What I Wish I Knew: Advice From Coffee Shop Owners

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The following post originally appeared in full on the Bond Street Small Business Blog

Starting a coffee business is not for the faint of heart. It will bring blood, sweat, and tears (plus a lot of caffeine).

Yet, there’s still something that makes the pursuit worthwhile.

And as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. So what better way to truly learn what it takes to successfully build a coffee business than to turn to those who know best?

The editors at Bond Street asked individuals behind some of America’s best cups  to share what they wish they knew before opening their coffee shops, or other caffeine-infused operations. The result is 33 pieces of advice that all aspiring entrepreneurs would benefit from knowing.

From mistakes made to tricks of the trade, you’re bound to discover at least one nugget of wisdom that will save you time, money, energy, and quite possibly your sanity — or all of the above.

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Coffee Career Center: Jobs of the Week

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From baristas to boardrooms, the Coffee Career Center connects companies to top talent across the industry.

Check out this week’s featured job listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)

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Senior Traffic Coordinator
| Rothfos Corporation
NY

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Financial Analyst, Central & South America
| Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

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VP, Coffee
| Fair Trade USA
CA

Packaging Assistant | Confluence Coffee Company
VA

Sales Representative | Red Diamond, Inc.
MN

Social Media Strategist | Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

Parts Manager | Espresso Plus Inc
MA

Visit the Coffee Career Center to view more listings, share your resume, or post a job. 

 

Coffee Career Center: Jobs of the Week

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Stuck in a rut? Start 2017 with an exciting new job in the coffee industry.

Check out this week’s featured listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)

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VP, Coffee
/ Fair Trade USA
CA

Social Media Strategist / Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

Total Office and Logistics Manager / Coffeetec
CA

International Marketing Manager / Coffeetec
CA

Store Manager / Mercurys Coffee Co.
WA

Barista / Blue Donkey Coffee
GA

Reily Foods

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Reily Foods is the sponsor of the NCA Convention 2018, March 15-17, in their hometown of New Orleans – during NOLA’s tricentennial anniversary!

Meet Our Members

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LOCATION: New Orleans, LA

Responses provided by Mark Woods, Director of Purchasing and Quality Assurance, Reily Foods

What does Reily Foods do?

Reily Foods provides many of the staples you will find in your kitchen cabinet.

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Announcing The Coffee Career Center

By Bill Murray, NCA

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There’s never been a more exciting time to have a career in coffee.

From the barista who pulls the perfect shot, to the unheralded scientists working to preserve the genetic diversity of coffee, professionals all around the world have turned their passion for coffee into a livelihood. And yet, until now, there’s never been an easy way to find those career opportunities – or to find talent to match these opportunities.

This is why we are pleased to announce the launch of the first dedicated career center for coffee – anchored by a coffee job board. A venture of the National Coffee Association, U.S.A., the Coffee Career Center is intended to be your first career stop – whether you are hiring, or looking to get hired, in the fascinating and rewarding world of coffee. Continue reading

What is Leadership?

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It is ironic that coffee – a beverage with a history of hundreds of years – is in the midst of a period of unprecedented change. That change has unlocked deeper value and choice for business and consumers – even as it presents unprecedented challenges that continually shape the headlines: Climate change. La roya. Sustainability. GMO legislation. Gender inequality. Volatile prices.

All businesses struggle to identify and train leaders. But for the coffee sector, leaders deal with a complex array of variables, threats and opportunities – making leadership essential for the industry’s future.

This is why the theme for the NCA 2016 Annual Convention is “leadership.” It’s an opportunity for leaders, managers, and professionals to join the conversations that are will fundamentally shape the business of coffee going forward – including at a Pre-Convention Symposium designed to help rising professionals turn technical expertise into effective leadership.

But what is leadership? What does it mean in today’s complex, evolving world?

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10 Reasons to Visit San Diego

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San Diego, CA, consistently ranks as one of the happiest cities in the United States – which isn’t entirely surprising, given the incredible weather, 70 miles of coastline, and renowned craft breweries.

Discover the place for yourself during the NCA 2016 Annual Convention, March 17-19, which will include a pre-conference Leadership Symposium and a luncheon benefiting the International Women in Coffee Alliance.

Until then, here are the top 10 reasons we’re daydreaming about a sunny San Diego escape: Continue reading