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Years After Opening Shop, Do You Still Have A Business Plan?

A clear plan of action is crucial when starting your business. It helps you pencil out your possibilities for profit, get financing, and determine as best you can if your goals are attainable. But after you’ve been making killer cappuccinos and stocking fresh pastries for a few years—or 10—your business plan is probably collecting dust […]

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When Coffee Prices Spike, Do You Rise To The Occasion?

  Is the law of supply and demand as strong as the force of gravity? Sometimes it seems like it, but gravity is easier to deal with. Supply and demand is far less predictable than the fact that if you throw a ball in the air, it will hit the ground a few seconds later. […]

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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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Grapes, Grounds and a Girl

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Q-Grading in Sydney

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Tips From Tracy

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, […]

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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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SCAA Welcomes 2015 Board President, Tracy Allen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Tara Smith for SCAA Phone: (562) 624-4100 Email: [email protected] The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), a non-profit trade organization and world leader in coffee knowledge development, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Allen, CEO of Brewed Behavior, as the President of the Board of Directors effective May 1, […]

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Podcast: Brewing a Better Coffee Industry

Tracy Allen recently spoke with Sustainacast’s Mick Dunn about how the coffee industry is being designed to benefit small farmers, small communities and top quality — all while meeting the demands of big consumer brands. (Phew!) You can listen here.    

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The Burr Grinder: Eliminating Intimidation

We recently produced a short video to show consumers just how easy it is to use a burr grinder. View it below. Since your customers should be purchasing whole beans to get the best from your coffee, why not share with them the upside — and short learning curve – of grinding it to perfection […]

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