Office Coffee Service
Employees at a busy office often have one thing in a common: a desire for coffee. Supplying your office with coffee is the obvious solution. How one goes about doing this, however, is up to them. There are online coffee vendors who offer subscription office coffee service, and ones who will meet you in person; each has its perks, and each has its disadvantages.
There exists more than one office coffee service, which means you will have to choose. Some are more online-focused, and they will mail your orders to you. Others are more localized; they will deliver the coffee themselves and they will have someone you can talk with beforehand, in person.
Once you’ve scouted out your office coffee delivery service options, the next step is contacting a vendor in order to arrange a walkthrough of your office. The vendor will consider your specific needs. You can also sign up for office coffee service delivery online, but it is advised that you talk to someone, either over the phone or in person, before going ahead. You will have to set up workable delivery schedules and negotiate contract terms.
The big advantage of online office coffee delivery services is price—which is no small advantage, indeed. While arguably less personable, exclusively online coffee delivery services can generally offer the best prices.
Another thing to consider, besides customer service and price, is selection. Different companies will not only offer different coffee brands, but different equipment as well. Some argue that in-person vendors offer more equipment choices, but a little research will help you make a more informed decision. Besides, perhaps you already know that you want a specific coffee service station, in which case selection matters less than the company carrying specifically what you’re looking for.
But whichever you pick, an online coffee service or an in-person one, make sure that a customer service representative is available to you. You will want someone to talk you through any problems that might arise, with your account, with the equipment, with anything that might go wrong. One more thing to check into: Make sure that you are able to change your monthly plan. Most likely, the needs of your office will change, and you’ll want to be able to switch brands as well as the amount of coffee you’re ordering—you may need more, you may need less.
Once you have signed up for a coffee delivering service, either the coffee will be delivered by a delivery person or it will be received in the mail, which is more likely for online coffee services. If the delivery is made in person, the vendor should do a check of the equipment, making sure it is clean and working.
Essentially, when choosing a coffee service for offices, it is a question of savings versus customer service. In-person delivery generally offers better customer service, but online coffee delivery services can be much cheaper. Then again, there are always exceptions worth looking for. So see what you can find, see what suits your needs and your price range, and good luck.
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