A lot of people who have been in the restaurant business for a long time know exactly what it took them to open their establishments and how to keep it running successfully. These are skills and knowledge that many would not know unless they’ve been in it themselves, and a lot of newbies find out the hard way regarding the things that they should have invested in after it is too late.
This article however will help you out for those who are budding entrepreneurs and want to start their café or coffee shop and need to remind themselves of the important things that will make or break the establishment, including one essential piece of equipment, the coffee machines.
Did you know that experts have estimated that around the globe at least 2.5 billion cups of coffee are sold, on average per day? This one liquid has so many health benefits, that it is no wonder people love it. Not to mention it comes in so many different varieties it could make your head spin. Not just because of the ease and excitement of having your own business but also because the demand for this one thing has grown exponentially over the past few decades, does it appeal to many of those who want to be part of that business culture.
What your Need to Start A Coffee Shop
There are a few things one needs to start their own business, however, a niche such as a coffee shop demands a little extra time and effort to make sure it is perfect. With so much competition around, wouldn’t anyone want to stand out from the crowd? So, in the beginning, you of course will need a thorough thought out the business plan, and say you’ve already done this and the few other steps it takes such as found your perfect location, developed the plan for the floor and where the seats and counter will go, perhaps you’ve even hired an accountant to do the paperwork and your set to launch.
Having sorted out your funding options the last but most important thing to ask yourself is – have you got a list of the things you need, i.e. the equipment?
A Refrigeration System. It may sound obvious but this is a definite too. It does not matter if you are a bona fide shop or will send food and snacks, having one of these is essential for perishable items such as milk, cream, and some types of coffees too. If, however, you are selling foods and snacks the system must fir the look of the place and streamline.
It must be able to hold a well-displayed array of food items for your customers too. Things such as display cases are also welcome in such a structure.
The Perfect Coffee Automatic Machine. Here is where the most important item will sit, the commercial coffee machines that most cafes have in their establishment last them a lifetime, and are responsible for the be-all and end-all the business, this is because it makes the coffee. One should always strive to have the best cupper joe for their customer’s hands down, and these machines can do that for you if you choose the best range on the market.
A high-quality espresso machine or automatic drip coffee press will need a good person behind it too so hiring the right barista will also go a long way to selling those cups of fresh coffee daily.
Ovens, Toasters, and Appliances for Cooking or Making Other Drinks. These may or may not be required but are good to have on your list and consider when expanding your store perhaps. You can add a choice of sandwiches to the foods, or things such as pies and fast foods which make very good coffee companions for lots of people who don’t have time to sit and eat and want to grab and go something.
Lastly but not the least of things is a good security system. This is fundamental in any business, not just this one. After all, you want to make sure you keep all you’re prized possessions and hard-earned money safe from prying hands. This should include cameras and an alarm system that uses motion sensor lights both inside and outside. Some businesses do this to make sure their employees don’t help themselves to all the products as well.
All in all, think about all the nitty-gritty items you may need but don’t forget to have fun in the process as well.
Hi my name is Larry, a coffee aficionado from the US. I have already visited Colombia, Sumatra, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Jamaica in my pursuit of finding the best-tasting coffee beans. I currently write from Bali and enjoy the relaxed life that you can find only in Indonesia. Welcome to my coffee world!