If you plan to start a coffee shop business, one of the things you have to do is to furnish the shop. You will have to find tables, chairs, tableware and coffee machines and cooling systems. If you will be serving food, you will also need stoves, ovens, pots, pans and sandwich makers. Opening a coffee shop isn't going to be cheap. There are ways to decrease your start-up expenses by buying more affordable equipment, coffee makers, and furnishings.
Second hand coffee brewers, espresso makers or grinders will definitely cost a lot less than new equipment. You can save on money and use some of your capital on other money generating areas like marketing and advertising. Here are some tips that may be able to help you find used equipment for your coffee shop business.
You may be able to find classified ads of coffee shop equipment being sold or auctioned off by shops being closed up or foreclosed by a bank. Many of the coffee equipment being sold in these types of auctions are in very good condition. They aren't being sold because they are of bad quality or broken but only because they need to be sold off by a bank who foreclosed the business or by the coffee shop owner who is closing his business.
Another way is to visit food service and coffee or restaurant suppliers. These are one of the most popular choices because they have a wide range of choices from tableware, plates, glasses, cups and saucers, and other equipment and appliances. An advantage to these stores is, if you need to go back for more, you will likely find the same exact style of coffee mugs, plates or glasses you need. Most business people who own food or beverage businesses go to these stores for most of their needs.
Look for online stores that sell equipment for a coffee shop business. You can find all sorts of coffee makers, brewers, grinders and many more. Some will be selling brand new items while other online stores specialize in used equipment. An advantage to buying online is you can find many choices, from a number of e-stores, compare prices, delivery charges and warranties.
When you start buying equipment, grinders, and espresso makers, be sure to keep your receipts and warranties. You may need to return or replace defective items later, or have broken ones repaired. Also, check if the appliances you are purchasing have spare part and service centers near you. Be aware though that some things can't be returned or replaced like disposable food service items.
Don't let looks and prices fool you. Like they say, you can't judge a book by its cover. The same goes for your coffee shop business. Some equipment may look fancy and beautiful but you will soon find out that simple looking equipment can work better. When it comes to price, there is a common misconception that more expensive coffee makers are made of better quality which is not really always true.
Some coffee equipment are better bought second-hand but other equipment should be bought brand new to make sure they are dependable. Check out reliable dealers and ask other coffee business owners where they get their equipment and supplies. Exhaust all possible options first before buying a single thing for your coffee shop business.