Some of the biggest names in the business, including Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Boca Java, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Green Mountain Coffee, offer programs that regularly deliver their top products to offices and businesses. And, along with these larger coffee companies, there are a variety of smaller brands getting into the coffee delivery game as well.
A coffee delivery service will help your business keep coffee products stocked and ready for your employees and/or customers, freeing you from the hassle of buying the products, stocking items and, in some cases, cleaning and maintaining coffee makers when that time comes. Companies will ship products right to your door on an agreed-upon schedule that works to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re a small business, restaurant, hotel or larger office space, there’s a program for you.
So, if you’re in need of assistance in stocking an employee lounge, kitchen, waiting area, break room, office, corporate center and or any other space, coffee delivery services may just be able to help without you having to lift a finger! Let’s find out how it all works and see what you’ll need to know to be successful in making the most out of your coffee selection.
What Do You Need?
Let’s take a look at two simple examples, one on each end of the spectrum, to help illustrate customizable delivery programs available across the nation:
- For larger companies with more employees, companies may offer a comprehensive delivery package, including shipments of your favorite coffee brands along with a new machine (or machines), supplies and servicing options to boot.
- If you’re a small business with only a handful of employees you might not be looking for coffee delivery plus those additional full-service features. So, what are you to do? Well, many companies may offer a simpler service package involving only coffee bean shipments and nothing else.
The delivery method and provider that will best meet your needs will depend upon your specific set of business circumstances, taking into consideration company size, number of employees and potential customers coming through on a daily basis. And, fortunately, companies that deliver will work with you to create a schedule and plan that works for you.
Tips of the Trade
- Many companies give a “thank-you gift” to new customers. This gift may be a new coffee maker or other similar coffee-themed product.
- Remember to look into the providing company and make sure that, first and foremost, you enjoys its coffees; then, find out if they offer a wide variety of choices that will give your employees and potential customers a quality selection of beans.
- Sometimes, you’ll be able to get free shipping on larger orders.
- Subscribers of these delivery services sometimes have the opportunity to get free gifts, special offers, deals, and product discounts. So look into these opportunities.
How Does It Work?
Here’s a quick overview of how the coffee delivery process usually works:
- You’ll take a look at the beans and other products you’re most interested in and make your selections.
- You may choose just coffee service (only the beans are provided on a specific delivery schedule) or go with a more inclusive program, one that may include a new machine or other equipment, coffee, tea, other beverages, supplies and regular service from professionals.
- If your needs or tastes change, you’ll be able to change the schedule, what you order and so forth.
Companies that deliver will offer you a plan and schedule to fit your needs as a small, medium or large business and keep you stocked with coffee, tea, supplies, machines and beyond (if so desired). For those choosing comprehensive services, you’ll get help with your new machine, including installation, repair, removal of old machines and more.
Obviously, coffee and tea choices are plentiful, but many companies also offer other beverages, such as hot or cold instant drinks. For your coffee needs, your options include:
- Whole beans.
- Ground coffee.
- Pod brewer varieties.
- More options for even the most hard-to-please tastes.
Prices per shipment vary depending on the providing company and coffee product, but a standard figure for the cost of coffee is approximately $50 to $125 per year for each employee. Equipment can cost between a few hundred dollars and thousands of dollars, but some service providers will waive these fees (whether through promotions or a rental period). You may also choose to rent this equipment instead of purchasing it to save some money.
Additional supplies such as sugar, sweeteners, lids, cups, filters, airpots, stir sticks and creamers may or may not be covered by the providing company, and can all cost a little extra per month if they’re not covered in your contract. So, be sure to discuss the details of the coffee, machine, supplies, services and contract with your provider. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting with a specific plan and be able to choose what’s best for your business.
Information You’ll Need to Get Started
To get a proper quote, you may need to have the answers to some of the questions posed below:
- How many employees do you have?
- How much coffee would you say you use per week?
- What is your industry type?
- Will you provide coffee to your employees for free or at a cost?
- Where are you located?
- What’s your contact information?
- Which brands of coffee do you use?
- Will you need additional (or new) brewing equipment?
So, if you’re looking to simplify coffee purchases and setup, a delivery service can help you make sure that you’re always stocked and that equipment is always in good working order. Whether you have a small, medium or large business, these coffee delivery services can provide your company, its workers and your loyal customer base with a chance to sit back, relax and drink quality brews from national and local brands. And, they won’t have to go to their local coffee shop to get them.