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  1. #21
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    Hi everyone just wanted to give you a quick update I opened a month and a half ago and things are going wonderful. Although it is the honeymoon phase still. I am very grateful that I have been able to make a profit in both months. Wow so much at one time it has been a tad overwhelming. I would like to know if you have any ideas on things to add to the menu so that I can bring people in during lunch time. I am thinking about adding soup.

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    No to the soup. Soup is a bad idea. It's a path you don't want to go down. You don't want the place to smell like soup, and you really don't want "soup" people coming. You want coffee people coming.

    I will reference myself from a post on another thread where I wrote,
    The business of "why not" Just quickly: New and/or struggling operators often look for multiple revenue streams rather than improving their core business. Adding multiple (and non-relevant) revenue streams dilutes your base both from a financial and a positioning standpoint.
    Maybe light sandwiches (no panini). We do toasted bagel sandwiches, I know other people who do cold sandwiches... And pre-made!! maybe once or twice a day. You're not a sandwich shop. Have some simple offerings, and no substitutions.

    So my advice, do what you're doing a little better. Work on efficiency, less waste, etc. Find things that are complimentary. Soup is not complimentary to coffee. It will damage your bottom line.
    John Piquet
    caffe d'bolla
    Salt Lake City, UT
    caffedbolla.com

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    I was thinking of the pre made sandwich. That would be easier too.

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    Although I agree with John on most everything he has said, I do think soup can be a great addition to the menu and be relatively simple to prepare and serve. I have a shop and we partner with a local restaurant that makes us their product fresh. When we first started serving it, we received it in quarts and would prepare upon order in a pan on an induction cooker. As volume ramped up we moved to a heated crock and it has served us well. People love it and it is very easy.

    Soup can be done, but one thing to be careful of, as John has pointed out, is to never lose focus on the overall purpose of the shop and that is coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kais01 View Post
    Hi everyone just wanted to give you a quick update I opened a month and a half ago and things are going wonderful. Although it is the honeymoon phase still. I am very grateful that I have been able to make a profit in both months. Wow so much at one time it has been a tad overwhelming.

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    good to see your coffee shop is doing well. I noticed earlier in the thread you were in Birmingham, Alabama. I'm up in the Huntsville/Decatur area and would love to stop in one day when I'm in the area (I've got some friends down there, and sometimes I'll visit them on the rare days we're not all busy on the same day )

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    ^^^ Somebody didn't read the rules...

    6. Posts containing Ganoderma also known as Gano, whether it deals with coffee or as an additive to coffee or any other products will not be tolerated. Offenders can be barred to as little as one week and to as much as a permanent ban. Ganoderma has caused too many issues on this forum and the amount of flaming has become ridiculous. It is with much regret that I have terminated this one subject, but it is better to kill it now then to lose good members over the arguments it creates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterjschmidt View Post
    ^^^ Somebody didn't read the rules...

    And she got herself banned!

  8. #28
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    We would love to meet you My shop is called Kai's Koffee House and is located in Pelham AL. 2722 Chandalar Place Drive Pelham, AL 35124 Google will take you right here. See ya soon

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    @Kais: Don't forget to putup a nice menuboard display. This will help in promotion.

 

 
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