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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

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How Rotating Your Dallas Fort Worth Break Room Snack Options Benefits Employees

Variety is the spice of life. This certainly applies to food. In fact, a meal or snack that includes a variety of foods has been shown to lower the risk of malnutrition. Diverse food choices also increase happiness and heighten the snacking experience.

To promote wellness in the workplace and boost employee satisfaction, Dallas Fort Worth businesses should offer their staff a variety of healthy snacks and refreshment options.

Here’s how diverse vending machine options can benefit your workplace culture.

Employees Crave Snack Options

Stocking your Dallas Fort Worth micro-market and vending machines with new and trendy products will stir up excitement. Employees are turning to their office break room to discover new snack brands.

To encourage your staff to revisit office vending machines throughout the workday, offer them more than the popular products they already love. Consider healthier options such as granola bars, nuts, and low-calorie chips. Premium teas and specialty coffee drinks are also sure to be a big hit.

The element of surprise in your break room product selection will keep employees engaged and curious.

Promote Wellness

Having Dallas Fort Worth vending machines that are full of diverse snack and beverage options can help employees healthy and energized. Healthy snacks with high nutritional values can promote workplace wellness. Moreover, healthy employees are more productive, have more energy, and able to efficiently tackle their to-do lists.

Consider offering employees gluten-free or vegan-friendly snacks. They will appreciate the variety of healthy options available to them.

Fresh, Local Coffee

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There’s nothing better than a fresh cup of high-quality coffee first thing in the morning. Make the switch from ground coffee to bean-to-cup machines. Dallas Fort Worth businesses that offer fresh, organic coffee allow employees to enjoy workplace culture more. Additionally, your staff will appreciate that their coffee came from a local and sustainable source and feel instantly energized!

Single-cup coffee machines are eco-friendly and guilt-free. These break room beverage options give your staff the best of both worlds!

Employees Love Specialty Drink Options

In addition to fresh coffee, offices should offer employees a variety of coffee alternatives. Transform your Dallas Fort Worth break room into a café by allowing employees to enjoy teas, lattes, cappuccinos, and more.

There are also numerous coffee alternatives that can elevate the workplace break room experience and promote employee satisfaction.

If an employee prefers cold beverages, be sure to provide that choice too! Healthy juices, refreshing sparkling waters, and yummy teas all make excellent options.

Offer Your Employees More Snack Variety

AmeriTex Vending is the prime choice when it comes to offering diverse snack options in the break room. Enhance your employees’ break room experiences by stocking your break room with a variety of brand selections.

To learn how our team can diversify your workplace vending machine options, visit us at AmeriTex Vending or call 972.572.5200. We look forward to partnering with you!