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.

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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.

How to Develop a Coffee Training Program: Part One

Having well-trained baristas could make the difference between a coffee shop that succeeds and one that flounders. In this mini-series, I will share my experiences and tell you how you can develop a top-notch coffee training program.

Home-Brewing 101: Understanding Extraction and Strength

Swirling around in your morning joe is a complex solution made up of plant cellulose, lipids, minerals, acids, caffeine, proteins and sugars. You can thank these materials for giving your coffee its flavor. Yum! Well… mostly yum: only about 30% of the coffee bean is dissolvable, and only 18-22% of it even tastes good. Yeah, I know. The math doesn’t really seem to be in our favor, does it?

To Freeze or Not To Freeze?

When I recently visited my coffee friend, Rusty Angell, he brewed me a cup of Ethiopia Guji Sidamo that was so very delicious: bright, fruity and tart with a creamy finish. It was that fresh-tasting good-good… So you can imagine my surprise when he told me that he’d been storing said good-good in the freezer, a practice I’ve long been taught is a major no-go for coffee quality.

Manual Home-Brewing 101: the Equipment

You’ve recently realized that your coffee at home is sub-par and want to step up your brewing game. You’ve heard about manual brewing (aka not-a-Mr-Coffee-machine) and want to play around with some manual brewing devices at home. Yaaaas. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have a problem.