I am new to this site. I have purchased a bldg. near a small University, (walking distance) in a very rural area. I have many questions, but let me get this one out of the way first. Should I have formal training before I acquire my machine?
Thanks Coffee Guy, I have checked the net and can't find anything close by (NC) unless I want to get involved with their product. Suggestions please. I am such a newbee but am really setting my opening 8/05...so I need all the help you have to offer.
Well, most coffee and/or equipment companies have to earn business, so that is just about the industry norm. If you purchase from them they will provide you training. I might suggest that whoever you purchase coffee and/or equipment from that they provide a good training course. Keep in mind that not all equipment companies can provide you with coffee, and not all roasters of coffee can provide you with equipment. We just happen to be a company that provides both. Additionally we provide on going consulting as long as you remain a customer. I know you are looking to open soon, and I'd love to help you. Please send me a pm and we can go a little further into detail. Until then, there is nothing wrong with continuing your research.
No offense but coffee fest is a bit of a joke...I have been to a few over the years....last one I went to was in vegas and it basically was biscotti and granita...I saw the whole floor in under 3 hours...went for 5 days...thank god it was in vegas...SCAA shows kick ass though...everyone is at those!
You know my stance on the "Fest" . But I guess it's okay if the new person in this industry is curious about some of the goings on, and to get an idea of some of the things needed to work this business.
I have to disagree with those who think CoffeeFest "is a joke".
Where else can you go to learn about this ever changing industry. There are many great seminars which are included in your $20 admitance as well as countless vendors, roasters, machine dealers, etc. at your disposal.
Any one serious abou this industry shoudl go to these shows, ESPECIALLY when they are in your back yard.
I am just saying that the coffee fests I went to where directed more twards people thinking of getting into the coffee biz...I could walk to whole floor in under 3 hours....now the SCAA shows I would spend 3-4 days and not see everything....as to an ever changing industry...who do think is changing it?
I never said Coffee Fest was a joke. It's just focused toward the new comer to the industry. Keep in mind, I'm sure that most of us have been to at least one and the newness wears off after the first one. Especially for those of us that work in this industry. As the case in any trade show, we all pick and choose what sticks to us :wink: