What equipment that I need to build a great coffee shop? I already have a concept, but have no idea about equipment need for barista?

What equipment that I need to build a great coffee shop? I already have a concept, but have no idea about equipment need for barista?

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  1. Probably depends on your concept as traditional coffee shops require very different equipment than specialty shops like Blue Bottle Coffee.
    If you are really into coffee you likely already know this. If you don’t then why are you starting a coffee shop?

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  2. There is a book called “Idiots guide to starting and running a coffee bar”. I don’t like the idiots reference but it is a very good book that gives a lot of good info.
    Besides equipment mentioned in comments, you need licenses, power considerations, your local food storage rules, and local COVID rules. I discovered recently that if you just sell coffee or prior prepared foods like pastries, you don’t need special grease drains, but if you cook items you do.
    There are a lot of Starbucks, but I drive past five to go to a hole in the wall shop that makes an awesome brew with a foam happy face or leaf. Remember, don’t do a lot of different things but do a few things really well.

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  3. What kind of coffee shop are we talking? Roast your own beans kind of shop or source your coffee from a larger corporation? What else will you serve? Pastries? Where will you get them? Will you heat them up? Here’s some stuff I can think of off the top of my head:
    Coffee:
    coffee grinder
    Coffee maker (for regular filter coffee)
    Espresso machine (with mild foamer for lattes, cappuccinos etc)
    Scale to measure out beans
    Proper storage for the coffee beans so they stay fresh
    Steaming pitchers
    Function:
    Refrigerators (for milk and such)
    Industrial dishwasher or sanatiser (industrial part can be optional, but having your dishes clean in a minute or less makes everything go a whole lot easier)
    Freezers (see food)
    Cash register complete with receipt printer, and credit card payment thingy
    Microwave (it’s always good to have one, whether for employees or for food you prepare for the customers)
    Storage space to store anything from important business paperwork, employee files, coffee beans.
    Food:
    pastry case (airtight and refrigerated if serving stuff with cheese or meat)
    Oven (either to bake your own stuff if you’ll be doing that, or one of those quick heat ovens that take about a minute to warm up pastries)
    Proper storage facilities. I worked at a cafe once who imported their pastries from Denmark. They arrived frozen and raw and stayed that way in a large freezer until the day they were served, when they were baked). Starbucks gets their pastries frozen. They then have time to thaw out to room temp, where you have the option to heat them.
    Proper food handling/prepping surface/area
    Medium to serve the food, whether it’s paper or ceramic plates, or to go bags.
    Personelle:
    Lockers or a place you/employees can safely store their stuff
    Aprons/anything else you want to be a part of the uniform (matching shirts with the logo, hats etc. this is optional)
    Proper hand washing station (not optional)
    Customer experience:
    chairs and tables (unless it’s strictly a To Go joint)
    Ceramic or paper cups depending on the style of coffee shop
    Accessible bathrooms
    thats all I can think of right now, anyone can add on in the comments if they think of anything I’ve forgotten!

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