Cafe & Diner Glassware Guide

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Choosing Beverage Glasses for Your Diner or Cafe

Having enough glassware throughout the day is crucial for any foodservice operation. Without beverage glasses, juice glasses and coffee mugs, the proper meal cannot be served. A significant portion of restaurant profits come from beverages. Pick the glasses designed to maximize your beverage service. For small cafés and diners, you won’t need nearly as many types of glasses as you would in a bar or a formal restaurant. Always cover your bases first, and be sure to have plenty of your most used glassware.

Water Glasses

water glasses
These 8-10 ounce glasses are necessary for serving water. You can choose any type of beverage glass you like. You can choose from simple straight sided glasses, paneled glasses or specialty glasses.

All-Purpose Beverage Glasses

beverage glasses
These glasses are great for holding main beverages. We recommend using a beverage glass that holds more than your water glass. You can choose between stemmed and stemless glasses.

Coffee Glasses

coffee glasses
If your café or diner serves coffee, consider using coffee glasses. These decorative glasses are great for holding and serving coffee, lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.

Coffee Mugs

coffee mugs
If you prefer ceramic or porcelain mugs to coffee glasses, check out our ceramic coffee mugs. They come in various capacities and sizes. Consider picking mugs that will match your dinnerware patterns.

Juice Glasses

juice glasses
When serving juice at breakfast or brunch, use a juice glass instead of a water glass. A lot of times, people do not drink juice as heavily as they would water or iced tea. These juice glasses are smaller and therefore reduce the risk of wasting juice, thus saving you money.

How Much Glassware to Keep on Hand

Below is a recommendation of how many glasses to keep on hand in your café or diner.

For Serving Casual Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Items100 Seats
5 oz. Juice12 dozen
10 oz. Water24 dozen
12 oz. Beverage
(Iced tea, lemonade, soda, etc)
12 dozen

For Serving Casual Dinner with Wine Service

Items100 Seats
5 oz. Juice12 dozen
10 oz. Water24 dozen
12 oz. Beverage
(Iced tea, lemonade, soda, etc)
12 dozen
Coffee Glasses or Mugs12 dozen
Wine Glasses
(Red or White)
12 dozen
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