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Setting Up and Managing Your Own Coffee Bar: How to open a coffee bar that actually lasts and makes money . . . (Coffee Boys Step By Step Guide) [Paperback]

John Richardson , Hugh Gilmartin
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11 Jun 2010 Coffee Boys Step By Step Guide
This is an entertaining but highly practical guide from the successful "Coffee Boys" authors that will enable you to open a coffee bar or sandwich bar that actually lasts and makes money. It presents a distillation of experience of the many dozens of coffee and sandwich businesses they have opened both personally and for clients. This work reveals and is based on the Great Formula (see six steps of contents) created by the authors within their own businesses and their consulting practice. It offers all the practical advice on location, raising finance, and devising a clear marketing plan.

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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; Pap/Psc edition (11 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845283279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845283278
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 17.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

John Richardson is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur from Northern Ireland.

He is the author of two books on starting and running coffee shops.

Additionally John Wrote the international best selling golf book - Dream On. This is the story of his one year challenge to break par at golf.

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'In typical Coffee Boys fashion, they approach the management of a coffee house from a very different angle to every other trade consultant.' Boughton's Coffee House.

About the Author

Known in the trade as 'The Coffee Boys', John Richardson and Hugh Gilmartin have a wealth of experience in the coffee shop business. John has started and run a variety of very successful coffee shop businesses. He now provides consultancy, coaching and training to the coffee industry. Hugh has spent the last 20 years as the leading coffee advisor to customers in Northern Ireland and beyond, incorporating coffee selection and blending, equipment specifications and innovation, and a variety of training, as well as turnkey coffee bar design and branding solutions. John and Hugh are joint authors of the acclaimed Wake Up and Smell the Profit, also published by How To Books. Catch up with the Coffee Boys at www.thecoffeeboys.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frontline - No frills, how it is, a must read. 2 Dec 2010
I only wish I had a copy of this book a few years back when I was involved in Business Management Consultancy. I visited in the region 700 organisations across a wide cross section of business types, and I can say hand on heart, I would have supplied a copy of "Setting up and Managing your own Coffee Bar" as a leaving present to the majority of these business's. The business principles of this book, explained in such a user friendly fashion, by two guys who have worked at the sharp end is (as far as I am concerned) brilliant. Passion, Product, People, Marketing, Systems and Money can be applied to all types of business, without going over the top in the books praise, I honestly think they should have it available in all British Schools, use it as a business learning tool to set up their own "School Coffee Shops" (obviously not a thing you would like to happen), they could take the Coffee part out, it would assist in teaching pupils the real world, rather than the ideal world.

If you are thinking of setting up your own Coffee Bar, then not to buy this book would be a commercial mistake. It has certainly taken the wool from my eyes and made me think long and hard if I am cut out for the the "Coffee Shop Business". I am not on commission from the authors or have any connection with them in any shape, way or form.The Coffee Boys' Step-by-step Guide to Setting Up and Managing Your Own Coffee Bar: How to Open a Coffee Bar That Actually Lasts and Makes Money (Coffee Boys Step By Step Guide)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener to the coffee bar world 17 Dec 2010
By S Boon
After toying with the idea of opening a coffee bar for a while i did some research on the internet and came across the coffee boys website and this book.

After reading this book I have come to realise how much goes into not just opening a coffee bar but all the planning that needs to go into it even before you start,the finance side, planning how your coffee bar will operate and look, the coffee itself, what food to serve and when, advertising and things i hadn't even considered. It makes you see everything in a new light when you next go for a coffee.

It opens your eyes to the reality that opening up a coffee bar on a whim because you've always fancied it without any real idea is madness, you'll end up with little or no profit and be a slave to your business.

If you still want to open a coffee bar READ THIS BOOK AND MAKE IT YOUR BIBLE!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 14 April 2010
I've just finished reading this book. I've worked in the food industry for nearly 20 years and I can say with confidence this is an essential read to anyone that has a food service business or looking to set up one.
It's about coffee shops, but there's loads of useful stuff in there about food catering and how to make it work better.
Practical, readable and funny - a refreshing change from all the other poorer versions of 'business help' books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality check 4 Oct 2010
By DD11
Reading this book has stopped me making a big mistake and probably saved me a lot of time and money.
After reading other books I thought I had a good idea of what running a cafe would be all about. This book highlighted a few things that I hadnt taken into account. I am still wanting to run a business but I am going to wait until I have a bit more finance and look into things a bit more deeply. The gist of the words that really struck home is the bit about a business being after initial setting up time somthing you could take a holiday from when you want, if you cant do that then you are just buying a job without the benifit of holidays. Also I was thinking more about what I would want in a cafe and not the majority of the public. My business plan is definately needing a rework. Thanks lads, for the good advise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - much better than all the others 17 May 2010
An essential read for anyone in the hospitality industry.

There are a lot of "how to start a coffee shop/sandwich bar" books out there but this one is in another league.

The information, in nearly every other rival offering is generally written by journalists (with no experience at all) or people who have opened one or maybe two sites.

These guys have a huge level of experience and it really shows through in this book. It's also written with humour and in a very readable style.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative 22 April 2014
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It's written in a way which is accessible to everyone, whether you come from a business background or not. The points are very clearly made and easy to understand and make sense of. As a young woman planning to start my first business I found this book a great place to start! It has opened my eyes to some of the realities I will face and reminded me of others I'd perhaps left out of my planning. A definite must read for anyone thinking about starting a business in this industry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic help! 22 Oct 2013
By Nathan
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I was after something helpful and to the point,
This book was amazing, it had all the information to help me avoid pitfalls and run a successful business
Its a true gem and has helped me endlessly, I can now look to the future knowing what to avoid!
Suggested to anyone after fantastic advice, 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Oct 2013
By Ben
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They don't tell you what kind of fridge you'll need nor what the colour of your walls should be but really what's the attitude and work methods you'll need to have to make your business efficient and profitable.
I'd highly recommend to buy it with the one from Jill Sutherland cause that one is about the fridges you'll need and what coffee machine brand is best...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Christos Pistolas
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of all the 5 star reviews
Beware of all the 5 star reviews. The ratings are rigged by the friends and family and acquaintances of the authors, dishing out 5 stars to make the book better than it really is.
Published 3 months ago by AM Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...incite full, helpful and useful
Excellent really inciteful, helpful and useful...definitely one to buy if you want to open your own coffee shop, good case studies to put information in to perspective
Published 6 months ago by annette fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars book setting up a coffe bar.
Purchased for someone who was thinking about setting up a coffee bar and to give her ideas and food for thought, she has found it very useful/ As I have not read it I cannot give... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sue Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
Great advice presented in an honest and humorous way. This can be applied to any food service business.
Many Thanks Boys !
Published 12 months ago by Janet Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best foundation you could want - and great for future reference
If you're setting up a new coffee shop or similar business like I was 6 months ago then this is an absolute must read (and absorb) if you're serious about making it a success. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Emma
1.0 out of 5 stars Not written with Respect
The Authors have sadly failed to realise that a vegetarian or somebody with special dietary requirements may want to open a coffee shop. Read more
Published 13 months ago by angela giles
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good bits
Does have some good bits in amongst the "oh aren't we great".The authors have run their own businesses and draw on this information which is good but they tried to be witty... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Em B
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee bar guide lines
Very good guide line book on coffee bar managment. A must have for those who want to start their own business.
Published 18 months ago by Faustino67
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book!
Very informative, easy to read it bis written in a way that is easy to understand and keeps you interested. Lots of useful motivational tips and quotes.
Published 19 months ago by nica
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