What do you need to open a coffeehouse?

Launching your own coffeehouse business is an ambitious undertaking—one that requires passion and dedication. You’ll need to consider a variety of factors to ensure its success. One of the most important factors to consider when starting your own coffeehouse is the kind of kitchen equipment you'll need to make customers' favourite drinks.

Aside from the basics, you'll also need some specialised appliances, and that's where a professional kitchen supplier can be a big help. These machines are often made especially to withstand daily intensive use and are constructed from materials that are durable, as well as easy to clean.

Professional equipment can also reduce the manual labour involved in the food and drink-making process, saving you time and money in the long term. They also typically run more efficiently, reducing electricity and water costs, so your overheads will be lowered.

Here are a few examples of appliances that you will need to help you get started.


1. Fridge and freezer

Stocking up on fresh ingredients like dairy, juices and other kitchen essentials won’t be possible without the two most staple appliances in any kitchen – the fridge and the freezer . They make up the base of any functional kitchen. Plus, you'll also need them for storing any pre-made foods, like soups and sauces, for customers who want something quick and easy.

When looking for the right fridge or freezer, it's important to know the size of the space you have available. This will determine the size of the machine, whether it's a double or single door, and if you should look at chest freezers instead of upright models.


2. Combi steam oven

Nothing pairs better with a cup of coffee than a delicious, freshly baked treat. Whether your customers prefer sandwiches with homemade bread or buttery croissants, you can create a menu that everyone enjoys. A combi steam oven is perfect for baking a variety of treats and keeping them fresh all day long.

Choosing the right combi steam oven to suit your specific needs largely depends on the quantity of food you'll be making with it. Try to work out an estimation of how many loaves of bread or fresh muffins you expect to see, and that will give you an indication of the large a model you will require.

3. Espresso machine

Any coffeehouse must do one thing exceptionally well – serve delicious cups of coffee. The only way to achieve this, and meet the demand of many customers, is with a professional espresso machine . This “must-have” piece of equipment not only brews great-tasting espresso, but helps add flair and style to any barista station.

Espresso machines come in various sizes, with the capacity for any number of cups of coffee at a time. Depending on how large your coffeehouse is, you may need a model with one, two or even three pistons.


4. Coffee grinder

A coffee grinder is essential for grinding fresh beans each day. Don’t forget this appliance if your goal is to make coffee that stands out from the crowd. Fresh beans make a big difference in the taste of your coffee, and a professional coffee grinder removes manual labour from your employees, letting them focus on other tasks.

What do you need to look for when buying a professional coffee grinder? Although the capacity it can handle is very important, you should also look for models that offer a very quiet mechanism. For busy coffeehouses that have grinders going constantly, this can be very distracting for both customers and employees.


5. Blender

Making coffee isn't just about making espressos. There are plenty of other coffee-based options to suit every taste. Frappuccino and other iced coffees have become increasingly popular, especially in the summer, and to make those you'll need a blender that can handle the workload. You can also use it for blending ice cream and creating speciality milkshakes that will wow customers with every sip.

The most essential thing to check when investing in a professional blender is that it is easy to clean. These machines are often used with food items that can get stuck in the blades. They could also include noise-reducing enclosures if they are kept on the counter or bar, instead of in the kitchen.

6. Orange juicer

Coffeehouses don't only serve coffee. Other drinks you could find on the menu include various flavours of tea, other warm drinks, sodas and juices. When it comes to juices, freshly squeezed is the best way to differentiate yourself from competitors. Having an electric juicer on hand can reduce the amount of time spent on manual labour, as well as keeps the mess contained.

Automatic juicers also tend to be very messy and let food get stuck in the press mechanism. Models that let you remove the entire press for cleaning are very useful, so keep an eye out for this.


7. Ice maker

Cold drinks are best served when chilled, and having an ice maker on hand can be very handy. It supplies you with a consistent supply of ice throughout the day. It is also very useful in the summer months for making things like smoothies or cocktails if your coffeehouse also offers alcoholic drinks.

Depending on the size of your coffeehouse, you may want a smaller ice maker that can either sit on a bar or underneath the counter. It's good to know the ambient temperature of the space you plan to use them in, as some work better in cooler temperatures like a bar area, while others can handle warmer spaces, like in the kitchen.


8. Drinks fridge

It's important to ensure that not only do you have an extensive coffee menu, but that you also offer alternatives for non-coffee drinks or those wanting something more thirst-quenching. A drinks fridge is a glass-fronted fridge that displays tempting drinks options to customers.

Drinks fridges come in various shapes and sizes, depending on what you need. They are also available in self-service options, so customers can choose their own drinks and bring them up to the counter.

9. Display fridge

Last, but not least, a display fridge provides space for showcasing all of your food items, including sandwiches, wraps or pre-made desserts like cookies and other treats. It not only offers a functional space, but can also be an aesthetic way to entice customers up to your counter or into your store.

Display fridges are available in various sizes, as well as in different shapes. Smaller models can sit comfortably on a countertop, while larger, vertical models take up a bit of floor space. They also come in a self-service option if needed.

Setting up the perfect coffeehouse doesn’t have to be an impossible task, as long as you come prepared. Make sure you invest in equipment from a reliable supplier with lots of experience in the food industry. They should also be able to advise you on which models would work best for you and can help with any installation or maintenance requirements. Once you have your equipment installed, you're ready to open your doors and start serving!