Manage a hotel, B&B or guest house? Here is why good coffee is vital to your business

1) Manage a hotel, B&B or guest house? Here is why good coffee is vital to your business

Owning or managing a hotel, B&B or guest house is a job many people dream about. You get to meet so many different people from all over the world and learn about their lives. You get to spend each day where people choose to pay to stay on holiday. And your job is never the same from one day to the next.

However, what many people don’t know is that there is a lot of pressure on you. You are responsible for attracting guests, keeping them happy and making sure every area of the business is run well. Ensuring that each and every guest enjoys their stay is what your job is all about. And that’s exactly why having good coffee available is vital to your business. Here are just a few reasons why.

Your business is where your customers wake up

For many people, their first cup of coffee is the most important part of their waking up ritual. They rely on the caffeine to help them start their day with energy and a good attitude. And if the accommodation they’ve chosen to stay at doesn’t offer them the chance to have that first cup of coffee of the day, they are not going to be happy, especially if they aren’t morning people. But for many people who begin their day with coffee, it has to be good coffee. Yes, they may drink it for the boost it offers, but they’re not going to get that boost if it tastes so bad they don’t want to drink it.

People who are on holiday are expecting a pleasurable experience and that experience is based on all the little things that come together to make each day of their trip enjoyable. And that first cup of coffee when they wake up in the morning is one of those little things.


Coffee encourages socialising

If you own a guest house, bed and breakfast or small hotel where you encourage guests to socialise, you definitely need a good coffee machine. There’s a reason coffee shops are where first dates often happen or where old friends get together to catch up. Coffee is good for socialisation. That instant boost of caffeine wakes the brain up and makes it easier for people to interact with strangers. If it’s been a long day, some guests may opt to head to their room instead of joining the other guests in the lounge for a chat. But if they know they can rely on a delicious cup of coffee to renew their energy and taste good at the same time, they’ll be more likely to want to join in on the social side of things.

Coffee is also a reason for people to socialise. If someone is shy, they may not want to go to the shared area because they know they’ll end up standing around awkwardly fiddling with their hands. However, if there is good coffee available, it gives them a reason to go downstairs to the entertainment area and even just holding the cup in their hand will make them feel more comfortable because they have a reason to be there. And one more thing, “Don’t you think this place has the best coffee” is an excellent conversation starter.

Coffee keeps people more awake and alert during meetings or conferences

If you have a conference venue, it’s extremely important you have coffee available at all times. Whether it’s a corporate presentation or team building event that you’re hosting, the guests are going to want to have a cup of coffee every now and then. Conferences are known to go on for quite some time and people rely on coffee breaks to give their mind a break from all the information they’ve been receiving. And if your guests are attending a networking event at your venue, coffee will encourage them to socialise (as we explained previously) and the success of a networking event relies on socialisation.

If you go into almost any office in the world, you will likely see coffee mugs littered on people’s desks. And that’s because people enjoy coffee while working because it keeps them alert, which increases productivity. You simply can’t be productive if you’re half asleep. And since there are likely business people staying at your venue, they’ll probably be working while they’re there as well.

Lastly, if your guests aren’t getting it from you, they’ll get it elsewhere

If your guests can’t get a good cup of coffee where they’re staying, they’re going to have to go out, find a place and buy a cup of coffee. And that might sound okay to you because they have an opportunity to explore their surroundings. But they aren’t going to have much fun doing that if they’re moody and half asleep. It could also completely disrupt their day if they arrived with a plan for how they wanted to spend their time. And they won’t appreciate that.

So, if you want your coffee-loving guests to have an experience they’ll love and will talk about to all their friends who are planning a getaway, then you should be on the hunt for a good coffee machine. And the best way to start is by looking at Nestlé Alegria coffee machines. This range of coffee machines is known for its easy-to-manage, low maintenance products which offer a great tasting cup of coffee every time. In addition to this, these machines come with complete and cost-effective after-sales service. What more could your establishment ask for?


2)Historical events that changed the way we enjoy our coffee today

The history of coffee is definitely an interesting one. From the story of how the coffee bean fruit may have been discovered by a goat in Ethiopia to all the different coffee products available to us in 2018, there’s a lot to learn about this delicious drink we all know and love. Today, we’ll be discovering the evolution of how coffee has been prepared throughout history.

 In the very beginning (according to legend)

There is an old Ethiopian legend that tells of a goat herder noticing his livestock chewing on a red berry and becoming alert and energetic. We can’t know for sure whether this is exactly how it happened, but we do know that it did all start with the red fruit that holds the coffee bean at its centre. Back then, the story goes, it hadn’t yet been discovered that it was the bean at the centre that actually caused the effect, so people consumed the fruit with the bean inside. The most popular way people enjoyed this fruit was mixed with animal fat, which they ate as a snack. They also created a drink made from boiling the leaves of the fruit.

The first brewing method

In 1555, word (as well as usage) of the coffee plant spread from Ethiopia to Yemen and then to Istanbul where the power of the bean was unleashed. This is when people discovered the taste, aroma and true effect of brewed coffee. In Istanbul, they used an open fire to roast the beans and then ground them until they became a fine powder. After that, the roasted and ground beans were added to water, which was cooked slowly over a weak charcoal fire.

This was also an important time in history because the position of a barista was first invented, a position which was held in high regard. Although, back then, the title was “kahvecibaşı” (Chief Coffee Maker).

As the popularity of coffee grew and grew, people began to want to make their own in their homes. And so the brewing process was simplified (but remained similar) and a coffee pot called a “cezve” was created. Of course, this process still took a much longer time than it now takes you to prepare your morning coffee. Aren’t you glad for Nestlé coffee machines which prepare your coffee quickly while you barely have to do anything at all?

Sugar and milk?

Eventually, the popularity of coffee made its way to Austria. If you enjoy milk and sugar in your coffee, then you should be grateful to the Polish military officer Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki. He was the man who opened the first bag of coffee beans to make its way to Austria and then decided that it really could use some sweetness and milk. In 1683, a coffee house was opened in Vienna due to the love of the hot beverage. It was around this time that the Viennese coffee Melange (coffee served with hot foamed milk and a glass of water) was created.

How coffee began spreading throughout the world

Until 1616, there were no living coffee bushes (or beans to be used to grow the bushes) in Europe. This meant that they could not produce their own coffee. But, finally, the Dutch Merchant Pieter van den Broecke managed to get his hands on some of the carefully watched bushes in Mocha, Yemen. He brought them home to Amsterdam with him and planted them in the botanical garden where they grew happily, producing many coffea arabica bushes for decades.

These bushes were used by the Dutch 42 years later, in 1658, to start cultivating coffee in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) and then in southern India. They eventually stopped cultivation in these areas, but only a few years later, the Dutch colonies in Asia and the Americas were the main suppliers of coffee beans in Europe. This is particularly significant to coffee lovers who want to know its history because this was how the growth and cultivation of coffee bushes started to spread to different areas of the world. Many followed in the footsteps of the Dutch and now coffee is found in different areas of the world. Today, the top coffee producing countries in the world are Guatemala, Mexico, Uganda, India, Honduras, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Colombia, Vietnam and Brazil.

These are just a few of the significant events in the history of coffee which affect the way we experience coffee today. Just imagine if coffee was only available in a few areas of the world, it would certainly cost a lot more for a cup of this hot beverage. Thankfully, coffee is readily available wherever you go and our coffee machines were created to make it quick and easy for you to enjoy this delicious beverage.