12 Summer Menu Ideas For Coffee Shops In 2017
Now that the weather’s hotting up, coffee shop owners the UK over can start thinking about how they plan to bring the punters in over the summer. Luckily, the cold brew and iced coffee trends aren’t going away any time soon, so you can certainly stuff your summer menus full of different takes on these drinks – but what about thinking outside the box ever so slightly? Here are a few ideas you might want to try out this year to see what success you have.
What does tennis have to do with coffee? Everything! Well, ok, maybe not everything but it’s the perfect summer event to work your menu around because it’s just so very British. You could start selling delicious strawberry salads, or come up with some kind of Frappuccino recipe based on Eton Mess or even Pimms, and don’t forget to serve up (see what we did there?) some true-blue great British jam scones with clotted cream.
The Summer Solstice
Every year, thousands of people make their way to Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. How can you tie your coffee shop menu in with this? It’s easy if you try! You could have virgin punch bowls available with something like a tequila sunrise mocktail in them to wake people up in the morning, or go for a sunshine theme with your baked goods. It’d be easy to decorate your premises as well and your baristas could definitely get into the spirit of it all as well.
The General Election
So, there probably aren’t many people out there who are really looking forward to the General Election that’s been called for June 8th but it’s actually the perfect opportunity for you to cash in on something that everyone’s talking about. You don’t have to reveal your own political proclivities – just make sure there’s something for everyone. Simply use food dye to create red, blue and green tray bakes and pastries, or have different fruits on offer that people can sprinkle on their breakfast depending on which party they support.
Alternatively, you could just go down a slightly less labour-intensive route and allow people to book your space for political debates once a week. This was actually done relatively recently by two coffee shops in London, which were keen to revive the lost art of drinking coffee and rousing political debates, events that were once the preferred way for many to spend their time.
Great thinkers of the 17th and 18th century – the likes of Samuel Pepys and Johnson among them – would gather in cafes to chat, debate, hash out the issues of the day and, of course, enjoy delicious cups of coffee. Why don’t you try and bring this back in your local area?
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