Franchise with 3 Beans Coffee co

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Phase 3 - Purchasing Equipment

Brewing Equipment
Equipment needs for any small business are subject to variations, but there’s one thing that’s certain: this isn’t the equipment you use for your morning cup of coffee, and industrial coffee brewing and filtration equipment can get pricey. Here are a few pieces of equipment that no coffee shop can go without:

  • Commercial coffee grinder and Hot Water Boiler

  • Espresso machine

The hardest part of buying equipment for a coffee shop or other food and beverage businesses is deciding what you need and how much of it to buy.

When you add up the high-quality equipment it takes just to make your customers’ favourite drinks, it can total up to £5,000 or more. This highlights how expensive starting a coffee shop can be.

As a general rule, start slow and increase when your budget allows. Growing your business gradually instead of planning for unrealistic numbers enables you to manage the scale of your business even under the tightest of margins.Lease Purchase deals is a great way to start and minimise your expense.

Initial Inventory and Other Supplies

  • Coffee beans - £300 est

    •  Teas

    • Coffee

  • Cups - £1500 est

    • Paper cups

    • Containers

    • Clear plastic cups

    • Napkins

    • Stirrers

    • Straws

    • lids

    • China Cups & Saucers

  • Food and drinks - £1500 est

    • Meet varying demands by including tea, bottled water, juices, baked goods, salads, ready-made sandwiches, ice cream, etc.

  • Supplies such as cream and packets of real sugar, low-calorie substitutes, syrups, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg

  • Milk, cocoa powder

POS Systems and Financial Software
Another cost you’ll come across is associated with your transaction technology. Modern POS software can cost between £300 and £500 to purchase the Hardware and from £20 to £100 per month on going cost. For a POS system geared towards coffee shops, check out we have many option available and I can advise on this.

While POS software seems expensive in the short term, it tends to pay for itself as you run your business, making stock and transactions easier to track. Many also integrates with programs like Quickbooks, MailChimp, and Salesforce to manage accounting and marketing. I can also organise the accountants from approx £90 per month.

Additional Overhead
Remember the costs you accrued in monthly rent, renovations, and installations? At some point, you’ll add more fixed costs in the form of a security system and insurance to protect your investment.