But First, Coffee!

You can tell a lot about a person by their coffee order; Cappucino drinkers like to indulge while long black fans are notoriously busy, and flat whiters are no fuss, straight to the point people. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s no secret that Aussies are slightly obsessed with the liquid gold that wakes us up, gets our metabolism going, and tastes ridiculously good.

Which is why having a proper coffee machine at your spa, salon, or clinic is important to make clients feel welcome. Of course, offering water or tea is great – and you should continue to do so – but you’d be surprised how many clients will place an elaborate double shot-almond milk-extra hot-macchiato order when you let them know there’s coffee at your business. And that’s what it’s all about in customer service, going that extra mile to make your clients remember you.

But which coffee machine is right for you? The main question you should ask yourself is how many coffees a day will it make on average, as well as who is preparing the coffees? Is it one of your staff or the clients themselves? If it’s the ladder, you would want the machine to be as intuitive as possible to prevent constant questions and spilled beverages. We take a look at a variety of coffee machines on the market so you can find one perfect for your rooms.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Lumio, $189

Is it a piece of art or a coffee machine? If you’re worried about a coffee machine ruining your beautiful reception space, this one’s for you. The futuristic design of the Dulce Gusto Lumio opens at the push of a button and transforms into a versatile coffee machine. With a maximum 15 bar pump pressure, Lumio makes coffee-shop quality drinks with no mess, no fuss. Simply pop in a pod, select the volume you desire by touching the volume selector, and go!

Nespresso Zenius, $749

Recommended for 5 to 20 users, the Zenius coffee machine is compact yet designed to satisfy demanding professional needs. Three buttons for Ristrettos, Espressos, and Lungos means there won’t be any confusion for your clients, and 13 different Coffee Capsules (including flavoured ones) means you can offer clients a wide variety. Nespresso offers free bulk recycling boxes to all their business customers, so coffee lovers mindful about sustainability don’t have to worry as their capsules are made from 100% infinitely recyclable aluminium.

 

Breville the Barista Touch, $1,499

A sleek design, intuitive touch screen telling you exactly what you’re going to get, and an impressive 3-second heat-up time make this Breville machine a pleasure to use. You can create and save up to eight favourite coffees, and create barista-style coffee your clients will love. As this is a professional espresso machine, you may require your staff who know how to tamp ground coffee to prepare the beverages, but the flavour is worth it!

Jura Z8, $4,490

If you’re after the Rolls Royce of coffee machines, look no further than the Jura Z8, giving you any coffee creation you could imagine at the touch of a (touch screen) button. With its fast Aroma Grinder and optimum Pulse Extraction Process, it produces café-quality coffee including milk-based beverages like cappuccinos and lattes as the machine switches from milk to milk foam automatically. It includes a one-touch lungo function, and for the tech-savvy, the Z8 can be controlled via the free Jura Coffee App.

Not sure which brand coffee beans to choose? Why not one that helps give back?
A brand dedicated to servicing salons and donating a portion of profits to charities, JACKSON&BROWN is a quality coffee blend made from carefully selected, organic beans sourced from the finest fair-trade plantations on the planet. The concept of creating a coffee brand that donates profits to charity has been a growing idea of co-founder, Valerio Domenici, for many years, and it’s now reality.

Salons and spas can sign up on www.jacksonandbrown.co and choose between 3kg, 5kg, 7kg or 10kg of coffee. A subscription-based model means the salon can have coffee delivered every month if they choose without having to worry about re-ordering and delivery. There are no contracts so if the salon prefers to order in bulk, they can then log back in 2-3 months down the track and purchase more. The order is placed and delivered straight to the salon.

Besides the convenience, the great thing about this coffee brand is that for every kilo sold, $2 will go to charity making a difference for less fortunate children and their communities.

Can’t get enough coffee in your life?
C Lab & Co Marketing Director Tijana Desancic loves coffee as an ingredient in skincare as it “delivers healthy, energised, smooth, clear, bright skin without any invasive or expensive treatments, a far better approach to skincare I believe. And let’s not forget the smell, so a pleasure to use also!”

Add some java to your treatments or spruce up your retail section with these heavenly-smelling beauties.

endota Organics Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub

 

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream

 

Mesoestetic Local Reducer

 

 

 

 

Coffee Bar Exfoliator Vanilla Latte

 

Salt by Hendrix Body Buff

 

C Lab & Co Coffee Scrub

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Coffee Pods
Coffee pods are well-loved for their convenience. Pop the pod into your machine, and within a minute or so, your machine brews you a cup of coffee. But what is the price you pay for such convenience? The single use design of disposable pods, with its mixture of plastic, aluminium and organic material within doesn’t lend itself to easy reuse, recycling or composting.

In a disposable coffee pod, the machine pierces the pod and high-pressure hot water is passed through the pod to extract the coffee. Once the pod is punctured, it cannot be reused.  However, a stainless steel reusable coffee pod like Podsta has small holes on the top and bottom, allowing the water to pass through without the need for perforation by the machine. This then enables such a pod to be reused again and again.

All you need to do is unscrew the top lid, fill your pod with your preferred ground coffee by pressing firmly (but not too hard), level off the coffee when it reaches the top of the pod, brush any coffee remnants away from the pod and screw the lid back on. Pop the pod into a Nespresso machine (or whichever machine is compatible to your reusable pod), and voila, a beautiful cup of coffee is ready for you!

And the added bonus? You get to choose your own favourite blend, and you save money as each disposable coffee pod costs more than filling it with your own ground coffee. A win for the environment, a win for your taste buds, and a win for your bank account!

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