Enjoy Great Coffee Every Time with Bunn Coffee Makers


If you have ever enjoyed a great cup of coffee in a franchise or private restaurant in America, odds are it was brewed in a Bunn coffee maker. Bunn coffee makers are the most recognizable and popular coffee maker brands in the country, trusted by leading chains like 7-11, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, and so many more. In fact, if you visit the showroom floor of Alto-Hartley, you’ll discover that Bunn is the coffee maker our clients ask for most.

A Family-Owned Company for Five Generations

Bunn is more than just a big-name manufacturer of coffee makers, it’s a family name. Abe Lincoln was among the first customers in a grocery store opened by Jacob Bunn in Springfield, IL more than 170 years ago.

Bunn Capitol Wholesale Grocery Company grew out of that humble beginning, which developed a beverage equipment division in the late 1950s, later called Bunn-O-Matic. The commercial line of Bunn coffee makers became so popular that Bunn launched home coffee makers in the mid-1970s.

Bunn-O-Matic has kept pace with the growing needs of those it serves, reaching beyond coffee makers to products like bean grinders, hot drink machines, iced tea machines, juice machines, and slush machines. In today’s digital age, Bunn’s excellent technology team continues to move forward, fusing the newest science and technology into their product development.

Better Coffee Takes a Different Type of Coffee Maker

Innovation is what has placed Bunn coffee makers at the head of the pack since the 1950s when George Bunn became frustrated with the process of separating the grounds from the liquid during the percolating process. Since then, every feature has been engineered with the goal of serving a pure, delicious cup of coffee without gimmicks.

Bunn designed the first flat-bottom coffee filter to extract coffee without bitterness. The Gravity Drip system of the O model coffee maker was the first of its kind patented by Bunn. The Model X Pourover commercial coffee brewer and coffee service, which provided the coffee maker for those who purchased coffee products, became the cornerstone of Bunn-O-Matic. The new business model was introduced to restaurants and offices, launching the Office Coffee Service concept.

Digital Brewer Control (DBC®) was patented in the 1990s, allowing foodservice operators to monitor how long a brewed pot has been sitting on the warmer so they can consistently offer a great tasting beverage. 21st-century innovations by Bunn include the BrewWISE system and AXIOM RFID, featuring RFID communication between grinder, funnel, and brewer.

The Top-Selling Bunn VP17-3

Building on a long history of engineering the best coffee maker for commercial use, restaurant and hospitality services rely on coffee makers like the Bunn VP17-3. This coffee maker is fully portable, made of durable stainless steel, and features a 12 cup brewing capacity and three warmers on its base.

In addition to its trademarked Splashguard funnel, designed to keep hot liquids away from the hand, this pourover brewer does not require plumbing. Drip-free serving carafes are color-coded to help servers distinguish between decaf coffee and regular coffee.

Innovative features that separate Bunn coffee makers from its competitors include:

  • Fast Brewing: 20 oz of coffee in 2 minutes and 10 cups in 4 minutes
  • Even Brewing: multi-stream spray head delivers hot water evenly over the grounds
  • No Overflow of Grounds: taller filter and quick flow of water
  • Drip-free Carafe for a cleaner pour
  • 3-Year Warranty

The Best Kitchen Equipment for Your Restaurant Is at Alto-Hartley

When you open a restaurant or other hospitality-based service, you want top-quality equipment that will continue to deliver the best results for as long as possible. Bunn coffee makers have developed a long-standing reputation as the solution for coffee service. Alto-Hartley not only carries Bunn coffee makers, but we work with the best kitchen equipment manufacturers in the industry. Partner with us and let us help ensure your success.