James "Cosmo" Cramer
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  • Tucson, Arizona
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Picking a Roasting Machine for my shop

Started this discussion. Last reply by James "Cosmo" Cramer Oct 24, 2011. 8 Replies

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Cosmo's Espresso Coffee & Tea LLC

Profile Information

What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Tucson, AZ
How many years have you been in the industry?
Started in the industry February 2007
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I purchased an Espresso Bar in February 2008, and am now researching what my next step in the coffee industry will be.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I love to travel so I am interested in most of the coffee growing regions of the world
About Me:
Prior to getting into coffee I was a Global Performance Manager for Intuit, the makers of Quicken and Quickbooks. I coached and developed people in the US, India and the Philippines. I have always enjoyed coffee and the time I have spent with Baristas and thought it would be a good industry to be involved in.
About My Company:
We have just completed our second full year in business and it is time to grow. This year I am investigating the costs etc of building a new location that will provide enough space for an full service espresso coffee and tea counter with drive through and space for roasting. It should be fun if you are a vendor that can help me achieve that goal I would love to hear from you.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Great People drink great Espresso, Coffee and Tea!
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How does your Business Care and Give Back?

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 9:54pm 2 Comments

I own a small Espresso Bar and I try to partner with my customers to provide Money, Time and Coffee to Non Profits here in Tucson, what kind of things do you do with your businesses to show you Care and Give Back?

After hours power outage notification system

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

Does any one know of or have a recommendation for some type of alarm or notification system that will let you know if there was a power outage and its duration? Last night we had a power outage and it got me thinking about how I would know if my shop experienced one as well. Thanks in advance for any recommendations or suggestions.

Tips for a Cure, Contributing to Race for a Cure to Breast Cancer

Posted on March 15, 2008 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

So, I had my first fund raiser at my little coffee bar, I challenged my customers to raise money for the Race for a Cure, to cure breast cancer. I matched the first $100 dollars of tips raised we raised a total of $233.00. It was an easy way to give back as well as a great way to connect with my customers. Many of them came up and told me their stories and thanked me for doing a little bit to build awareness and to give back to the community.

On a side note the event also increased… Continue

Point of Sale system

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 10:01pm 11 Comments


I need to purchase a POS system in the next few months and I can use some advice. My former employer Intuit has a system that interfaces with QuickBooks however I am concerned that it may not support my coffee shop very well. I…


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At 3:39am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
My name is miss angela desmond i saw your profile today and became interested in
you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my
email address so i can give you my picture, for you to know whom i am.
Here is my email address( ( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
At 3:47pm on July 12, 2009, Sheila said…
I'm looking to connect with other coffee geeks in Tucson. I would love to get togther for discussions, cupping, etc. If interested, contact me? By the way, what coffee shop/business do you own?
At 3:27pm on March 31, 2009, Jason Calhoon said…
Let me know I know of one unit for sale and maybe another.....
At 8:28am on March 27, 2009, Jason Calhoon said…
Ok I met a guy here in town that is selling one let me know if your interested and I will try and get more info.
At 9:13pm on March 24, 2009, Jason Calhoon said…
Hello James if your still interested in the mobile thing let me know I have a lead on one for sale.
At 3:17pm on September 12, 2008, James "Cosmo" Cramer said…
I am thinking of expanding my business to include an Espresso/Coffee cart that I can take to events around Southern Arizona. This is an area I have no current expierience and would love to hear from folks who have done this in other areas. What should I be aware of and lookout for with regards to equipment and everything else. Thanks
At 6:59pm on January 25, 2008, Pete Spinner said…
Nice thoughts on increasing visibility within the industry Cosmo. I'd love to do more ads in the trades, but sometimes expenses become a deterring factor. Good luck with getting set up in AZ.
At 7:26am on January 10, 2008, tommy b said…
Hey, I just moved from Tucson to open our shop in MO! Where are you going to be located? I'll send my AZ friends your way once you get up & running.
At 9:09pm on January 6, 2008, Matt Milletto said…
Cosmo you rock! Tell us more about the progress of your shop! You better be practicing after the training at ABCs!
At 8:30pm on January 3, 2008, Ken Chappell said…
Cos, Regarding the POS system{If I could do it all over again}...or pretty much anything I buy from this point forward, here is what I think. Obtain the service phone number & place a service call, tell them you are a customer, it's likely you won't get a person, you will have to leave a message. If you are satisfied with the way the call is returned & the time frame in which it is handled, tell them, buy their product. If not, tell them, tell them why you won't be buying their product. I think this a totally fair assessment of how you will actually be treated should you become a customer. Any company interested in gaining new customers will have no problem with your investigating them.
Just my .02 cents worth, good luck. Please let me know how it turns out :~).

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