Even something as seemingly simple as a coffee machine has an assortment of key terms to describe its features, capacities and accessories. Whether you’re looking for one to use in your company break room or choosing models to merchandise in your retail store, learning about terminology like “pourover,” “pod brewer” and “thermal carafe” will allow you to get the ideal models with the features you want and help when it comes to ordering coffee supplies and equipment replacement parts.
Thermal carafe brewer
While most coffee makers brew into glass pots, thermal carafe brewers drip coffee directly into insulated pots that can keep the beverage hot even when removed from the burner.
Coffee drinkers in search of convenience will appreciate pod brewer models that don't require loose coffee grounds. Pod brewers use enclosed coffee pods that are easy to place into the machine and dispose of once the beverage brews.
If you're interested in coffee makers that don't require a dedicated plumbing line to add water before brewing, a pourover coffee maker is the solution. Pourover systems allow the user to add water through the top to customize the amount brewed.
Dual coffee maker
Operations that need to brew multiple gallons of coffee quickly will benefit from a dual coffee maker. Most units feature back-to-back brewing capability into thermal airpots or servers that are easy to transport to another location for serving.
The coffee brewing process is more convenient with digital control settings that program grinding, brewing and mixing operations. Most units also feature programmable timers that allow users to have a warm cup at the ready in the morning.
Hot water faucet
If coffee machines are located in restaurant or hospitality locations, a hot water faucet feature will be convenient to customers and guests. With a flip of a switch, the coffee maker can dispense hot water to create additional beverages like hot chocolate and tea.