Churches are some of our main customers for coffee makers, and churches are unique because they needs lots of coffee quickly, but only for a few hours every week. We also understand that good coffee is important to churches. Drinking coffee provides time for fellowship, and these days people remember if a church serves bad coffee.
1. How Much Money do you want to spend? This is key. Money is often an issue with many churches because they just don’t have that much, especially smaller churches. Churches don’t want to overspending, but it may be a bigger mistake to underspend and get stuck with a coffee maker than is too small for your needs. We can provide different options at different price points to help you decide what is best for your church.
3. Pourover or Automatic? Simple question – do you want to pour water into the coffee maker for every batch you make, or do you want the brewer to hook up to a waterline. Hooking up to a waterline makes brewing coffee much easier, but there must be access, installation is harder, and it’s more expensive.
4. One Site or Coffee Stations? Do you want everyone coming to where the coffee is brewed to get coffee, of you want want stations available throughout the church.
5. Coffee Pots, Airpots, or Thermal Servers?
- Coffee pots are the traditional way, but the pots are limited in size, must sit on a warmer, and affect the taste of the coffee.
- Most people are going to airpots or thermal servers, which don’t need a heat source and can be taken to where the coffee is needed, and they keep the coffee fresher because they don’t continue to be heated.
- Airpots are roughly limited to a half-gallon size, but thermal servers can be as large as 3 gallons. Of course, airpots and thermal servers cost more than regular coffee pots.
6. Batch Size? This question is related to volume needs and how much time people want to spend brewing coffee on a Sunday morning. Something to consider is how much coffee is consumed during the week by church staff and for meeting. Having the option of brewing smaller or larger batch sizes may be very convenient.
7. New or Used? Buying used equipment becomes an option when the needs are large, but the money is lacking. As a general rule, used equipment costs about half the price of new. We only sell used equipment that has been refurbished by professional refurbishers.
Need more help? Contact us. Churches are often run by committees, and it helps to have various options in written form along with price points. We can provide advice, give options, and write quotes.