Roast & Ground Blog

  • Moving Office? Six Office Coffee Considerations

    You’re planning a move and counting down to the big day. There are removals to book, equipment to account for, and customers to tell. Safe to say that you’ll be fuelling the move with caffeine – LOTS of caffeine.

    While the kettle and coffee shop will have to do during move day, what will you do from here on in?

    For those soon to move, our team have whipped up six tips for getting the drinks flowing after your arrival.

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  • Introducing 50:50 Half-Caff

    It’s the 24th January, and just like that, the first month of 2020 is almost done.

    So tell us, how are those new year resolutions working for you?

    If you’re like most people, you might be on the way to losing your resolve (80% of people have given up on their resolution by mid-February). If this sounds like an all too familiar tale, we’ve got good news – our new coffee could just turn your new year resolution around. Here’s why...

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  • Which Office Coffee Machine 2020

    If you regularly check back to our blog, you’ll know that office coffee is capable of the incredible.

    Like boosting business productivity and worker health. Like encouraging colleague interaction and even protecting the brain against the effects of stress. Impressive stuff indeed. So it’s safe to say that making the right choice of machine is a pretty important task. One which we’re more than happy to help with. Let’s begin…

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  • 12 things you probably didn't know about coffee

    It seems just five minutes ago that we were tapping out our guide for picking a new coffee supplier in time for the new year. And now here we are, suddenly at the end of 2019.

    How did that happen?

    And it’s not just any old New Year, either – it’s the start of a new decade. But between then and now, there’s the little matter of Christmas to enjoy. And in honour of the 12 days of Christmas, we wanted to enlighten you with 12 incredible coffee facts that you almost certainly didn’t know….

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  • Clear Conscience With Your Coffee

    Being kind to the planet has been a focus of ours since way back when (so far back in fact, that it was before the environment became the hot topic that it is today). Part and parcel of our environmental efforts are two carbon offsetting programmes, which aim to reduce the impact we have on this world of ours.

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  • Coffee machine cleaning - Here's why it needs plenty of elbow grease

    Desk, dusted. Floor, vacuumed. Bathroom, squeaky clean. But what about your office coffee machine?

    Office cleaning usually includes every crevice and corner. From glistening windows to the air blasted keyboard, you probably thought you had everything covered. So let us ask you this…  when was the last time your office coffee machine had the spring clean treatment?

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  • The Rex-Royal S300 and S500 - Now in Sleek, Chic Black.

    Around a year ago the newest Rex-Royal S500 joined our line-up of coffee machine options. Serving up everything from creamy lattes to refreshing frappes, Rex-Royals have always been known for their dizzying array of options, with many choices to make your machine your own.

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  • Even the best coffee machines need maintenance. This is why...

    Latte with sprinkles on top? And would you like an engineer with that?

    Office coffee is incredible. Research shows it boosts morale and creates a more positive work environment. But what if something goes wrong? What would happen then? Queue a dash (every hour) to Starbucks (costly). Hmph. This seems a good time to introduce our maintenance service.

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  • Three pointers for picking the perfect office coffee

    If you’ve made the decision to invest in an office coffee machine, you should know – you’re making a wise choice. As we’ve blogged about previously, great office coffee gets colleagues talking and businesses working. But what about the things BEYOND the machine – like your choices of coffee, your employees who are non-caffeine and, a critical one, cleaning?

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  • 2,000 years after its invention, it’s all change for the tap

    The tap has been hard at work ever since the earliest years of the ancient Roman era, when the very first mixing tap (rudimentary though it was) changed daily life.

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  • How To Make Great Coffee For A Large Office

    Your workplace is a hustling bustling environment of 100+ employees. You need a machine that keeps pace with them and their preferences for beverages made exactly how they like them. Here’s our how to…

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  • 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Fruit, Herbal & Green Tea

    Tea – it’s the staple beverage of the nation – the drink that’s brewed in times of trouble and a cup of which can set us up for the day. Yet while our beloved cup of char is capable of admirable things, they’re perhaps not a patch on all that fruit, herbal and green teas can achieve.

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  • The Facilities Show | See us there!

    We’re proud to partner with the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) for the Facilities Show taking place at ExCel between the 18th – 20th June 2019. You’ll find us together on stand FM6435, where you’ll be able to grab a cup of our delicious 9-5 Daterra Brazil coffee, whilst checking out all that IWFM has to offer.

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  • Best Office Coffee Machines 2019

    Get your colleagues rushing into work early for an exceptional cup of coffee

    We all know the difference that a great cup of coffee can make to a long day at work. In fact, recent research shows that an office coffee machine has the potential to transform your work environment. A simple cup of coffee can boost employee productivity, stimulate creativity and strengthen team bonds.

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  • Best Coffee Machines for Staff Rooms

    In the staff room: 4 ways coffee machines whip up performance and productivity

    Thinking about upgrading the coffee and tea offer in the staff room? Considering trading up from acceptable beverages, to barista-level coffee?

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  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

    Fairtrade began humbly – all the way back in the 1940s. First, churches in North America and Europe began to purchase and import crafts from impoverished areas. These small efforts made a significant difference to refugees and communities around the world.

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  • The New S500 from Rex-Royal

    Here’s everything you need to know

    Please be upstanding for coffee machine royalty - the new Rex-Royal S500. Barista-standard drinks, automatically produced and packing in plenty of power under the hood. The S500 serves up many a reason to make this your office coffee machine of choice.

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  • New Year, New Coffee Supplier

    Looking for a new office coffee supplier in 2019? Here’s the inside track on what to look for...

    Tea and coffee – they are the backbone of British workplaces. We collaborate over it, wake up with it, and are cheered up by it during the tougher of afternoons. So it's no surprise that sometimes we need a new coffee supplier.

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  • Rwanda's coffee economy

    The land of a thousand hills and a flourishing coffee economy

    Rwanda – a region renowned for its breath-taking scenery, welcoming people and vibrant wildlife. Here you’ll find four national parks, many magnificent gorillas and extraordinary biodiversity. But equalling its beauty, has been its poignant and tumultuous history, some of which has been sheer, unimaginable horror.

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  • Boost Business and Workers' Health

    We don’t just sell exceptional coffee. We boost business and worker health too!

    Every year parched Brits savour a staggering 70 million cups of coffee. And yet just thirty years ago, our offices were filled with dedicated tea drinkers – with barely a latte in sight.

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  • JURA – Is this coffee machine right for your office?

    You’re on the hunt for the perfect office coffee machine, and the options are endless – overwhelming, even. Amongst your choices is JURA. Sleek looking and contemporary in style, JURA machines sure look good, the question is – do they create the perfect coffee for your office? Here, we’ll help you find out.

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  • Compostable or Reusable? Which Coffee Cups?

    It's difficult to know which workplace coffee cups to choose - compostable or reusable? Let's take a look at the things you should consider.

    Coffee shops the length and breadth of the UK have been hitting the headlines and taking up column inches. They're under the spotlight for not using recyclable coffee cups. The problem is two-fold…

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  • 10 reasons your office coffee tastes terrible

    It all started so well – every cup was delicious, with an aroma wafting across the office akin to your favourite local independent coffee shop. Then suddenly, one Monday morning, each serving seemed flavourless, bitter, or just bad. What could be wrong? Far from it definitely being a dodgy batch of beans, there are actually many more reasons why your coffee could taste terrible (actually, there are ten). Let’s count them down…

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  • Rex-Royal – Ten reasons why this bean-to-cup brand is king of all coffee machines

    So, you want great coffee at work – you've read up, researched and a clear case has been made for selecting a bean-to-cup coffee machine, over and above capsule-based machines. Now? You face wading through dozens of websites, many suppliers, and a shiny line-up of hundreds of bean-to-cup machines - each one vying for your attention.

    Amongst them all, there is Rex-Royal – a prestigious coffee machine brand. Here we explain ten reasons why Rex-Royal reigns supreme in the kingdom of office coffee.

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  • Great Coffee Gets You Talking (And Relaxed, and Working)

    The Facilities Show 2018 – taking place between the 19th and 21st June 2018, this unmissable date on the facilities manager’s calendar looks set to attract a record 11,000 visitors and 300 suppliers. The UK’s leading professional body for Facilities Management, BIFM, will showcase the great work the organisation does for the industry – acting as champion, supporter and development partner for facilities managers who want to grow their careers, gain professional recognition and stay up-to-date with developments affecting the industry.

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  • Swiss Water Decaf – Amazing coffee. Explained.

    The Swiss Water Process – far from this being some continental beauty treatment or massage technique, is actually a solvent-free way of decaffeinating unroasted coffee beans – the only solvent free method, that is. Let’s dive into how it works and why it creates incredible tasting decaf.

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  • Commercial Coffee Machines – Lease, Lease Purchase, or Buy?

    Commercial Coffee Machines in the Busy Workplace

    Morale-boosting, spirit-lifting, energy-creating – the benefits of coffee to the workplace are well-established. Providing a commercial coffee machine keeps even larger workplaces well-fuelled throughout the day. But whenever you buy any commercial asset, you must ask how you should fund your purchase – lease, lease purchase or buy? Here we review your options.

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  • Good coffee? Great meeting - Coffee machines for meeting rooms

    It’s official. Monday morning, 9AM sharp. That’s the new time and day of the critically important meeting during which results are discussed, goals are set, and progress is presented. You NEED great coffee to hand.

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  • Laying the Groundwork for a Greener Tomorrow – Recycling with bio-bean

    Make a Greener Tomorrow & Cut Down Office Coffee Disposal Costs

    Chances are, when you think about environmental issues, coffee grounds aren’t at the top of your list. And yet as a nation of coffee lovers it’s more than relevant to ask – what actually happens to our coffee grounds, once we’ve had our fill - all 500,000 tonnes of them, every year?

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  • Bean to Cup Coffee Machines: The Office Coffee Solution

    Coffee. It’s an art form. A diverse one at that.

    In years past, your average office vending machine was pretty uninspiring – serving up instant coffee and tea, maybe a hot chocolate if your employers were generous enough.

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  • Great Coffee, Good Mood

    Here at Roast & Ground, we feel like everyone knows that a great cup of coffee can boost your mood – but do you know why?

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  • Rainforest Alliance & Fairtrade – The No-Nonsense Guide

    Businesses today are more socially conscious than ever before. Companies of every size pay more mind to the way they go about their business and the impact their choices have on the planet. But running a business as ethically as possible isn’t easy. Misinformation, myths and misconceptions abound in environmental conversation. It can be all too easy to be overwhelmed into making the wrong choice.

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  • The Benefits of Drinking Coffee

    We don’t need to say it, but we will anyway: we love coffee. There’s no finer way to start your day. But did you know that it’s more than just for the caffeine kick? Coffee doesn’t just put a spring in our step. It has some real health benefits too!

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  • The Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines in 2017

    With 2017 more than halfway over at the time of writing, the summer holidays are upon us and you and your colleagues may well be heading overseas to soak up the sun – if you haven’t already been.

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  • Office Coffee Machine? Here's how to choose one

    Organising coffee at your workplace isn’t as simple as picking a coffee machine and having done with it. Where is it going to go, what fits in that space, how many cups does it need to serve a day, what about consumables (coffee, chocolate, cups, sugar, stirrers, cup lids), what are the pros and cons of fresh or powdered milk, and many other questions need to be addressed.

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  • Swiss-Made Coffee Machines

    You’ll find that when talking about what makes a great cup of coffee, Swiss-Made Machines are being spoken about more and more. So, what makes these machines so remarkable?

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  • Signs of Summer: Coffee Breaks Outdoors

    You always know summer’s coming when the tables outside coffee shops start to fill up through the day. You know summer’s really upon us when you still see people sat at those tables, chatting, as you’re on your commute home.

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  • Is Your Office Allergen Aware?

    The boost a hot drinks machine can have to the morale of an office is pretty well documented by now – great-tasting, aromatic coffee made quickly, reliably, and without the need to dash to the nearest coffee shop and back in the rain will have that effect.

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  • 2016: The Year of a Tea Renaissance. Is your office tea up to par?

    The UK are famed around the world as a nation of tea drinkers, and yet over the course of the most recent decade, it seems to have been coffee that we’ve been craving. As of 2016, we were drinking two and a half cups of coffee, as compared to just a single cup of tea when outside of the home (npd 2016).

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  • Why office bean to cup machines make the best coffee

    The UK consumes a staggering 55 million cups of coffee per day, with increasing numbers investing in fresh coffee, it seems that our tastes are changing (British Coffee Association).  Here we take a look at why we’ve become more discerning when it comes to our caffeine – and explain why bean to cup machines are simply essential if you’re to avoid a ten thousand mile round trip to get a taste of Columbia.

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  • Kettles lose steam against an office bean to cup machine

    Since bean to cup machines emerged on the office scene, the debate between kettles and a fully automatic drinks solution has been a heated one.  There are some businesses that consider a drinks machine to be an unnecessary luxury that doesn’t pay any dividends, here we make the case for switching from kettle to an office coffee machine.

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  • Win free doughnuts for you and your team with Roast & Ground

    At Roast & Ground HQ in London, we're a massive fan of doughnuts!

    But we have far too many to get through! Therefore, being the generous and selfless bunch that we are, thought it would be best to share them out.

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  • Why we love these office capsule/sachet machines (and you should too!)

    Now whilst we are firm advocates of bean to cup machines for the office, we also appreciate that sometimes, especially for small areas like a reception or meeting room, commercial capsule/sachet machines provide a viable coffee solution.

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  • Summer is finally here! Time to drink iced coffee & iced tea...

    We don’t know about you but we are feeling hot over here at Roast & Ground HQ, even our office mascot Cino, who hails from Costa Rica is feeling the heat!

    It’s the kind of heat that makes you believe wearing your best beach outfit is appropriate work attire and setting up a paddling pool in the office car park is a good idea!

    Fear not, we have come up with a delicious iced coffee and an iced tea recipe that will help keep you cool and fuel your working day.

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  • How to finance your new office drinks machine

    Here at Roast & Ground HQ, we are passionate about providing offices with high quality drinks equipment.  Therefore we offer different finance solutions to help a variety of businesses obtain their ideal drinks machine.  Below we list the advantages and things to consider, to help you decide which finance option is best for your company.

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  • 5 key reasons to choose granular milk for your office coffee machine

    If you think fresh milk is the only option for your office drinks machine then think again! Granular milk has really improved in taste these days and there are some very important reasons, why it is the best solution for offices.

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  • How to choose coffee beans for the office

    You’ve chosen a stylish new drinks machine for your office, but what about the beans? The right beans, handled correctly, will help you get the best out of your machine - delighting staff and customers with great tasting coffee all day, every day.

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  • What you need to know about our new Rex Royal bean to cup machines...

    We are excited to announce the recent launch of the new model Rex Royal office coffee machines, our best selling coffee machine has been updated as of 1st April 2016. The revamped drinks machines are now even more appealing to office coffee drinkers and are available to purchase.

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  • Introducing our new office mascot…Cino!

    Background

    Cino, our office mascot, arrived at Roast & Ground HQ in a box of Fairtrade Columbian Superior Beans on the 1st April 2016.  At first we thought it was a bit of an April Fools, however he soon found himself settled amongst the rest of the team and we’re pleased to announce he’s a Full-Time employee.  Cino will be making regular appearances, whether helping out with consumables deliveries or entertaining on social media, so keep your bananas peeled for him here: https://twitter.com/RoastGround.

    We hope you grow to love him as much as we do!

    Roast & Ground

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  • Disposable cups cause a stir across the UK

    Disposable cups have received a lot of bad press recently after, MP Rory Stewart, told fellow MPs they posed a “huge” problem, as the majority are sent for incineration or to landfill sites.  Mr Stewart suggested last year’s tax on plastic bags was such a success that cups should be the next item to be taxed, in order to make consumers think twice about their wastage.  However the MP’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), were quick to comment saying there were "no plans" for a tax.

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  • 10 things to consider when choosing the right drinks machines

    When you're on the lookout for just the right drinks machine for your workspace, consider these ten points.

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  • 10 qualities to look for in an office drinks supplier

    When you’re looking for an office drinks supplier, you’ll be weighing up lots of factors. As experienced suppliers ourselves, these are the top 10 qualities we would look for:

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  • Keep your staff by keeping them happy with an office coffee machine

    British businesses spend £4bn a year replacing staff, with the average cost per employee an eye-watering £30,614 – according to a report in 2014 by Oxford Economics and Unum.

    While a great office coffee machine can’t be the only answer to a happily settled workforce – have you considered what it might say about your company?

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  • Six ways your office coffee machine keeps the ideas flowing

    Caffeine’s the buzz that kicks off your day, keeps you focused on the job and keeps up your productivity when energy levels flag. Beethoven, Mahler and Sartre all famously ran on coffee, while JK Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter novel sitting in her favourite coffee shop. Give your staff extra creative flair, with regular access to great coffee.

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