Fall Flavors

Fall Flavors Your Bakery & Cafe Needs This Season

When Autumn comes around with it’s cool crisp air and it gorgeous red, orange, and yellow leaves, people can’t help but feel inspired to indulge in the flavors of fall. Of course, it’s your job as a bakery or a cafe owner to supply the flavors of the season. Incorporating these in your menu will boost your sales, give you a competitive edge and leave your customers feeling more than satisfied. We compiled a list of these flavors for your convenience.

Sweets, Coffee, Tea & Spices

Whether you're baking, cooking or brewing, you cannot go wrong when incorporating the following flavors into your menu!

  • Salted Caramel
  • Butterscotch
  • Maple
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
    Coffee & Tea’s
  • Coffee
  • Chai
  • Earl Grey
  • English Breakfast
  • Spiced Ciders
  • Ginger
  • Fennel
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Cheeses Perfect for Autumn

Just as produce has seasons, so do cheeses. This is determined by the diet of milk giving animals. For example, summertime heralds a time of grassy, floral flavors. In the colder seasons animals are fed heartier grass or grains which produces a more nutty, wheaty flavor. In general cheeses like cheddar and gouda are perfect for the season. However we’ve gone a step further and provided more specific recommendations for this category.

  • Rogue River Blue
  • Rush Creek Reserve
  • Cato Corner Hooligan
  • Cabot Clothbound Cheddar

Fruits & Vegetables You’ll Fall For

The Autumn harvest brings a bountiful amount of delicious produce to the season. With all of these healthy options, it nearly seems like there is an unlimited amount of possibilities for you to cater to your customers!

    Fruits & Vegetables
  • Figs
  • Pomegranates
  • Cranberries
  • Apricot
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Persimmons
  • Butternut Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Brussel Sprouts

Further Useful Information for Your Bakery & Cafe

We hope that this article has been of benefit for you. We‘ve been helping small businesses succeed since 2004 and provide them a variety of resources. To check out more helpful tools and tricks, check out our industry page for your business to see how you can continue to grow your business and reach your optimal potential.

Portion control | Inventory and Item Cost Management with Recipes

This video covers a feature used by restaurants, as well as butchers and locations that need to build costs for items that they sell. If an item you sell, is comprised of several items that you buy, this is a great option for you.

As you can see the cost controls of this feature allow you track the usage of your underlying items, track their inventory and stop doing all the guess work. Know for sure, and know how to ensure your products are properly managed, there is no theft or waste that has gone unaccounted for.

How to make it happen: inputing recipes can take some work

We suggest you dedicate an hour or more of your time time on your schedule to list out the items you purchase into excel, then import all the products into the POS. This way you can have anyone work on getting your list of items together, make a column for the name, the cost the count, the vendor and the category. You can then spend the time after that making the recipes for groups of items, or for individual items. This will not affect your business on the sales side, it help your analysis however once you get your recipes input.

How to Increase Your Coffee Shop Sales this Halloween

Halloween is a great holiday that your coffee shop can capitalize on. Each year brings a renewed sense of excitement for the holiday and eagerness to join in on the limited time festivities. It also gives you a chance to share something new and exciting for your loyal customers; and even draw in some new ones. We’ve put together some fun tips and promotional ideas to help inspire you to get your coffee shop in the halloween spirit!

Creating a Halloween Menu for Your Coffee Shop: Frighteningly Delicious Drinks

Nothing is more exciting to coffee and tea lovers than the specialty drink options that pop up around the holidays. Usually these drinks are more expensive, though nobody seems to mind since they’re special. Be sure to place these options at the top of your menu list or on your “daily special” board outside to draw people in. Promoting them on your online platforms is essential as well.

Specialty Coffee Options:

The Witches Brew

  • Apple Syrup
  • Whole Milk
  • Espresso
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Whip Cream & Caramel Sauce.

Black Magic

  • Strong Espresso
  • Dark Chocolate Syrup
  • Milk & Cocoa Powder.

Jack-O-Lantern Spice

  • Espresso,
  • Vanilla Syrup,
  • Milk, Pumpkin Syrup,
  • Whip Cream & Pumpkin Spice.

White Chocolate Ghost

  • White Chocolate Sauce
  • Espresso,
  • Milk
  • Whip Cream & White Chocolate Chips.

The Franken Chip

  • Espresso,
  • Half & Half,
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Syrup
  • Whip Cream & Mint Chocolate Chips.

Zombie Apocalypse

  • Raspberry Syrup
  • White Chocolate Milk
  • Espresso
  • Whip Cream & Dark Chocolate Drizzle.

Monster Macadamia

  • Macadamia Nut Syrup
  • Milk & Espresso.

Specialty Tea Options:

A Vampire’s Kiss

  • Blood Orange Tea & Raspberry Syrup.

Poison Apple Tea

  • Brewed Apple-Cranberry Tea & Apple Syrup.

Preparing Your Coffee Shop for Halloween: Adding a Few Creepy Decorations

While it’s unnecessary to completely transform your coffee shop into a haunted house, adding a few touches is a great way to engage your customers with the holiday. Add some cute halloween images on your menu board: spiders, ghosts, bats, witch hats, etc. Order some halloween themed stirring sticks or stickers to your drinks. If your coffee shop has board games or books, (which is becoming very popular by the way) be sure to stock some Halloween board games or ghost stories to your collection. These little touches will be much appreciated and won’t go unnoticed.

Promote a Halloween Happy Hour & a Trick or Treat Special

Create a Halloween Happy Hour for your shop that is different than your usual Happy Hour specials (if you have one). You can schedule this for a time where you are usually slower and provide a discount on your drinks.

Another great idea would be promoting a Trick or Treat Special. When a customer purchases a beverage they can select either a free treat of your choice or get a trick, which would be a discount they can use at your shop at a later date. This incentives customers to come back again. Customers will be thoroughly pleased with this creative promotion!

Find out More Coffee Shop Tips for Your Business

We hope that this article has been of benefit for you. We‘ve been helping small businesses succeed since 2004 and provide them a variety of resources. To check out more helpful tools and tricks, check out our industry page for your business to see how you can continue to grow your business and reach your optimal potential.

Data Protection for Your Point of Sale System

This is a three part series of data and system protection. It's goal is to make you a bit more aware of how to ensure your system is running consistently and how to recover from errors such as corrupt date, virus's and hardware failure.

In this first part we'll focus on data backup.

The Basics about Point of Sale Backup

CCS's primary data backup is in c:\backups of your primary computer. In order to ensure that the data is backed up daily when you close your day, you should close the day from your primary computer, or you should use another backup software to backup the system.

You may use our remote backup software, so that's important to understand that it's running and that you periodically check with us. If someone uninstalls it or if the software is stopped, we won't know. We only know when there is a transmission failure or the software alerts us itself. So it's good to set a schedule to check with us regarding the data backup.

Finally, you can also use some free applications like sqlbackupandftp to generate your own scheduled backup service to local backup drives. You can also use some software to backup to dropbox, google drive and other online services. All of these are very cost effective.

So we just want to stress to you, it's important to schedule yourself to check on your backups, and make sure that you have a backup located not on the computer itself, you can email backups, you can copy them to a usb drive. There are multiple options.

If you want more tech spec's on the backup services, please check out this page: http://cafecartel.com/kb/doku.php?id=guides:maintenance:start:back_up

If you have any questions, please let us know. We'll be here to help.

Reviewing your Virus plan.

Reviewing your Virus plan. Protect from ransomware for your Point of Sale Systems

This is part 2 in our discussion of system management and data security.

Newer virus's pose a greater threat than older ones. Previously, if you received a virus, it might freeze your computer, or slow it down, or pop up a bunch of adds you didn't like.

It might have even been worse, for your operating system might not have been able to boot up.

Ransom ware is the new threat you can't ignore

At this point, if you use your point of sale for anything other than POS you are in danger of being high jacked by something worse than a normal virus you are used to. 93% of phishing emails are centered around ransomware. Websites, and other ways to receive viruses are now focusing more on ransomware. Ransomware puts a stranglehold on your operations if you don't have protection plan.

If you think a virus scanner will save you, then you might want to ride Titanic II

You should have four things to protect you against Ransomeware:

The only way to avoid the pitfalls of viruses are the following things.

  • Virus Plan - Though it's not 100 percent going to ensure your success, it will prevent most attacks, it will provide a high level of security, and it's required for PCI Compliance.
  • Backup Plan - Make sure you store your data on a protected source, separate from the impingement that your computers can attack. Just because you have a backup file, doesn't mean it's safe.
  • Get off XP Pro or XP 2009 - If you are using an older operating system, get off it now, these kinds of attacks will dramatically increase over time and they will first do so on older systems.
  • Redundancy - have more than one POS System. Not only is this a good idea for your business, but if your POS System is down, you can't run your business. A ransomware attack means you'll need to resolve that prior to using the computer