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.
As coffee educators, we field a lot of questions from potential students about barista courses. What should I look for in a barista course?Is investing in barista training worth it?How do I find barista courses near me?
Barista training can take your coffee skills (and coffee shop) to the next level. Baristas are the backbone of every great coffee business.
We know how much it takes to open a coffee shop. Our students pour their hearts, sweat, time, and savings into bringing their coffee shop visions to life. After so much work, there’s nothing more satisfying than turning on the “Open” sign on your brand new business. Unless nobody comes in, that is.
Before you can successfully open a coffee shop (and every day after), you’ll rely on effective marketing tactics to help you bring customers through your door.
When students come to us to learn how to start a coffee shop, most of their questions start with business tactics. What does it cost? What equipment should we buy? How do we choose our location? These are all great questions. (And, we answer them all thoroughly in our 3-Day Coffee Business Master Class). But, the success of numerous popular coffee shop business models ultimately lies elsewhere: loyal customers.