Upgrading Equipment in Your Café
If you run a café, at some point, you may find that your equipment is just not good enough to consistently produce great food and drinks in a timely fashion. So how do you go about upgrading the equipment in your café?
Identify which equipment you use the most
Before you upgrade your equipment, you need to understand the kind of equipment you need. To do this, look at the items you use regularly and the stuff that’s only used occasionally. It makes sense that you should invest in the equipment used most regularly to ensure that you have items that function well, are durable, can handle the workload and make your life easier.
If serving up coffee is the main focus of your business, you really do need machines that are going to brew a good cup of coffee. But you also need to make sure that the equipment meets safety standards and is suitable for professional use. Commercial coffee machines have longer lifespans and require less maintenance, plus they enable you to produce coffee quickly.
In addition to commercial coffee-making machines, you’ll also need a coffee grinder. Nothing can beat the aroma and taste of freshly ground coffee. If you’ve been using a domestic standard coffee grinder, upgrading to a commercial grinder will make a massive difference to the quantity of coffee you can grind and how quickly you can perform the task.
Think about investing in quality ingredients
Making good coffee doesn’t only rely on good equipment but on excellent ingredients. So, choose the best you can, such as organic coffee beans. And don’t neglect the milk. While some people may drink their coffee black, you’re going to need a selection of barista milk both dairy and non-dairy milks to make white coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, etc and to cater for vegan coffee drinkers. While milk doesn’t fall into the equipment category, serving good quality milk is definitely an upgrade for any café. Have you ever tasted coffee that’s been made with long-life milk? We rest our case.
When you partner with milk-producing specialists such as us here at The Little Big Dairy Co, you’ll get access to a variety of award-winning single-source dairy milks that will enhance any cup of coffee. We offer full cream milk, less cream, no cream, lactose-free and non-homogenised milk that can be traced back to the happy cow that produced it. And believe us when we say that this makes a big difference to the taste. In fact, we guarantee it will make the best cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted.
So we would say that while it's advisable to have the best quality equipment you can afford in your café, it’s also advisable to use the best quality ingredients too. We supply our milk to over 500 cafés and restaurants, many of which have experienced an increase in revenue since they partnered with us.