Coffee Shop Strategy 101: How to Run a Coffee Shop Profitably

Posted by Julie on 9/7/20 3:12 PM

Running a profitable coffee shop is an exercise in speed and efficiency. You need speed to keep your customer line moving, efficiency to manage inventory, and a little of both to handle hiccups like equipment repairs.

The faster you can do these things (and do them well), the more product you’ll sell in less time—and without overstaffing. With any luck, you’ll have time leftover for things like planning your next location and keeping up with specialty coffee trends. Maybe even traveling to origin!

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Topics: Business Savvy, Expert Advice, Restaurant Staff Management



Improve Your Syrup Strategy: Three Tips to Cut Costs

Posted by Christiana on 11/1/19 11:56 AM

Syrup can be tricky. On one hand, you want to serve customers memorable, delicious drinks that bring them back again and again. On the other hand, you want your drinks to be profitable -- and that means keeping ingredient costs, including syrup, under a reasonable threshold.

While balancing cost and quality is a perennial coffee shop problem, every cafe owner can cut syrup costs by applying precision management techniques to their purchase and use. Wondering how? Here are three practical strategies.

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Topics: Business Savvy, Expert Advice, Restaurant Staff Management



Five Tips For Employee Reviews at Your Coffee Business

Posted by Julie on 10/31/19 3:36 PM

Someone once said that employee reviews are like fruitcakes: They come around once a year whether you want them to or not. But to alleviate the stress of it all and to help your staff grow, human resource experts say employees should be reviewed twice per year —a midyear meeting as well as an end-of-year review that covers bonuses or raises.

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Topics: Restaurant Staff Management



Coffee Shop Team Building That Works

Posted by Julie on 6/29/19 1:21 PM

Would your employees cringe if you told them a coffee shop team building exercise was in their future?

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Topics: Restaurant Staff Management



Tips For Building Your Staff

Posted by on 5/23/19 12:05 PM

We recently brought you a few handy hiring tips, and ideas for reducing staff turnover. Then just the other day, we stumbled upon a few more ideas for building your staff that we think are worth adding to the pile. After all, hiring prowess cannot be understated in its value to your restaurant or café. It is nothing if not a fine art, and doing it right will save you loads of time, money and headaches:

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Topics: Restaurant Staff Management



Keeping Training Costs Down - Simple Tips

Posted by on 4/9/19 8:14 AM

Want to know one of the biggest hidden challenges in running any coffee shop or restaurant? Keeping training costs down. Every day spent training means lost productivity or additional labor costs in the form of the trainer him/herself.

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Hiring Employees Part 2: How To Reduce Staff Turnover

Posted by on 3/11/19 5:33 PM

With an estimated 74% annual turnover rate in the foodservice industry, it can sometimes feel like you're constantly hiring and training new employees. But you can reduce staff turnover with a few proactive measures:

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Topics: Restaurant Staff Management