Everyone loves coffee, so coffee shops tend to be really popular. That is why you get to cater to an endless supply of customers in Idle Coffee Corp! This brand new idle tycoon game from BoomBit, the company behind a number of successful mobile titles such as Darts Club and Tanks A Lot, lets you manage your own chain of coffee shops, with branches located around the world. You will need to serve different kinds of coffee, hire baristas, find good store managers, and upgrade your shops. The more money you make, the more sophisticated your coffee shops become.
Of course, that also means things will get even more hectic. Dozens of customers will pour in, and you have to make sure you serve their favorites. You also have to make sure your baristas are skilled enough to serve all customers before they run out of patience! There’s a lot of things to do in the game, so be sure to read our Idle Coffee Corp beginner’s guide for tips, cheats and strategies to boost your earnings!
1. Hire And Upgrade Managers
Each shop needs to have a manager. The tutorial in Idle Coffee Corp will walk you through hiring the first one, so you will have a manager for sure. For subsequent branches, however, it’s easy to forget to hire one. Keep in mind that the money will just sit on the counter if there is no manager to collect it. That means you earn nothing without a manager. Make sure you hire one and upgrade him often. Upgrading managers will increase their walk time, loading time, and capacity. That means they collect money faster, giving you access to earnings right away.
You will also notice a Manager Boost button on the left side of the screen. This is an ad offer that gives your manager a 300% speed boost in exchange for watching a video. This boost is always available but is separate for each store. That means you have to watch one video per location that you have. Keep this boost active as much as you can in order to maximize your earnings.
2. Unlock New Coffee Types
When you look at the board behind the baristas, you will see the types of coffee your shop currently serves. Tap on one that has a padlock on it to unlock a new type of coffee. New coffee types usually sell for higher prices, allowing you to earn even more. Don’t forget to unlock new stations as well, so you will be able to sell different types of coffee at the same time.
3. Don’t Forget About Research
Once you have unlocked a coffee type in Idle Coffee Corp, you will be able to upgrade its star rating through research. Research costs cash and takes time. The higher the star rating, the longer the research will take. For example, one star takes 30 minutes to research, two stars takes 1 hour, and three stars takes 4 hours. The good news is that you can watch a video advertisement to knock off 30 minutes from the wait time. You can even watch multiple ads in a row in order to continuously remove 30 minutes until the research is complete. That means you can watch eight ads in a row to quickly complete the 4-hour research time of a three-star drink.
4. Optimize Your Earnings
At the top right section of your screen, you will notice a meter with a needle on it. When the needle points all the way to the right, that means your earnings are optimized and you get a 20% bonus. To optimize your earnings, you need to make sure you serve every type of coffee you have unlocked. You should also assign the most expensive coffee to the most profitable station.
Here is where things get a little tricky. Just because a station has the highest level does not mean it is the most profitable. You will notice that the upgrade cost of newer stations is higher than old ones. That’s because newer stations actually earn more than old ones even if their level is significantly lower.
You should also pay attention to the individual price of the coffee you serve. The newest coffee type you unlock isn’t always the most expensive. That’s because prices are also affected by star ratings and card boosts. Some older coffee types could end up being more expensive because of the boosts they receive from existing cards.
5. Cards For Coffee
Cards are boosters for your coffee. They increase the price of specific coffee types in each branch. To get a card, you need to open card boxes. You can do so by tapping on the blue icon at the top left section of your screen. Tap on the Boxes tab to view the different types of card boxes you can open. You get one free box per day and it contains three cards. You can also spend 25 gold bars to open a box. Finally, you can spend cash to open more boxes but the price for each additional box goes up exponentially. Keep collecting new cards in order to boost your sales.
When you get a duplicate card, don’t worry. Duplicates are actually needed to level up cards. You will see a red exclamation mark on the Collection tab of the card menu if a card can be upgraded. Make sure you always upgrade your cards as soon as you have enough duplicates because they significantly increase the effect of each card.
6. Boost Your Sales
Aside from the manager boost, you will also see a sales boost button on the left side. When you tap on it, you will get a menu that allows you to double your earnings for 4 hours in exchange for watching a video advertisement. You can stack this effect multiple times up to a maximum of 20 hours. That means you just need to watch five ads in a row, and you will have a long-term boost for your earnings. Make sure you always have this boost active, especially before you log off for the day.
7. Double Your Offline Earnings
While we are on the subject of doubling money, any idle game veteran should know that the game continues to earn even while offline. When you log back into Idle Coffee Corp, you will be given the option to double all your offline earnings by watching yet another ad. Keep in mind that you have to be connected to the internet for this to work. If you forget to connect, you will see a “Video Loading” message on the button for the ad offer. You can still quickly connect your device to the internet at this point in order to take advantage of the bonus.
The offline earnings ad offer is available for each branch that you have. In fact, you get this offer every time you switch between your shops. Make sure you go through all your branches when you log in for the first time each day. Watch an ad in each branch and double the earnings of your entire empire.
8. When To Prestige
Prestige is the feature of the game where you can wipe out all your progress in exchange for Golden Beans as well as permanent sales multipliers. You can use Golden Beans to unlock and upgrade Epic Baristas. It is a good idea to Prestige only if you will be earning enough Golden Beans to unlock or upgrade an Epic Barista. The number of beans you earn per Prestige depends on your base earnings, card bonuses, and Achievement bonuses.
Take note that Prestige is also independent with each shop. Even if you Prestige in New York, your progress in other branches will remain unchanged. That also means the Golden Beans you earned from one shop cannot be used to unlock Epic Baristas in another.
9. Know Your Baristas
When you unlock an Epic Barista, he will be in charge of a random station in your shop. If your Epic Barista isn’t showing up, you may need to unlock a new station. You need to pay attention to each Epic Barista because they all have favorite drinks. When an Epic Barista is assigned to make his favorite drink, the price of that coffee will receive a significant boost. Make sure you take advantage of this by checking what each barista likes to make and assign that coffee type accordingly.
10. Claim Your Free Gold
Gold is the premium currency of the game. You can use it to speed up research times, purchase more cash, or unlock card boxes. The best use for it, however, is unlocking card boxes since those are permanent boosts to your earnings. You can get 5 gold for free every 4 hours. After claiming the 5 gold, you can watch a video advertisement to claim another 5. Try to claim the gold as soon as the 4-hour wait time is done, so you don’t miss out on any free gold.
11. Check Your Completed Achievements
At the top left of your screen is and orange icon with a medal on it. This is where you will find the list of Achievements available in Idle Coffee Corp. Each Achievement you complete will reward you with gold. The more difficult the Achievement, the more gold you earn. You will see an exclamation mark on the orange icon if you have rewards waiting for you. Claim your gold rewards right away, so you can open up some more card boxes.
12. Play Actively When You Can
If you want to boost your earnings further, you can spawn more customers by tapping on the door on the far left of your shop. When you have enough customers, you can then go to each station to help the baristas by tapping on the people lined up. This will instantly serve coffee to the people in the line. Don’t worry if you accidentally tap too much on the door and end up with too many customers. Excess customers will get upset and leave, but you don’t really lose anything when they walk out.
Running a coffee empire isn’t easy, but with the help of our Idle Coffee Corp tips, cheats and strategies, you will be earning billions in no time! In case you know additional tips or tricks, feel free to share them with us in the comment area!