How Automatic Drip and Percolator Commercial Coffee Makers Function
These commercial coffee makers come in two basic brewing methods; automatic drip and percolator. While there are other methods and products for making the beverage these two are the preferred methods by food service business. These commercial coffee makers have options within the two brewing methods that further define them and can help you decide what is best for you.
An automatic drip coffee maker works by heating a reservoir of water and filters it through the ground coffee. These commercial coffee makers then store the hot beverage in a warmed pot. This brewing method is capable of producing large amounts of coffee and keeping it ready to serve. Some commercial coffee makers that utilize this method have a constant water supply attached to the machine. Other called pourover brewers require water to be added to the reservoir to begin the process. These commercial coffee makers require sufficient counterspace to allow for warmers and height to pour the water. Also within drip style brewers are differing styles of decanters. Traditionally glass decanters are used with commercial coffee makers. The decanters allow easy service to guests and with the glass it is easy to see how much coffee remains. Commercial coffee makers are available that will work with airpots. These brewers are best suited to operations that are self-service and where the brewer may be back of the house and service front of the house.
The other style of commercial coffee maker is the percolator. These machines work by forcing hot water up a tube and allowing the water to run through the coffee grounds. These commercial coffee makers continually force water up the tube until the entire pot reaches a boiling point. This is when the “perking” noise ends and the coffee is ready to drink. These commercial coffee makers are also capable of producing large amounts of hot beverage. The brewing time is longer than with the drip method. The beverage can pick up a bitter taste if it is allowed to heat too long.
Coffee is a mainstay of any food service business. Studies show that 83% of all Americans say they have consumed the beverage in the past year. Coffee consumption continues to climb fueled by the younger generations. Consumption of gourmet-coffee beverages such as espresso and cappuccino are also on the rise. Morning continues to be the most popular time of day for coffee drinking but it is consumed all day long.
Top 5 Coffee Turn-offs
- Pretentious Descriptions Consumers want to be able and pronounce the drink. Stay away from anything over 4 syllables
- Ultra Fatty Beverages Calling it coffee when it is 95% fat and sugar is annoying. A good cup of coffee speaks for itself.
- Burning it Up Burning coffee beans and calling it a dark roast is not acceptable.
- Coffee as a God The attitude of the coffee geek or the Barista can get customers steamed. Coffee is a drink not a lifestyle.
- Sky High Prices How much is too much? It is difficult to swallow when a cup of coffee costs more than a gallon of gas.