Catering or Rental
If you have a coffee shop or mobile coffee cart, a by-product of your business is catering and rental options.
The option to provide catering solutions depends on your menu offerings. The most simplistic catering option uses the to-go-box-of-coffee for groups who want to take coffee to a meeting or the office. You may also be able to include a package deal when they purchase a box of coffee plus some of your pastries.
The box lunch catering option might be worth considering if you have a kitchen and can create sandwiches. These types of catering orders require coordination among management and team members, but can help your coffee shop business grow.
After opening our HOPE Coffee Sunnyvale location, we had several requests from people in Sunnyvale, Texas who wanted to rent the complete coffee shop for meetings or parties. So, we created a couple of rental options.
One option is available for those who just want to use the interior space for a meeting or party. Another option is available for those who want to rent the space and have the coffee bar open as well. This rental option adds more revenue to our bottom line each time it is rented. It was a simple option to offer to the community, and many have used it for wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, graduation parties, team meetings, and family reunions.
You may also be able to rent out separate rooms or spaces during operating hours, depending on the interior layout of your coffee shop.
If you have an easily-transported mobile coffee cart, consider advertising your espresso services for events like weddings or corporate parties. Adding these types of venues during off-hours can help build your local brand and business.
Our sister company, Shiloh Coffee Supply, offers some unique propane-powered espresso machines that allow mobile coffee carts to operate off-grid.