Best place to buy custom mugs?

Started by trimhound in Retail Coffee Business. Last reply by nick placakis yesterday. 7 Replies

I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the vendors of custom coffee mugs and was wondering if anyone has experience with a particular website/retailer they'd recommend?  I'm looking to buy some high end mugs and a lot of the sites seem to peddle what appears to be pretty cheap stuff. I've got one of these Stumptown mugs ( I really like and would love to make one up with my logo.  This…Continue

How to get your foot in the door to become a commercial roaster?

Started by Joshua Dittmer in Coffee & Roasting. Last reply by JT Peifer on Monday. 6 Replies

I know what everyone is thinking..... great, another barista kid who "wants to be a roaster" but seriously, what advice can you guys give me on how to start down this path and try to make a career in specialty coffee. I'm a barista by trade and an absolute geek, , but I unfortunately work for a specialty coffee retailer, (we use Toby's estate) not directly for the roaster. I imagine that if I worked directly for a roaster I could volunteer and do a lot of free work and training in the warehouse…Continue

Tags: coffee, production, roasting


Started by Meno Fernandez in Coffee & Roasting. Last reply by JT Peifer on Monday. 10 Replies

Hey guys,I recently opened up a shop and for the first three months not too bad! I havn't been active in discussions prior to this. So I want to say thanks! Everyone who has started a discussion has really answered some stressing questions for me. It's tough being new to a community but these boards really bailed me out. so thanks again. okayyyyI own a shop and I want to learn how to roast. I don't have a lot of time since I'm at the shop. I wish I could visit roasters but not in the cards…Continue

Power outages while roasting coffee...

Started by Melissa in Coffee & Roasting. Last reply by JT Peifer on Monday. 3 Replies

Can anyone recommend a back-up generator or other source of quick power to pull from in the case of a power outage while roasting?  We are currently roasting on a Diedrich IR-12 and experienced a couple of scary moments this past winter where we had to mechanically pull the gear chain in the back of the machine in order to immediately get the coffee out of the hot drum. Thanks for any info or advice!Continue

Tags: coffee, roasting, while, outages, power


Started by V lawhead in Barista Exchanges & Travel. Last reply by JT Peifer on Monday. 1 Reply

Why should coffee sleeves cause us so many issues?!We have decided to use a logo self-inking stamp on our sleeves....actually looks pretty good, EXCEPT, we need some sleeves that are smooth on the outside to receive the stamp/ink!Would love the corrugated (inside) variety.....anyone have a brand they love?Of course I saw the perfect variety in a small cafe in Alaska recently....the owner wasn't around to ask! If you know a brand that would hold the ink stamp well, let me know! Continue

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Started by Eryn Gracie in Espresso. Last reply by Matias Zeledon on Saturday. 2 Replies

Are Cortados supposed to have foam? I was taught to hold the foam back when making them, but lately i see a lot of my coworkers serving them with a generous amount of foam.


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"Hi Joshua, I was in a similar situation of wanting to scale up from home to the big(ger) times. I started selling home roasts to friends (Behmor) and was able to work all over the industry (growing, roasting, barista, manager). Recently I completed…"
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