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  • Sutherland, IA
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Sutherland, Iowa
How many years have you been in the industry?
New Feb 2008
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 am absolutely new to the field. We opened Amped UP Cafe in February of 2008. I'm still trying products, espresso machines, and menu offerings in an effort to find my niche.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Those in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska.... in my area.
About Me:
Barista, Owner, Janitor, and cd changer
About My Company:
Coffee House with Musical theme as it adjoins our established Guitar & Amp sales company, Hales Guitars
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The coffee, the people, the music, the fun!

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At 10:50am on October 12, 2008, Dale Harris said…
love the victoria arduino pic!!!
At 4:45pm on September 11, 2008, Mellisa said…
Becky, I plan to come down there on Monday. What are your hours? Also, which espresso machine did you finally choose?
At 6:30pm on September 4, 2008, Becky said…
Hey there,
So sorry to hear about your mom :( I hope everything is going well for you. Yes, we opened on Tuesday and have been crazy busy ever since! I would love to see you at the shop in Holstein at any time. Also, how do you do your whipped cream? I'm spending a crap ton for whipped topping. Boy, the kids LOVE those smoothies!
At 9:06am on April 24, 2008, Mellisa said…
Hi, all.
Just reopened the cafe. My hubby had a series of heart attacks and had open heart surgery. I had to close for two weeks, but we are up and running again and I'm glad to say our business hasn't seemed to suffer for the time away.... except for the loss of receipts.

I received a lovely box of samples upon my return! What a nice welcome back! I'm looking over all the goodies and getting an order ready. Thanks !!!!! Thanks!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!
At 2:08pm on April 14, 2008, Kevin Selig said…
Hi Melissa,
This is Kevin again. Did you get a chance to check out our Web site? I think we might have a lot of what you are looking for for your cafe.
At 10:13am on April 7, 2008, Kevin Selig said…
Hi again,
I just discovered where you are located in Iowa, so I have passed your name and info on our Western Sales Director Michael Applen. He can be contacted @612-743-3814 or
Please do not hesitate to contact either one of us if the other is not available. We WILL take care of you!!!!!!
Thanks again
At 10:06am on April 7, 2008, Kevin Selig said…
Hey Mellisa,
welcome to the site.
I wish to invite you to another group if you would like to check it out. "Twin Cities Coffee Community" group is a group for the Upper Midwest Region.
Also, I am a rep of Upper Midwest Gourmet that serves your area. We are a company dedicated to the independent coffee cafe and offer over 1,500 items within the industry. We also offer free lifetime training to all customers.
Check out our web site @
Contact me personnal if you have any questions or request @ 612-205-8277 or
Good luck with your cafe and please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason, it's what I do and love!!!!!!
Kevin Selig
At 11:28am on March 30, 2008, Mellisa said…
Interested in any ideas to spice up my cafe..... I've got great coffee and water.... great atmosphere... Need tips on specialty drinks, and refining my techniques as well as things like food, pricing, specials, etc. I'm so new I'm still wearing my price tag. Just opened a month ago.

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