Spiced latte with whipped cream on top

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  • Publication date: Wednesday 19 January 2023
  • Editorial submissions deadline: Friday 16 December 2022
  • Editorial contact: Vince Bamford vjbamford@googlemail.com

Hot drinks are an increasingly important part of a bakery’s offerings – after all, who doesn’t love a warm cuppa with their slice of cake, brownie, or croissant?

But how much effort should a craft baker put into their hot drinks range? Is a simple tea and coffee range enough or do you need to invest in specialist equipment, barista training and seasonal NPD? This feature will find out.

Key areas this article will explore include:

  • What hot drinks are currently on offer in craft bakeries across Britain?
  • What percentage of sales do hot drinks account for in these types of bakeries?
  • What equipment do bakeries use for their hot drinks and how much did they invest in it?
  • What sort of training do staff need to operate these machines?
  • Seasonal coffees and hot chocolates are big business for the nation’s coffee shop chains – how far should craft bakers venture down this path?
  • How do you find the right supplier for your hot drinks?