Break Room Help

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  1. Nancy

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    Ok so I know that this is probably going to sound like quite an odd thread/question to ask but I figured I would post it anyway as someone may be able to help me! Basically our company has recently expanded and we are getting some lovely new offices - and little old me has been put in charge of the design/decor to make the office look good for clients, and for staff of course! Now in terms of paint and plants and all that type of thing - it’s all set and done. However my boss has mentioned that he would like to invest in a couple of vending machines and coffee machines for the office, and asked me to get some that would be good. This is now where I come undone - I don’t really know much about this sort of thing if I’m honest and I don’t know which type of machines are the best to get for an office environment? In terms of coffee, quite a few people have different types, or don't like it and drink tea etc. so does anyone have any good recommendations for office friendly type of machines? And in terms of vending machines - which ones go down better in an office environment? Is it better to have a drinks one or a food one? And if so is it better to go down the cold route or the hot route? What do people prefer at their own work? I’d really appreciate any input here so I’d massively any suggestions would be great! Thanks everyone! And sorry for the seemingly random question!
     
  2. Laceylou86

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    Ahhh now this genuinely is something I can help with and know a lot about! Snacks, drinks, coffee? I'm the girl to ask. In terms of getting a good coffee machine I'd suggest getting not just a 'coffee' specific machine but a hot drinks one by the sounds of it in order to accommodate everyone's different tastes! Nescafe are always a good option in this instance - and they do a lot of different ranges of machines that should be able to fit into whatever your budget may be! Vending machines are a little harder as there's definitely less of a selection. All I can say here is that our office has a colds drink one and a two snack ones (one unhealthy and one more healthy). All of them are quite popular! We don't have hot vending machines but even though they would be a nice extra - if you have to pick between them - in an office environment as a general rule Id stick to cold drinks and food. Our vending machine is from Connect Vending by the way if you wanted a vending site to look at (I only know this literally because I remember talking to the guy who installed it for us haha). Anyway I hope this helps! Good luck with your decor duties!
     
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  3. Joseph.Shivell

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    I went to the website for the company LaceyLou86 recommended above, and I noticed they have tabletop hot drink makers(which could include tea) rather than the traditional vending machine. I don't know if they are available in the UK, but here in the US there are also coffee(and tea) makers that use pods and brew one cup at a time. The pods are available in several flavors.
    As far as the traditional vending machine, it would depend on the size of the office, I.e., is it a single office in an office building or is it an actual building for a single company. You may need just a snack and soda machine, but if you have a fairly large area, almost like a cafeteria rather than a break room, an actual food machine, with sandwiches and other items that don't need refrigeration, could be added. Obviously, an actual cafeteria would prepare their own food, I mentioned it for size comparison. Your actual area/room may be somewhere in between a cafeteria and a breakroom.
     
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    There are vending machines that offer more than one selections of drink or snacks. However, I'd go for drinks. There are machines that can do both hot and cold drinks, mkay it be coffee, tea, chocolate or juice.
     

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