10 Ways to Be A Better Coffee Shop Customer

10 Ways to Be A Better Coffee Shop Customer

If you’re a loyal coffee-goer, you know there are little tricks to master when going to your favorite coffee place. Here are ten easy things customers can do to make the staff at your favorite coffee shop show you the (latte art) love:

  1. Know Your Order. In a coffee shop, profits are directly linked to customer traffic: the more orders your friendly baristas can fill in an hour, the more everybody earns. If it’s a slow day, feel free to take your time, but otherwise it’s safe to assume speed is key. “High volume coffee sales are the foundation stone of every coffee shop,” says Peter Baskerville
  1. Order another cup of coffee for every hour of office time. While it’s true that coffee shops are now universally acknowledged as the prime “third place” option, that doesn’t make rent any cheaper. No office space is truly free, and you can respect your local shop by ponying up that fifty cents (the cost of a refill) per hour to acknowledge the free Wi-Fi and comfortable chairs they’re providing you.
  2. Consider adding a food purchase. You may not know it, but coffee shops rarely stay afloat just from sales of their most popular item. Nearly all shops find it necessary to expand their menu, offering at least pastries and snacks, and often sandwiches, soups and salads to keep the numbers respectable. Show you care by complementing your beverage with a muffin or scone.
  3. Patronize regularly. We all love the feeling of being recognized and known as a regular—it gives us an ego boost. But that recognition should flow both ways: if you want baristas to treat you as an old friend, try to show up regularly and don’t “cheat” on your local coffee joint with one of its competitors.
  4. Swag! As mentioned, coffee shops need to supplement their beverage menu with other items just to turn a profit. Most print T-shirts, hats and other apparel, so put your wardrobe where your mouth is—pick up a piece of clothing, wear it proudly and do a little advertising for your coffee shop.
  5. Be aware of flow. The importance of high volume traffic is critical to a coffee shop’s viability. Place your order and move along—there is always a better place to stand than within a few feet of the register.
  6. Pocket Your Phone. Most of us have the basic courtesy to suspend phone conversations when ordering, but that should extend to the queue, as well—baristas are trying to take, communicate and fill orders quickly and accurately, and they can’t compete with a dozen unrelated discussions.
  7. If You Want a Receipt, Ask For One. Many shops, while happy to provide a receipt, will assume you don’t need one. But don’t just stand there hoping the barista can figure it out—ask.
  8. Tip. Why tip on coffee when it’s not a meal? Because a) every barista needs your tips, b) coffee counts as food service, and c) it’s the right thing to do.
  9. Engage. As positive and cheerful as your barista might be, it’s still a mundane job. Recognize that and ask him how he’s doing, whether she saw the news, if he biked there. Just remember to keep it brief!

                  You will now be taken through the checkout process on the Ronnoco Coffee website to finalize and submit your order.
                  Continue To Checkout
                  Continue Shopping
                  You will now be taken through the checkout process on the Ronnoco Coffee website to finalize and submit your order.
                  Continue