Coffee Shop Insurance in Vermont
What is Coffee Shop Insurance?
Operating a coffee shop requires significant financial and time investments, and those investments should be protected whenever possible. One way Vermont cafe owners can protect their investments and businesses is by purchasing coffee shop insurance.
Coffee shop insurance is specialized commercial insurance that’s designed to meet the unique needs of cafes and similar businesses. These policies typically come as package policies that combine coverages, which allows them to protect against multiple risks that cafes face.
What Vermont Businesses Should Purchase Cafe Insurance?
Cafe insurance is helpful to a variety of businesses in Vermont, most of which serve beverages and lighter fare. A few examples of businesses that may want to purchase this insurance are:
- Coffee shops
- Traditional cafes
- Ethnic/cultural cafes
- Bagel shops
Businesses that are unsure whether this insurance or a different type of restaurant insurance is best for them can talk with an insurance agent who knows these policies. An agent who specializes in cafe policies will have the expertise necessary to make informed policy recommendations based on a business’ situation.
What Protections Are Available Through Cafe Insurance Policies?
There are many protections that cafe insurance policies might provide, and most policies make a number of common protections available. Some of the protections that cafes might specifically want to look for include:
- General Liability Coverage, which may protect against commonplace accidents in which patrons or venders are injured
- Product Liability Coverage, which may protect against foodborne illnesses which patrons contract from served menu items
- Commercial Umbrella Coverage, which may provide an additional layer of liability protection that covers many claims
- Building Coverage, which may protect a cafe’s facilities if the cafe owns one or more buildings
- Tenants Betterment Coverage, which may protect a cafe’s buildout if the cafe leases space
- Contents Coverage, which may protect a cafe’s smallwares, equipment, furniture and other fixtures
- Equipment Breakdown Coverage, which may project a cafe’s espresso machines and coffee makers if they stop working
In addition to these, cafes might also need commercial auto coverage and/or liquor liability coverage. Commercial auto is normally required if a cafe has a vehicle, such as a delivery van or food truck. Liquor liability coverage is usually required if a cafe serves adult beverages, for most other coverages exclude incidents involving intoxicated patrons.
Can Cafes Get Workers Compensation Coverage Through Cafe Policies?
Most cafes have to purchase workers' compensation because they have employees. The coverage generally provides payments for some lost wages and medical costs in the event of a covered workplace injury.
While workers' compensation is readily available, it’s not always purchased as part of cafe policies. Some policies might offer it, but most leave cafe owners to get workers' compensation through a standalone policy that provides just one coverage. In either case, an insurance agent who assists with cafe policies can also help with workers' compensation.
How Much Are Premiums for Cafe Insurance Policies?
Cafe policies tend to be quite affordable, although their premiums do vary. Some of the specifics that could impact how much a cafe pays for coverage include:
- Location and square footage of space
- Number of customers served and/or annual sales revenues
- Menu items served (e.g. whether alcohol is offered)
- Past claims history and coverages selected
How Can Vermont Coffee SHops Get Good Coffee Shop Insurance?
For assistance with insuring a coffee shop that’s in Vermont, contact us at T.S. Peck Insurance. Our agents are well-versed in these policies and have the expertise needed to help you find the right policy for your cafe. Because we’re independent of any one insurer, you can trust us to recommend the best coffee shop insurance policy irrespective of what company offers it.