What Foodservice Equipment do I Need in a Coffee and Juice Bar?

Introduction

Running a coffee and juice bar can be exhilarating. Serving hundreds of people an hour, a buzzing storefront, and the excitement of creating new drinks and products to boost your customers’ experience. But choosing the right foodservice equipment for your kitchen can make a huge difference to your operation and your operating costs. We’ve outlined what we think is the perfect setup below: 

Display

A good display can make a massive difference to a ‘grab and go’ type business. Coffee and Juice bars see a lot of lunchtime traffic. Your visitors need to see what they are buying in the best possible way.  The Lowe B1 Euro Deli Curved Glass Display shows off your wares to their best. It’s refrigerated with an auto defrost, but thanks to a heated pan evaporation system, no external plumbing is needed, making installation simple. 

Drinks Dispensers 

Drinks are, of course, going to be a key part of your offer, and coffee is a huge part of that. For the fast-paced environment you would expect for a busy coffee and juice bar, a bean to cup machine is a very good choice. This is because the machine guarantees the quality of the coffee you produce. Whether you make 10 or 200, they will all taste just as good! The Concordia Bean to Cup Machine Ascent Touch is a great machine, which can serve up to 4 different blends of coffee, and dispenses drinks in just 30secs. 

The Lowe Penguin 2 Frozen Drinks Display can help provide that differentiation  – you can serve super chilled juice, or smoothies or even thick shakes – these refrigerated units will keep the drink fresh and appetizing for your customers and help sell your brand with their clear drinks holders too.  

Production

Any bar will need to offer more than just juice and coffee, and hot sandwiches, hot pots, pulled pork and more more can be great offers to bring in customers. For fast and simple service, we recommend the Merrychef Eikon e2s Classic which uses clever tech to speed up cooking times. It is 22x faster than conventional methods. This makes it perfect for hot sandwiches, small pizzas and more. 

For larger scale cooking options, the Convotherm 4 easyTouch Gas Boiler 20.20 GB adds a huge variety of dishes thanks to the combination of dry heat and steam – this is the machine you want if you want to produce large amounts of perfect chicken, ribs or even bread.

Cleveland Counter Top Electric Manual Tilting Steam Kettle KET6TP

Refrigeration 

Getting you refrigeration right is incredibly important to any foodservice business – and thinking about your setup can actually help you be more efficient, and make more profit. 

Using a smaller undercounter, or work table refrigerator where you produce your food can help you be quicker to serve customers. But it’s also important to have larger, possibly reach in, refrigeration elsewhere in your premises to have longer term storage and reduce your dependence on too many daily deliveries. 

For the undercounter fridge we recommend the Delfield 24″ Two Door Undercounter/Worktable Refrigerator GUR24P-S, which gives extra worktop space if you are short. For the reach-ins, we recommend the Delfield Reach-In One Door Refrigerator GBR1P-S and the Delfield One Door Reach-In Freezer GBF1P-S. We recommend the Delfield line because they are all made with the best materials, have good compressors and offer front and top vented compressors too – which make them very efficient and less prone to clogging with dust. All the Delfields also feature a clever door system which closes automatically under 90 degrees, but stays open above that angle. This means the doors won’t sit open accidentally, wasting electricity, but loading is straightforward. 

For ice – and what foodservice concern can operate without ice – we recommend a unit which has a larger hold to ensure you are never left short, even on the busiest days. For that reason we recommend the Koolaire 330lbs Half Ice Kube Machine with Bin KYT-0300A, which can hold 300lbs of ice in its generous hopper. 

Warewashing 

Warewashing is an area of foodservice equipment that can often get overlooked, but it is very important. If you choose wrong you could be overloading your machine, or sending out plates that haven’t been sterilized properly, because the machine is struggling to maintain temperature. That’s why we recommend the Meiko Door Type Dishwasher DV 80.2 for busy foodservice environments – it’s fantastically engineered to handle whatever you can throw at it, and it can keep going week after week, year after year. 

Conclusion

Getting the right setup for your coffee and juice bar is vital: it will help you be more efficient in serving customers, spend less on utilities and reduce your stress levels as your kitchen equipment is where it needs to be and can handle the jobs you need it to do.

If you’d like to see a visual representation of the setup listed above, along with the opportunity to rent it all with just one click, follow the link here.