Where to place the coffee machine in the café


The coffee machine is really the centre of the universe, your business. The placement of the coffee machine has quite an impact on your entire workflow, aesthetics, but also the flow of customers and their perception of how you prepare their beloved espresso or cappuccino.

It's not just about where your coffee machine fits, but also where its placement will make sense.

Do everything you can to maximize the time spent interacting with your guests. If you have to place the coffee maker towards the back of the counter, consider whether it could be turned a little to the side. However, it's almost always better to have it at the front of the counter, facing your customers. You can have a short conversation with them and build relationships. Customers will then love the friendly atmosphere in your café and will love coming back.

Don't forget that it's also important what level your coffee machine will be at. Measure what height will be most comfortable for you and your baristas. It will make your coffee a pleasure to make.

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First, read thewarranty terms that came with your coffee maker. This is because the manufacturer of the machine has very specific ideas about the quality of water and power the machine should receive. Take these conditions seriously, as this can have a major impact on your possible future claim.

Now, a few sentences about water. Have it tested. This is because scale build-up due to hard water can be very damaging to a coffee machine. This is also true with low pH or excessive chloride content, which can cause corrosion in the coffee maker. And needless to say, these factors have a big impact on the taste of the coffee itself.

Unfortunately, the water supply is a little different at each location. You always have to test the water as it is. Don't be afraid to reach out to the manufacturer or a local plumber to take care of this for you. You may have to pay extra, but it will prevent a lot of problems that could follow.

Another point is to estimate the strength of the water. Each coffee maker manufacturer has slightly different input voltage tolerances, and their warranty terms will require your plumber to ensure the correct water flow strength.

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Now the most important part. All the important arrangements are behind you. You've hired help and now everyone is creating your new café on site. It's also the most stressful moment. Because there can be more and more complications, various uncertainties and when everything is done, the inspector will come and maybe find something that is not in compliance.

To avoid this scenario, focus on the following things first:

  • Are the utility connections (including the drain hub) within 1.5 meters of the espresso machine?
  • Is the worktop strong enough to support the weight of the machine?
  • Is the opening in the worktop large enough for all the hoses and cables to pass through?
  • Is there sufficient space for the water treatment system and pumps?
  • Has all the required work been completed? Can the machine be switched on and used?


On the day of your inspection, be sure to have the coffee and grinder already set up in the café. Maybe the inspector will appreciate it if you bribe him with a delicious cup of coffee. But we're not giving it to you!