How Can Your Cafe Benefit from Going Green?

One of the most enjoyable perks of summer is the fact that you can spend so much time outdoors. To say, “Thanks” to Mother Nature, we can do the responsible thing and make an effort to be a little greener. Nowadays, an ecofriendly lifestyle can be found almost anywhere, even in your coffee shop. Green cafes are increasing in popularity all over the country, and it is a great way to attract customers by showing them that you are making an effor to help make the environment a better place for everyone.

For those who like the idea of going green, but also think it will require a lot of extra time, effort and money, think again. Going green is not only beneficial to the environment, but it can be done at little to no cost or extra effort to you. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep both the environment and your wallet green.

Offer Stockon Graham’s NCompass Coffees

SGC’s NCompass Coffees are roast-to-order “sustainable coffees” that are certified or verified by an accredited third party as organic, fair trade, Rainforest Alliance, shade grown and more. We offer single-origin varietals and blends with a variety of organic and fair trade certifications. A lack of preservatives is not only good for your coffee, but it is also good for the environment, so to learn more about NCompass or inquire about samples, give us a call!

Switch to Paperless Invoices

Stockton Graham & Co. has been offering paperless invoicing for a few years now, and it is a great way to cut down on extra paper use. We can send you a digital copy of your invoice to any preferred email with one click of the mouse, so if you are not already signed up to receive your invoices via email, be sure to ask your customer care representative the next time you place your order, and they will be happy to update your information.

Keep your Equipment Clean

So maybe it’s not in your budget to shell out the money for new, high-efficiency appliances, but there’s no reason you can’t make sure the appliances you have are operating at peak performance. Keeping your grinders, blenders, brewers etc. clean, is not only saver, but it will allow your equipment to run much more efficiently, as well as help to secure the longevity of your equipment and to cut down on your power bill each month.

Offer Recycling!

With the amount of plastic and glass that you and your customers go through, make sure there are designated recycling bins in your shop. If you only have trashcans, you haven’t allowed your customers an opportunity to separate their trash from recyclables.

These are just a few ways that you can make your café a little “greener”. To many people, a green business is a responsible business and those are often the establishments they choose to offer their business to. With little effort and cost, you can really make an impressive change that will allow you to feel better about making a positive impact on the environment and make your bottom line go up, whether it is cutting down on some of your normal costs, or by bringing new customers in the door!

Matt Hogan
Stockton Graham & Co.