In Ireland, the number of coffee-drinkers is increasing by the day. The growing number of cafés on the streets proves that the demand is very high. It is no longer uncommon to see a coffee machine sharing the pub counter with the beer and Guinness.

One in three Irish people buy a cup of coffee at least once a day, however, it is not only the quantity that is increasing, but we are also looking for a better-quality coffee. We now give a lot more importance to the origin of the product and the method of preparation.

The modern capsule coffee machines are well developed to deliver a tasty drink, at an effective cost and easily maintained. For a smaller business that wants to keep it simple, it might be the perfect solution.

However, the popularity of bean-to-cup machines is increasing because businesses are now seeking the whole coffee experience. The Bean to Cup option fits better for offices that have frequently visiting customers as it supports the higher demand and it will brew a selection of beverages, such as lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more.

Studies point out that most of every day coffee-drinkers cannot are unable to distinguish which coffee came from beans or capsules, however, in blind tests they normally mention “a fresher taste” of the drink coming from beans.

Below you will find information about Bean to Cup machines and why the coffee from them gives a fresher tasting coffee.

Behind the Scenes: How it all works

Most Automatic Machines will go through the brewing process without any operator interference so once you press the bottom the magic starts:

Grinding – The built-in grinder will grind the coffee beans into fine granules, the fineness can be adjusted to suit the taste that you prefer but generally, the finer the coffee the longer the brewing time needs to be.

Brewing – After the coffee beans have been grounded it is time to brew.
The water, stored in a container in the machine and normally heated by a thermoblock, is pumped at a high pressure through the granules, making a tasty and creamy espresso.

Add-on – Some machines will have a milk frother or steamer to prepare the milk and mix it with the espresso either during or after the pouring.

And this is all it takes for you to enjoy a great cup of coffee!

Adjustable to your needs

Making an espresso is not complex, but there are a lot of components doing the work behind the scenes. Understanding a little about it will help you better look after your machine, moreover, some settings can be adjusted to adapt the drink to your taste. Your coffee maintenance team can help you with this.

Water Pressure and Temperature: Science shows that the coffee beans get burnt if boiling water is added, changing the taste of the drink. The ideal water temperature for a perfect espresso must be between 90-95 degrees Celsius.
The quality will also depend on the adjustment of the water pressure, if the process happens too fast or too slow it will interfere with the taste.

The built-in grinder: To give the optimum taste and flavour the grinder must be calibrated to provide the exact weight of coffee grinds. Therefore, if the brand or type of coffee beans has changed you must re-calibrate the machine for the new blend.

If you don’t have a person available and trained to do so, consider buying or renting from a supplier that will offer an after-sales maintenance service.

Why the Bean to Cup Coffee Tastes Fresher

We have explained how the machine works, but this doesn’t tell you why the coffee tastes fresher, so here it is the “secret”.

The oils, acids and other compounds found in the coffee beans are what gives it its flavour.
When the beans are roasted an oil-like substance is released that coats the beans. Once exposed to air the beans begin to dry, thereby affecting the fresh taste.

The faster the beans get to your machine and the better the packaging, the fresher the coffee will taste.

However, it is important to note that a low amount of oil coating on the beans doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s old, different blends and strengths will vary on the amount of the substance even while still fresh.

The best way to be sure that your coffee beans are fresh is to choose a reputable brand and supplier.