Why is Your Office Coffee so Bad?

Have you be receiving complaints that the office coffee is bad? Like mud bad? Are team members openly complaining about the coffee that was meant to be a benefit? It might be time to make some changes. The good news is that not all change has to be hard and there are some simple changes you can make to improve your office coffee program.

Before we start talking about changes let’s first diagnose what type of coffee equipment you have. In office coffee service there are four types of equipment to choose from including: liquid, airpot, single cup and bean to cup.

Liquid Coffee Machines

Liquid coffee machines are the units where the coffee comes as a frozen concentrate. The machine then adds water to the concentrate one cup at a time.

Liquid concentrate brewers can get a bad rap. Yes, these machines are very similar (if not identical) to coffee brewers you find at popular gas stations and no they aren’t known for their craft roasts, BUT these machines do an amazing job of getting hot coffee to the masses. ⁠ ⁠ If a large portion of your team works in a factory or in a distribution center, this type of machine may best suit your needs and your budget. ⁠ ⁠

Airpot Brewers

Airpot brewers are what we would consider an office coffee staple. These are the little engines that could and they serve multiple purposes in any office.

These machines work best when paired with portion pack coffee. Portion packs are perfectly portioned bags of ground coffee that make the ideal 12 cup pot. ⁠ ⁠

Why portion packs?

  1. They make less of a mess. Because the ground coffee is portioned into perfect sized bags, team members simply open the bag above the filter basket and pour. This typically creates less of a mess than when team members pour or scoop coffee from larger canisters.
  2. They create consistent pots of coffee. Again, because the ground coffee is perfectly portioned for a 12-cup pot of coffee, the end result (as long as employees only use one bag) is always the exact same.

Airpot brewers work great for every day coffee consumption in breakrooms where multiple people start their day at the same time or take similar timed breaks/lunches. Because they brew 12 cups at once and come with carafe displays, it’s common for one member of the team to get coffee started about 10 minutes before the day or break begins. ⁠ ⁠

Airpot brewers are also great to have on hand when the work might be split between office workers and warehouse workers. If you have a larger amount of team members in the warehouse you can provide Starbucks from airpot brewers to accommodate the larger volume and then provide Starbucks inside the office via a bean to cup machine or single cup machine. All team members get the same brand of coffee just delivered in the best way possible to keep up with usage and ensure freshness. ⁠ ⁠

If you have large events or board meetings we also highly recommend keeping an airpot brewer on hand. With displays for carafes you can set up a hospitable coffee station without having to have coffee catered. ⁠

Single Cup Machines

Single cup brewers like Keurig and Flavia have been less popular in recent years due to a perceived negative impact on the environment. Although K-Cups and Flavia pouches can certainly add to the landfill, if a company wants to, they can participate in robust recycling programs offered by both companies. ⁠

Pre-COVID we would not have recommended single cup options as a first solution to your office coffee needs; however, with more and more companies offering hybrid schedules and with fewer people coming to the office every day, single cup coffee brewers may be the best option to keep coffee fresh and to reduce waste (why brew an entire pot of coffee if only two cups are drank?).⁠

If you have less than 20 people in the office every day, this may be the best option for you. ⁠

Single cup brewers are also a great way to offer a variety of roasts (light, medium and dark) as well as flavored coffee. Although tea is available in K-cups we recommend reducing environmental impact and cost by offering tea bags instead of K-cups. ⁠

Not sure if this is a good fit for your office? Take a quick 2 minute quiz to find out which coffee brewer best meets our office’s needs.

Bean to Cup Machines

Bean to cup machines are the Cadillacs of the office coffee world. These are the machines that grind whole coffee beans fresh with each cup. These machines are also notable because of the addition of powder canisters that allow team members to select “fancy” drinks like mochas, cappuccinos, lattes, etc. ⁠

These machines are arguably the most popular in Dallas offices, and for good reason (they make a really good cup of coffee) but there are a few things to be mindful of:⁠

– of all the equipment listed above they do have the highest monthly rental cost and the highest minimum monthly purchase requirement⁠

– because they are grinding whole beans and dealing with powders, they need a daily rinse (this is as simple as pushing a button but you’ll need a dedicated team member to do this on location).⁠

– of all the machines, they are the most high maintenance (but don’t worry, we’ll be there the same day if anything goes wrong). ⁠

Not sure if this is the right type of machine for your office? Take a quick 2 minute quiz  to see which type of machine would be the best fit for your office. ⁠

Are you ready to improve your office coffee service for your Dallas break room? Call us at 972.572.5400 or fill out this form and one of our team members will contact you ASAP.

 

 

 

 

Employee Appreciation Improvements You Can Make This Holiday Season and All Year Long

We’ve officially entered the season of gratitude and gifting. That said, shouldn’t we be thinking of ways to make team members feel valued all year long? With employee resignations at an all time high, the ways we show employee appreciation must improve.

2020 was scary, 2021 was weird, and 2022 isn’t looking much better.

2021 has been marked as the year of the Great Resignation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021. Resignations peaked in April and have remained abnormally high for the last several months, with a record-breaking 10.9 million open jobs at the end of July.

According to the Harvard Business Review, employees between 30 and 45 years old have had the greatest increase in resignation rates, with an average increase of more than 20% between 2020 and 2021. Read more about this here.

There are a lot of potential reasons for the increase in resignations. There are also various ways to improve employee engagement by increasing employee appreciation.

A Quick Overview of Ways to Improve Employee Appreciation

One very visible way to improve employee appreciation at your organization is through your Dallas Fort Worth snack and beverage program.

It might sound too simple or a little too on the nose coming from a break room service provider. But what if employee appreciation was simple?

Here are some simple ways to let your team members know you appreciate them:

  1. Improve your coffee offerings. Nothing says we appreciate you quite like a cup of high-quality coffee. And adversely, nothing says we don’t really care about you, quite like a cup of mud.
  2. Offer snacks and beverages for free. This doesn’t have to be as pricey or as overwhelming as you might think. At Ameritex Vending we help companies offer this employee benefit for as little as $300 a week.
  3. Send snacks directly to their homes. With more and more team members working remotely, it’s important they know that out of sight doesn’t equal out of mind.

Offering Better Coffee as a Way to Increase Employee Appreciation

Anytime you are looking to add a new service or improve on an existing one; it’s important to remember that it’s okay to go slow. In other words, if you don’t already offer coffee, we might recommend starting with an airpot brewer. An airpot brewer allows you to brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once and as long as you choose a premium brand, employees will be excited for the offering.

Already have an airpot brewer but want to upgrade? Or maybe you don’t have a coffee service but you don’t want to go slow, you want to offer the best from the very beginning; for your office, we recommend moving forward with a bean to cup machine. These machines grind whole beans, fresh for each cup of coffee made and are a great way to let employees know you care enough about them to give them the very best.

Not sure what coffee system will work best for your office? Take a quick 2-minute quiz here.

 

Offering Snacks and Beverages for Free as a Way to Increase Employee Appreciation

When offering snacks and beverages for free, budget is always the biggest concern. At Ameritex Vending, we’ll work with you to create a program that fits your budget and bigger employee appreciation goals.

To get started we recommended budgeting $2-$7 per employee a day and offering a variety of pre-packaged snacks, beverages and perishable items (think yogurt, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, etc.).

Begin customizing a unique service for your team by filling out our contact form here. 

Sending Snacks Directly to Homes

With the workplace changing it’s important to remember that the way we show appreciation to our employees needs to evolve as well. With hybrid workspaces we want to make sure that employees feel appreciated at the office and at their homes.

Although there are a lot of great snack box services to choose from, our favorite is Oh Goodie! box. With Oh Goodie! box we can match the offerings we provide in your Dallas Fort Worth break room to the boxes that are being send home, making sure all team members have a unified snacking experience regardless of where their desk is.

Ready to Show Your Team Members You Appreciate Them?

If you’re ready to improve your snack, beverage or office coffee services for your Dallas Fort Worth team, reach out to us today by calling 972.572.5200 or by filling out a form here. A member of our dedicated team would love to discuss any of our services and ways we can improve on your current break room offerings.

 

 

 

 

How to Upgrade Your Vending Service in Your Dallas Fort Worth Break Room

With companies returning to the office, or at last with the largest volume of individuals trickling back to the office since the start of the COVID pandemic; it’s time to start thinking about office snacks again.

A lot has changed in the last few years but one thing has remained the same, employees still take perks and benefits into consideration when choosing a job. Now, with the continually evolving workplace, they may be considering those perks and benefits to determine if they want to go back to any office at all.

One of the perks with the highest visibility is snacks. What are you offering your Dallas team members in way of either free snack options, healthy snack options or at least accessible snacks if they don’t want to/have time to leave the office?

If you have been using the same vending machines with the same product for longer than you can remember; it may be time to give your vending service a makeover. Here are some ways you can do that without breaking your budget:

Options for Traditional Vending

Traditional vending in the Dallas Fort Worth Area gets a bad reputation but it’s usually because the “vendors” are using outdated equipment, hand-written labels and product they bought on a clearance at a local big box store. At the very minimum your vending machines should have:

  • professional labels
  • a mix of healthy and traditional snack options
  • multiple forms of payment including: cash, mobile pay and debit/credit card readers

If you don’t have those three things, you have the wrong vendor.

If you have those three things but are craving more variety, ask your vendor for a monthly sales report, detailing what is selling (and what isn’t in your machines). Your Dallas Vending Service should be able to give you a full break down of sales and make suggestions on how to refresh the variety to best cater to your employee’s tastes.

Give Away Some Snacks

If in addition to a larger variety of product, you also want to offer snacks at a discounted rate there are three main ways to do this:

  1. Traditional Subsidy Programs – in these programs, your Dallas Fort Worth Vending Service lowers the vend price (the visible price to your team members) and bills your company for the difference in vended product each month. In other words if a candy bar typically vends for $1.50 but you want team members to pay $0.50, the price on the machine would read $0.50 and your company would be billed $1.00 for that candy bar at the end of the month
  2. Vending Bucks – these paper coupons act as money in a vending machine. Dallas Fort Worth offices typically purchase these in bulk (maybe $100 at a time) and then Supervisors, Team Leads, etc. have them to hand out at their disposal to employees who have gone above and beyond, met a deadline, exceeded expectations, volunteered for the job no one else wanted, etc.
  3. Mobile App Payment/Stipend – At Ameritex Vending we offer the latest technology from 365 Markets, allowing your team members to use their phone pay via the 365 app but also allowing you to credit their account with a free weekly/monthly stipend to use at their disposal. This device is called a Pico device and the system works like this:
    • You give us the first and last name of each employee you would like to receive a stipend along with their work email
    • Let us know how much you would like to give as a free stiped (i.e. $5/day, $20/month)
    • We set up every team member with an account and load their stipend
    • Team members download the app to access their funds and begin snacking
    • Each week/month you are billed on what was used from the uploaded funds, not what was actually uploaded
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The 365 Pico device enables team members to purchase product from their phone but it also allows employers to provide a weekly/monthly stipend team members can use on snacks, beverages and fresh food vending machines.

Upgrade to a Micro Market

If you’re ready to say goodbye to traditional vending (aka you’re ready to think outside of the box) but you aren’t ready to fully subsidize (aka give away everything for free) a micro market may be the next best thing. You can learn more about Micro Market services here.

Just like in vending, micro markets are conducive to a subsidy and/or stipend system which could allow you to offer controlled free snacks/beverages to team members. The added benefit is that micro markets offer a wider variety of product.

Because of the larger footprint know that in most cases, for a micro market to be placed, you would need a minimum of 75 full time employees on location and would need to pair a coffee service with the market.

Providing a Customer-First Experience  

We pride ourselves on best-in-class customer service to all of our customers. In fact, we live by the mantra “clean, stocked and working”, which was coined by, Founder Johnny Wallace. This mantra is part of our foundation and it is at the forefront of everything that we do as we continue to grow the business.

For more information about adding an office coffee servicemicro-market, office pantry service, or vending service to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

 

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Office Pantry Service is a game-changer for your Dallas Fort Worth break room

Many offices across the country will start to reopen in the coming months. While this is a fantastic development for most, some businesses will be challenged with keeping employees happy and motivated.  After all, employees who have been home for many months may not feel as connected to the office as they once did. We have a unique idea that may help strengthen those social bonds. Have you considered an office pantry service for your Dallas Fort Worth office? It’s a simple concept where the business pays for the refreshments and in turn, offers them to employees for free. Many of our clients consider it as an upgrade to our vending services, and it pairs well with our office coffee services.

Setting up your Dallas Fort Worth office pantry 

It’s easy to set up an office pantry because we do all of the work for you. First, we partner with your office to find out what your needs are. We look at all kinds of factors such as available space within your break room, office culture, budget, number of employees, and what kinds of products you enjoy. Second, we draw up a proposal based on those conversations to ensure that the office pantry is customized to your break room. Finally, we’re ready to install the pantry, including the shelves, racks, dispensers, and other equipment. Furthermore, we can personalize the office pantry space with your company branding. We do the entire setup with minimum disturbance to your office and leave your break room in pristine condition.  We track all products and invoice you once a month to make it a hassle-free experience for you.

Bring in the delicious refreshments

We stock the office pantry with all of your favorite products such as nuts, chips, fruits, yogurts, and refreshing beverages. In addition, we can provide healthy options to support employees’ health and wellness goals. In fact, if your office wants a specific product, let us know, and we’ll get it for you. That’s how easy it is to stock your office pantry with products you want.

Office Pantry Service is a win for everyone in your Dallas Fort Worth office

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And, just like our micro-market solution, office pantry services can benefit both the employer and the employees.

As an employer, you’ll see long-term business advantages.

  • Increase productivity because employees stay on-site for refreshments.
  • Create a space where employees can collaborate, share ideas, and connect with each other.
  • Elevate the company culture because employees feel happier at work.
  • Attract and retain the best talent.

Employees will also benefit tremendously from office pantry services.

  • Maintain high energy throughout the day.
  • Combat the dreaded “afternoon slump” that often appears mid-day.
  • Stave off hunger pangs to avoid that “hangry” feeling.
  • Improve your mood

Office Pantry Service is a simple solution to a complex problem

To sum up, by providing tasty grab-and-go options, your employees feel appreciated and valued because they see that the office cares about them. Keep in mind, offering free food is a powerful tool and a great motivator within any office. Bottom line, we can create a customized pantry tailored to your office through our individualized approach.

For more information about adding office coffee, micro-market, office pantry, or vending services to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!

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Discover the Difference of AmeriTex Vending Company

AmeriTex Vending History

AmeriTex Vending has been in the vending business in the Dallas Fort Worth Area since 1987. Johnny Wallace founded the company because he understood the unique needs of this growing city. Today he continues to grow the business in several ways. First, he continuously enhances the company’s services. Second, he invests in the latest technology. Third, he focuses on providing best-in-class customer service whether he is working with new or long-time clients. Johnny attributes his success to a positive mindset and a long-term growth strategy.

Our Expansion

AmeriTex Vending | Johnny WallaceAmeritex Vending mainly focused on vending services in the early days of the company. However,  we started to expand and offer new services to keep up with the growth in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

  • Added micro-market services in the last few years
  • Expanded office coffee services with the introduction of bean-to-cup brewers
  • Added office pantry services recently

AmeriTex Vending Refreshment Services

Here is a brief overview of our refreshment services.

Vending: We offer vending machines for beverages, snacks, fresh foods, or healthy options.  Our state-of-the-art vending machines are customized with products to fit your needs. We provide a variety of today’s most popular brand-name products.

Office Coffee:   From traditional to single-cup to bean-to-cup brewers, we know office coffee. We tailor our solutions to your needs so you get gourmet coffee in your office. In other words, our coffee brewers will give you a cafe-quality experience in your break room. And, because we’ve thought of everything, we also offer water filtration services with plumbed-in units or floor and countertop models for your Dallas Fort Worth break room. You’ll enjoy the freshest drinking water.

Micro-Market:  We design and install a beautiful market in your Dallas Fort Worth break room and stock it with the products you want. Your office will enjoy a wide variety of products including delicious meals, trendy snacks,  refreshing beverages. In addition, we can even offer healthy products to support your health and wellness goals. Most importantly, you won’t need to leave the office for refreshments.

Office Pantry: Think of this as the best employee benefit. We convert the break room into an office pantry. Employees can visit the pantry to enjoy free snacks, drinks, and beverages to stay refreshed throughout the day. Subsequently, we invoice the business once each month making it a hassle-free experience for everyone. You can use this unique perk to attract and retain talent. In other words, use this employee perk to stand out from other employers in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Providing a Customer-First Experience  

We pride ourselves on best-in-class customer service to all of our customers. In fact, we live by the mantra “clean, stocked and working”, which was coined by Johnny Wallace. This mantra is part of our foundation and it is at the forefront of everything that we do as we continue to grow the business.

For more information about adding an office coffee service, micro-market, office pantry service, or vending service to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!
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Upgrade Your Dallas Fort Worth Office Coffee Service Today

We all know that many employees feel that coffee is a vital part of their workday and we’d agree with you. Office coffee service in Dallas Fort Worth break rooms is an essential must-have in the office. And yet, many businesses continue to put up with subpar coffee with outdated equipment. More businesses should strive to create an upscale cafe-like experience in their break rooms.

Customize Your Dallas Fort Worth Coffee Services 

You don’t need to be stuck in the dark ages of coffee. There are so many options when it comes to your Dallas Fort Worth office coffee service. You have many options to choose from and we will give you our expert recommendations based on your unique office needs. For example, traditional brewers are perfect for high-volume break rooms. Single-cup brewers such as Flavia offer various flavors and blends and are ideal for smaller break rooms. There are also specialty brewers that offer cafe-style specialty drinks such as cappuccinos, espressos, lattes, or hot chocolate. The bottom line- we work with you to identify what you need for your Dallas Fort Worth break room. While we’re at it, we’ve also started to offer one more tantalizing option.

Cool Features of Office Coffee Service Bean-to-cup Brewers 

Bean to cup brewers has two goals. First, to produce the freshest coffee possible. Second, to provide a cafe experience without employees having to leave the office. These coffee brewers can grind beans and make more complex coffees for a sleek coffee house experience.  The bean-to-cup brewers have so many great features that it feels like you’re ordering from a barista in an Italian cafe.

  • Get amazing flavor every time because you use whole beans.
  • There’s no hassle to make a cup of coffee because the brewer does all of the work for you.
  • It’s versatile because if you run out of whole beans, simply use ground coffee.
  • Personalize your drink size and coffee strength. Save your settings and you can repeat your favorite drinks over and over.
  • Eliminate the need for filters and plastic cups which makes this coffee brewer environmentally friendly.
  • Some models come with a milk frother for those who love their cappuccinos or other milk-based coffees.
  • With built-in touchless technology, employees can safely use their mobile phones to make a cup of coffee and avoid touching any shared surfaces.

Coffee Brewer Technology 

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Coffee technology has come a long way from even 10 or 20 years ago. Today, touchscreens are more common. The coffee equipment is becoming easier to clean and in some cases, an automated cleaning feature is included. And, during Covid-19, some manufacturers created touchless technology allowing Dallas Fort Worth coffee lovers to make coffee using an app on their mobile phones.

Water Filtration is an Important Part of Dallas Fort Worth Office Coffee Services

There’s one more component to a perfect cup of coffee or tea and that’s access to high-quality water. We offer water filtration services through our plumbed-in units or countertop and floor models. For example, we offer the Bevi Water Dispenser, which also includes touchless technology.  You can get a fresh glass of water without touching the dispenser for a germ-free experience. The Bevi Water Dispenser is available in both a standup or countertop water dispenser.  This will provide your break room with the freshest water for coffee, tea, or just for drinking.

If your break room coffee hasn’t been upgraded for several years, now may be a perfect time. We’ve served the Dallas Fort Worth area for over 40 years with services such as office coffee service, vending, micro-markets, and office pantry. We’re ready to take your office coffee service to the next level.

For more information about adding an office coffee service, micro-market, office pantry service, or vending service to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!