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pennytrader
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Hello Everybody,

Until recently i beleive it was very difficult to manage and maintain a coffee shop. I was under the impression that there was a lot of equipment required in doing so and was very costly.

However i recently noticed that coffee shops really do not require a lot of equipment to make the drinks they offer.

Infact i have seen coffee shops operate with just 2 machines and they can manage to come up with a decent line of products ranging from hot coffess to ice teas, to slush, to smoothies.

Now i am actually considering putting up a coffee house and becoming a part of this industry.

What i need help with is Knowledge. Id like to know what kind of equipments are used, how much they cost and what sort of maintenance do they require.

Anyone here run a coffee house with a limted range of drinks and snacks??

any ideas would be appreciated.

If you have any website links i could go thru or so pls share them with me.

Looking forward to ALL your thoughts and opinions. If you think the idea is risky or has its cons, pls share them with me as i need a realistic picture. not invest a handsome chunk and come out a bankrupt entrepreneur.

Thanks a lot for taking time to read this, i really do appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted : 18/10/2006 1:37 am
Bizwiz
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I wish you the best of luck independents are still flourishing according to National Public Radio you can listen to the broadcast here:

NPR : Independent Coffee Houses Thrive in Starbucks' Shadow

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Posted : 18/10/2006 11:27 am
SBA
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I would be careful, the well known brands can charge a big premium for their coffee you may not be able to. On of the things you may want to consider is getting a copy of the UFOC from one of the big franchises it outlines some of their operating model

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Posted : 18/10/2006 11:35 am
jase
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I think you are right that the equipment is only a small outlay, i also think you will find that a lot of coffee houses make good profits. One thing that you havent mentioned though is location. For a coffee shop location is eveything. remember with a limited range and a product that does not have a huge margin means you have to sell a lot of it. If you locate your business in an area that is not an absolute certainty of walk ins and i mean a lot of walk ins the business will fail.

You most certainly will be able to find a location that will provide you with enough customers but i think you will find that the property owner will also know that the shop is in a good position and you will be looking at a lot of rent.
good luck.

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Posted : 19/10/2006 4:26 am
pennytrader
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

well ive got the location covered. dats the least of my concerns.

jiust wanted to know what equipment people buy and wht ALL can they do with it.

decided to learn it the practical way. gna work for a coffee house for the next couple of weeks.

find out all i need to ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Posted : 19/10/2006 5:50 pm
victory
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

There are various publications you can get to learn about starting a coffee house like the one below that should be helpful:

How to start a coffee shop or coffee house.

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Posted : 23/10/2006 12:26 pm
pennytrader
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

thanx a lot victory.:) appreciate it.

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Posted : 24/10/2006 12:59 am
CLSbrunette
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I think thats a wonderful idea pennytrader. One thing you should alos consider is the source of your coffee beans. It is better if your product line has something different to offer from the other coffee shops. Its important that you have a niche and that you are not just another coffee shop.

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Posted : 24/05/2009 5:39 pm
RosscoG
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I would see what you can create with those 2 machines, create a line-up; geet feedback from friends and family about what you can do.

After that, it should be a question of legal fees: registering trademarks & the consultation of a lawyer (perhaps an accountant), getting a business license, and paying for rent.

start up fees might set you back a few months, maybe half a year, maybe more. But anything you make after that should be profit- if not all, than a great amount.

I don't imagine coffee shops have a great overhead, unless you wish to factor in employees other than yourself. Bathrooms, etc.

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Posted : 10/07/2009 6:38 pm
esprithk
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

well, making coffee is not difficult,
but the taste is what's important, is your formula appealing to the customers?

and also, you need suppliers for the cakes & sandwiches. this is a way to save investment cost in the beginning.

**and bare in mind, how the quality of the coffee beam is, and can you get them regularly to keep quality the same?

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Posted : 10/01/2010 7:30 am
janethomas
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

I think what a coffee place needs is a great location and a perfect dispenser/vending machine.
I have seen people queuing up for coffee and i hate it.
I think it would be a great idea to setup a coffee vending machine so that the one who are in a hurry could come and take-away the coffee.

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Posted : 12/02/2010 5:14 pm
esprithk
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

by the way, rememer to get supplies from "fair trade"
this is the trend and is appealing to customers!

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Posted : 13/02/2010 2:59 am
rishigor
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

its a great idea to meet a new people and getting new ideas of those people, you will make relation with those people. nice thinking.

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Posted : 07/05/2010 1:58 pm
webmaster705
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Re: Starting up a coffee house

Its really a good idea, but remember never compromise on quality always use best product and give your customer best, never reduce the quality at first you may not have much profit but with time you will start gaining, best of luck

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Posted : 09/05/2010 2:38 pm
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