Guest Post: So You Want To Setup A Coffee Shop?
Just a quick word of advice for those of you setting up in the coffee shop business – make sure you order three times as many sets of crockery as you have covers in your shop.
However careful your staff are, breakages will be common and you will not want to be without sufficient matching crockery. You should also take as much care choosing your crockery as you do your interior design, as they are both important factors in creating the right atmosphere to your coffee shop customers.
If you are an independent coffee shop owner, the major advantage you will have against the big franchised operations is the freedom to create your own identity and to offer a level of customer service that sets you apart from your rivals. Everything from the type of chairs you use to the cups you serve your coffee in will contribute to your “uniqueness”.
The coffee drinking public are growing ever more sophisticated in their choice of coffee and it is important for coffee shops to have at least one of their staff train to be the barista for the business. There is no point in having wonderful coffee cups if the coffee tastes awful. Remember, one bad experience for a customer can lead to loss of business as word spreads. So invest in good training and you will reap the benefits. There are various Schools of Coffee in the UK which offer barista training. A knowledgeable barista will enhance your business, and be able to offer specialist knowledge to your customers.
About the author: This is a guest post on the Espresso Deco Blog. For lots more useful information on running a coffee shop, why not visit: howtosetupacoffeeshop.co.uk. Photo Credit: Dennis on Flickr.