Tea and Other Coffee Alternatives
Have you considered offering tea and other coffee alternatives in your coffee shop? When we helped start HOPE Coffee in 2010, I didn’t drink coffee. In fact, I didn’t like the taste of coffee. I partially blame this on my parents who drank Folgers, just like everyone else in the 70s and 80s. However, when I tasted the single-origin specialty-grade Honduran coffee, I was hooked. It tasted better than any coffee I had ever tried.
However, even if you serve great tasting coffee, you will have customers who either don’t like the taste of coffee or who would prefer a different type of drink. This is where tea and other drink alternatives are very helpful to have on your menu. HOPE Coffee carries the high-quality tea line from Compassion Tea, which supports the mission of CompasioNow.
We use these tea options to create several different tea lattes. The London Fog (made from Earl Grey tea, vanilla syrup and steamed milk) and the Cinnamon Orange Spice Tea Latte (Cinnamon Orange Spice Tea, cinnamon and caramel syrups and steamed milk) are both customer favorites at HOPE Coffee Sunnyvale! You may also want to add a high-quality iced black or green tea to your menu. Another crowd favorite is the tea lemonade made from Compassion Tea’s Green Peach Apricot and lemonade.
By utilizing hot tea, iced tea and tea lattes, your menu selection can expand or nearly double to include items that most of your customers will enjoy. In your cold case, you may want to carry a few varieties of soda, sparkling water, juices (which are great for kids) and athletic drinks. These alternative drink selections will help to increase your sales, since nearly everyone who comes into your coffee shop can find something that they enjoy.