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Innovations in the Coffee Industry

Innovations in the Coffee Industry

Is all change good? Many years ago the standard espresso grinder used in all coffee bars had three main parts: a hopper to hold beans, […] 

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Espresso Boilers, Coffee Beer and YOU!

Espresso Boilers, Coffee Beer and YOU!

The picture above-left is a cut-away of a super automatic espresso machine boiler that had no water filtration for 2 years (I took the picture…promised […] 

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Anatomy of a Business Sale: How I Sold My Coffee Business and for How Much.

Anatomy of a Business Sale: How I Sold My Coffee Business and for How Much.

I’d like to get together for a meeting. Shortly after New Year’s Day 2014 I received an email from a longtime supplier and acquaintance, John VanTongeren. […] 

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Give the People What They Want!

Give the People What They Want!

Italy has over 200,000 espresso bars. The US has 30,000. Taking into account the population difference and extrapolating Italy’s coffee scene onto the US would […] 

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American Idol’s Randy Jackson Speaks to the Coffee Industry

American Idol’s Randy Jackson Speaks to the Coffee Industry

I love what Randy Jackson (yes, American Idol’s Randy Jackson) said to a season 13 competitor while giving advice on how to improve and better […] 

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Is “Luxury Coffee” Full Of Crap? The JP’s Kopi Challenge.

Is “Luxury Coffee” Full Of Crap? The JP’s Kopi Challenge.

I moderate a forum on LinkedIn.com called the Specialty Coffee Retailer. It’s a place geared for coffee people from all over the world to have […] 

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5 Step Coffeeshop Business Plan

5 Step Coffeeshop Business Plan

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail… Or something to that effect, right? Yes, it is true that failure to plan will definitely affect […] 

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Single Service Coffee Comes Full Circle

Single Service Coffee Comes Full Circle

When I started in business (1993) there was really only one option for brewing coffee – airpot brewing (picture on left). The process was simple; […] 

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Espresso Machine Maintenance and Upkeep

Espresso Machine Maintenance and Upkeep

Making great espresso requires well-maintained equipment. Too many coffee shops neglect routine daily cleaning and periodic preventative maintenance and cause themselves undo problems. This post […] 

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