This will be the second time I've posted in this category. The first time didn't quite go totally as I'd hoped, and since I really don't need to be ripped yet another new @$$hole, I'll try to make sure I word this very, very specifically.
As mentioned before, I would like to open a coffee shop of my own. I have put some feelers out already as to what are some possible steps one could take in undertaking what will surely be a very difficult, arduous but potentially worthwhile task. I was just wondering what data my fellow BXers could add to the equation.
I am motivated by a couple of very personal events that have happened in the last year. I gained a child and lost my father. Both events have made me take stock of my life and realize that life itself is precious. The opening of a shop is not something I even expect to be lucrative. I do expect, however, for it to be worth my while, kind of a personal legacy if you will.
If previous comments conveyed a sense of "amateur-ity" then I sincerely apologize. My intent was not to belittle the previous contributions made to this website. I know that we are all here because we all love what we do. The other day, two customers came into the shop I work at here in Sweden and were utterly surprised when I said that I loved my job. They'd been around the city asking various people that very question and I was the first person that answered positively. That's because it was true. I love making coffee. I love seeing people's face light up when they taste a beverage that I've made them. I love knowing the regulars by names (or at least faces) and having their drinks ready for them by the time they get to the counter.
As far as the coffee itself, well that's a whole other aspect. I love that such a little cup can contain so many surprises. I love the way that depending on just the tiniest of variables (grind size, dosing techniques, CLEANLINESS) each shot of espresso can totally blow your mind...or make you want to spit it out. I love the way coffee sourced from one part of the world can cause one reaction in your mouth while coffees from the other side of the globe can cause a completely different reaction. I love that coffee can simultaneously taste like fruit, nuts and candy. I love that folks here in Sweden have their coffee preferences but folks back home in America have their own (for the record all Swedes think American coffee is "weak." The fact is we just like to be able to taste it!)
Why go on and on about this? Because coffee makes me feel good and I want to share that feeling with everyone. Making coffee gives me a sense of purpose topped only by hearing my daughter yell out "Papa!" Opening a shop means more to me than hopping onto a trend. It's the only way I could think of that would combine passion and purpose.
It's not something I want to do but rather something I HAVE to do.
The thing is, all the passion in the world don't mean diddly squat if there's not a solid plan behind it. I know that's what many of you were merely trying to convey. Well don't think that I don't already know that. That's why I came here. For input. Not to be coddled. Not for my hand to be held. Not to be told, "yes you can." I know that Barista Exchange can be a vast well of information but is not the ONLY source. I never expected to find all the answers I needed here by any stretch of the imagination. Nor did I expect you all to tell me exactly the steps to take to accomplish such a task. What I sought was merely information, ideas and input that I could process and figure out which options might be worth pursuing. That's all.