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A Clean Machine - The Secret to Coffee Excellence

Amy Gross @ Urnex Brands, Inc.
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. The essence of the coffee that we enjoy comes from natural oils that are largely responsible for coffee's aroma and flavor. Just as we enjoy the elegant sophistication of this natural oil, if it is left to accumulate on coffee or espresso equipment, coffee oil will have a negative impact on... 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 ⇒

"Should you be doing that?" - Understanding the value of your time

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. As an owner or manager of a specialty coffee business, you are faced daily with almost unlimited choices of what to do with your time. There are a lot of chores involved with running any business - run to the bank, take out the trash, wait on a customer. All these things are important to a... 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 Are things looking a cluttered, outdated, or even a little damaged?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 ⇒

Want to Make Your Own Chocolate Syrup?

Michael Szyliowicz @ Mont Blanc Gourmet
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. A unique mocha is a wonderful drink and, as the most popular flavored beverage served in a cafe, becomes something of a signature beverage. For those do-it-yourself mocha makers, I would say that it's good to consider the following: Consistency is the hallmark of any successful cafe, so... 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 ⇒

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 ⇒

Water's Role in Great Beverages

Greg Fisher, Senior Vice President Commercial Sales @ Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Water - it's everywhere: in the oceans, in the puddles, coming out of the skies as rain and snow. It comes out of our taps and plays a very important role in our beverages. But what is water? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines water as follows: wa•ter (wôtr, wtr) The... 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 ⇒

Opening your dream café - don’t let it become a nightmare!

Tom Palm, President @ Design & Layout Services
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Opening a café or coffee shop can be a very challenging process. Every week, I talk to people who have just signed the lease and are very excited to get their café open as soon as possible. Over the last ten years in the café design business, I have heard the good, the bad... Read More ⇒

Serving Food in your Café

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
Should you serve food in your coffee house? Most coffee house owners recognize that serving some food in their coffee house is beneficial to their bottom line. The question for most is "To what extent should we serve food?" We hope to help you answer that question with some observations we've made over the past 14 years of working with... Read More ⇒

Building Your Iced Tea Program

2014-06-11 // Jen Okeson @ Two Leaves and a Bud
Fast, profitable and delicious: those are my first thoughts about iced tea programs for cafes. At a cost of about $.10/serving, iced teas produce some of the highest profit margins for a café. So why do I find many cafes aren’t implementing a consistent iced tea program? The most common barrier I’ve heard described by cafes is... Read More ⇒

What Do You Need? - Tips for Stocking a New Café

2015-03-04 // Matthew Moseley, Marketing Representative @ Barista Pro Shop
Opening a new coffee shop or café can be a daunting venture, you must first find an ideal location that’s within your budget, remodel the space to meet your needs, and then you’re faced with the overwhelming task of creating a checklist for stocking that new store.  From the vast number of brands available to the breadth of... 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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

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 ⇒

Milk Matters

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Ask a coffee shop owner about milk and you're bound to hear that they never knew they were going into the dairy business when they opened a café. After coffee, milk might just be the most used ingredient in a coffee shop. Even if a customer orders a drip/brewed coffee or an espresso,... Read More ⇒

Real Food Requires Real Ingredients: What is Non-GMO and Why Should You Care?

2016-03-11 // Kate Schade, CEO *(Chief Energy Officer) @ Kate's Real Food
Food labels are thrown around regularly, and often exploited. The word "natural" has no definition these days, but Organic, Biodynamic, and Non-GMO carry weight because they are not just words, they have become third party verified certifications. Understanding what a product is or what the label means is complex—but since food equates to our... 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 ⇒

Checklist - New Shop Essentials

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. We talk to new shop owners, and people considering the coffee industry for a new business, almost daily. One of the first questions we hear is "What should I buy?" Opening a new coffee shop can be daunting venture, and stocking that new store can feel like an overwhelming task with the vast... Read More ⇒

Going Organic

Kari Guddeck @ Barista Pro Shop
Coffee shops are leading the charge by meeting the demands of their conscience and customer requests by going organic. The organics industry is booming - here are some tips to get you started. There's a movement sweeping the nation, the globe. What may have started as an idealistic approach to food and eating existing only in isolated... 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 ⇒

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 ⇒

Let's Talk Fair Trade!

Dan Olson, National Sales Manager @ Third Street Chai
Much has been made about Fair Trade coffee, which now represents about 7.1% of US specialty coffee sales (and 3.3% of total US coffee sales). But what exactly does "Fair Trade Certified" mean? And why are so many coffee shops opting to serve Fair Trade coffee? Fair Trade Certification verifies that the coffee you are serving (or buying) was grown... Read More ⇒

How can you save money on shipping (and be greener at the same time)?

Jay Weller, Owner @ Barista Pro Shop
We ship. A lot. Every week, hundreds of coffeehouses all over the country rely on Barista Pro Shop for our products. Some of our customers count on us to complement their local distributor, while many of our customers use us as their primary supplier. We use our own trucks for deliveries within a hundred miles or so of our warehouses, but beyond... Read More ⇒

In-Store Advertising, Insights to Increase Your Sales!

Kerry Group
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. When it comes to the actions of your customers and potential customers there are a few things you can always count. First of all, we eat and drink with our eyes. Secondly, we love a good story behind what we are about to order. Finally, isn't it human nature that we always want to try what... 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 ⇒

Eat, Drink, and Be Veggie

Paul Maxwell @ Sweetbird
Long gone are the stereotypes of all vegetarians being aging hippies who eat nothing but lentils and enjoy tie-dye clothes with a near-religious zeal. Making sure that your business is catering to the needs of the US's estimated 7.3 million vegetarians (which include 1 million vegans) and the 22.8 million who follow a near-vegetarian diet makes... Read More ⇒

Spicing Up Sales with Chai!

Dan Olson, National Sales Manager @ Third Street Chai
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. From the silky froth of the steamed milk on top to the gently wafting aroma of the exotic spices, chai has become the de facto alternative to coffee and a great way to transport your customers on an exotic journey of flavor. Nothing spices up a coffee shop like chai tea and although chai has... Read More ⇒

Five Ways to Build Your Tea Business

Phil Edelstein @ Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company
We all know it – tea has fantastic margins. The more you sell, the more profits you can enjoy at the end of the month. The problem? While tea might be the most consumed beverage worldwide next to water, chances are the demand for more expensive coffee products is what keeps you stressed during the day. Nevertheless, if you can take certain... Read More ⇒

Go Green with Eco-Products

Eco-Products
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 ⇒

New Year, New You, Numi . . . Organic Puerh Tea

Alexa Chausse, National Foodservice Specialty Sales Manager @ Numi
Don't forget to check out our Drink Profit Calculator. Have your New Year's resolutions gone awry? Are you facing another year of trying to lose that extra ten pounds, stop drinking soda, or simply attempting to eat healthier? According to surveys, only 8 percent of Americans achieve their New Year's resolutions, 45 percent fail by the end of... Read More ⇒

Slip Into Summer with Yogurt Smoothies

Jared Umsted, Regional Sales Manager @ Kerry Group
As summer quickly approaches, many consumers are committing to eating healthier and exercising! Beverage category trends say that 58% of consumers plan to consume more yogurt drinks at foodservice establishments in the next 2 years. As drinks made with yogurt have become more popular, so has the focus on the health benefits of prebiotics and... Read More ⇒
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