For many small business owners, the coffee machine will be the most expensive piece of equipment you own. With the average setup costing upwards of $8,000; this is not something you want to be replacing often - if at all.
The most important thing to remember to keep your coffee machine in it's best possible condition is preventative maintenance. Not only will it give you the ability to pick up on any faults early, it will avoid unnecessary wear and tear that can cause your machine to age, or break.
Here's what you need to know:
You'll need to clear blockages
Over time, various substances will start to block up parts of the machine - and we're not just talking about coffee! Did you know that coffee beans contain plant fats and oils, as well as acids and other chemical elements that can build up over time? Regular servicing will clear this out, and keep your coffee fresh and clean.
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Scale build-up is inevitable
Despite the myth that filtered water will avoid scale build up in your machine, ALL water contains different minerals and salts that cause scale. Now, that's not such a bad thing - minerals in the water actual give the coffee flavour, so you'll never fully 'descale' the water - so you'll need a service from time to time to remove any build-up.
Natural wear and tear
Coffee machines get a fair workout in their time. So expect wear and tear to appear on your machine. Regular servicing will be able to determine whether or not any parts need to be replaced, or just repaired; and save you any major breakdowns in the future.
You'll learn from them
By the time you've poured hundreds of coffees and cleaned it twice as many times, you know your coffee machine inside and out, right? Wrong. Coffee machines are infinitely more complex than you might understand - when taking it in for a servicing, have a chat to the team about different ways to clean and maintain your machine. You might be surprised.
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It's a workplace safety issue
Steam, boiling water, and electrical can all be major workplace hazards if something goes wrong. It is your due diligence as a business owner to perform regular electrical safety and pressure checks on your coffee machine, which will be done so during servicing. Protect your staff, as well as the machine!
It's not that expensive
Getting your coffee machine serviced may seem like a hefty cost when trying to budget in a small business. But it will save you in the long run. With most services coming with a three-month warranty, getting your machine checked out regularly will protect you in claiming insurance should anything go awry.
So, take the time and get your coffee machine serviced - it will be worth it in the long run.