Are you using a water softener system in your cafe operations? If not, you’re missing out, you could be seeing benefits in cost savings and better tasking coffee! Before reading this article you should start with learning these tips for starting a successful cafe…
If your unaware of what a water softener is, I am shocked, so find out here.
Photo by William Herron
Cafes really do need to use water softeners, before ours came we wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference between hard or soft water, never mind the benefits.
Maintaining pipes and pumps is VERY expensive, as you know, and the work can sometime take hours as they trace the problem to its root. Usually it’s because the pipes and the appliances are clogged with limescale.
As a cafe owner, you need to stay on top of general building maintenance, especially the plumbing system; its fair to say that your pipes get a workout form sun-up, until sun-down!
When we started using water softening systems in our cafe, we quickly saw the benefits, mainly:
- Savings in out energy bills
- We where using less cleaning chemicals, coffee and other concentrates.
- Great tasting water and coffee!
Now our customers are enjoying drinking coffees, teas, juices and water that tastes amazing- its hard to believe but there is a noticeable difference!
Im sure if you visited the 10 most popular cafes in the world, they would all have some time of water softener/filter installed.
That’s not all; the water softening system installed in the cafe has given us a better quality glass and silverware when we wash – no need to wipe down and polish out glassware anymore, this alone has saved us hours! Our mugs, plates and tea saucers look as though they’ve just come off the shelf after they’ve just been cleaned.
That’s not all. Thanks to the water softening system we use in the cafe, we now spend less on water plumbing maintenance bills for the system that treats our water. We can even sell our water over the counter in our own brand to make a bit more profit (although we have not done this yet, but its in the works!)
The people who installed the softening system were kind enough to give us what we needed; bottles for branding, they gave us the means to get it up and running. Ordinary bottled water can often be prone to bacterial build-up, but our new water is purer, cleaner, and tastes much better. It also adds to the profits our cafe makes.
If you use regular tap water for coffee and espresso machines, dishwashers and any other water heating appliance, the lime-scale in the machines will build-up and the appliances will start performing worse, meaning higher maintenance costs eventually. That’s why you need to call out plumbers, and that’s why your businesses suffers! Replacement of coffee machines or your industrial dishwashers, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, is very expensive.
For the above reasons alone, installing a water softener system is a great investment for any cafe – yes you have to outlay the initial costs, but the savings over the next 5, 1o and even 20 years will far outweigh this! Treat this decision like you did when you bought your coffee machine, don’t skimp, invest in a quality machine and it will surely pay dividends. You can find water softeners at most large home depot stores, But be sure to read water softener reviews on this water-softener website to ensure you get the best water softeners (you may need more than one depending on how big you are) for your business.
Wicked cafe was the same – we had disruptions to our business, and had to replace several different machines, but now we use a softener system and its paid off big-time!
Let me tell you, letting our customers know we’ve been cooking using purified water was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. After a bit of research into purified water, we learnt that many health conscious people drink and cook using purified water. This is because it limits our bodies’ exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals and their by-products, heavy metals which accumulate in our bodies. The water softeners remove these problems, and the opinion of our customers saying this is a good thing is another benefit.
The water softening system we’ve got is installed in our cafe is in the coffee machine and we’ve even got a drinking fountain, and we’ve got a filter built into our taps in our kitchen.
So next time you have to call out a plumber for some reason, or next time you realise that your coffee machine lacks the grunt that it had when you first bought it, ask yourself:
“Is it time I invest in a water softener system?”
The Answer is YES!
Photo by ☺ Lee J Haywood “limescale destruction”