Many schools have begun to see the benefits of providing excellent coffee, and we have seen a big spike in coffee machine enquiries coming from schools, as not only teachers but parents are beginning to demand better coffee for working days or school events.

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Because pretty much nobody is willing any longer to drink instant coffee, teachers will typically go out for coffee or stop on the way to work rather than drink the swill available in most staff rooms.

Many schools are now beginning to see the merit – as well as the profit – of cutting these coffee trips out of teachers’ daily routine by installing high quality coffee machines in their schools.

Many college bursars nowadays have begun to take advantage of coffee machines which have either a coin, card, or i-key payment system in order to first pay off the investment in the machine, and second to generate fundraising for other school projects or activities.

Although this could be seen as greedy, and that a school should not be a for-profit establishment, this fundraising when used justly can go back into the school and benefit education.

Like many sports club operators, many schools have started to approach us about how to set up profitable coffee ventures, especially concerning especially busy periods like school events that bring in a lot of friends and family.

Just think, if you have hundreds or even thousands of guests coming in over the weekend stopping at Starbucks on they way to the school, why not cash out on this yourself?

This can go into new jerseys for your sports club, better textbooks for your students, and so forth, so again there is no reason to see this as something greedy.

What will the costs and revenue look like for your school’s coffee operation?

Suppose you invest in a high-quality, professional coffee machine which will cost anywhere from $4000 to $6000.

This may seem like too large investment for your school to manage or even come up with, but as you’ll see in a moment, it will be well worth it to lease or even get a small loan for the machine.

Suppose you have 40 or 50 staff members who typically drink 1 or 2 cups of coffee each day during working hours.

This would translate into an average 60 to 70 cups of coffee sold during every work day. If you serve serious, excellent coffee, people will be willing to pay between $2.00 to $3.00 per cup, which will add up to $120 to $210 in coffee sales each work day.

Over your 5-day work week, this will add up to $600 to $1050 per week, so you can see how even a very expensive machine will pay for itself very quickly, especially since most of these sales are profit as each cup in reality costs more like 40 or 50 cents.

A lot of schools are also integrating their coffee operations into campaigns about healthy choices and also environmentally sustainable choices.

Using fresh beans and real milk is much healthier than instant coffee, pod coffee, or artificial creamer products, so serving high-quality coffee has the added benefit of being a healthy alternative to other drinks that might be found in school vending machines.

Likewise if you invest in organic or sustainably sourced beans you can also integrate your coffee sales into things like sustainability projects, fundraisers to promote environmental awareness and so on.

Some schools in southern Australia have already rolled out programs like this which help teach students how to create a smaller global footprint.

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