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  1. #1
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    Nov 2005
    Lansing, Iowa

    Is just good coffee enough or espressor a must?

    Hi--my husband and I are moving our gallery in a very small, but increasingly touristy town to a gallery/coffee shop across the street. Wanna do it right but don't have much cashola yet--is serving really good "regular" coffee--regular, decaf plus good teas/chai--enough to get started or do most of your customers prefer the espresso, cappucino, lattes? (No one in town will no what to do with a cappucino, I'm thinking, but we do get lots of tourists from Mpls, Chicago, Des Moines, Milwaukee summer-fall. We're not yet coffee connossiurs ourselves, but love coffee shops. We'll also serve locally made muffins, scones, pie? And any suggestions on something chocolate we should offer? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Most coffee shops serve a great drip in addition to their specialty coffees. I don't do drip, but have a lot of customers who ask for it. I think (personally) that you'll do fine with a great drip- maybe a dark, light & flavored and keep in the airpots. Try & see & if you then see the need for espresso, you'll know whether or not the investment will be worth it.
    Cafe' Isabella
    "Where Good Friends Find Great Coffee"

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    New York

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    My highly suggest that you get the espresso machine, you can get a great new two group fully automatic machine for $4000 - $5000 you coffee supplier will provide you with all your other coffee equipment and pay help you purchase the espresso machine.

    you don't have to be a coffee snob but you will be better off in the long run.




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