The autumn equinox is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than bringing fall to your coffee shop? Warm coffee and cooler weather will have locals and visitors begging to stop by your cafe. Here are a few fun ways you can greet them this fall.
Add These Fall Coffee Shop Drink Recipes to Your Menu
Pumpkin spice lattes are still around, but they’re less of a craze than before. While you could keep the classic drink on your menu, here are a few fun twists to try from Texas Coffee School and a couple our Coffeepreneurs®:
Sweet Potato Latte
This Sweet Potato Latte recipe uses homemade sweet potato sauce to make drinks that taste like sweet potato pie.
Maple Bourbon Latte
You just need maple syrup, bourbon, and lemon juice to make the syrup for this Maple Bourbon Latte.
Cinnamon Roll Latte
This recipe from Monticello Coffee Company uses vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon spice, and milk. You can top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Check out Monticello Coffee Company’s fall menu!
Mighty MoJo Coffee Co created this caramel, butter, and pecan oat milk latte. Yum!
Join in the Back-to-School Frenzy
With school recently back in session, parents and teachers would appreciate a discounted coffee—or a loyalty program that rewards them for their morning coffee runs.
If you’re located near a school, you could incentivize students and parents to spend time at your coffee shop after school. A homework hour or snack menu might be just what they need.
And if you’re in a college town, don’t forget about the older students! Student discounts can be a motivator for students to visit your cafe, as long as you have Wi-Fi and enough seating for them to stay and study. They might also want a sandwich or snack to keep themselves fueled before or after class.
Embrace Football Season
Many people spend their fall weekends watching football. And high school, college, and professional football seasons could keep your coffee shop very busy! If you have a mobile coffee carts or truck trucks you could park at football tailgates and watch parties. Or, if you are a brick and mortar, maybe you can create a special discounted item for anyone wearing the local team jersey on game day, or perhaps a discount on a profitable item whenever your team wins. It doesn’t even have to be monetary. Be creative to leverage local team loyalty.
Host Indoor/Outdoor Music and Events
As the weather cools off, it’s just the right time to host indoor/outdoor events—especially if you have a patio or lawn. You could host live music with local artists or have an open mic. Pumpkin carving and crafts could be an attraction for families. And when it gets chillier, you might host a cozy event indoors.
Who doesn’t love spooky szn? To celebrate Halloween, you could decorate your coffee shop and tailor your menu to feature themed drinks and snacks. Hosting a trunk-or-treat is a good way to attract kids and parents. On the day of, have baristas dress up in costume and invite customers to do the same. Maybe they even get a special deal on a drink for dressing up.
Prepare Your Coffee Shop for Every Season at Texas Coffee School
Your fall coffee shop vibes could be a hit—but it could also draw a crowd year-round. At Texas Coffee School, we teach our aspiring Coffeepreneurs® how to open a coffee shop, baristas how to prepare the perfect drink, and managers how to keep operations running smoothly. We also help at-home baristas fine tune their craft.
Ready to visit our classroom? Check out upcoming class dates and register for the one that’s right for you.