Coffee is the elixir of concentration and has been ever since that fateful day when a curious Ethiopian goat herder noticed his flock of restless sheep! Although it may be viewed today somewhat differently than it was in the past (not to mention with much greater sophistication), the motivation for using it to improve cognition and focus has not changed. In almost all offices worldwide, it is used to boost productivity and help employees achieve the assignments they were given with the greatest efficiency.
However, outside of certain countries that treat coffee more than the sum of its parts, the situation remains dire. Walk into any business that doesn’t revolve around the arts or creative occupations, and you will soon find workplace kitchens replete with jars of freeze-dried coffee and mugs unworthy of the fluid they will often contain! However, by upping your office coffee game, you could discover a happier workforce with energy and a predilection toward superior performance.
In other words, a small investment in your coffee station could pay dividends for employee morale and, ultimately, better results. This post will explore some ways in which you can introduce premium coffee to your workplace in a manner that everyone will appreciate.
When it comes to coffee, your machine is of equal importance to the beans themselves. While most offices will opt for the standard filter machine (no comment), you can get far superior office coffee systems that will not simply make great coffee but involve you in the entire process making the final result much more satisfying. When it comes to a coffee machine, there are two integral parts:
- Machine: The machine is the heart of the coffee-making process. It is where the water is heated and pressurized to the right amount. To the untrained eye, the gleaning espresso machine may seem an amalgamation of mere metal and mechanics. But gaze deeper, and you’ll see an indispensable partner enabling you to turn simple beans into a delightfully delicious cup of coffee.
- Grinder: Beans are only beans until you grind them into the magical dust that transforms them into something more than their original form. However, you can’t simply throw them into a blender and hope for the best. To extract the most flavor, you need a specialized grinder that can pulverize them in a uniform fashion. This uniformity enables the water to pass over as much surface area as possible to create the smooth taste you are familiar with from a professional coffee shop.
While there are other essential factors like the portafilters, espresso tamper, etc., these are of less importance than the two mentioned (yes, they are important, but they won’t contribute to the taste in the same way as the machine and grinder).
While the machines are what will turn the water into wine, so to speak, it all begins with the beans. In many ways, these are the alpha and the omega since bad beans will simply render any costly equipment moot. Just as a chef relies on their ingredients, so do you depend on the beans if you want to craft anything more than what you can achieve with freeze-dried Robusta. Only the finest beans, handled with care and roasted to perfection, can yield a harmonious coffee profile. Shortcuts simply lead to disappointment.
In order rot maintain the rich, nuanced flavor of your carefully selected beans, proper storage is absolutely vital. Kight, air, and moisture are factors that will rapidly degrade the beans if not sufficiently controlled. Fortunately, unlike the other gear required for outstanding coffee, you need not spend a fortune here. An opaque, airtight container, inexpensively accessible in any store or online, will suffice to block out the light and air so harmful to the beans. Proper storage might seem trivial, but it’s essential if you want to extract the most flavor (which you do, seeing as you have invested in an expensive machine and grinder).
Cleaning is part and parcel of upgrading your coffee station, and it needs to be done thoroughly and regularly. You don’t really want to leave this to the company you have outsourced the office cleaning to, so it will ultimately fall to your team. You need to make them aware that if they want the benefits of tasty java, they all need to pull their weight regarding the cleaning. You can get everyone together and create a schedule that appropriations an equal cleaning time for each member of staff. You might want to hire a barista for a day to not only teach them how to make use of the new machinery but also show everyone how to care for it.
Coffee is an integral aspect of most workplaces, but it often becomes an afterthought rather than something pleasurable. When you invest in your staff and ensure they have access to the best coffee-making machinery available, you will improve morale and avert the usual crimes against coffee that exist elsewhere.