You can mint money when you own a coffee shop or even have a strategically placed coffee machine in London. This is due to the fact that there is a demand for coffee regardless of the weather. Most people realize that placing a coffee machine just outside restrooms or in the lounge of a hotel ensures regular off take. However, few enough realize the business potential of placing one in the lobby of a large residential society or of a multi-storied building where you have offices, commercial outlets and private residences.
There would be all kinds of people visiting them and quite a few of them would be appreciative of a steaming, fragrant cup of coffee. Depending on the prospective customer profile, you would need to decide whether to set up the kind of machine which brews a fresh cup of coffee from beans or the kind which uses instant products. Your best bet is to opt for the kind of vending machine in London which will dispense a variety of products. Depending upon your location, you would want to take a call on whether you want to stock only snacks and various kinds of candies and confectionery or which kinds of drinks and beverages you want to stock.
Of course, your budget would dictate the kind of vending machine you would want. This is because there is a significant price differential in a vending machine which can dispense only 5-6 kinds of products and the kind of machine which can vend up to as many as 30 products. The machines which dispense only snacks or only cold drinks will be more affordable than the combo ones which will vend both snacks and drinks. If you are placing your vending machine in an educational institution, a combo machine would be your preferred option, since the probability of it recovering its initial outlay quickly will be high. Teachers and students alike need refreshments.
You could also look at options like rental or leasing, if you are uncertain of how much this business will recover initial costs or how fast. Your location will dictate the product mix which fetch you the maximum returns. For example, if you are placing it in or near a gym, then you should stock only healthy snack and/or drink options. Energy drinks, fruit juices, fruit chunks or slices, vegetable juices, yogurt, trail mixes would be some of the preferred options.