Five tips for opening a coffee shop
Opening a coffee shop takes passion, hard work and a love for coffee. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, we have five tips for you.
1. Coffee, coffee coffee.
Learn everything you possibly can learn about coffee: how it’s made, where it comes from, how to best store it, how to best brew it, what different coffee brewing styles mean for the end-taste, how different syrups affect the taste and more.
Never stop learning.
2. Find baristas as passionate about coffee as you are.
Hire baristas that love coffee as much, or even more, than you do. These people will truly help grow your coffee shop and keep your customers coming back for more deliciousness.
3. Research your location.
Just like when buying a house, location is everything. Is there a good coffee shop close by, or is the neighborhood desperately in need of one?
Check out the locations you’re interested at different times of the day. Is the neighborhood bustling with a before-work crowd? Are people out and about over lunchtime? Is the area lively in the evening to catch the after-work, decaf lovers?
4. Plan your menu.
You may want to start small. Focus on a few menu items and do them well, then expand from there.
Hold a trial run with employees, friends and family to make sure all menu items can be made correctly and quickly.
5. Offer flavorful syrups.
Starting a business from the ground up can be a challenge, but with a lot of caffeine and passion, you can successfully run a coffee shop.