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Old 04-20-2013, 04:38 AM   #16
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We got a ten cup Technovorm Moccamaster at my last job. Works great and makes fantastic coffee. The only trouble is that it's not a set and forget kind of thing. We fiound that in order to brew the best coffee, you have to close the filter basket down to the lowest setting until the filter filled with water, the open it all the way for the remainder of the brew time.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #17
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By far the simplest thing to do if you don't go with a packet/cup style machine (kurig, fluvia, or whatever) is outsource it. Nestle and a zillion others will come by and install whatever commercial coffee maker you want and will keep you stocked up on grounds, etc. Pretty inexpensive too--usually they'll throw in the machine if you keep ordering grounds from them (which aren't all that overpriced).

Most of the big offices I've worked at used fluvia machines that took the packets. Good coffee, quick, simple. They had on-site cafeterias that would bring pots up to conference rooms though as the packet machines suck for meetings and such.

My current office is smaller and we use a 60-cup perkolater. Quick and simple to fill/clean.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:06 AM   #18
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Keurig. Makes everybody's favorite brew or hot water for tea. Nothing to clean-up. No stale coffee stinkin' up the office.

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The car stealership we go to uses a commercial Keurig , it dispose of used K cups when a new one is put in .
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #19
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An areopress for an office? Really? Is everyone going to clean it up after themselves?

Try sharing your Aeropress with five other co-workers for a week and get back to us on how that's working out.
Actually we did just that. Clean up is so easy there is no reason not to. Brew, then discharge the used coffee and filter into the trash. A quick rinse and done. It couldn't be easier for a high quality cup of coffee. The others finally went and bought their own.

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The Environment, Health and Safety Nazis have banned coffee makers from my current place of Employment and unless you buy Cafeteria coffee or bring a Thermos, that's our only other option. Talk about a Royal Pain in the Ass!!! Luckily people in our office don't f' up the break room too bad and do clean up their messes, but I still think it's bullshit. French Press/Aero Press, whatever; I think is a waste of time and a too much friggin' trouble for a cup of coffee.
I am not trying to sell these things, just share my experience with them. They are very worth the effort, especially if you have instant hot water.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #20
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Sadly we don't have instant access to hot water so that wont work but I appreciate the suggestion.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #21
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Sadly we don't have instant access to hot water so that wont work but I appreciate the suggestion.
I've been using a Viking (same company that makes the stoves). It makes 12 cups and the filter basket and water tank pull out from the side. It uses #4 Mellitta filters or a permanent metal one. The carafe does not have a hot plate because it's a stainless steel vacuum jug and the coffee is never burnt because of this. It will indicate when it needs to be descaled.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:20 AM   #22
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Just picked up a Kerurig B155 brewer for dirt cheap for an office of about 40. We'll see how it goes, but the initial reception was really positive...particularly for the variety it provides. I like that it has a temperature setting, which I had previously thought was restricted to their Vue line of brewers.

It joins the wall of about 5 other coffee makers, and a couple hot water heaters, most of which are in filthy shape, and just covered with scorched brew. I never used those myself...not a fan of burnt coffee. An aeropress would get like zero use here...just not enough curiosity, and way too busy in the office setting for folks to explore the idea.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #23
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Keruig is so very tempting . . . .I just can't get over the amount of garbage that resutls . . . . .
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:16 AM   #24
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bunn. Simple, fast, works with any kind of coffee, and their warranty and customer service is great if you ever have a problem. I have been using bunn machines at home for years.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:36 AM   #25
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Keruig is so very tempting . . . .I just can't get over the amount of garbage that resutls . . . . .
For those that are green, the foil and plastic that encase the grind go into the recycle bin. The grind, of course, is compostable. So is the packaging. garbage, is optional, techically speaking. But you & I both know that in the officee scenario, you're going to have to write "Keurig recycling manager" into somebody's job description, if you're going to make that a reality in a real world office.
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For those that are green, the foil and plastic that encase the grind go into the recycle bin. The grind, of course, is compostable. So is the packaging. garbage, is optional, techically speaking. But you & I both know that in the officee scenario, you're going to have to write "Keurig recycling manager" into somebody's job description, if you're going to make that a reality in a real world office.

true enough . . . . . I'm thinkin it'd be better to not have to be concerned about it in the first place . . .. there are other alternatives.

I wouldn't count myself to be especially green, but the amounbt of garbage the machine at work generates is surprising . . . . .
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #27
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true enough . . . . . I'm thinkin it'd be better to not have to be concerned about it in the first place . . .. there are other alternatives.

I wouldn't count myself to be especially green, but the amounbt of garbage the machine at work generates is surprising . . . . .
Ya. Part of that is the fact that your behavior changes substantially once you pair up the qualities of free and easy. Coffee was rarely made in my office. Only if "you had to." One of the machines, when you lift the cover off, you're greeted with a most ridiculously green, furry, and gross science experiment that has-literally-made grown men scream like little girls. It's been that way for more than a year. and nobody thinks to clean up till it's charcoal. But go do our main office...same people...fancy ass flavia machine....and people are making 2, 3, 4 cups of coffee for themselves. It can be a pig sty, when the volume of people really crank up.

It's garbage in my world too.
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Ya. Part of that is the fact that your behavior changes substantially once you pair up the qualities of free and easy. Coffee was rarely made in my office. Only if "you had to." One of the machines, when you lift the cover off, you're greeted with a most ridiculously green, furry, and gross science experiment that has-literally-made grown men scream like little girls. It's been that way for more than a year. and nobody thinks to clean up till it's charcoal. But go do our main office...same people...fancy ass flavia machine....and people are making 2, 3, 4 cups of coffee for themselves. It can be a pig sty, when the volume of people really crank up.

It's garbage in my world too.
One building I worked in had a coffee mess that was set up with a management OK and was maintained by volunteer persons. It charged for coffee, donuts, and various other snacks. The profits went into a fund, and on one day in the summer were spent on a picnic/party outdoors at a company facility after work. Everyone paid five bucks for all they could eat and drink. We'd have a line of oil drum grills going cooking whole chickens, brats, and burgers with slaw and potato salad. We'd spike a new keg every half hour or so. I miss those times.
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wonder how many times k-cups could circle the planet these days?
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true enough . . . . . I'm thinkin it'd be better to not have to be concerned about it in the first place . . .. there are other alternatives.

I wouldn't count myself to be especially green, but the amounbt of garbage the machine at work generates is surprising . . . . .
It doesn't have to be that way. There are lots of options out there like this Eko-Brew which is 100% reusable. Or this from Melitta that you only throw away a paper filter, or this which lets you reuse a k-cup about 6 or 7 times before you throw it out. You can buy any coffee you like either ground or as beans and the Keurig becomes an economical and "green" machine.

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