Bean-to-Cup coffee machines for the entire University

Since 3 January 2011, we have started replacing all the old coffee machines across the University with new models.

Following a Europe-wide tendering round, contracts have been signed with supplier Maas International, who will be needing around three weeks to replace all the machines.

Bean-to-Cup coffee — freshly ground and chosen by each user

Bean-to-Cup is the new way to make coffee: each cup is percolated from freshly-ground beans. Even the specialist coffees, such as cappuccino and café au lait, are from fresh beans. To deliver this, the machines boast super-quick grinders.

A tasting panel convened by the Assessors went jointly for two varieties of bean, and accordingly we intend to offer you both types. These are:

  • Full & Robust (Kapeh-Utz certified) and

  • Intense & Powerful (EKO and Max Havelaar certified).

Full & Robust is pleasantly smooth, yet nice and full, with character. The short, intense roasting of these beans ensures a coffee that you can keep drinking all day.

Intense & Powerful denotes an organic espresso bean that is roasted long but gently. This produces a mighty coffee with a nice creamed layer: the choice for aficionados of coffee with a kick, and for exam season.

We will be keeping tabs until summer vacation on which of these beans is more of a hit with drinkers, and will then make our final choice — either one of these varieties, or possibly staying with both.

The coffee variety in each machine is indicated on it.


Vending prices for all warm drinks are being reduced. From now on, you can pay by chip or with cash.






Specialist coffee



Specialist chocolate



Hot chocolate






Hot water



Cold water



Sustainability in the tendering

Both the machines and the coffee itself meet the tough requirements of socially responsible business. The coffee beans now provided bear a hallmark of approval for sustainable coffee — Max Havelaar or Utz Certified. Both of these marks represent sustainability in production, with consideration given to socio-economic factors.

Sweets and soft drinks

The sweets and soft drinks vending machines, too, are due to be replaced, around mid-April 2011. However, the vending price reductions for soft drinks and water have already taken effect as of 1 January, along with the other reductions.




Soft drinks



Plastic water bottle   




Last Modified: 11-01-2013