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Coffee Tourism Trends to Look For in 2022

Coffee Tourism Trends to Look For in 2022

Coffee has been a mainstay in American culture and many other cultures around the globe. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), consumption of this magical beverage here in the States has reached a two-decade high.  Among the 68% of Americans who enjoy coffee each day, a smaller subset of enthusiasts are indulging in what’s now known as coffee tourism. From traveling domestically to the best cafés and roasters to jetsetting to other countries to learning how beans are grown and harvested, there are many ways to expand your love of coffee.  Whether you’re a shop owner who would like...

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What You Should Know About Financing Commercial Coffee Equipment

What You Should Know About Financing Commercial Coffee Equipment

When you’re preparing for the grand opening of your café, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for the equipment. You’ve undoubtedly already noticed that commercial coffee supplies are a significant investment, and especially high-end products.  Regardless of your budget, financing may be the best option for making business ownership attainable. Interested in exploring this option to purchase your commercial espresso machine and other must-have equipment? Here’s what you need to know:  You May Benefit From the Section 179 Tax Deduction Wondering if financing or leasing equipment is worth it? Talk to your accountant about the possibility of...

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Why Barista Training Is Essential For Your Café

Why Barista Training Is Essential For Your Café

Whether you’re planning to open your first café or you’d like to improve the performance of an existing shop, barista training should be at the top of your priority list. Although you may have spent hours researching the best commercial espresso machines and coffee grinders, these products can only perform as well as your team.  Ready to learn more about why barista training is a must? Here’s a deeper look into why training for your team is an investment that will pay off in the long run:  Make the Most of Your Equipment  If you’re considering splurging on a high-end...

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Comparison of Nuova Simonelli’s Easy Cream, Autosteam, and Gooseneck Wands

Comparison of Nuova Simonelli’s Easy Cream, Autosteam, and Gooseneck Wands

If you’re on the search for a commercial espresso machine for your café, you may be interested in a product that has a high-tech steam wand. Since the vast majority (upwards of 80%) of espresso beverages sold in coffee shops are milk-based, getting the temperature and texture of steamed milk just right is crucial.  As you begin to explore your options, you may be drawn to the eye-catching aesthetic of Nuova Simonelli machines. This brand offers several popular commercial machines, but you’ll need to determine which steaming system you prefer. Nuova Simonelli has three different steaming options, including Easy Cream,...

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How the Quality of Your Grinder Affects the Espresso You Serve

How the Quality of Your Grinder Affects the Espresso You Serve

Whether you need to stock your café or home coffee bar, a high-quality grinder should be a nonnegotiable piece of equipment. Although the espresso machine often steals the show, a grinder is essential in ensuring a delicious end result.  Interested in learning more about coffee grinders and why investing in a good one is so important? Here, we discuss the details and theory behind grind size and how it affects the flavor of your espresso:  Grind Size Impacts Extraction  If you’ve wondered why whole beans need to be ground before making coffee or espresso, it’s because this practice increases the...

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