Equipment essentials for opening a juice bar

 

Starting a juice bar can be a great way to promote healthy living in your community while providing customers with a delicious, refreshing alternative to sugary drinks. However, starting a juice bar can be a considerable risk, so planning well in advance is important.

Before you can start serving glasses of healthy and tasty drinks, you must ensure you have the right kitchen tools and equipment. Appliances must be durable and able to withstand daily intensive use. They must also be easy to clean to ensure good hygiene practices.

In this blog post, you read about Maxima's ultimate juice bar equipment buying guide.

Good refrigeration

When working with perishable items such as fruits, vegetables and milk, which require careful storage, you must equip your juice bar with good commercial refrigeration . This helps extend the shelf life of your ingredients, saving you money and reducing unnecessary food waste. You can also make some of your juices ahead of time and freeze them in bulk, ready for consumption at a later stage.

When investing in good-quality fridges and freezers , it's good to know the size of the space you have available for them. Refrigeration units require proper ventilation for safe and efficient operation. Inadequate ventilation can lead to overworking, increased heat and safety risks to perishable goods. We recommend investing in a chest freezer as you can easily view stored products. However, it can take up a lot of space, so you may want to invest in a vertical one.

Juicer machines

A commercial juicer is one of the most important equipment for any juice bar. These specialised machines are designed to extract maximum flavour from fruits while minimising wastage.

A high-quality orange press makes it easy to extract orange juice without the bitterness from the pith. This tool is essential for making fresh citrus-flavoured juices and smoothies. A good citrus press's ease of use and efficiency can save time spent on preparation and cleaning.

Additionally, juicer machines are ideal for extracting juice from non-citrus fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, cucumbers and beetroot. Maxima’s juicer machines are equipped with a separate container for disposing of the pulp. They also feature a convenient drain tap to dispense the right amount of juice easily.

Commercial blenders

In addition to a juicer, juice bars also need at least one bar blender. Blenders are great for making smoothies and other thick juices. They can also make different foods like soups, sauces and dips if you wish to serve food alongside your juice menu.

It’s beneficial to choose a blender with a container made from BPA-free plastic or glass. Plastic and glass containers offer transparency and are easy to clean.

Maxima’s high-powered blenders include the following features that you may want to consider when selecting a bar blender:

  • Various speed settings including a pulse function
  • User-friendly touch control panel
  • Acoustic sound enclosure to minimise noise
  • Various safety features, including protection against overheating and overloading
  • Powerful stainless steel blades that work at 20,000 RPM

Drink mixers

If you plan on serving mixed drinks, you must invest in a good-quality drinks mixer. This will allow you to make all sorts of delicious beverages using fresh fruits and juices as your base. Milkshakes, smoothies or even different juice combinations are great ways to offer your customers something unique.

To find the right drink mixer for your business, consider how many drinks you anticipate making and the ingredients you'll use. You'll also want to make sure that it's easy to use and not too loud to disturb customers when in use.

Drink dispensers

If you're going to bulk produce a few of your bestsellers, you'll need to invest in a good-quality drinks dispenser. These handy appliances let you keep drinks cooled and ready for serving at short notice. They also look great on any countertop.

When selecting a drinks dispenser for your business, consider the available space and the number of juices you plan on stocking. This will determine the size and number of tanks you require.

Professional ice makers

No juice bar would be complete without a steady supply of ice. Ice makers come in all shapes and sizes, from small undercounter units to large free-standing machines producing kilograms of ice daily. You can also choose between air-cooled and water-cooled ice machines depending on your ambient temperature.

While air-cooled options are easily installed and widely supported, they require space for proper ventilation. On the other hand, water-cooled machines don't require extra space or produce additional heat but need a water supply connection.

You should also consider what kind of ice you need. Ice cubes are ideal for serving juices, whereas flaked/crushed ice is great for smoothies. Crushed or flaked ice is multifunctional and won't need to be blended, saving your blender blades from extra use.

Stainless steel prep tables

You'll need a few good-quality stainless steel tables in your kitchen for prep work and serving drinks. Look for ones that are easy to clean and have a smooth surface to keep them sanitary.

When choosing stainless steel tables for your juice bar, consider the size and shape of the tables and how many you'll need. You should also consider features like shelves and drawers, which can be handy for storing all necessary supplies.

GN containers

If you're planning on stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables for your juices, you'll need to invest in high-quality GN containers . These are specially designed to store produce and keep it fresh for longer. Look for ones made from durable materials, like stainless steel.

The most crucial factor to consider when comparing the different GN containers is their size and the number you'll need. You should also consider the types of produce you'll be storing in them and whether they need to be perforated.

Catering dishwashers

Lastly, a professional catering dishwasher is an essential piece of equipment for any type of food business. After each use, you'll need to wash all your cups, glasses and utensils.

Establish a designated washing area for cleansing jars, glasses, cutlery and other daily items. Alternatively, you can invest in a glass washer to make washing up easier. This equipment can efficiently wash multiple stacks of items within minutes.

Specifically designed for glassware, a glasswasher uses a gentle water flow to protect glasses from damage during washing. Capable of cleaning numerous racks of glasses simultaneously, most glass washers accommodate glasses on bar storage racks or large plastic racks, depending on their capacity.

Moreover, incorporating a dishwasher table can enhance operational efficiency by providing dedicated space for dirty and clean items.

Starting a juice bar is a great way to get involved in the wellness movement while running a successful business. If you're considering starting your own juice bar, ensure you have the right equipment to keep your kitchen running smoothly.

With high-quality equipment, you can efficiently serve delicious drinks that will keep your customers returning for more.

Starting your own business doesn’t have to be complicated. At Maxima, you’ll find all the equipment you need to ensure the success of your new juice bar!