Hospitals no longer need worry about the ‘expense, stress, and time’ of installing a full coffee shop, with the launch by Peabodys Coffee of 'a completely self-contained, compact pod specifically designed with new pandemic safety measures’.
The Pod by Peabodys (see photo) is described as ‘a highly innovative concept that has embraced the hygiene and safety protocols to deal with pandemic control. Its design is cashless, contactless and completely self-contained’. The pod is set up with strict social distancing rules, with people queuing two metres from each other, and designated order and pick-up points. There is a built-in menu, with customers telling the staff their choice in safety behind a glass screen, and a built-in sanitising area with hand gel.
Indoor and outdoor pods are available, with both ‘characterised by a beautiful, sleek, authentically Italian feel, featuring unique designs from award-winning Italian architects, Modourbano’. The indoor pods are made in the UK using natural wood and steel, and the outdoor versions stylishly based around a framework of a shipping container.
With a compact size, the pods come ready to use with minimal services required, and can be installed in just 24 hours, needing just an electricity feed to function. Peabodys Coffee said: “This is a simple commercial operation with open book accounting, offering a direct income stream to the landlord. Importantly, there has been no compromise on the legendary high quality products or customer service that Peabodys Coffee is famous for.”
Each pod comes ready to use, with an espresso machine, grinder, boiler, high-speed oven Menumaster Xpress, undercounter fridge and freezer, ice maker, blenders, soup kettle, refrigerated display cabinet, utensil sink, EPOS system, and hand sink. Being launched alongside The Pod are ‘24-hour high quality hot food vending machines’, managed by Peabodys.
Director of Peabodys Coffee, Claudia Mascino, explained: “The idea for ‘The Pod by Peabodys’ came about because we identified a need in hospitals for safe coffee-break points with 24 hour’s hot food and hot drinks provision. I’m proud that we’ve come up with this concept that follows all the social distancing measures without looking too clinical.”
Peabodys says its staff work closely with NHS Trusts, and are experienced with, and knowledgeable in, current NHS guidelines inside the healthcare sector, including the sugar tax and CQUIN guidelines.