Coffee shops have been big for a while now, growing and growing in popularity and taking up increasing amounts of square footage on the high street. The reasons are obvious. The instant drinks you can get at home don’t taste anything like the real, barista-made deal, the atmosphere is relaxing, and it’s a great way of having a cheap but pleasant catch up with a friend. For decades many of our social occasions have revolved around cafes. One of my best friends told me in a café that she was engaged, and a few years later at the same table she told me about her pregnancy. They’ve hosted many of our social milestones.
So why do we think they’re not everything they’re cracked up to be anymore?
While on the high street they’re still the bees knees, and perfect to take a load off when you’re out and about and running between shops, or just for somewhere to hide from the rain for half an hour, for the office they’ve never been all that convenient.
That’s because offices tend to be based out of town where rent is lower and space more readily available.
It makes sense really, cafes are were the footfall is, and offices are elsewhere.
So how do you get great coffee at the office?
For many years the answer was simple: you didn’t get great coffee away from the high street, so you made do with the watery coffee machine or the constantly empty jar of instant in the staff room. When we have to make-do we will, but we might do so somewhat begrudgingly, hoping and praying that in the not-too-distance future there’d be some great change which would change the way we thought about our coffee breaks forever.
And then there was. Enter the mobile coffee franchise.
Mobile coffee franchises have been growing in momentum in recent years. They’re specially equipped vans, driven, owned and run by trained baristas. These mobile coffee franchises can do what the coffee shop cannot. They can (and do) come to you.
So you see, the office dilemma was resolved. The manager simply needs to request a visit from a local mobile coffee franchise and the professional, high quality espresso comes to you. The costs are often lower than you’d find in a sit down café, because you’re not paying to sit down. Employees have to go outside to get their caffeine fix, and so they’re getting more of a break and making more of an occasion. It’s a chance for more than just the coffee you end up with. You get to have a nice chat, stretch your legs, and break the shackles which chain you from your desk from 9 – 5.