Interested in opening a coffeehouse? Is a cafe startup already underway? If so, it’s important to know running a coffee shop involves a bit more than installing a world class commercial espresso machine and sourcing the most divine organically grown beans in the industry. To truly stand out in an ever expanding field of custom coffee establishments, you must offer your customers a treat that truly deserves to be served along with their fantastic cup of coffee.
Decadent Chocolate Treats
Chocolate and coffee are an amazing and expected combination. If you have coffee lovers entering your shop, it’s a good bet many of them will want to have a hit of chocolate eventually. It is best to cultivate a signature treat that they will begin to associate with your store. Something iconic that is a perfect blend of chocolate indulgence that doesn’t become overpowering. Brownies can be an excellent way to deliver on the promise of understated decadence. They are evocative of childhood and have an adaptable nature that makes it easy to customize the basic formula to create something you will become known for.
You may also want to consider partnering with any local chocolatiers to offer bite-sized treats for those who only want a taste. This allows cross-promotional efforts and helps support your local community. Other chocolate treats that go well with coffee include chocolate chip cookies, fudge, molten chocolate cake, chocolate truffles, and devil’s food cake or cupcakes. Don’t forget to accommodate milk chocolate and dark chocolate fans.
All Day Breakfast
Is there anything more quintessentially perfect than a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning alongside a bountiful breakfast? There’s no reason that delectable feeling of indulgence should be limited to when the sun begins to rise over the eastern horizon. Serving breakfast dishes all day makes an establishment the place to be for those who truly appreciate what many consider to be the most important meal of the day.
Serving breakfast options doesn’t require a full kitchen or wait staff. Some of the easier options include freshly baked croissants, bagels and cream cheese, large sticky cinnamon rolls, a variety of seasonal muffins, donuts, and beignets. You can choose one or many of these options, but make sure the ones you decide to offer are amazing. It is better to serve a couple of items that are simply scrumptious than dozens which are only average.
Beautiful Baked Goods
It’s true that there are chocolate baked goods and baked treats that are made just for breakfast, but the list is far more expansive than those two limited categories.
The most obvious choice is coffee cake, which is named for its partner in crime. There are many variations of this treat and it’s easy to find a signature recipe that best compliments your best-selling beverage. Seasonal fruit treats are a fun addition and can include miniature apple pies, cherry tarts, or berry cobblers. Biscotti and scones are two of the most iconic baked goods to pair with coffee and they come in an almost infinite number of varieties.
Cookies almost need to be in their own category because of the many different options. It is even possible to offer only cookies with your coffee beverages if you wanted to take the creative baking process to the next level. There are oatmeal raisin cookies, shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, macaroons, gingerbread, white chocolate macadamia nut, and of course your family favorites.
Cake Stands Alone
Cake deserves its own special list because of the many delicious possibilities. Is there anything more soothing than sitting down and taking the time to savor each forkful of delicious cake with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee? But what kind of cake?
Cheesecake is an iconic favorite that is available in enough combinations that you could certainly choose to focus only on this one type of cake and still have the ability to satisfy almost every customer that walked through the doors. The basic cheesecake recipe is a study in simple elegance and goes remarkably well with coffee. Other popular varieties include pumpkin, berry, caramel pecan, and cookie dough.
Then there are the more traditional cakes and cupcakes that are sinfully covered in luscious frosting that makes every adult feel like a kid again.
No matter what you choose to focus on, it is important that you offer your patrons something delicious to nibble on while they sip their coffee. It makes the experience more leisurely, enjoyable, and memorable.