What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Cafe: Part 3

Special to Barista Magazine Published January 17, 2018 Photos by Elli McGuire In the first and second iteration of this series, we addressed some of the key elements to building a solid foundation—in more than one way—for your business. In this piece, I’ll share some tricks I’ve picked up in the last several months on how to deal with…

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Cafe: Part 2

Special to Barista Magazine Published January 3, 2018 Photos by Elli McGuire While every entrepreneurial experience is unique, there are a number of commonalities that we share in our struggle. In the first part of this series, we addressed the importance of creating a foundation of good paperwork, bookkeeping, and financial planning at the start of…

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Cafe

Special to Barista Magazine Published December 14, 2017 Photos by Elli McGuire If I’ve learned anything about opening a café in the last year, it’s that Instagram is full of lies. Social media paints a well-lit picture of seamless construction projects, well-dressed entrepreneurs, and smiling, happy faces. Sitting in the shell of a coffee shop…

Charlotte Coffee Collective Gathers to Voice Concerns About the SCA

Special to Barista Magazine Published November 28, 2017 On the evening of Wednesday, November 15, 17 members of the Charlotte Coffee Collective (CCC) gathered to discuss the Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) decision to host the 2018 World Coffee Competitions in Dubai and the recently announced Deferred Candidacy Policy. Sitting in the foyer of Comic Girl Coffee—a space made by and…

Budget-Friendly Benefits: Part Three

We discuss the bottom line—money—in the final installment of our series on budget-friendly benefits small businesses can provide their staff.

Budget-Friendly Benefits: Part Two

In the second part of this series on budget-friendly benefits small businesses can provide their staff, we focus on in-house educational opportunities and professional development.

Budget-Friendly Benefits: Part One

It can seem difficult to offer the benefits and luxuries of a large business when you’re a small coffee shop owner. In this series, we explore different ways to provide perks and incentives to keep your staff happy and well cared for.

How to Develop a Coffee Training Program: Part Four

We’ve spent the past three segments of this series figuring out how to build an effective and productive barista training program in your business. However, no matter how engaging your lesson plans, how visually-pleasing your handouts, or how focused your curriculum may be, it won’t have nearly the staying power without a culture of active learning within your barista staff.

How to Develop a Coffee Training Program: Part Three

In Part Two of this series, we covered the basic theories of adult education and shared some practical ideas on how to empower all types of learners in your barista training program. In this post I’ll help you assess your limitations and iron out the content of your classes.