Once upon a time, coffee shops were just for coffee. Suddenly, though, coffee shops are expected to serve a variety of coffees, teas, espresso and cold drinks plus a menu of food options. Coffee shop patrons want to grab a meal or snack along with their beverage to save time, so get with the program and update your coffee shop menu with food choices that will have people coming back for more time and again.
Bagels and Muffins
Coffee shop patrons want to be able to grab a quick, easy bite to eat along with a cup of coffee in the morning, making bagels and muffins an ideal grab-and-go menu idea. Bagels can be presliced and wrapped with cream cheese or you can offer a larger variety of easy-to-make topping ideas, including peanut butter, hummus, butter or jelly. Instead of the usual junk-food muffins, offer healthier versions made with oats, whole wheat flour or even flax seed and packed with fruit and nuts for a healthy breakfast your coffee shop patrons will appreciate.
When coffee shop patrons are in the mood for a sweet treat, either for breakfast, a snack or dessert, be sure to have a variety of delicious pastries available. Offer scones and cinnamon rolls for the early crowd while you keep a supply of cookies, brownies, cakes and pies ready for patrons looking for an afternoon pick-me-up along with their coffee beverage.
When coffee lovers have an extra minute or just want a hot breakfast with their hot drink, offer a variety of egg-based breakfast sandwiches served on bagels, English muffins or toast with cheese, veggie or breakfast meat toppings. Eggs are quick to make while the bread is toasting and most other toppings can be prepared ahead of time but still produce a fresh product for your customers.
Make a large batch of homemade soup to keep hot during the lunch hour and you may just find you have a few new customers. Prepare salads in individual containers with a variety of toppings for patrons to grab and go as they pick up their midday Java pick-me-up. Customers will be pleased to find that you do not just cater to the morning crowd while they save time with one stop to pick up coffee and lunch.
While a supply of granola bars may keep some customers happy, add fresher and healthier snack options to your coffee shop menu to keep other patrons coming back for more. Fresh fruit served in cups with a lid, yoghurt and granola, or sliced veggies with hummus are easy to serve and display in your self-serve refrigerator next to cold drinks and will satisfy patrons seeking a healthier, midday snack or small meal.