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Go Green with Eco-Products

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Waste is a waste of resources. We are not a disposable products company trying to act green. Eco-Products is a green company who happens to operate in disposables. Sustainable disposables sound like an oxymoron, but we live in a consumer culture where disposable products are ubiquitous. And they aren't going away anytime soon. We see this as an... Read More ⇒

What's Big in Smallwares?

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
Have you taken a close look around your shop lately? Are things looking a cluttered, outdated, or even a little damaged? You can give your space an affordable face lift by investing in an often overlooked category--smallwares. Smallwares encompasses everything from condiment bar organizers and mugs to tampers and steaming pitchers. They are the... Read More ⇒

Do you cold brew?

Julia Leach, Owner @ Toddy, LLC
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. The secret ingredient. Cold brewing is a process that replaces the heat of traditional hot brew methods with time. Instead of running steaming hot water quickly through coffee grounds, cold brewed coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for approximately 12 hours. The result... Read More ⇒

Should You Serve Smoothies? What Are Your Options?

Ilaria Merizalde Chiaruzzi, Marketing Manager @ Monin Gourmet Flavorings
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. It’s clear… Americans love smoothies. Lately, these sweet blended beverages have been especially popular, with an 80% increase over the past five years. With our population’s ongoing quest for great tasting, drinkable snacks plus a general interest in health, experts say... Read More ⇒

Five Months in Fifteen Minutes: a Ton of Preparation for an Ounce of Performance Part 2

Josh Taves, Competitor @ 2010 Mountain Region Barista Competition & 2011 South West Region Barista Competition
This is it. Eleven days before I leave on the final leg of my six month journey to Siren Studios, Hollywood, CA. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little nervous. The other competitors aren't so scary. Although there are some big names to compete alongside, I'm competing against myself. I want to compete to the best of my ability. As the old adage goes,... Read More ⇒

Café Resolution - Part 2

Jay Weller @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. In January, I outlined 12 ideas geared at taking a fresh look at your café. I've continued that list and have added a few more thoughts about running a better, more profitable specialty coffee business. Again, I recommend that you start by crossing off the items that don't apply to... Read More ⇒

Flavor Basics

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Flavored syrups are more than just sugar water; they can add a unique touch to your shop and serve as an easy add-on for a variety of drinks. Flavored syrups have become a staple and a must have on the coffee house scene with their ease of use and endless possibilities. Did you say Blood... Read More ⇒

Totally Instagrammable

2019-07-08 // Dana Schlingman, Marketing Representative, Promotion Specialist @ Barista Pro Shop
How to Create and Capture Picture Perfect Specialty Beverages As a millennial in my mid-thirties, I remember when Facebook was just an informal network for college students. At the time, “social media” was merely a place for Myspace musings and covert searches to find out more about a crush. However, jump forward to today, social... Read More ⇒

Snowed in with Toddy

Bill Guddeck @ Toddy LLC
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Toddy, hot! Why? You have a commercial brewer and an espresso machine. You've got your hot coffee bases covered, right? Well, you also have that Toddy system that usually gets put away as the seasons change; why not make the most of it? Change the way you look at your Toddy, and don't let it... Read More ⇒

Café Resolution

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. This Ask The Pros article is geared towards taking a fresh look at your café, coinciding with the New Year. Obviously if you pick it up some other time, just focus on your next 12 months and all the ideas will still apply. I’ve highlighted 12 items that I believe can help you... Read More ⇒

Don't Get Left Out in the Cold: Tips for Ordering Sugar Free Syrups & Avoiding Out of Stocks this Winter

2014-11-19 // Barista Pro Shop
As a cafe owner, the changing of the seasons means a lot more than just a surge in hot beverage purchases.  The cold and inclement weather also brings with it complications that can impact your supply chain logistics. We don't often delay shipments due to poor weather conditions, but there are definitely times when we have to, in order to give... Read More ⇒

Chill Your Menu

Lani Peterson, Menu Application Specialist @ Kerry Group
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Iced beverages can deliver high profits and attract new customers, so they are an important part of a menu that most people overlook! As the season heats up, be sure you’re considering these menu musts. Iced Beverages Extend your day parts – iced beverages light, refreshing... Read More ⇒

5 Caffeine Misconceptions Debunked for National Caffeine Awareness Month

2018-03-06 // Eliot Jordan, Tea Master @ Mighty Leaf
March is National Caffeine Awareness month. To celebrate, we chatted with Eliot Jordan, Tea Master and President of Tea at Mighty Leaf, about 5 common caffeine misconceptions and what’s really true when it comes to what we know (or think we know) about caffeine. Misconception 1: Tea has more caffeine than coffeeThere’s a reason this... Read More ⇒

Making Your Own Whipped Cream

Kari Guddeck
Why Make Your Own Whipped Cream? In today's fast paced society it's hard to find time to stop and smell the roses, let alone make your own whipped cream! Consider, however, the final touch of authenticity and quality freshly made whipped cream can add to your drinks. With the effort and expense you put into filling your cups with the best... Read More ⇒

Fruit Smoothies

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
Fruit Smoothies are: Fruit based or fruit flavored blended frozen drinks. Fruit Smoothies may or may not contain dairy products such as milk or ice cream. Fruit Smoothies may be made from scratch (and might include fruit juice, frozen fruit, frozen yogurt or ice cream and nutritional supplements). Fruit smoothies may also be made from powdered... Read More ⇒

Tea for the Seasons: How to Enjoy Tea All Year Long

Annelies Zijderveld, Marketing Director @ Mighty Leaf Tea Company
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. As the second most consumed beverage in the world, tea is popular. Health benefits, increasing frequency of availability, different caffeine options, varieties of flavor, and seasonality contribute to this high ranking. Mighty Leaf Tea leads in specialty tea as an innovator and crafter of... Read More ⇒

Iced Coffee & Iced Tea

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
Iced Tea We're always surprised at Barista Pro Shop that our customers don't sell more Iced Tea than they do. Why? We're not sure, but we're going to take some of the blame for this one. We haven't provided as much information and support in the past to help our customers sell more Iced Tea, but this article is a first step to changing that. Most... Read More ⇒

Five Months in Fifteen Minutes: a Ton of Preparation for an Ounce of Performance

Josh Taves, Competitor @ 2010 Mountain Region Barista Competiton & 2011 South West Region Barista Competition
Part 1 of a Series December 25, 2010, a great day in the lives of small children and fun loving adults around the world, myself included. A new Capresso Infinity grinder and a black Aerobie Aeropress lay safely nestled under my tree. Visions of sugar plums, fairies, and Kenya Gakayuini dance in the heads coffee geeks everywhere. For many of you,... Read More ⇒

Fun With Frappes

Kari Guddeck and Jay Weller @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Blended iced coffees, frappes, frozen coffee, or whatever name you choose for those popular blended drinks are a natural product for the premium independent coffeehouse. Any drink on the menu that can be served hot, can also be served frozen and blended. If your customers love a certain hot... Read More ⇒

Caffeinated Ideas for a Sluggish Economy

Kari Guddeck and Jay Weller @ Barista Pro Shop
Getting through these tough times is on everyone's mind right now. We've been talking with a lot of our customers to come up with a list of ideas that might help you get ahead this year. Create your own stimulus package--sell prepaid drink coupons (buy 10 get 1 free) Be careful! You are creating a future liability by doing this (you owe the... Read More ⇒

Opening A New Café: Design It Right, Build It Once

Tom Palm, President @ Design & Layout Services
Opening a new café can be a real challenge, especially if you have never done it before. Many of the problems that a new café owner encounters occur during the two months between signing a lease and getting a building permit. See article “Opening your dream café – don’t let it become a nightmare!” In... Read More ⇒

Latte Art 101

2019-07-01 // Steven McCoy, Customer Service Barista @ Barista Pro Shop
The Origination of Latte Art: Latte art first became popular in the late 80’s in American coffee shops. Many baristas pioneered and spentyears perfecting what we would consider a simple design today. After mastering foundational pours like the heart and rosetta, skilled baristas began combining them to create more complex designs. Once you... Read More ⇒

Mochas and More: Welcome the New Year (And Keep Chocoholics Happy!)

Ilaria Merizalde Chiaruzzi @ Monin Gourmet Flavorings
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. In this era of calorie-consciousness and menu labeling, sometimes your customers desire a warm, creamy indulgence. Besides, for every trend there is a counter-trend. Just like smoothies have a healthy aura and shakes are a nostalgic comfort item, for every sugar free, non fat latte there is... Read More ⇒

Something to Eat?

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
I went into a McDonald's yesterday for the first time in quite a while. I drive through occasionally because every once in a while I crave a Sausage Egg McMuffin - old habits die hard! The inside of the store I went into was very different from what I remember. I would describe it as having left behind "cafeteria style" and as moving towards a... Read More ⇒

Hot Tea

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
"The U.S. market for tea is expected to double in the next five years," states Fresh Cup magazine in their December 2007 issue. The tea trend is on the rise due in part to its profitability, health benefits, and diversity. Establishing a premium tea program now can put you on the cutting edge of this segment of the specialty beverage industry. ... Read More ⇒

Refreshing Your Summer Sales with Lemonade!

Dan Olson, National Sales Manager @ Third Street Chai
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Summer has settled in to stay, and the long, hot days and nights have your customers craving something cool and refreshing. What better then to offer them a nice, cold lemonade drink? Perhaps a refreshing Arnie Palmer? Or maybe a sweet and tart Huckleberry Lemonade Cooler? Maybe something... Read More ⇒

Don't Let Seasonality Stifle Your Menu Success

2015-08-12 // Monin
Fresh is in, and fresh fruits and vegetables are must-have culinary and beverage ingredients for any successful operator today. The Millennial and Generation Z groups have driven interest in freshly prepared food and beverage so ardently that the industry as a whole has no choice but to cater to the cravings of this emerging bunch of consumers.... Read More ⇒

Raising the Bar - The Soda Bar: The Art of Handcrafted Sodas

2016-06-09 // Andrea Ramirez @ Torani
Soda has been a staple of Western culture for three centuries, and a significant part of American life since the late 1800s.  A huge portion of wholesome pop culture in the 1950s literally sits in the middle of soda fountains. However, over the last fifteen years, soda sales have trended downwards for several reasons, health being the most... Read More ⇒

Staying Current & Keeping it Classic: A New Approach To Lemonade With Torani Real Fruit Lemonade Smoothie Mix

2017-06-26 // Angela Wang, Foodservice Marketing Manager @ Torani
Is there a summertime drink more refreshing than an ice-cold lemonade? How about a Peach Ginger flavored lemonade? Or maybe a Watermelon Rosemary flavored lemonade? Or what about the Frozen Roy G. Biv Lemonade pictured here? While the classic lemonade drink continues to be a summertime menu staple, trendy flavored lemonades have been... Read More ⇒

Matcha Exploration: What is Matcha Green Tea and How Do I Prepare Matcha?

2016-01-22 // Ari Satinover, Business Development Manager @ Mighty Leaf
Q: What is Matcha? A: Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea that is ground into a very fine powder.  It is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, but is now also widely used as a food and drink ingredient due to its unique properties and flavor.   Q: Where does Matcha come from? A: Matcha is best from Japan, where it is... Read More ⇒

A Bit About Maté

Bill Guddeck
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Serving Maté - In addition to being good for you, maté offers a high profitability margin, a unique way to diversify your menu, and is a great way to help the environment. Legend has it that the Goddess of the Moon and the Goddess of the Cloud came to Earth and were threatened... Read More ⇒

The Five Things You Need to Craft a Perfect Signature Drink

2018-10-31 // Dana Schlingman, Marketing Representative, Promotion Specialist @ Barista Pro Shop
Tips, tricks and surefire ways to incorporate signature drinks into your menu that your baristas will enjoy making and your customers will order again and again! Elaborate coffee orders still remind me of that scene from You’ve Got Mail. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) observes that an indecisive person must make several choices to order a... Read More ⇒
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