The Importance of Maintaining Your Coffee Machine

There are many practical perks of ensuring your coffee machine is well looked after, and regularly cleaning it plays a vital role in the overall maintenance of the machine. As a leading coffee shop franchise in the UK, we have plenty of advice to offer on the subject!

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Ensures Customer Health and Safety

First and foremost, regularly cleaning your coffee machine is essential for general health and safety.

Daily cleaning is an overlooked factor for those who own at-home coffee machines but cannot be ignored by a coffee shop business owner.

According to a study on bacteria growth in coffee machines, one of the most common types of bacteria found in coffee machines is Pseudomonas which can cause lung infections. It tends to grow in damp conditions, so keeping on top of cleaning your coffee machine is vital for the well-being of your customers.

Provided that the coffee you are drinking is made from a clean, well-maintained machine, regularly consuming coffee can offer numerous benefits to your mental and physical health.

Adds to the Presentation of Your Coffee Shop

Not only is cleanliness essential for overall hygiene, but a clean coffee machine is integral to the presentation of the business.

A splattered and dirty looking coffee machine in a coffee shop doesn’t portray a positive image of the company. It suggests that other, less obvious, areas of the shop also get overlooked and will create an uneasy atmosphere.

If you want your coffee shop to establish a comfortable atmosphere, discover all the elements needed to create a good coffee shop experience for your customers.

Having an unkempt coffee machine is not a good look, and is likely to see customers take their business elsewhere.

Ensuring that the coffee machine is gleaming and clean means your shop is implicitly advertising itself as a place that is proud and pays attention to detail; this is the message you want people entering your shop to instantly receive.

Presentation is such an important part of the coffee shop experience, but it can be difficult if you have a smaller space to work with. Explore how to implement an appealing design for smaller coffee shops so you can impress customers as soon as they step through the door.

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Improves the Taste of Your Coffee

Great tasting coffee relies on multiple factors, and one of them is a clean machine. Bitter tasting coffee is often incorrectly blamed on the coffee bean or the barista.

As a proud barista, this is not what you want to hear! You also don’t want the embarrassment of bad coffee to be down to a dirty diffuser which, in many cases, could be the source of the bitterness.

Diffusers often accumulate old and burnt-on coffee which affects the flavour in the coffee-making process, making it sour, bitter or even metallic in taste. Instead of letting grime and dirt build up in your coffee machine, regularly cleaning it each night after a day’s work will help reduce the amount of build-up.

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Extends the Lifespan of Your Coffee Machine

One aspect of regular maintenance that you will be thankful for as a business owner is how regular cleaning can improve the lifespan of your coffee machine.

Unfortunately, all coffee machines have a limit, and over time, they will need replacing as they start to deteriorate.

However, making sure a coffee machine is looked after frequently can help prolong its life. By implementing a maintenance plan that ensures habitual cleaning and other duties are taken care of, there is a higher chance of your equipment lasting longer.

Helps to Reduce Costs

Many ‘broken’ coffee machines are often a result of a lack of cleaning.

In some cases where components need to be replaced, new parts can be more expensive than the initial cost of the machine. With less opportunity for wear and tear, regular maintenance can help to cut additional costs.

A consistent cleaning and maintenance plan can decrease reactive breakdowns and in turn, extend the lifespan of your machine. In the long run, this should help to reduce any unnecessary costs.

In a coffee shop, the coffee machine is the face of your business. We hope you have found this information enlightening.

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About the author - Jack Anderson

Jack has been working in the franchise sector for over 12 years and is our in-house guru on all things business! Jack is also a keen hiker and can be found in some of the UK's best walking spots on the weekends.