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    The Sequel: The Positives of owning your own store

    As someone who aspires to some day own a coffee shop, I'd like to hear about the positives.

    I've always been a morning person and have always enjoyed drinking coffee. I remember working for an offshore catering company back in the 90's where I'd wake up at 4 a.m. and make sure that all of the coffee thermos(es) were full and ready for the crews when they woke up at 5 a.m. It goes without saying that this was a very important responsibility. You don't want 100 longshoremen waking up without coffee.

    Let's hear it guys - What are the positives of owning a coffee shop?

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    All the coffee you can drink

    Other than one total jerk in Amherst, Mass, coffee people are totally nice

    You can go to other indie shops and introduce yourself and get a free cup of coffee...sometimes free muffins and beans

    Your regulars are your friends

    If you were Anne, you get to see Mr booger in action
    You want cream and sugar?
    NO COFFEE FOR YOU! NEXT!

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    You can do pretty much what the f*** you want.
    No need to drink the crap coffee you were before.
    Knowing you are loved by some, feared by some, hated by some... kinda like a good "B list" celebrity.

    And on the cheesy side:

    A smile and an "mmmmm" from a customer taking their first sip is priceless.
    John Piquet
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    caffedbolla.com

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    I like what ElPugDiablo said regarding the indie shops and also what John P said regarding the smiles of the customers.

    A single customer's smile or the encouraging words of a fellow indie shop could be all it takes to remind you that indeed you are not alone and that you do have a caring support system. Keep up the good work and don't let anyone or anything deter you from your vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPugDiablo
    If you were Anne, you get to see Mr booger in action
    I totally missed this thread. And, I have NO idea what happened to Creepy Booger Guy. He just stpped coming in. I think the Italians from next door offed him. They knew he freaked me out. Maybe they made him an offer... I dunno.

    Positives of owning your own store... to be honest, they FAR OUTWEIGH the negatives. We all try to be realistic, and brutally honest, especially when some of the "day dreamers" find this site and all they focus on is lazy mornings pouring coffee and chatting it up, not thinking through the process. Mainly, I guess we try to save them from themselves. LOL

    Of course, it is HARD work, exhausting at times. And, I don't know how many know this other than ElPugDiablo, but I'm 7 mos pregnant. (Don't even ask. LOL We tried for years and nthing happened. And then suddenly, here I am.) So, I am especially tired, but I am still able to be here most of the day.

    Anyway, I know I get caught in the day to day BS, but there is nothing else I'd rather do. Even today, when one of the kids asked me where the "rest of the filters for the Fetco thingy" were. Um, they were ALL together... The kid says, oh, so I guess we're out. The best part... NO ONE around here sells them. And there is no Saturday UPS/FedEx delivery here on Saturdays to even order them for tomorrow. Luckily, I know someone in Ocean City who was kind enough to drop some off to me. Hey, we indies have to stick together.

    There is no better feeling when someone who works for you has that sense of accomplishment when they finally pour that rosetta and they are genuinely proud, and you are proud. We have a couple of jerky customers, but 99% of them are wonderful... some even brings gifts!

    I think the best part of this is that I was able to do it when people said I couldn't--mainly the poor sots I used to work with. I actually stopped by just to drop off some coffee... they look pathetic. LOL Of course, I am tired, but I am satisfied. I have a long way to grow to develop my business and all of our skills, mine included, but I am happy I have made it this far.
    AJPratt
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    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

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    you can always strain through an old sock, or cheesecloth, if need be.
    John Piquet
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    Anne, congrats on the good news.

    That makes two big positives for you this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P
    you can always strain through an old sock, or cheesecloth, if need be.
    I seriously considered the cheesecloth. Didn't know if it would work.



    Quote Originally Posted by davidsbiscotti
    Anne, congrats on the good news.

    That makes two big positives for you this year.
    Thanks, Eddie! Yes, we are pretty happy... overwhelmed, but happy.
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

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    Positives...

    You have the chance to shape the coffee landscape by inspiring others with your principles.

    Educating by the cup.
    John Piquet
    caffe d'bolla
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    Positives-

    Business people pay good money to network... we get paid to network. Business people pay to learn how to solve customer complaints...we get to do it every day for free!
    Merdeka Coffee (Indonesian Coffee Roasters and relationship coffee specialists) - Antipodean (Coffee - Cafe - Culture)

 

 
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