Thermal Pour Servers Vs. Glass Carafes: Which Makes Better Coffee?

Thermal Pour Servers Vs. Glass Carafes: Which Makes Better Coffee?

When researching the perfect coffee maker, there’s a lot to consider: size, format, cost and more. However, one aspect many don’t consider is the machine’s carafe. Your coffee will sit in the carafe for up to hours at a time, so it’s worth understanding how different carafes will affect your morning cup. Let’s break down the two main types of carafes, thermal and glass, and the machines that use them.

Thermal Carafe Pour Servers

A thermal carafe pour server is a double-walled container typically made out of stainless steel. Between the walls, there is a vacuum to help minimize heat transfer via convection. With minimal heat loss, the contents in the thermal carafe pour servers can retain heat for hours.


  • Keeps coffee hot and fresh
  • Durable material ideal for commercial use
  • No burnt taste, because the coffee is not sitting on a warmer
  • Prevents coffee from going rancid


  • Typically heavier
  • No sight gauge to see the amount of coffee left

Glass Carafes

A glass carafe is exactly what it sounds like–a glass container for liquids. Glass carafes are the standard server for brewers with warmers. These warmers keep the coffee hot for hours after brewing.


  • Lower replacement cost
  • Clearly see how much coffee is left


  • Easily broken
  • Coffee can become stale, rancid or even burnt over time

Recommendations for Thermal Carafe Brewers

If a thermal carafe is what you are after, here are a few suggestions:

Front view of stainless steel cabinet ACE-TC brewer with black molded plastic base and hot water faucet, shown with thermal butler carafe


Newco’s ACE-TC brewer is the thermal carafe model of the ACE Series. The ACE-TC brews into a thermal vessel with a 12-cup capacity. Coffee stays warm for two hours or more without breaking down. This brewer is perfect for small- or medium-sized businesses with low to medium activity, such as a break room countertop or a sitting room environment.

stainless steel cabinet, black plastic base AK-TC Brewer with Short Vaculator carafe


Newco’s AK-TC is the AK Series thermal carafe model. The AK series of pour-over equipment is designed to offer years of trouble-free operation while delivering a consistently great cup of fresh coffee with every brew.

Recommendations for Glass Carafe Brewers

If you prefer the traditional glass carafes, then we recommend the following machines:

Front view of stainless steel cabinet three burner brewer with hot water faucet, shown with two regular glass carafes, and one decaf glass carafe


Newco’s ACE-LP brewer is the low-profile, three-burner model of the ACE Series. The ACE-LP brews either regular, decaf or flavored coffees into a glass decanter with a 12-cup capacity. This Ace model is designed for medium or large locations, such as sitting rooms, cafeterias, small- or medium-sized convenience stores, and restaurants.

stainless steel cabinet, three burner, pour-over AK-3 Brewer shown with glass carafes


Newco’s AK-3 is the ideal “Plug & Brew” three-warmer brewer for medium- or large-sized businesses with moderate to heavy activity. The AK-3 brewer can brew two 12-cup size glass carafes sequentially before optimum brewing temperature will need to be recouped. No plumbing? No problem, as this machine can be set up anywhere with an electrical outlet.

Have a brewer but not the carafes? See our suggestions below:

stainless steel lined vacuum insulated pour Thermal Butler Carafe with black lid/handle

Thermal Butler Carafe

Newco’s thermal butler carafe is designed to replace the glass bowl in the field. Simply disconnect the warmers and our thermal carafe will provide years of trouble-free service while providing a high-quality presentation for your coffee program.

black handled regular glass carafe

Glass Carafes

Newco’s high-quality, 12-cup glass carafes are available in regular and decaf. Optional freshness timers help create a quality coffee program and are adjustable from 30-240 minutes.

Depending on your beverage needs, thermal and glass carafes offer distinct pros and cons that are worth considering before you invest in a new machine. Newco offers a wide selection of brewing equipment ideal for offices, food service groups and convenience stores. Reach out to our representatives and we’ll help you find an innovative beverage solution for your organization.

Coffee Pods vs. K-Cups

Coffee Pods vs. K-Cups

Over the last few years, single-cup coffee makers have gone mainstream and become a staple in offices and restaurants across the country. These machines, made popular by brands like Keurig and Nespresso, use specially made capsules with pre-measured levels of coffee grounds in order to brew anywhere from a single cup to a whole carafe of fresh coffee.

However, these capsules aren’t without drawbacks, and many sophisticated coffee drinkers are choosing new, soft coffee pods over traditional plastic capsules. Let’s break down the difference between K-Cups and coffee pods.

How do K-Cups work?

K-Cups are the industry standard, manufactured by Keurig/Green Mountain and used in most automated coffee makers. These plastic capsules contain a specific level of coffee grinds as well as a small paper filter. They are sealed with aluminum foil. When inserted into the machine, needles puncture the top and bottom seals, creating a path for hot water to flow through the grounds and into your cup.

How do coffee pods work?

Just like K-Cups, soft coffee pods require a brew mech that is specially molded to secure the pod during extraction, like our CX Touch or Fresh Cup Touch. Soft coffee pods are designed to make one cup at a time, but are made with far fewer materials. Instead of a hard plastic shell, most pods are entirely made up of paper or silk, which is sealed in a foil packet to lock in freshness. Their flat, disc-like shape also increases the surface area for water to come into contact with the coffee grounds. This means more flavor and aroma is extracted from the grounds, improving the overall quality of each cup.

two soft pods machines, CX Touch and Fresh Cup Touch


Are K-Cups Recyclable?

One of the biggest disadvantages of traditional K-Cups is that their all-in-one design makes them difficult to recycle. Unless consumers separate and recycle each material individually, the cups typically end up in landfills. Because the plastic is not biodegradable, the cups will not break down naturally, and will stay in the ecosystem forever. Some companies use a specific bio-plastic, but this needs to be separated before recycling.

Are Coffee Pods Recyclable?

Soft coffee pods, on the other hand, are fully recyclable and even compostable. This means that the pods not only break down naturally, but also provide the surrounding soil with nutrients in the process. There are no plastic cups to throw away, or components to separate. In fact, there are several creative ways to dispose of your recyclable coffee pods and benefit the environment, such as tilling them into your garden or adding them to your compost bin.

About Newco

At Newco, we’re helping our customers succeed–one cup at a time. For more than 40 years, we’ve pioneered brewing systems for coffee and tea that combine the latest technology and sleek styles. View our complete line of brewing equipment and accessories, or contact one of our representatives to learn how professionally crafted beverages will change your business for the better.



Newco in New Orleans

Every year the National Automatic Merchandising Association, aka NAMA, put’s on the world’s largest Coffee Services Event. NAMA CTW (Coffee, Tea, and Water) Show features new technologies and industry trends that impacts the coffee services industry. The event offers the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and sit in on the many education sessions that are offered, one of which our CFO, Karen Webster participated as a panel member.

All this and more NAMA offered in one of the most historical coffee cities in the country – New Orleans.

In other words how could we say no? So on November 12th our Newco team packed their bags and headed to the city of jazz and chicory coffee for the NAMA CTW Show. Sharing our experiences of the event on our social media pages.

NAMA Foundation Coffee Crawl

For the first time NAMA hosted a coffee crawl. Led by professional historians, this one-of-a-kind guided tour of the famous New Orleans French Quarter immersed the crawlers in New Orleans rich coffee history.

On this coffee journey we had the opportunity to meet up with a Newco friend and a local New Orleanian, Sue Singer who bestowed on us her local knowledge of New Orleans.

The Coffee Crawl started off with our Newco team and Sue hopping on a street car heading for the French Quarter. The first stop was Café du Monde, one of the first coffee shops in New Orleans, famous for its chicory coffee and beignets. After receiving some coffee and Sue blowing powder sugar from her beignet on a stranger we continued our tour, walking down the lively streets. Our next stop was Envie Espresso Bar and Café. Where we tried a southern pecan hot coffee… divine! Last stop was at CC’s Coffee House where we enjoyed an iced coffee drink that was refreshing after spending the day walking in humid weather.

NAMA Show Floor

On the second day of the NAMA CTW Show the trade show floor opened where we had the opportunity to display some of our popular machines at Booth #900. The Newco team spent the day meeting new people, greeting friends, and showing off our brewers to anyone who stopped by. Speaking of people who stopped by, thank you Sue and Harold Singer for providing the local King cakes for the booth – they were delicious!

NAMA CTW trade show floor, image of the Newco booth and salesmen.

Newco Party and Parade

A party and a parade in New Orleans? Yes please! You can’t go to New Orleans and not have a good time; or what Native New Orleanians say, “Pass a good time!” The evening started off with some great live music, an artisan rolling custom cigars, and an open bar. As the night went on everyone grabbed their beads, hankies, and umbrellas and paraded down the streets of New Orleans.  A big thank you to our co-party hosts for sponsoring this event: G&J Marketing365 Retail Markets, & Lightspeed Automation.

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NEW Bistro Touch

NEW Bistro Touch

The Bistro Series just got a new addition, say hello to the Bistro Touch. The new liquid coffee specialty drink machine has joined the ranks of our touch screen brewers. By touching the 10″ touch screen the Bistro Touch delivers great tasting drinks to any workplace or public environment in a matter of seconds.

The Bistro Touch also features a new molded front door, a custom label for you to brand, and an easy-to-remove drip tray.

Bistro touch features, molded door, 10 inch touch screen, customizable label, removable drip tray