own ingredients and recipes so you can try each other’s ideas. Make this a fun experience and be proud of your creations!
- Trial and Error
The best autumn coffee drink you make with your home machine will very likely not be your first. The ideas that are available to create your own are enticing but it might be a better idea to start out with tried and true recipes before you get into the experimentation part of this adventure. Learn about how the flavors mix and which ones combine best and then use your imagination to alter the recipes you find and make something unique. It will be a process of trial and error that shouldn’t discourage you if you come out with a few duds. Note the mistakes you made and use them to make the next batch better.
- Make it Healthier
A common issue with enjoying the sweet treats that come with cooler weather is the added calories and sugar that come with them. You can combat this problem by making healthier versions of your favorites using your home machine. When you’re the one putting the recipes together, you can better control the amounts of things like syrups and flavorings that go into each drink. You may also want to try milk alternatives like almond milk or coconut milk for lattes that are not always readily available at chain cafes and other places that serve seasonal lattes. By controlling the calories and sweetener that goes into your coffee treats, you’ll be able to enjoy more of them every day without guilt.
The Added Benefits of DIY Autumn Coffee
If you can learn to make your seasonal favorites in your home machine, one of the biggest benefits is that you’ll never have to wait for them to be in season again. You can make and enjoy them all year round instead of hoping for that date when they’re in the stores. This is a good reason to make sure that your machine is up to the challenge and perhaps even consider purchasing something new. Ring in the cool breezes with your own autumn creations or replications of the ones you love and then keep making them well after snow covers the fallen leaves.
Coffee and Business
Nearly every office kitchen includes a coffee machine or even a cappuccino machine but you’ll also find that there are complaints about the quality of drink these machines produce. People in the office love coffee. It’s something to do, get up and make a cup of coffee, like a ritual. They often put a lot of sweetener in their coffee to mask bad taste and it’s a habit that is hard to break. This causes a couple of little bursts of energy followed by a horrible crash that kills productivity and makes everyone cranky. You can solve this problem by introducing an espresso machine to your office kitchen. Step up the coffee quality to improve productivity and morale among your employees and business associates.
- Respect the Alternatives
One important thing to remember when installing an espresso machine in your office kitchen is to respect those who don’t drink coffee and provide an alternative. Some people have actually worked hard to quit coffee and when they have no access to an alternative it can seriously affect how they work. This is an easy choice to respect if you make sure that the machine you choose has a hot water spigot. The espresso lovers will have their better drink and the tea lovers will have a simple way to make theirs. They’ll be ecstatic to find out that the new machine keeps them from having to microwave their water to brew tea. No one will be left out.
- You’ll See Less Trash
An espresso machine uses tiny cups to pull shots and you can invest in a set of office china that is rinsed after each use. Assign a cup to each person or get cups that are all the same and watch as the office trash diminishes. Espresso is refined, seen as better than coffee in the eyes of most business people, and they won’t want to drink it out of paper or Styrofoam cups. They’ll be much more inclined to use the china provided and rinse their cups to use again just for the feeling they’ll get holding the espresso shot in their hand instead of a disposable cup.
- Improved Morale
Whenever something new is introduced in an office, it’s cause for discussion and usually that makes people perk up simply because of a small change being made. An espresso machine is a catalyst with staying power because after the machine is introduced, it will continue to make people happy with the coffee it produces. Also, any colleagues who come to your offices for a meeting will be much more impressed by a shiny espresso machine than they would be by the same coffee maker everyone else has. Put it on a cart and set it up right in the conference room for an added dramatic effect.
- Creative Opportunities
You can continue the excitement that comes with change by using your espresso machine to create a little fun in the office. Provide the ingredients for a special weekly drink or latte or ask your employees if they have any ideas. Pair the espresso with pastries one day a week or rotate through people in the office and have different people bring in pastries on that day. Buy some special beans once a month for the espresso machine. You can even ask gourmet companies if they provide sample packs and make a deal to get something free for trying new flavors and roasts!
It’s likely that you have someone who comes in and cleans the office at night, including the kitchen but does this person know the complexities of taking care of an espresso machine? Assign different people each week or each day to provide care and maintenance to the machine in your office. This creates a shared responsibility so everyone can enjoy the machine and work as a team to make sure it’s done properly. Encourage accountability and teamwork within the social constructs of the office by making this schedule to maintain the machine and the reward is they get espresso whenever they want. It’s a symbiotic relationship for everyone involved.
- Choose a Machine That Works for Everyone
Your office might be a place where maintenance is not something that can be worked into everyone’s schedule but they can still benefit from all the other great ways an espresso machine enhances the environment. In this case, it is a good idea to install a fully automatic machine that does all the work for them. There will be less worry about maintenance and you won’t have to deal with replacing the machine shortly after installing it. The benefits of a fully automatic machine also extend to the conference room when meetings with clients or colleagues happen early in the day or will be running long. There will be less noise and fussing when someone gets up to make a drink and that means less distraction during the meeting.
Each office is different and some are much larger than others so a standard espresso machine may do very little to service the staff, especially if they’re each pulling more than one shot a day. The choices you have to accommodate your colleagues and employees if you’re planning to put an espresso machine in your office kitchen are to buy more than one or go industrial. An industrial sized machine usually has more than one portafilter and more than one milk steamer. The issue is that these machines are a little more difficult to operate. If the people that will be using it are not inclined to learn to be their own barista, you may opt to hire someone to run the machine or only let it be used one or two days a week in order to save money on employing this person. Your employees and colleagues will still get gourmet level drinks and you’ll all enjoy the benefits that espresso brings to business people but you’ll always know that your machine is being handled properly.
The Infamous All-Nighter
We all have those days when a project is due or a presentation is coming up and we want to do our best so we work and prepare until we drop and that’s how the all-nighter happens. Sometimes it can happen again and again throughout the week and when you head to your desk the next day, you might regret not getting in that power nap before the sun came up because you can barely see straight. Your home machine can help you get through these nights and then feel refreshed in the morning and ready to tackle the next day. Learn about how you can utilize these benefits and pull an all nighter that helps you become more productive.
- Know the Risks
Before you try these tips for using your home machine as a tool to stay up all night and still function during the day, understand that it’s not a good idea to do this on a regular basis no matter what kind of project or work you have on your table. Every once in awhile, it might seem necessary but it’s still an option you should take only when you have to and when the project is over you should take a couple days to rest and recoup. You may also want to do a little research to understand how your brain is affected by staying awake for a longer than average period of time to gauge how this process might affect you individually.
- Healthy Pairings
One of the major keys to keeping your energy up is pairing the coffee from your home machine with healthy foods that nourish you as well as increase that peppy feeling. It’s easy to reach for the pastries, chocolate, and other comfort foods when the exhaustion is pulling at your eyelids but the added fat and sugar is more likely to give you a short boost followed by a huge crash. Instead, try keeping almonds on hand, dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao, and yogurt on hand. The foods that you eat on a regular basis for energy will only be enhanced by the caffeine you drink and the energy you get will last a lot longer than the short burst that come from a sugar rush.
- Take Time to Clean
An important part of keeping yourself sharp while trying to study or work all night is to take breaks at regular intervals. This can be difficult when you’re wired up and you want to keep going and get more done but you can still take a few minutes away from your project and stay productive by taking time to clean your home machine between uses. The extra time you take to clean and maintain the machine will benefit you as well as the appliance itself. As you go on into the night and keep wanting more coffee you’ll be glad that the machine still works as you need it to.
- Is Your Machine Up to The Task?
Pulling an all-nighter is tough as it is and if your home machine isn’t up to the task, you could find yourself fading fast because the coffee you make isn’t very good. Keeping your energy up while you’re working at home, you might want to invest in something that makes stronger coffee like an espresso machine. You may not have liked espresso in the past or even know what it is exactly so before you purchase a machine, try a few espresso drinks at a café first. Learn about how these drinks are made and if it will be possible for you to do it on your own.
- Invite Friends
Bouncing ideas off of others and letting them help you out with the workload is a great way to get more done while you’re working on a big project. A gourmet home machine can brew the coffee drinks that turn your work night into a party that makes everyone more productive and keeps the energy flowing in a positive way. Be sure that the friends you invite are work oriented. Nothing will put a stop to your productivity faster than that friend who wants to stop working and turn the fun into a real party. A group effort can also be a way to get in a couple naps through the night that keep you more awake the next day. Take turns on the couch to keep the productivity up and everyone’s eyelids from drooping.
- The Morning After
When the sun comes up in the office or at your desk at home and you’re nearing the end of your project, don’t let your triumph be ruined by sheer exhaustion. Take a travel mug with you in the carpool or to sip on the train while you’re starting your morning. It’s ill advised that you drive any sort of vehicle in this state but you can still make it through the next morning at work without shuffling your feet if you take along one more boost. The comfort of home will be the extra little piece that makes you feel happy as well as energized.
Make a Plan
You have your home machine and your determination to stay awake until whatever job you have to do is done but you still need a plan. Create a schedule or task list for the time you have and include breaks every couple of hours that allow you to stretch, eat, and clear your head for a few minutes. If you’re planning to include other people in your plan, give them each a part of your task list or specific jobs to do as well as jobs that you’ll all do together. Before you know it, your project will be finished and you’ll feel the elation of a successful all nighter done right!
Every business values guest comfort whether their guests end up having to wait for their services or they get to step right in. The more comfortable your guests feel, the more they’ll want to recommend you to others or come back again and again. Help every guest feel at home by inviting them in for a gourmet cup of coffee from the espresso machine in your lobby or vestibule. That one special extra that you provide may be the positive aspect of their time at your office which sticks in their head and prompts them to remember all the other good things about what you do.
- Make it Look Good
The coffee area you set up with your espresso machine and all the extras should make your lobby look inviting. You can create a space that turns even the drab colors seem bright. People will see that area and connect it with what they see at their favorite café or in their own home. In order to make this happen, your coffee area has to look good. Invest in a professional looking machine and keep the spot where it sits clean and organized at all times. This makes the machine work for you as well as for your guests.
- Include Extras
The machine you choose can comfort your guests but it’s also a good idea to add extras to the area in order to give them the options that make them want to use the machine. A big part of comfort is the familiar and although you can’t provide for every contingency, you can provide a wide array of extras that will satisfy the most people and keep them fresh through the day. Things like milk or other perishables should be kept in a cooler or refrigerated area. Dry ingredients need a dry place to reside and loose ingredients like sugar or spices not in prepackaged portions need airtight containers. By keeping things fresh, the area is even more inviting.
- Encourage Mingling
Waiting rooms and office lobbies don’t usually come with kitchens or even good vending machines but an espresso machine and an area to make drinks creates a space that encourages people to break free of the silent monotony of waiting. They might make friends, talk about their experience with your business, or make networking connections that help with other problems. It’s likely they’ll be a lot happier when their turn comes to stop waiting. When it comes to hotels, a lobby with an espresso machine and coffee area gives people a reason to come downstairs instead of trying to make better coffee in their own room. You can also offer room service lattes so even if they decide that mingling isn’t for them, you can still avoid equipment in the room being used in ways it shouldn’t be.
- Improved Morale
Your guests are not the only people that will enjoy an espresso machine in the lobby or vestibule of your business. The employees can also be given access to the machine and be able to have gourmet coffee instead of settling for whatever comes out of a regular coffee maker. Similar to your guests, the employees who get to enjoy the machine will also socialize, network, and feel happier about being in the office. This allows them to provide better service to guests and do it with a smile.
- Self Service and Full Service
Depending on the nature of your business, you may choose to make your espresso machine area full service or self-service and there are pros and cons to each choice. Self-service allows guests and employees to make their drinks exactly as they want but there’s also the risk of excess wear and tear on the machine due to use by the inexperienced. Full service limits this risk but with this choice there’s the added cost of hiring someone to be your barista, which may not be economical for a small lobby or vestibule. The self-service option is made easier with the purchase of a fully automatic machine. Your guests will be able to use it no matter their experience or lack thereof and you won’t have to worry so much about maintenance.
- See Your Sales Soar
Every one of these benefits contributes to making your business better. It might seem like a small thing but adding a simple machine to your lobby can be the difference between your guests thinking they had to wait too long for service and seeing them come back and bring their friends. Happy guests will want to buy more and that’s something you probably already know so why not do anything you can to help make that happen?
Adding an espresso machine to your lobby or vestibule can do a lot to make your guests happy but keeping that happiness alive involves maintaining your machine well and making sure the area around it stays clean and organized. You can employ or assign someone to do this job or do it yourself but either way, you’ll need to perform regular cleaning and maintenance every day, possibly more than once a day depending on how much your machine gets used. Learn about how the machine works by reading the user manual and calling the customer service number with any questions. If you know how it works, you’ll better be able to teach anyone else who has to help maintain it. Give your employees a reason to want to help by letting them use the machine or by sharing the responsibilities that come with maintaining it. Have some fun with this task by arranging any extras in interesting and eye catching patterns around the machine or adding pretty tablecloths to the surface you put it on. These things will entice your guests to use it even more and you’ll have your coffee happiness with all the benefits that come along.