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Coffee Brewers

Tuesday Tip: Coffee Brewers

Coffee brewers come in a variety of types and features, meaning there is no need to short your establishment or over-buy. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind when shopping for a coffee brewer.

How much coffee do you serve?

Before making a decision on a brewer, you must first determine how much coffee your establishment serves on a daily basis. For instance, if you serve a lot of coffee throughout the day, look into higher capacity, automatic brewers. However, if you only serve small amounts of coffee or only need a brewer for an office or breakroom, look into smaller capacity, pour over brewers.

Pour Over or Automatic

  • Pour over coffee brewers are great for serving coffee in low volumes. They require water to be poured in, but since they don’t require water lines, many are portable.
  • Automatic coffee brewers are best for establishments that serve large amounts of coffee. They require a water connection which enables a constant supply of coffee.

Brew Capacity

Brewing capacities range from a few liters to over five gallons. Some vendors list capacities by cups, while others list by liters and gallons. To decide an optimal brewing capacity, think of how much coffee your establishment goes through in an hour.

Brewing Vessels


  • Great for individual serving or to hold smaller capacities of coffee
  • Pair well with brewers that include warming plates, which allow the decanters to retain heat for extended periods of time
  • Many can be customized with colored handles and lids to help distinguish between regular, decaf, or flavored coffees (Typically, a black or brown handle/lid represents regular coffee and orange represents decaf.)


  • Brewers that pour into airpots are great for larger capacities that need to retain a hot temperature for long periods of time
  • Great for a variety of self-serving establishments from convenience stores to catering events
Thermal Carafe

Thermal Carafes

  • Great for individual serving or to hold smaller capacities of coffee
  • Durable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Can be set out for longer periods of time without needing to be placed on a hot plate as they have longer temperature retention
In-line Brewer


In-line brewers are ideal for narrow settings where height isn’t an issue. They are linear in shape and typically hold decanters on the top and the base of the unit.

Low Profile Brewer

Low Profile

Low profile brewers work well in low height environments where the unit’s width isn’t an issue. They typically hold decanters in front of and next to the unit, which makes them ideal in a horizontal setting.

Hot Water Faucet

Many establishments need the ability to access hot water immediately for items such as tea or oatmeal. This is where many coffee brewers serve another purpose and have a built-in hot water faucet.


Different brewers have different features which may help make a brewer be the perfect fit for your establishment:

  • Auto shut-off
  • Energy saver mode great for idle periods
  • Ready-to-brew light and thermostats help operator determine when to start brewing based on water temperature
  • Automatic brewers with pour over capability
  • Dual-head brewing great for making regular and decaf simultaneously
  • Cord and plug allow brewer to be portable (Note: depending on the type of business you run, larger quantities of coffee are most likely to come from a hard-wired machine.)

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Tuesday Tip: Coffee Brewers and Vessels

I like to argue that coffee is one of the greatest joys in the world, and it’s an easy topic to argue while I type up this post, taking periodic breaks to sip on my third cup of the morning. For many, myself included, coffee is a morning ritual that sets the standard for each and every day. And today is shaping up to be a great day.

It comes as no surprise, then, that coffee is a constant on menus across the globe. From chic coffee houses to the hole-in-the-wall tavern on the corner of Sketchy and Main, every type of operation offers coffee. That’s why it’s important to make sure your coffee brewer is the right one for your needs.

Not every coffee brewer is created equal. They come in a variety of styles and features, and the right one for your type of operation may not be right for another. It’s important to ask yourself before committing to a certain type, how much coffee do you serve on a daily basis? If it’s a lot, consider an automatic brewer with a high capacity. Not so much? You may only need a small capacity pour over type.

What’s the difference between pour over and automatic? I’m glad you asked!

The main difference is a water connection. Pour over coffee brewers are great for serving coffee in low volume, requiring water to be poured in. Since they don’t require a water line, they are easy to transport. Automatic coffee brewers, on the other hand, are best if you’re serving up large quantities. They require a water connection that allows for a constant supply.

Now let’s talk vessels.

Decanters are great for individual serving, holding a smaller amount of coffee. They pair well with brewers that feature warming plates, retaining heat for extended periods of time.

Airpots are great for storing larger capacities that need to retain their heat for long periods of time. These require brewers capable of pouring directly into them, perfect for catering events or self-serving operations.

Thermal carafes do the job for individual serving as they hold coffee in smaller capacities. They’re durable and often aesthetically pleasing, fitting perfectly with the farm to table theme. They are great for temperature retention also, capable of sitting out for long durations without needing placed on a hot plate. 

That’s the gist! Browse all of our coffee equipment and supplies here. If you still can’t decide which brewer is right for you, we’re always here to help! Give us a call at 800.215.9293 to speak with one of our knowledgeable product consultants to get the expert advice needed to make the right decision for your type of operation.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for a refill. Cheers.