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 – 11 Jun 2010
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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.
Known in the trade as 'The Coffee Boys', John Richardson and Hugh Gilmartin have a wealth of experience in the coffee shop business. This book is a distillation of their experience of the many dozens of coffee and sandwich businesses they have opened.See all Product Description
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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)
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!
You get good quality information, down to earth examples and suggestions on what to do. They are very good to point out that running a successful cafe is not just about making nice coffee!
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.Read more ›
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.
The book is also full of typographical errors and needs proofreading.
This is a shame as it's really a good book overall full of useful advice - it just needs to be updated and corrected.
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A comprehensive guide to setting up and running a coffee shop- useful, interesting and light-hearted! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Britpiglet
This is a great book for anyone looking to start any type of eatery or coffee shop- as many of the principles are the same. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KIMBERLEY SONI
This book have some good points, but i bought this book not for motivation, i just wanna know some legal staff what should i do firstPublished 11 months ago by Victor
What a crock of s***!
'Case studies' were very vague examples that offered nothing.
Subject areas were nothing more than definitions, that unless you were devoid of... Read more