When choosing a new coffee maker for churches or church halls, you have to consider a few extra points. You may think buying a coffee maker for this purpose is as simple as choosing a large coffee maker for other locations, but this is not the case at all.
Think about where the coffee maker is supposed to be installed? Do you have a fixed kitchen or tea point where you want to make coffee in church or do you need a coffee maker that can be moved around easily? What are the plumbing and cleaning possibilities like? Also not unimportant are questions like how much coffee do you need to brew per session? How often will you use the coffee maker? Is it just once per week on Sundays, or more often?
For example, do you plan to use the coffee maker as well for small group meetings and office hours as well for coffee hour after the main Sunday service? Last, but not least, you have to consider the safety of children. After service churches might have quite a few children running around, so you have to consider coffee maker safety features. It’s important that any coffee maker you pick for your church is not only stable, but also has an exterior that doesn’t get hot to avoid burns and other injuries. We have listed some ideas to find out which type of coffee maker or machine might be suitable for use in a church environment and also which ones are certainly not adequate.
Coffee urns are perhaps the most widely used coffee makers in a churches and village halls. The main reason for their popularity for these purposes is that they are easy to install and clean. They are easy to transport when empty and can be installed everywhere where a power socket can be found. There are however a few slight drawbacks you should know about before deciding on a coffee urn for your church building:
Some coffee urns can get hot on the outside exterior, requiring installation well away from children and other vulnerable people as well as large crowds. Such coffee urns are best installed where only the people that are in charge of the church coffee can access them. Urns are also not very good at brewing only a small amount of coffee. If the amount of coffee you require varies a lot, you may be better off with another type of coffee maker, or you may end up buying a second machine for smaller groups.
Coffee urns are best for regular use with roughly always the same, middle to large, amount of coffee needed. Their size can vary between 12 and 100+ cups produced per brew. This makes cofee urns ideal to provide the after church coffee for middle to large sized congregations.
Filter Coffee Makers
Classical Filter Coffee Makers, with with glass or thermos carafes, are best for use for small groups. This makes Filter coffee makers perhaps most suitable in a church office, as they normally only brew up to 12 -14 cups.
There are also larger, industrial style drip coffee makers available, but they might stretch your church budget a bit too much as they are often considered a little expensive for their use. If you go for the classical household coffee maker solution, you should consider buying two models if you are planning on serving coffee for bigger groups. This way you can make more coffee with the second machine whilst you still serve coffee from the first. Alternatively, you could use one drip coffee machine with two or even more carafes.
Vacuum Coffee Makers
Vacuum coffee makers look great, stylish and elegant, but they are also fragile and temperamental to use. Not your ideal solution for a busy church environment. They resemble more post-modern and futuristic laboratory equipment then heavy duty coffee brewing machines and we strongly discourage using them for churches.
Percolators are slightly old-fashioned coffee makers that brew the coffee over and over again to make a strong and rich cup of coffee. These percolator coffee makers are not too suitable for church uses as you typically would like to set and forget the coffee maker before the church service. As classical percolators require to stop the brew cycle before the coffee becomes too strong and bitter you would need someone watching the percolator at all times. There are however modern electric coffee percolators available that are able to do that and they are a good choice as church coffee maker.
There are however modern electric coffee percolators available that have the ability to shut off automatically when the coffee is ready. These machines switch to a keep-hot mode and are some of the best coffee makers for churches.
Using Instant Coffee or Coffee concentrate
Using either instant coffee or diluting concentrated coffee which can be prepared at home, with hot water is the least favorite of all methods of serving coffee in church. Instant coffee is simply not the same as brewed coffee and while there are now better instant coffees available than ever before, you will never get the true richness of a fresh brew. Additionally, handling the hot water kettle over and over again when serving coffee is just going to make accidents inevitable in busy environments.
Summary for how to find the best coffee makers for churches
In summary, we find that the best coffee makers for churches are coffee urns, large drip coffee makers with multiple carafes or at a push electric coffee percolators. If you can find a coffee urn that is well insulated, doesn’t get hot on the outside and can be so installed in a stable position big enough to provide the amount of coffee you need, that would be ideal. We hope that this post has given you some valuable ideas to pick the best coffee makers for churches.