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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; Pap/Psc edition (18 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845283279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845283278
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sampeeps on 2 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S Boon on 17 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. C. Ward on 14 April 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DD11 on 4 Oct 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Thompson on 24 Sep 2014
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This is a book well worth reading if you want to set up your own coffee bar and want tips on how to approach the business so that it can be profitable for you. The authors no doubt have a lot of experience and knowledge in their industry, and draw on various incidents and stories in their own and their clients' experiences to make their point and give examples.

They give well reasoned advice about a lot of elements of this business and have a clear view of what things should be focused on to ensure success. I really liked the advice about location (doesn't have to be central) and employees. Their marketing advice is great but not very specific. There is also reference to their website to get further information and guidance.

However, I think the book is misleading about being a step-by-step guide. There are plenty of things that are not covered and when I finished reading it, I thought... Okay, where do I start? They don't cover what kind of things to negotiation or think about when securing or fitting out a premises. There is no mention on finance options, let alone if you have poor credit or no history in catering/hospitality. There could have been more advice about the different types of equipment needed and what could be bought new or second hand. There could have been more advice about the implications of hiring staff (sick pay, maternity etc) Business planning was not talked about in any depth, and I felt there could have been more advice about getting a good quality coffee machine. In the list of suppliers it would have been nice for them to recommend places to get commercial equipment instead of farmers that provide green coffee, especially when there is no advice or recommendations about roasting coffee in the book.
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