Preparing a menu for your coffee shop business is not difficult to do. Your coffee shop menu will only consist limited food that are favorite breakfast, lunch and snack items. When we say favorite, it does not need to have unhealthy food items. Customers these days are more conscious of the food they eat, and you will have to adjust to that market by providing healthier options. Here are some tips on how to create a yummy menu for your coffee house.
First, decide if you want a constant unchanging menu or if you want to offer something different in your coffee shop business every day. There are pros and cons to changing your coffee shop menu. If it stays the same all time, regulars will appreciate knowing that their favorite dish will be available any time, any day. If you change your menu every day, adventurous diners will be excited to know what's new and visit your place often.
People love getting freebies, and coffee drinkers will definitely like the thought of a free mug of coffee with their favorite sandwich or breakfast. Make "specials" for breakfast and afternoon sandwich snacks that cost a bit more but comes with a free cup of regular brewed coffee. Coffee drinkers will get used to the coffee shop business round the corner that gives them free coffee with the "special."
Have a normal breakfast menu and stick with a lot of egg based dishes like omelets. You can play around with your omelets and offer gourmet egg dishes with special ingredients on a seasonal basis. Offer a wide variety of deli sandwiches. Experiment with wraps which are pretty popular these days. Most customers will still expect the traditional egg, toast, hash browns, sausages, bacon and coffee.
Right before lunch time, hike the price of your breakfasts, otherwise your other heavy lunch meals will not stand a chance. Who will want to order a more expensive pasta dish if they can still order cheaper sandwiches for lunch. Offer desserts like chocolate cakes and cheese cakes. For healthier options offer salads too. Be the coffee shop business that has a dieter's menu for the health conscious with non-fattening ingredients and sugar-free desserts.
For heavier lunch dishes serve burgers with fries, steaks, and chicken dishes. You can offer a lunch package to encourage diners to order a larger value. For example, meal package number one can consist of soup, salad, a pasta dish, dessert, and a "free coffee." You can also offer a kid's menu with chicken nuggets, fries, or a small kid sized burger.
Other items you can serve in your coffee shop business are scones, pancakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, bagels, donuts, and biscotti. Offer specialty hams like Italian pastrami for Panini sandwiches, or serve Spanish Serrano ham, and German or Hungarian sausages. You can also serve Italian gelato instead of ordinary ice cream.
You have to compete with all those other coffee houses. Since coffee mixes are similar everywhere, you can compete by serving excellent food for an affordable price. These days a coffee shop business even competes with a full service restaurant when it comes to menu variety. It is still of utmost importance though to serve the best coffee you can brew and to provide fast service.