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    College Coffeehouse

    Are there grants out there for a college student to start a college coffee house?

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    well shit there should be! haha i wish my college had a nice coffee shop...hmm well i don't know, probably just talk to the dean about it

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    that would be nice, although i read an article once about a college student getting a grant for a coffee shop, but it isn't nice when you swear about it./

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    What city are you in? Your idea may get more attention from an older established friend, business owner, etc. Frankly, my concern would be that you're a student. When will you have time to run this "business?"

    I'm not saying it isn't possible, but running a food or beverage business, even at the kiosk level will be costly. An example of where small, part time carts are doing well here in SoCal........ large church has two carts running all day Sunday during their services which run from 8am thru late afternoon. They are run by the congregation, and are profitable!

    If I were back in school, I'd be looking at anyone who already had a food concession and health permits. Maybe you could "bring espresso into their ongoing operation?" That game plan sounds doable. For what it's worth, Peet's Coffee just received permission to put a coffee shop in the University of Irvine campus. If that's your competition, then a grant may only work if you're running a single brewgroup machine for special events on weekends?

    But let's say that there are grants somewhere out there? What's your plan? I'd love to know, because here in SoCal, setting up an espresso operation starts with the health department and only gets more complicated from there. It can be done, don't be discouraged, but either you're talking about 5 or 6 of you that have worked together before, and would partner this, or you come from a retail food family??! Please tell me which it is....

    Best, Al
    And I ask myself... why take blood pressure med's every morning... when they're backed up by downing two double capuccinos? I mean, I love the taste, but my heart's beat'n like a scared rabbit...!!!

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    I would approach a major gourmet roaster such as Green Mountain or a local gourmet roaster in your area. You might find that they would be willing to help with equipment, training and such just to get their brand name out there. If I were in college that is where I would start...

    One word of advice ... have a detailed business plan ready to present...

    Good luck!!!

 

 

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