Start up equipment


New member
Jan 20, 2006
Two Mississippi girls need advice on exactly what pieces of equipment we need to plan on buying for a first-time coffee/tea/smoothie shop. Anybody know where I could view a list or a shop layout? We are not interested in a franchise - just a little partnership venture we want to do. We want to do about 50/50 coffee/smoothies because we are located very near a lake and semi-resort type area.


New member
Dec 4, 2005
New York
basic list: these prices are approx

espresso machine $4000
ice machine $2000
shelving $1000
fridge large $ 800
small fridge $200
3 bay sink $600
blenders 2 $900 these are free with a product program from a smoothie company.

brewing equipment free
retail drink cooler free

hope this gives you some direction


New member
Oct 18, 2004
Portland, OR
Hi Girls,

Here is a little more detailed list of things to consider. This does not include the furnishing expenses, etc. Wish you the best of luck with your new venture.

espresso machine
2 espresso grinders
airpot or satelite coffee brewer
bulk bean grinder
pastry case, dual zone
microwave oven
2 commercial blenders
upright refrigerator 2 door
upright freezer 1 door
hand wash sinks, wall mount & drop in
blender rinse sink
3 compartment sink
mop sink w/ faucet
digital scale (if selling whole bean coffee)
storage racks/shelves/prep table
cup dispensers
water purification system
ice holding bin, drop in
ice cube maker with holding bin
2, 2 door undercounter refrigerators
1, 1 door undercounter refrigerator
small wares ...

- Matt Milletto


New member
Dec 4, 2005
New York
very nice complete list, I was just trying to give them a $10,000 list to get started rather thatn a $30,000 it all comes down to how much money you have how much money you have. $$$$$


New member
Apr 26, 2006
Where to buy equipment

Hi, In regards to the original post, is there a magazine or catalog where we can get pricing of equipment or at least an estimate of cost for the equipment?

Coffee Guy

New member
Oct 19, 2003
Seattle,Washington USA
All great lists and fairly complete...But as M.C. states it all depends on how deep your pockets are. Especially being your first time out. Let your customers decide what percentage of sales will be coffee, smoothies, teas, etc. Sit down and pencil out the things you think you will need to start out with. As you start to grow and if the business supports it, then begin purchasing additional equipment as needed. At the very least contact your local health department and obtain a package from them to see what they require. Some of the stuff may be listed there for you :wink: