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Thank you very much for spending time with us yesterday we both thoroughly enjoyed the course. The course was was very insightful and inspiring and has urged us even greater to do as it says in your final slide. ‘make it happen’. Thank you also for being so open about the figures that are set to be involved that really was very helpful

Will & Kay

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starting a coffee shop or cafe hints & tips

December 31, 2011

Buying an espresso machine

Buying an espresso machine for your coffee shop from eBay is like pissing your money up the wall. We have bitter experience of buying espresso machines […]
December 31, 2011
bodum french press

Bodum coffee cup

I got this Bodum coffee travel set for Christmas and have to say its great. The cup is a 12oz stainless steel cup with a silicone […]
December 31, 2011

Coffee shop VAT

The first thing we learnt about VAT and coffee shops is that there are lots of urban myths around the subject. When we were speaking to […]
November 23, 2011

Birmingham Coffee Scene – part 4

We (Urban Coffee) have been talking about opening our next emporium in Manchester for the last year or so and have even had press articles covering […]
October 16, 2011

Does Social Media work – part 2

So in our last post we said we would look at further analysis based on the number of people visting the retail coffee outlet, and we […]
October 16, 2011

Does Social Media work for coffee shops?

There is a lot of buzz around social media at the moment and lots of businesses are trying to get their heads around how they use […]
September 24, 2011

Keynote Speech – Clueless but Caffeine powered

In Sept 2011 we were asked to give a keynote speech at The National Franchise Exhibition about our journey with Urban Coffee Co. The slides are […]
September 24, 2011

Birmingham Coffee Scene part 3

Another independent coffee/cafe closed its doors this week: “The 90 Day Cafe”. It opened in Sept 2010 so lasted a year, which was much longer than […]
August 7, 2011

The difficult 2nd album (emporium)

It was never a question of do we open a 2nd emporium it was always when, we had multiple emporiums in the business plan from day […]
July 19, 2011

Why coffee shops fail

Why do coffee shops fail? Lots of reasons but here are my top 3 reasons: 1- The owner/manager is not a business person and doesn’t get […]
September 24, 2011

Keynote Speech – Clueless but Caffeine powered

In Sept 2011 we were asked to give a keynote speech at The National Franchise Exhibition about our journey with Urban Coffee Co. The slides are […]
August 7, 2011

The difficult 2nd album (emporium)

It was never a question of do we open a 2nd emporium it was always when, we had multiple emporiums in the business plan from day […]
July 19, 2011

Why coffee shops fail

Why do coffee shops fail? Lots of reasons but here are my top 3 reasons: 1- The owner/manager is not a business person and doesn’t get […]
February 28, 2011

Work in the business or on the business

When starting your own coffee shop you have two choices: you either work in the business as an owner manager or you bring in a manager […]