10 Most Profitable Things To Sell In A Coffee shop (Besides Coffee)

Who says coffee shops can only sell coffee? This article rounds up profitable things to sell in a coffee shop.

things to sell in a coffee shop
There are many things to sell in a coffee shop besides coffee.

People who visit coffee shops expect you to sell coffee-related drinks, foods, and accessories. But most of these products aren’t profitable. Either they’re expensive, or they go bad quickly. Luckily, some products don’t only give you a nice profit margin but can sell quickly and last long.

So, what are the 10 most profitable things to sell in a coffee shop? Let’s find out

1. Coffee Beans in Bulk

coffee beans in bulk
Buying coffee beans in bulk

When customers realise how awesome your coffee tastes, they’ll want to buy some coffee beans for themselves so they can make quality coffee at home. 

This is where you come to the rescue. Stock up on coffee beans and sell it to them to enjoy your high-quality coffee beans without leaving the house.

2. Coffee related equipment

Coffee related equipment
Coffee In A Moka Pot

When customers buy your fantastic coffee beans, they’ll need equipment to turn those coffee beans into a cup of joe. Equipment you can consider selling include;

  • Coffee bean grinders
  • AeroPress
  • French press or coffee plungers
  • And mini espresso machines.

Your customers will need this equipment to make quality Coffee, and you should supply them with it.

3. Cake has huge profit margins.

There's profit to be made in cake
There's profit to be made in cake

There’s a reason people use the expression, “it sells like hot cakes”. 

Cakes are easy to make since all you need to do is Google some recipes and you’re good to go. Also, cakes have a considerable markup, and it sells fast, making it a must-sell for any coffee shop.

4. Muffins and Scones

coffee and scones
Scones and a cup of coffee

Who doesn’t love eating muffins or scones with a good cup of joe? When I visit my favorite coffee shops, it’s impossible not to buy a muffin or scone.

Maybe I’m busy and unable to make lunch, so I’ll grab a muffin to go. You can easily add a few extra dollars to any bill, simply by upselling muffins or scones.

5. Sandwiches make An Awesome On-The-Go Snack

Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich
Grilled sandwich with ham, cheese and tomato.

Most morning customers looking for a caffeine kick wouldn’t mind a breakfast to go with it. Popular breakfast choices include egg, bacon, and cheese sandwiches.

Also, feel free to offer grilled options. Popular sandwiches to sell throughout the day include;

  • Grilled chicken and mushroom sandwiches
  • Toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches
  • And grilled mozzarella with bacon or salami.

6. Salad Is An Awesome Choice For The Health-Conscious

salad is a healthy choice
Salad is a healthy option

Everyone wants to be healthy, but not everyone is willing to put in the effort to prepare and eat their fruits, veggies, and organic meats. This is where you come in.

Offer your customers a quick and healthy option and help them make healthier choices.

Popular salads include;

  • Cobb salads
  • Grilled chicken caesar salads
  • And feta cheese and tuna salads.

7. Yogurts And Oatmeal

Yogurt and oatmeal
Yogurt, berries and oatmeal is a healthy breakfast

Yogurts and oatmeal are nutritious and healthy. They’re also an excellent option to serve to health-conscious coffee lovers.

Add plain or Greek yogurt to oatmeal with some berries on top, and you’ve got a hot seller. 

8. Different Types Of Teas

Green tea brewed in a glass pot.
Green tea is an option for those who choose not to have coffee

Some customers are sensitive to caffeine, so you’ll need to accommodate them too. You do this by selling high-quality tea.

Popular teas are;

  • Black teas
  • Herbal teas
  • Green teas
  • And teas with pieces of fruit or mint.

Sometimes your customers have already drunk a few cups of coffee and can’t tolerate more caffeine. This is where selling tea comes to the rescue.

Teabags are also super cheap to buy, and you can sell them at huge markups.

Lastly, teas are also a popular option for health-conscious drinkers. Studies show that drinking tea can prevent heart disease, slow down ageing, prevent diabetes, and help you lose weight.

9. Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is a good alternative to coffee

For those who want to drink something hot that isn’t coffee or tea, hot chocolate made from 100% pure cocoa is perfect.

Mocha is also popular. Mocha is a shot of espresso and hot chocolate with hot milk added.

If you’ve never drunk a mocha, you’re missing out. It gives you that caffeine kick while tasting like pure ecstasy. 

10. Lemonade

A glass of fresh lemonade.
Ice cold lemonade

If you’re located in a sunny and hot part of the world, selling lemonade is a must. Sometimes in the summer, people will drink less coffee, teas, and hot chocolate, affecting business.

Offer colder drinks as an alternative. And if you aren’t selling cold brews during the summer, start now. It’ll fly off the shelves.

Lemonades are also profitable. You can buy lemonade concentrate at a grocery store for next to nothing.

Mix it with water, add a slice of lemon, and sell it at a considerable markup.

Things To Sell In A Coffee Shop: The Final Word

Who says coffee shops can only sell coffee? Some products go perfectly with coffee, and it’ll be a sin not to offer your customers these extras.

You can also make a nice profit on these 10 products since they’re cheap and don’t spoil quickly.