#iPledge - Coffee Shops
Coffee shops have become an essential high street staple and have been much-missed during lockdowns. Buy in the Bay catches up with Coffee Lab’s Marie Martin to see what has been keeping her busy since the latest government guidelines shut them down along with thousands of others across the country.
Tell us about Coffee Lab
The Coffee Shop is a family run business dedicated to fresh homemade food- every soup, cake, meal is hand made on the premises. We have a full breakfast and lunch menu which is available 7 days a week and have daily specials. Our Coffee is supplied from a local Kent Company and is freshly ground on the premises, we sell Real Melt Hot chocolates with six different flavours including a vegan option, we also sell over 10 different Teapig Teas which is sustainably sourced and the packaging is 100% plant based plastic free.
We use recyclable, biodegradable cups, straws and takeaway pots. And hold a 5-star hygiene rating. We cater for Vegan and Gluten Free Customers and also make celebratory Cakes upon request.
Why did you choose Herne Bay?
We chose Herne Bay for The Coffee Lab as I lived in Herne Bay for two years and my family still do. I've also worked locally for the past six years. I'm very fond of the town and still have friends locally.
What has been keeping you busy during lockdown?
During lockdown I have been home schooling three young children so look forward to return to work for a rest! We have also been taking orders for birthday/celebratory cakes for customers and delivering locally. I've also been making vegan sausage rolls for clients and food orders for home celebrations.
How will you keep your customers safe when you reopen?
We are dedicated to protecting our customers which is why we have chosen to not open with takeaway service whilst the infection rate is so high. We have already implanted many processes including - screens, Removal of tables, sanitation stations, track and trace and masks. We have also stripped back the shop removing all unnecessary decorations and clutter to insure it can be kept spotlessly clean, we have front and back doors which are kept open to help clean airflow.
What are you looking forward to after lockdown?
After lockdown we are looking forward to welcoming back our lovely customers, The Coffee Lab is not just a pop in coffee shop it has a real sense of community and our customers are more like friends.
How can customers support you right now?
Customers can support our business by considering purchasing gift vouchers as gifts for friends and family to be used once we are open, but mainly just returning once they can.