Water is the most essential element of life, because without water… you can’t make coffee. Almost everyone on the planet loves a good cup of well-made coffee. But they often do not consider how much water is used to make this coffee, from the beans to the brew in their takeaway cups. As a coffee shop owner, you also need to take this water usage into consideration and think of ways you can save water while still delivering on quality.
If your store is in the Mother City, you can look into water solutions in Cape Town such as the unique offerings from PROXA Water and you could invest in some simple changes to your daily routine to minimise your water usage. Curious about how you can contribute to saving the environment? Read on for some top tips on how your coffee shop can save water.
Implement the Italian way
Italian coffee is arguably some of the best in the world. The rich aroma of an espresso is a tantalising treat for the senses, and the rich full-bodied flavour of a Caffè lungo is something to be savoured. But there is one important difference in how Italian people make coffee, and that is the amount of grounds they use per cup.
Italian coffee uses only between 7.5 and 8 grams of coffee grounds per cup, whereas coffee stores in other countries tend to use up to 20 grams of coffee per cup. By using fewer grounds, you will also use less water to make the perfect cup of coffee. So, rather than waste your precious beans on grinding up too much fresh coffee, take a leaf from the Italians and use fewer grounds and less water. Not only will you be saving water, your coffee will taste better too.
Install aerators on taps
Washing coffee brewing equipment can use up a lot of water each day. And, aside from using a dishwasher for your mugs, you also probably wash the equipment by hand in a sink in your kitchen.
One of the many water solutions in Cape Town include aerators for taps which can help to reduce the amount of water in the stream as well as provide a no-splash stream of water to wash equipment with. You will find your cafe using up to six times less water with a tap aerator, making it one of the most effective ways to save water. Be sure that you educate your staff on how to use this equipment and why it is being installed.
Only use a fully loaded dishwasher
Dishwashers are highly effective at helping coffee shops to save water. They are often highly energy-efficient and use much less water than hand washing does. However, you should only use your dishwasher if it has a full load, as this will maximise the use of the water.
A dishwasher with a full load will also save on electricity and is cost-effective when it comes to the use of dishwashing chemicals. You can teach your staff how to effectively and efficiently load a dishwasher and be sure to tell them that they should only use it once it is full. To save your customers from waiting too long for clean mugs, install two dishwashers and alternate using them so there are always clean mugs and crockery available.
Offer real mugs
There will always be people who want their coffee to go. But, for those who choose to linger in your coffee shop and drink their cappuccino slowly, you should always offer them real mugs. This is because it takes up to 45 billion litres of water every year to make those paper cups that you use for takeaway coffees.
Real mugs also give your coffee shop a unique edge over your competition. Customers will appreciate the personal touch, and you can even offer discounts if customers bring their own mugs to your store for you to pour their drinks into. If you do use polystyrene or paper mugs, ask customers to recycle them in-store by providing a recycle bin. By recycling these cups, you will be helping to save water and contributing to saving the environment.
Keep customers (and the environment) happy
If you are looking for more long-term water solutions in Cape Town for your coffee shop, speak to companies such as PROXA water and find out what they can do for your business. You can also look to simple methods in the meantime while you discuss plans, such as using fewer coffee grounds per cup, installing aerators on your taps, only using a fully-loaded dishwasher and offering real mugs instead of paper cups.
Be sure to educate your staff on water-saving techniques, such as not leaving the tap running while washing their hands. And encourage your customers to recycle their paper cups instead of simply throwing them away. If coffee is your passion, you can use the platform of your coffee shop to help the environment and still provide delicious coffee to your customers.