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Caffeination Station machine brews gourmet coffee

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:49 a.m. CDT
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(Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com)
Caffeination Station co-owner John Wuich of Huntley hands out a latte while demonstrating his coffee machine at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
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(Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com)
Caffeination Station owners Patti and John Wuich demonstrate their coffee machine at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

HUNTLEY – John and Patti Wuich can find themselves consuming a couple pots of coffee in a day.

Like any avid coffee drinker, the Huntley couple knows the effect a fresh, quality brew can do to a person enduring the daily grind. The former owners of Wuich Mechanical in Huntley also know a good business opportunity when they see one.

Combing their business savvy and love for coffee, the two recently started an online-only coffee store called the Caffeination Station. The cornerstore of their start-up business is an automatic, gourmet coffee machine imported from Italy.

The machine can dispense eight different espresso-style coffees, including cappuccino, mochachino, black coffee and even hot chocolate.

“You are getting a better tasting coffee than the instants. It’s a gourmet blend. It’s a convenience to the employee and employer because they don’t have to do anything,” John Wuich said. “There’s nothing but pluses.”

Nearly a month ago, John and Patti Wuich received the proper licensing to import the Italian-made machine. With five machines in hand, they have attended business expos in Huntley and Crystal Lake to spread the word about their small start-up business.

The couple believes the machine is a superior alternative to the typical coffee machines that populate office cafeterias and waiting rooms.

For one, the machine dispenses high-quality blends and provides gourmet alternatives to the traditional black coffee, the said.

The couple also won’t charge a business for installing machine, opting to charge a $1 per cup that may or may not be passed on to employees. The couple offers flexible payment plans that can be negotiated with any business that wants the machine.

The two also service the machines, which plug into a regular electrical outlet for operation.

“It saves employers time because they aren’t making that specialty coffee run,” Patti Wuich said. “Employees can get a cappuccino or frappe from the office, and employers can save money and keep employees happy.”

The two have spent the last month networking with businesses and finalizing a marketing plan. They hope to have 20 machines in place with businesses across the Chicago area by the end of the year.

The web-based Caffeination Station also offers 20 to 30 different coffees available for the sale. John and Patti Wuich roast the high-quality blends and ship them within 24 hours of receiving the coffee beans.

The speedy delivery guarantees that consumers both at home and in the office can get a savory cup of coffee.

“People can have that great cup of coffee at home without having any of the chemicals,” Patti Wuich said. “You’re not going to be able to get anything fresher because we do the roasting.”

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