So here is the first blog post I will be writing about BeanBag Cafe.
Many friends and family ask me “So what is this new business?” and any potential new clients are going to be asking us exactly the same. So I thought I would begin with an overview of exactly what it is we do.
A couple of years ago Roy was instrumental in opening a pop up cafe in the Staplehurst Free Church’s new building. It is open every Saturday during term time and completely run by volunteers. Roy used his previous knowledge of running a cafe and a little of my experience as a manager for Caffe Nero as well.
A lot of time and effort went into sourcing all the equipment, coming up with recipes and implementing policies. We realised that this is the biggest difficulty other people will face in trying to start up their own projects. We decided to put our knowledge and experience into a manual, training sessions, affordable packages and support. Other community projects can employ us to make the opening of their own cafes smooth and easy.
We want to help organisations use even the smallest spaces to open anything from a coffee cart to a full blown cafe and have packages to suit everyone’s needs and budget.
Our long term goal is to have high street cafes as well, that will serve communities through providing volunteering employment as well as affordable places for people to meet and become engaged in their community.
Currently we are getting all the manual and training programs written ready for our first clients to come through the doors. Recently we visited the factory where the coffee machines we shall be using, so look forward to a post on that.