Entrepreneur Tips from Texas Coffee School Founder Tom Vincent
In 2009, Tom Vincent was laid off from his job as a creative director. Facing an economic recession and declining print industry, his lack of prospects sent him spiraling from a cush creative career to rock bottom. He eventually found himself donating plasma and picking up day labor gigs to scrape by.
Tom, a long-time specialty coffee enthusiast, (who by chance got to apprentice several of the most respected minds in the entire specialty coffee industry for two years) spent his last $3.00 to treat himself to a cappuccino.
Following a year of unexpected upheaval for small business owners, to start a small business may seem unthinkable. You’ve endured a year of new routines, rules, and adaptations. It’s tempting to want to hold off on your dream until a more reasonable time presents itself. Don’t. It may be surprising, but we have reason to believe now is a great time to start a small business.
In 2010, Harvard Business Review launched a yearlong analysis of successful corporate strategies during the 1980 crisis,
A few coffee schools can teach you brewing basics, but only the best coffee schools can teach you how to start a successful business. Opening a business isn’t easy: 20% of small businesses fail within the first year. If you’re in the coffee industry for the long haul, how can you increase your coffee shop’s chances of success?
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. That’s why our coffee education courses are designed to help students develop a solid foundation for opening a coffee shop.
With temperatures rising and people stepping out for coffee post-pandemic, cold brew continues to prevail as a favored coffee shop menu item. Coffee shop owners, managers, and baristas attest to the popularity of the smooth chilled beverage, especially among millennials. We like it black, sweetened, bottled, and even infused with nitrogen.
Making commercial cold brew is typically a slow process. Ground coffee is steeped in cold water for at least 12 hours before leaving you with the familiar concentrate.
If you’ve been to any specialty coffee shops in the last few years, you may have noticed a gradual trending away from dated dairy alternatives like soy milk to the now more popular almond and oat milks. (If you’re a coffee shop owner or who hasn’t yet made the jump from soy milk, to newer, more on-trend dairy alternatives, it is definitely the time to do so!)
Dairy alternatives like soy, almond, and coconut milk have been on a constant rise on coffee shop menus in recent decades.