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Commercial Coffee Makers - What the Pros Use!

Updated on August 21, 2014

Restaurant Equipment for Business or Home will Last for Years!

Looking for the best commercial grade coffee makers for your business or gourmet kitchen? You're sure to find the best top rated perfect coffee maker here! We review them for you now! As a restaurant owner I can attest to the quality, durability, ease of use and great tasting coffee with these professional coffee machines listed that are also highly rated by other customers just like you. Tea drinkers will also love these options as well for a super fast pot of tea is ready in minutes.

Don't be fooled by the wording 'commercial' on many appliances and equipment. Oftentimes, companies use this word in their description or name of item. What to look for: restaurant grade equipment should always have the designation of NSF or UL in the name or description as that is the industry standard.

On this page, we offer the Pros and Cons of each of these top commercial coffee makers so you can decide what's most important to you in a the best coffee brewer and get the right one to suit your particular needs. Commercial grade coffee makers aren't for everyone and they are more expensive but, you'll buy one and own it for years to come without leaking or breaking down or needing parts.

(Bunn 392 BP image courtesy of amazon shown to the right)

BUNN VPR Commercial 12-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brewer - This is a better price new than on some used models we've seen!

PROS:

~ BUNN VPR offers you a coffee maker with pour over ability - no need to have a separate dedicated water line.

~ BUNN makes an excellent cup of coffee with the water spraying entirely over all the grounds so the fullest flavor is possible.

~ One of the Best Professional Coffee Makers year after year.

~ Stainless steel construction offers durability for long lasting wear.

~ BUNN makes a delicious cup fast - within about 2 minutes a pot is done.

~ The VPR is great for home or business use with high volume coffee drinkers.

~ This machine has two pot warmers for regular or decaf or hot tea at the ready, each with it's own on/off switch.

~ Outlasts typical home use machines, one coffee maker last for years (we've owned one for 7 years at home and 15 years in business use).

~ Cleanup is fast and easy. Pick up a Bunn Deliming Cleaning Spring and simply insert it under the basket and twirl several times. Cleaning your Bunn once a month should keep it from build up. Deliming tool further down this page.

~ BUNN coffee makers are Made in USA.

~ UL listing.

CONS:

~ Not the best choice for rare coffee drinkers - the tank water will evaporate and need refilled if only using every few days.

~ Coffee decanters are never included in commercial coffee makers - buy separately below.

BUNN VPS 12-Cup Pourover Commercial Coffee Maker with 3 Warmers - Bunn Industrial Grade Coffee Machine On sale now with Free Shipping

In my experience, this is probably the most popular and best brewer currently available and has been for the last 30 years that my husband has been a Chef as well as the last 17 years of our own restaurant business. Most of the restaurant owners we know also use this exact model with the pourover design or the automatic plumbed water line. On our busiest nights, large banquets, weddings, anniversaries and other events with lots of customers waiting for their favorite after dinner beverage, having the right machine at the ready was invaluable!

This machine with 3 warmers is a great option for any business that produces high volumes of coffee such as restaurants, hotels, institutions, corporations, offices. For large banquets and catering events, a brewer that has an ability to have over 30 cups of coffee ready 'now' is of utmost importance for customer service. BUNN delivers with this unit.

UL listed commercial grade coffee maker.

BUNN VPS 12-Cup Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer, with 3 Warmers
BUNN VPS 12-Cup Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer, with 3 Warmers

This model offers the same pros and cons as the 2 warmer unit with the addition of having one more warmer to have 3 pots of coffee at the ready. If you want to know which professional coffee maker is the best, your search is over, choose this Bunn 12 cup pourover brewer.

 

BUNN Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer - with three lower warmers

Choose this model for limited space above that won't allow you to keep your warmed coffee on the top of the machine. This popular machine offers three warmer burners that are all on the bottom portion of the machine plus, it's an added safety feature instead of reaching for hot coffee from above to help you keep your staff safe. You'll have plenty of coffee ready to pour for those big holiday parties you'll be booking and there's nothing better in business than happy customers not waiting on a fresh brewed cup of coffee!

BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10 Cup Thermal Carafe - Over 470 Customer Reviews - 4 Star Rating - On Sale Now with Free Shipping!

If you want the same quality in a home coffee brewer, don't overlook this model.

PROS:

~ Brews up to 10 cups of coffee into a stainless steel carafe within 3 minutes reducing wait time.

~ Stainless steel tank offers perfect water temperature which improves quality and taste of coffee.

~ The included carafe is insulated, stainless steel, unbreakable and keeps coffee warm for hours.

~ Carafe offers less chance of burning coffee sitting on a warmer for hours.

~ Features a Close and Brew lid that begins brewing coffee once lid is down.

~ BUNN BT Thermal Carafe Brewer offers a 3 year warranty and is Made in USA.

~ BUNN stands behind their products and offers excellent customer service.

~ Reasonable cost of less than $140 for high grade equipment.

CONS:

~ Not necessarily a con but, worth mentioning: Requires cleaning to prevent leakage although that's not atypical of many coffee machines.

~ 15.3" tall may be too tall for underneath some cabinetry. Measure first.

~ Listed as constructed of commercial grade materials however no notation of NSF or UL, which is the industry standard.

West Bend 60 Cup Commercial Coffee Maker

Choose this option for a commercial coffee maker perfect for reunions, anniversaries, birthdays or other large group gatherings where you need coffee for a group.

PROS:

Stainless steel interior parts are long lasting.

Brews medium ground coffee without getting stuck or clogging filter.

Fills a cup or also holds a carafe for larger group serving.

Piping hot cup of coffee and maintains heat for a long time.

See thru window allows you to see what's happening during brew time.

Offers drip free faucet for ease of pouring coffee.

Brushed stainless exterior reduces smudges or fingerprints.

Affordable cost less than $120 with Free Shipping.

CONS:

Some find the coffee in the West Bend Commercial Coffee Maker too hot.

Long brew time, takes up to one hour to brew one pot or 60 cups.

Lacks NSF or UL listing.

BUNN Glass Coffee Decanters - Black for Regular, Orange for Decaf - Decanters must be purchased separately when buying BUNN commercial coffee makers

Still looking for the Best Commercial Coffee Makers? - Browse these or use the search button for more.

If you've used any of these Best Commercial Coffee Makers, I'd love to hear your opinion too!

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      Cindy 3 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Charito1962: Thanks for checking them all out Charito and hope you'll find your perfect one too.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      They all look like good brands!

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Coffee-Break: I agree dbodnariuc! Thanks for sharing your opinion. xoxo

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      The Bunn VPR is a great equipment, I used it at work for a few years. The best thing about it is that it makes a great coffee. Yum!

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @anonymous: Hi Tom, the deliming cleaning spring works great and is easy to swirl around under the basket area monthly. Thanks for asking and best wishes with your new coffee maker! xoxo

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just was wondering as far a service. Which coffee maker is best on easy clean up?