The Essentials Every Coffee Shop Should Have

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From stir sticks to paper to go coffee cups, it takes a lot to run a coffee shop. You want all of your materials and ingredients to be high quality but cost effective so that you can provide the best possible service to your customers. And people love their coffee – the overall retail value for the coffee market in the United States alone is estimated to be around 50 billion dollars and the United States accounts for around 24% of global coffee imports, importing more than 25 million bags of coffee in 2014 alone. The average American drinks more than one cup of coffee every day, and many people like to stop at a coffee shop, independent or otherwise, before or during their work day.

It’s important for coffee shops to provide not only the coffee, but the essentials to enjoy it. Stir sticks, for example, might not seem so important at first glance. But stir sticks are what helps to blend the cream and sugar into coffee smoothly, and so therefore stir sticks are essential to anyone who doesn’t take their coffee black. White disposable coffee cups are also important to have in abundance. Though some independent coffee shops over ceramic cups to customers who are staying to enjoy their coffee, the majority of coffee drinkers are on the go. White paper cups are essential for busy people to enjoy their coffee. Creamer is, of course, another essential. More and more places are offering different varieties of creamer nowadays, to accommodate for people who, for whatever reason, abstain from consuming dairy. And only 35% of all coffee drinkers take their coffee black, making creamer an absolute necessity for any busy coffee shop.

Many coffee shops are branching into offering food items as well as coffee and tea, and these items can help independent coffee shops to remain prosperous as well as provide menu diversity. Soup is a common coffee shop snack, along with easy to prepare sandwiches and other bakery treats, like cookies and breads. Having a snack along with a hot cup of coffee or tea can be a nice way to start the morning for the 30% of people who purchase coffee as part of their morning routine.

No matter how you take your coffee, it’s important to have a variety of options on hand at any coffee shop. From different sizes of white paper coffee cups to stir sticks so you can add any level of cream or sugar you deem necessary, a well stocked coffee shop can help any customer start their day off right.

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