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Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Technical Report

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Technical Report   Nitro cold brew coffee can be made multiple ways and has specific requirements to make it great. Here is an awesome technical note from Matthew R. Hartings. The article gives a thorough explanation of how to prepare it in a shop along with some ways to create variation […]

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Assembling Your Financial Team

  When do you need an accountant, CPA, or bookkeeper? And for that matter, a payroll service? Have you taken the DIY approach to accounting and legal matters for your café? Or do you have a bookkeeper—the cheapest one you could find? These approaches might be saving you money, but probably not. You might in […]

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Are You Prepared For The Worst?

  Don’t lose your business to power outage, fire, earthquake or other disaster. In the months following Hurricane Sandy, an entire region struggled to get back on its feet. The lost lives and razed neighborhoods are the most tragic result of the storm’s wake, but its continued toll includes an estimated $25 billion in lost […]

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Rewarding (And Retaining!) Your Staff

  Creating a roadmap for your business requires a solid grasp of where you want it to go—and an equally solid handle on reality. In the United States, a lot of people are still anticipating the return of economic “norms” as we once knew them. In speaking with people in my own back yard, it […]

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What’s Your Name Again? Tips for naming—or renaming—your business

  Naming a business can be about as nerve wracking as naming a child—maybe more so. There’s no new-business name that can be handed down from an admired grandparent, or a favorite Survivor cast member or pop star to tie your professional identity to. Your business is all you, asking the world to like you […]

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It’s all about value: Wholesaling true specialty coffee

The phrase “selling specialty coffee” is often used interchangeably with “being in the wholesale coffee business.” But clearly there is a difference. One that sells specialty coffee sells a value, supports a lifestyle, and improves lives. Whereas others, well they simply offer a commodity based on price, and clearly, that’s not selling specialty making it […]

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Start-Up Financing: What Are Your Options

Have you ever seen that commercial, with the guy in the smart glasses on the steps of Congress, telling you there’s free money in Washington for the taking if you want to start a business? Well, it’s not exactly a lie, but it’s a pipedream. I don’t know everything, but over the last 30 years […]

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Selling Value.

The phrase “selling specialty coffee” is often used interchangeably with “being in the wholesale coffee business”.  Clearly there is a difference. One that sells specialty coffee sells a value, supports a lifestyle, and improves lives. Whereas others, well they simply offer a commodity based on price, and technically, that’s not selling and it’s best saved […]

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So You Want to Own Your Own Coffee Business?

So You Want to Own Your Own Coffee Business? You’ll need to do some homework. (But you knew that, right?) There are a lot of people in coffee who’d like to make their own business a reality. A trend is bubbling up, one that might lead to more roaster-retailers opening in both hot and untapped […]

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Barista Magazine Article: To Tip or Not To Tip?

Tracy Allen’s latest Cashbox column, as published in the August/September 2015 issue of Barista Magazine:  To Tip or Not to Tip The emerging U.S. trend toward eliminating tipping while paying baristas a higher hourly wage is gaining traction. Andrew and Amanda Kopplin opened Kopplin’s Coffee in St. Paul, Minnesota eight years ago. As sole owners, they make […]

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