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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, consultant
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
milwaukie usa
How many years have you been in the industry?
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.
Coffee shop is very South Western feel. Extremely reputable for its quality products and service. I offer maturity in the industry. Trained in customer service and am open to learning "what I don't know", this is where one has their breakthroughs.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Rock Mtn. region, Washington, Idaho and Florida.
About Me:
Married. Have a Dobbie named Sedona, cat named Toby. Love to play golf, hike and explore new restaraunts. "Light My Fire" by the Doors is in my top 3 favorite songs. Love to be creative in our yard. 15 years experience in the Temporary Help business, 15 years at retail coffee. I also sale/represent a very quality granola cereal product to commercial accounts. Got a great sense of humor and am a good listener.
About My Company:
We are very focused on customer satisfaction...we listen for "this is the best" from customers as this gives us a measure on how we are doing. We employ 4-5 well trained Baristas....pouring 24sec. shots and steaming milk "thick". We do not offer internet (thank god) and surprisingly people have appreciated our being authentic. We serve 150-200 people per day. We offer panini sans/bakery items and gelato during the summer.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Creating community and the art of coffee.

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What would this coffee retail store be worth?

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 9:35pm 2 Comments

I am looking at a second location and there is a store available for sale. What would you pay?

10 years under same ownership. Beautiful interior. All equipment is in excellent condition. 60% is coffee beverages, the rest bakery, grilled panini sans. Reported sales in 2007- $170K. 2008- $206K and looks like this year will be about $190K. 5 years left on lease at $725/month with option to renew lease.

Organic milk

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 2:54pm 2 Comments

Who uses certified organic milk? What, if any difference has it made in setting yourself apart from others, even from the customers view?

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At 6:00pm on February 1, 2009, sophie said…
If people did not want to buy it the minute you opened you be in a world of trouble. I am wondering how you chose your perfect location. Some companys use satalites to show where heavy traffic areas are.
At 10:06pm on January 31, 2009, sophie said…
thank you, I think your advice was great
At 10:06pm on January 30, 2009, sophie said…
yes we have a star bucks in salisbury nc. My vision is to produce great coffee in a nice enviroment with dependable staff. I am from Chicago and i know how people do things theire is way diffrent then in the south. I have not had a chance to put that idea on paper in my business plan yet, I have been more focused on data needed to get a loan. We have like 30,000 people and 2 colleges. There are already 3 coffee shops here. I want to put a shop across from super walmart, becasue of the traffic. Starbucks is across from the street on the highway. The spot is off of a large interstate. I also would be sponsoring a card trading league and they and their parents would be buying my products. I was told by industry councolrs to ask exzisting business owners and ask starbucks customers questions about what they like or dislike. Also if they would go to another coffee shop
At 12:54am on January 30, 2009, sophie said…
hey , my name is Sophie and i am trying to start a coffee bussiness in the south. Would it be ok to ask you some questions about how you

1 determined the viablity of the bussiness, how did you caculate if your business would make sufficent revenue?

2 how did you conclude that your business would make a profit

3 How much money did you need to start up your business?
customers questions or looking up industry reaserch?

4 Did you do any market research like, going to starbucks and asking
At 8:36pm on November 3, 2008, Steve said…
Thanks for asking Ray, I'm opening up next week, so I dont have any really information.
At 11:58pm on November 1, 2008, Rachael Renk Simas said…
Maybe under different circumstances, however. Being terminated was very, very embarrassing for me. Although my former boss never did anything outstanding, he was far from my favorite person, it is his first time running a business and it's the general consensus amongst the baristas that while he's a step up from the previous owner, he still has a long way to go. Besides this, I'm in no dire need of employment right now. I live at home and I'm a full time college student, and quite honestly, work was taking a way a lot from my study and homework. I'm also now getting unemployment from the state so I'm not hard up for money. I was greatly hurt by the entire ordeal and it's given me a lot of bad blood about that place, so for now, I think I will just keep my distance.
At 4:35pm on October 30, 2008, Rachael Renk Simas said…
Firstly, you happen to be a screen name on the internet so I don't see where it would be necessary for you, or any other members here on barista exchange - unless they were local coffee shops who happened to be hiring - to know why I was discharged. Not that I'm hiding anything, I just didn't want to volunteer the information. Getting fired is pretty embarrassing and I don't enjoy rehashing the details constantly. As it so happens, I was fired for failing to cover a borrowed shift. At the beginning of the month a co worker asked me to work for her on a date roughly three weeks later, I agreed but forgot to write down the time and didn't show up for the shift. That morning no one bothered to call or text me until several days later when the manager asked me what happened and I realized my mistake. When I went in for my next shift the owner was there waiting to take my keys.
At 3:48pm on October 30, 2008, Rachael Renk Simas said…
A little attitude meaning what...? Obviously I would be more than willing to explain the circumstances of my termination with potential employers, I trust that most would understand that it was a harsh move on my former bosses' part once they were privy to the whole story.
At 8:01am on July 25, 2008, ray peck said…
What have you figured you need to take in ($) everyday to break even?
At 9:26pm on July 24, 2008, Steve said…
Thanks for asking Ray, we are in the final steps of completing the design with just a few alterations left (NEVER EASY). I'm still torn about choosing a roaster however I've boiled it down to three at this point. I'll be doing some serious taste testing in the next 3 months. I have chosen my espresso machine, La Cimbali M39, so i'm looking forward to making great coffee with a great machine! Any of your advice is definitely welcome!

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