5 basic appliances for the best breakfasts
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and not just because it gives you a great way to kick start your morning. For restauranteurs and other food providers, a great breakfast menu can really draw in the crowds. Investing in a few simple pieces of equipment you can elevate your menu to something truly special.
1. Espresso machine
Breakfast just isn’t breakfast without a cup of coffee and using a professional espresso machine not only makes it quicker and easier, but you can really taste the quality in every cup you serve. An espresso machine show customers that you take the quality of your coffee very seriously and with various functions, you can make more than just a standard Americano.
Other coffee items that are worth a look include a percolator if you need to serve large groups at once, a coffee grinder to make sure your beans are as fresh as they can get, or possible a cup warmer so guests feel like their coffee really is something to linger on and savour.
Multipurpose machines are a huge help in any kitchen and a blender can be used in so many different ways that it should be running almost constantly during the day, not just at breakfast time. One of the ways you can really take your breakfast menu to the next level is with a series of smoothies that you change with the season. Find one or two classic recipes and then bolster this with a few ‘seasonal’ items to make the most out of in season fruit specials. It’s cost effective and offers a constant surprise for regulars to look forward to.
A blender can also double up as other appliances. It’s useful to crush ice that can be served with breakfast cocktails or even mix up pancake batter. This all-rounder works twice as hard as any other appliance in any kitchen.
‘Investing in a few simple pieces of equipment you can elevate your menu to something truly special.’
3. Waffle maker
Whether you prefer your waffles for breakfast or as a late afternoon snack, a waffle maker lets you create all kinds of options to serve to both adults and kids alike. Homemade waffles are one of the simplest ways to get started with a brunch menu because you can offer a variety of toppings to suit any palette. From sweet treats like ice cream and syrup to savoury ones, such as ham and cheese – you’re only limited by your imagination. And with a waffle maker to make sure your waffles never burn, what could be easier?
Maxima has an entire range of different shaped waffle makers from the traditional round ones to the classic Belgian and even novelty ones, like hearts on a stick. Start with something simple and, as your business grows, there are plenty of options to expand into.
4. Orange juicer
Nothing in the world tastes as refreshing as freshly squeezed orange juice and with an orange juicer, you can create as much as you want, whenever you want. Fresh juice really does bring a new option to the table and can make a huge difference in how guests perceive your offerings. Store bought may be fine, but nothing beats the quality of a freshly squeezed juice. Plus, you can also use it for a variety of fruits like grapefruit or pomegranate. All of these are great on the table and also make a welcome addition to a breakfast cocktail menu with mimosas or margaritas.
When serving deliciously cooled drinks at breakfast, it’s best to serve them with ice. An ice maker gives you plenty to serve up and in no time at all. You could also invest in a glass freezer to really make sure those drinks are ice, ice cold.
5. Chafing dish
Serving up hot breakfasts have never been easier with warming equipment like a chafing dish to keep everything at the right temperature. From bacon and sausages to rostis or scrambled eggs, anything you can think of to serve can be precooked and ready to serve. Why don’t you consider a breakfast buffet where customers can help themselves. A few key components alongside a self-service toaster are all you need to get started. And who says you have to stop serving it when the lunch crowd arrives? All-day breakfasts are a growing trend and with good food that’s always at the right temperature, you can be sure that it will be a welcome addition to your menu.
Other heating equipment can also be use effectively for all-day breakfasts, such as a hot water dispenser to serve tea or a heated food display to showcase breakfast pastries, all while keeping them at the ideal temperature for serving.
Regardless of what you want to serve for breakfast, there are options available to help make prepping, cooking and even serving as simple and easy as possible. Most of these appliances are all low investment costs, but the returns are almost endless.