Sandwiches for coffee shops
How do you plan on organizing the sandwiches for your coffee shop? Are you going to buy the sandwiches from a sandwich supplier? Do you want to make the sandwiches fresh to order? Or do you prepare all the sandwiches in the morning?
This page should help you with the way you can organize the sandwiches for your coffee shop. The choice is yours but we are here to advice you and show you the different ways.
Buying pre-made sandwiches from a sandwich supplier
The good thing about this option is the low staff cost and the consistency of the sandwiches (considering you find a reliable supplier).
The disadvantage are the higher cost and quality. Most sandwiches that are bought from sandwich supplier are quite expensive and have the tendency to look factory made. Pre-made sandwiches will usually cost you around £0.80 to £2.50. Buying pre-made sandwiches do not really make you stand out from your competition and you might end up selling the same sandwiches as the petrol station down the road.
Coffee shops usually have standing orders for sandwiches which can result in a high wastage of sandwiches.
Freshly prepared sandwiches - made to order
Fresh, low wastage and lower cost. Those are the things to think about when making fresh sandwiches to order. Making sandwiches fresh to order do require more time and might not work for all coffee shops considering the queuing time.
Really think about how your customers will end up queuing at busy times and find a way to optmise the flow. This usually means that your customer should have the option to order hot food and freshly made sandwiches before they reach the till. In the ideal world the sandwich should be ready by the time your customer reaches the till.
This method only really works when the coffee shop has the correct layout behind the bar. It requires some space to prepare sandwiches and without this space you end up struggling to prepare the sandwiches quickly. Freshly prepared sandwiches should be finished within half a minute and this is only really possible when it has been prepared properly beforehand. Use the morning and quiet times to cut vegetables and bread.
The cost of freshly prepared sandwiches are considerably less than pre-made sandwiches and is a very attractive point to consider for coffee shop owners. Most sandwiches will cost you are around £0.40 to £1.50 when made fresh.
You might need an extra person during lunch hour so make sure that you think about your increased labour cost.
Fresh sandwiches prepared in the morning
Pretty much the same things to consider as with sandwiches made to order except for the fact that you need staff in the morning and the extra cost for packaging (if displayed in packaging).
The good thing about this could be that you might sell more sandwiches. Most people buy with their eyes and sandwiches that are already made and displayed usually sell very well.
Making sandwiches in the morning for the day is often the most cost effective way and the preferred choice for many coffee shops. An experienced sandwich makes can prepare 100 sandwiches in an hour.
Just some fillings to give you an idea
- Bacon & Chicken
- Ham & Cheese
- Egg Mayo
- Bacon Bap
- Just Cheese
- Ham & Salad
- Cheese & Tomato
- Cheese & Chutney
- Chicken Salad
- Chicken & Coleslaw
- Corned Beef & Pickles
- Roasted Vegetables
- Beef & Horseradish
- Turkey & Salad
- Tuna Melt
- Prawn Salad
- Chicken Tikka
- Chicken Caesar
- Tea cakes
- Flat bread
Deciding on a standard range of sandwiches is very important and you need to think about preparation time, profit margins and selling price. Make sure that you cater for everybody including kids and vegetarians. Fruit salads and salads can be a very good addition to your range as well.