When you’re looking to run a successful coffee shop, you need more than just a well-brewed cup of coffee. Having a comfortable, clean, and welcoming environment, as well as the supplies and staff, are all just parts of what is needed for making your coffee shop a local favorite. One of the most critical aspects of a successful coffee shop is what we like to call everyday essentials.
Most customers to your shop are going to be looking to take their coffee to go. While having a coffee seated is lovely, not everyone will have that luxury. With that in mind, it’s critical to ensure that you’re always well stocked with a variety of sizes of to go cups. Usually, you will want small, medium, and large options for hot drinks as well as some for cold beverages and smaller sizes for shots of espresso. Depending on the type of cup you choose you may want to add customization to the cup itself – if it is thicker and will not need the use of a sleeve having your logo on the cup is excellent for marketing.
If you opt for thinner cups that will require the use of a sleeve, having your logo on the sleeve ensures that it can be seen by a passerby for subtle marketing. While adding your logo can cause the price of your sleeves to be higher, the free marketing it gives will pay for the difference.
Stirrers and Straws
While they may seem inconsequential, these two items can have a severe effect on your business. If customers are unable to add sugar or cream to their coffee effectively or are unable to get a straw to enjoy their cold beverages, they may opt for another coffee shop. Straws and stirrers have gotten a lot of bad press recently, but there’s more to it than just a pollution problem. Straws can be critical to those with disabilities, and many consumers have begun to be more aware of that issue. Opting for eco-friendly, compostable options may be a little more costly, but it will put you on the right side of the issue. Additionally, you might try using wooden stirrers which are compostable.
Like with the issue of straws, many consumers are becoming more aware of the effects that single-use plastics have on our environment. Fortunately, there are many new options for biodegradable, compostable, and eco-friendly disposable utensils out there. These items are essential for your cafe but may be used less frequently which can help alleviate the burden of the cost for higher quality.
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