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Iced Coffee Drinks: Creating Profitability

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As summer approaches, the demand for hot coffee naturally decreases, but the demand for iced coffee drinks is sure to rise!

Know Your Iced Coffee

Coffee can be one of the most profitable items in a restaurant operation, because Iced coffee drinks provide great opportunities for upselling. Restaurants can offer various options and customization, such as flavored syrups, whipped cream, or additional toppings, which customers may be willing to pay extra for. By offering a range of choices and upgrades, you can increase the average transaction value. These beverages can return 80–90 cents on the dollar – 10% - 15% cost of goods - including the cup in many instances. 

The gross profit margin for a cup of coffee is between 70 to 80%. 

Iced coffee drinks can also help attract and retain customers. Coffee is a daily habit for many people, and by offering a refreshing and convenient iced version, restaurants can become a regular destination for customers seeking their caffeine fix. That's why it's important to offer variety and great quality. 

Four Leaf Roasters line of whole and ground coffee beans features specially selected beans – responsibly sourced from renowned growing regions around the world. Our blends are roasted in small batches by masters and packed in specific foodservice sizes, to suit the needs of any discerning operator and their customers.

Get To Know Your Iced Coffee Options

Here are some ways to add an iced coffee to your beverage program

  • Iced Coffee is brewed coffee, poured over ice. You can prep it daily and store it in the refrigerator. It’s a tried-and-true method to get that product to the customer at the lowest point of entry.
  • Cold brew coffee, also called cold water extraction or cold pressing, is the process of steeping coffee grounds in water at cool, room temperatures for 12–24 hours. Four Leaf Roaster’s Cold Brew beans are ground coarse, with malty, chocolate flavors for the best cold brewing performance.
  • Nitro Cold Brew: After your cold brew is ready, load it into kegs and pump with nitrogen – Nitro Cold Brew!
  • Dalgona Coffee, of 2021 internet fame, originated in Korea. Make it by whipping equal parts finely ground coffee, sugar, and water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold milk.
  • Iced Americano is an easy to execute espresso drink. Equal parts espresso and water are poured over ice for a bright, caffeinated summer beverage.
  • Espresso Tonic is a refreshing twist from your normal cup of coffee. Float espresso over iced tonic water for an easy to create beverage with a great visual effect.

Serving a variety of iced coffee drinks can differentiate a restaurant from its competitors. It allows establishments to cater to customers who prefer cold beverages or those looking for more options beyond traditional hot coffee. By offering unique flavors or combinations, restaurants can create a competitive advantage and attract a specific customer base. Ready to add iced coffee to your menu? Reach out to your Shamrock Foods Sales Representative to get started.

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