Building it yourself verses hiring professionals

Started by Brian Millar in Retail Coffee Business. Last reply by Fraser Jamieson Nov 29. 1 Reply

I'm seeing a lot of growth in my area, Vancouver Wa., just north of Portland and much of the time I see people building/remodeling their operations with little to no experience.  I see too in too many areas overall where the hired help is not…Continue

Tags: shop, coffee, own, your, Building

Economic Crunch: How Will It Affect Our Business?

Started by javaqueen in Retail Coffee Business. Last reply by Brian Millar Nov 26. 181 Replies

I would love to hear what you think the repercussions of the economy will mean to the coffee industry.I have my inclinations and will share when the discussion begins to roll.Continue

Tags: coffee+shops, small+business+owners, small+business, economics+coffee, economy+coffee

Building a Coffee Cart

Started by Tracy Gordon in Equipment & Tech. Last reply by Brian Millar Nov 26. 9 Replies

I am in the process of starting my own coffee business.  I have worked at self-contained carts before and would like my husband to build one for me instead of spending $20,000 on a manufactured one.  However, I cannot find any plans or directions on…Continue

FOR SALE: 2008 Diedrich IR-3 Coffee Roaster with Afterburner

Started by Bill G in Classifieds Nov 24. 0 Replies

I am selling a used Diedrich IR-3 Coffee Roaster and matching Afterburner made in 2008. The color is purple - hip and eye-catching for front of store. It’s a little less bright in person, compared to the photos.I purchased this from the original…Continue

12 Kilo USRC for Sale

Started by Nick Brehany in Classifieds Nov 21. 0 Replies

12 Kilo US Roaster Corp - Machine works great and comes with automation technology. Built in 2009 and used exclusively for high-quality specialty coffees.  We are the original owners and it is a great roaster, but is being sold due to the need for a…Continue

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mahlkonig ek43

Started by Robert Boyd in Barista Exchanges & Travel Nov 19. 0 Replies

I am opening a coffee shop and will have a Diedrich ir 12 roaster. What I need to know is will a mahlkonig ek43 be a good grinder to get for retail sales .Or will I need a more powerful or bigger grinder?I have a Mazzer Robur for the actual counter. Continue


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