Those who are about to open a café or renew their old premises can now do it following an entrepreneurial path that respects the environment and ecology. That’s right, you can make an eco-friendly choice even when setting up a café: all you need is to have a well-defined plan, take some measures and your green café can open for business. As for a good cup of coffee, even in this case, the secret lies in the blend: energy saving, waste management, decor, gastronomy and products.
The first step is to choose clean energy that is cost effective with a low environmental impact. Solar panels are a viable alternative to power the electrical system of your café. You can also save money on furniture without sacrificing taste and personality. Industrial objects, recycling materials, and a readjusted used counter will add a vintage touch to the rooms, making them original with style. Make the eco-friendly choice of bringing back to life waste pieces and opt for environmentally friendly architectural solutions with reduced energy consumption.
The soul of a café can be fully encapsulated in a cup of coffee. For this reason, the blends should be carefully selected. Use blends from the fair-trade market, combining a choice of taste, respect for local producers from low-income countries and work ethics. An example of this is the Terre Alte blend produced by the historical brand Vergnano: it isn’t just a blend of fine arabica with spicy aromas, but the result of the work of prisoners on a path of social reintegration. To promote sustainability, go for biodegradable materials: compostable glassware and crockery, wooden stirrers and napkins made from recycled paper. This is because a key component of your green project is methodical, well-organised waste sorting.
Finally, pay attention to all the ingredients composing the dishes of your menu. Traceability, organic and local “zero food miles” products are a must: bread, juices, fruit and vegetables and all the ingredients on the menu must be strictly from the channelled system. One last detail: if you want to permanently capture the attention of a clientele that is ever more sensitive to environmental protection, avoid the classic paper or plastic menus and complete the decor of your café with a board for the dishes of the day. To give life to your eco-friendly café you will be spoilt for choice. If you need further tips, check out some examples of successful cafés that are part of the Vergnano project.