6 Great Reasons To Buy Cafe Furniture From a Commercial Supplier As Opposed To A Retail Outlet

drop chair sandSo you’re in the market for new cafe furniture. You could of course go to to your nearest retail outlet and purchase from them. After all you know the store and it’s in your area, so it makes sense right? Wrong! Here are 6 reasons why you really should consider purchasing from a commercial cafe furniture supplier instead.

It’s cheaper – Online suppliers don’t have to factor in the rental of expensive retail space, utilities, and staff wages, and therefore can afford to pass those savings directly onto the customer.

Lesser lead times – Most commercial suppliers have good relationships with manufacturers and as a result can arrange bulk stock quicker giving you, the customer, a shoter lead time. This is important, especially when you have deadlines to hit yourself.

Not the same old stuff – Good manufacturer relationships also means that they can get their hands on new and innovative designs quicker. Why have ‘same old, same old furniture when you can have something different?

Advice from real experts – When you go into a retail store you’re liable to be confronted by a salesperson who’s usually on a commission based salary. Some sales people have a tendency to push the products that earn them the best commission and not what’s best for the customer. Conversely commercial suppliers are extremely knowledgeable about their products and as such have the ability to recommend products based on customer’s needs.

It’s easier – Clearly the internet has made purchasing items easier. You can do it from the comfort of your own home, or in this case venue, and within a few clicks your order has been placed. By making sure that you purchase from a reputable and well-established company, there shouldn’t be any problems.

Wider range of choice – You know the saying, “you don’t know what you want until you see it’”well the same often goes for cafe furniture. Retail outlets don’t have large enough spaces to store every type of cafe furniture and that’s why more often than not choice is limited. Conversely most commercial suppliers are web based and can therefore offer a wider range of furniture in a plethora of colours, designs and styles – Giving you a better choice.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’re an online store with a showroom warehouse situated in the

Brendale area of Brisbane so our customers can have the best of both worlds. Contact us on 07 3205 1616 for further details, or alternatively check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au to see the wide range of commercial cafe furniture that we have all at great prices.

4 Defined Places That Are Set For Coffeeshopification In The Future

coffee shopIn a post by Stephen Gordon of the ‘Specialist’, he states that in the future everything will become a coffee shop. This might not be as far fetched as it sounds as many institutions are gradually going through a slow metamorphosis towards coffeeshopification. Here are four such places, some of which may just surprise you.

Universities

Universities the world over have been the seats of learning for many centuries and are traditionally places where would-be generals, prime ministers, and leaders of industry, learn the skills necessary to go on and set the world on fire. Part of that learning was the university lecture where the lecturer would stand up in front of a packed audience and inspire them to great things. Nowadays things have changed and the onset of the internet allows teachers to post their lectures online which means that many pupils don’t actually physically attend, instead choosing to view the lecture in a place of their choosing. One university lecturer stated that only 50% of his class attends lectures many of whom choose to watch in comfortable places where they can be with friends. The coffee shop fits the bill perfectly.

Book stores

While it’s true that many book stores already have café’s on the premises, the massive popularity of e-books means that many traditional book stores are having to re-invent themselves completely. In the future it’s easy to see how all book stores are going to become coffee shops. Conversely, given time it’s easy to see how the book store as we know it will be phased out completely and instead many book stores will primarily be coffee shops that just happen to sell books. Now that really is food for thought!

Retail stores

Online shopping has risen dramatically in the last decade especially with the invention of Amazon Prime where you can get orders delivered right to your door the very next day. In fact according to ABC news in 2014 the amount of people who did their Christmas shopping online accounted for 60% of the total $258 billion spent last year in Australia This tipped the balance of power towards online shopping vs traditional shopping for the very first time. What’s more this figure is set to grow dramatically over the next few years. Just imagine sitting in your favourite coffee shop not having to fight the crowds – and while we’re on that note, where is the most likely place that your orders will be delivered too? You’ve guessed it – the coffee shop.

The work place – again!

Where else would venture capitalists of the day frequent to strike up deals and to make money? The coffee house of course! It was only in the latter part of the 19th century when equipment became to expensive and too cumbersome, so the need for offices and workplaces grew out of necessity. Now a person can duplicate most office functions using nothing but a small lap-top. The only real need of an office nowadays is so that you have an address or base from which to work from. In the future why can’t that place that clients know where to find you be a coffee shop! Ask the thousands of freelancers who already base themselves in café’s around the world. Coffeeshopification is coming!

Whether you’re a new cafe looking to furnish your establishment or an existing cafe thinking of refurbishment, look no further than Cafe Solutions Brisbane. We sell a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture at great prices. Take a look at our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us on 07 3205 1616 for further information.

6 Items That Every Coffee Aficionado Has Just Got To Own

coffee afficionadoHave you ever wondered how you can reproduce your favourite cup of coffee house coffee in your own home? Well, with the right equipment of course! With this in mind, here’s a quick run down of the latest must have gadgets that every coffee aficionado needs.

Coffee grinder

Great coffee starts with the beans. How you mix, measure, and grind them makes a huge difference to the taste. Did you know for instance that to get the best tasting coffee, beans should be smashed and not cut. So purchasing a grinder with a carbon steel bur makes the grounds uniform to deliver a great taste.

Brewing cone

Brewing cones are fabulous if you want a great tasting coffee, any time of the day. Simply place the cone on top of your cup, fill it with grounds, pour on the water and let the magic happen.

A digital kettle

Did you know that boiling your kettle to 90°C instead of 95°C makes a huge improvement to the flavour of your coffee,so why not purchase a digital temperature controlled kettle. It gives you full control and allows you to control the temperature of your water down to a fraction of a degree.

French Press

If you love your coffee thick and full bodied then a French press or cafetière is an essential item. By suspending grounds in water it creates a sort of soup, developing a fuller bodied, intense coffee flavour.

Electronic scale

To make the perfect coffee consistently, you’ve got to be accurate with your measurements. What better way to do this than with a set of accurate electronic scales capable of registering tiny amounts.

Coffee filters

Not the sexiest tool in the coffee drinkers arsenal granted, but a necessary one at that. Filters are essential for helping you extract the full flavour from your coffee grounds, so make sure you buy quality.

So there you have it 6 of the best coffee gadgets that will help you replicate that perfect cup of coffee just like your favourite coffee house.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we can’t promise you the perfect cup of coffee but what we can promise you is affordable, quality, commercial-grade cafe furniture to enhance your coffee drinking experience. Why not check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au to see just what we have to offer. Alternatively if you can’t find what you’re looking for then call us on 07 3205 1616 and let our experienced and friendly team help.

Modern Or Traditional – Which Style Of Cafe Furniture Would You Choose?

Tolix chair and tableWalk round any cafe or bistro in Australia and you’ll find two types of furniture – traditional and modern. Yes you’ll probably see art deco, urban industrial, and indeed rustic, but to all intent and purpose they all fall within these two styles, so which one would you choose?

Bearing in mind that your cafe furniture should reflect a cohesive look throughout your cafe, unless you’re going for a wacky, eclectic look then mixing industrial style furniture with rustic wood panelling probably won’t work. Likewise adding rustic style mahogany furniture to a room with exposed brickwork and steel might look equally bad. With this in mind let’s take a closer look at both styles to give you a better idea.

Traditional

More often than not traditional furniture is normally characterised by an abundance of rich dark woods and natural surface finishes. Key materials include oak, pine, and mahogany. Traditional furniture is usually well constructed and heavy, so generally speaking, it’s built to last and goes really well with fabrics such as chintz, brocade, and jacquard. Many cafe owners prefer more traditional furniture because of its luxury appeal and the fact that this type of furniture usually transcends time. In other words, it isn’t prone to fads and fashions and will still look great in ten or twenty years from now.

A few examples of traditional style cafe furniture are;

  • Old world style English furniture (walnut or dark oak)

  • Plantation furniture (usually foldable, but has all the components of the English style)

  • Rustic style furniture such as the Bentwood chair, the Ladder-back chair or the Cabaret chair)

Modern

Modern style cafe furniture fits in very well with trendy urban areas and with good reason too. This type of furniture is usually defined by clean lines and sharp angles with little or no ornamentation. It comes in a wide range of finishes from metal to plastic and appeals to the hoards of young professionals, young families, and mobile individuals. Many are colourful and vibrant and perfectly suit equally modern establishments. Contemporary modern furniture is normally lightweight and compact making it easy to move around. However if comfort is your key driver, then traditional furniture often has the edge.

Types of modern furniture include;

  • Urban industrial style furniture such as the Tolix stool/chair

  • Moulded polypropylene furniture (plastic chairs to you and me, but they come in a huge variety of colours)

  • Mediterranean style furniture (those that contain stainless steel and beechwood)

  • Funky designs like the ribbon chair

If you’re still undecided then why not browse through our extensive range of cafe furniture by visiting www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or if you need further inspiration then contact our friendly, experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who will only be too glad to assist.