Not everyone who is thinking of putting up a food-oriented business is considering a restaurant or bakery. Some are considering a coffee shop or a café where, aside from coffee and tea, the menu can consist of a combination of both baked items and savory items. If you are one of those who are thinking of opening up a café or coffee shop, you will want to know what kinds of commercial kitchen equipment you will need.
When you plan for this kind of a business, you will need not only the coffee making machines and the cappuccino makers for your business, but a few other items as well, depending on what kind of food you are thinking of serving your clientele. Here is a list of some of the essential equipment a start-up café or coffee shop will need:
Refrigeration equipment – this will include not only the freezers and the refrigerators that hold your food stocks within, but also the glass-doored refrigerators for your bottled and canned beverages, your refrigerated display cabinets for chilled baked goodies, and the ice machines that will hold the ice you will use for your blended and iced drinks.
Prep tables – if you want to prepare your own pastry, create your own breads, and even for other food preparation needs, prep tables are a must. Stainless steel is the best for your kitchen needs since not only are these durable and rust proof, but these are also easier to clean, maintain, and can be used for a lot of different purposes.
Cooking equipment – the cooking equipment that you buy is often dependent on what kinds of foods you are thinking of serving. If you are planning on serving entrees, a small flat top, a two to four burner stove, and an oven may be required. If you are thinking of serving waffles, paninis, toasted bread sandwiches, and the like, you will need the equipment for these. Deep fryers, grill tops, and other cooking equipment can also be considered, depending on your menu.
Shelving – also part of your list of commercial kitchen equipment would be for your storage requirements, and this will include shelves of different sizes. The best option would be open shelving made out of stainless steel again, since this kind of metal shelves are durable, versatile, and comes in many different sizes and heights. You can choose to mix and match the shelves you buy, depending on your need. You can even use these shelves in your café’s dining area to showcase other things that you sell, like mugs, coffee beans, breads, and the like.