Archive for the ‘Coffee Cart Biz’ Category

State of the Barista Training Facility

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010


The Ivy League Barista Academy has recently opened the doors of its new, state of the art, training facility in San Diego, California. As the only barista training facility of its kind in San Diego, ILBA aspires to become an asset to the coffee community with its excellent selection of coffee training programs. So much of a coffee businesses success weighs on a baristas ability to effectively and efficiently provide its customers with the highest possible level of product and customer service. The barista is the face of any coffee business and although your customer will gain many different impressions of your coffee business based on a number of observations, the barista behind the counter will have the biggest impact. In the coffee industry today we can witness a lack of standards and consistency across the country. Where we could once expect friendly and knowledgeable caffeinated customer service, we all too often today find slow and substandard quality. That is why ILBA is raising the bar for coffee baristas across the country.

Ivy League Barista Academy seeks to reform and revolutionize the coffee industry to a level of excellence beyond today’s standards. ILBA offers a wide array of informative courses that range in substance and length. For everyone from baristas, to business owners, ILBA teaches the most important skills and techniques in barista training and coffee business operations. With an expert team that has started over 550 coffee businesses worldwide ILBA is proud to be serving the coffee industry by preserving its quality and integrity.

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Burned by Cuppy’s?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

p1010207.JPGIf you are one of the many unfortunate people that can answer “yes” to this question, PLEASE read further. We here at Coffee Cart Biz, Inc. and Advanced-Fabrication would like you to know that you still have options. We also understand that you probably will have a hard time trusting a new company, and it is for this reason that we would like the opportunity to earn your business. Some of you may have heard of Coffee Cart Biz, Inc. We are the company that originally designed and built the espresso cart and kiosk options that were offered by Cuppy’s/Elite Manufacturing, and believe it or not, we were burned by them too. They basically used our design illegally and then began building the carts and kiosks themselves – very poorly, I might add. We want to make one thing abundantly clear- we ARE NOT affiliated with Cuppy’s Coffee/Elite Manufacturing in ANY way. We were a “Preferred Builder” for Cuppy’s Coffee for a short time until our design was illegally used, and that was the extent of our relationship.

Coffee Cart Biz, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom espresso carts and kiosks and its sister company Advanced-Fabrication offers design and layout, as well as fabrication services for drive-thrus, and cafés, and concession trailers. Both companies offer an economical alternative to franchising, through their products and consulting programs. Many of you may have decided to business with a franchise because the products, systems, and training were all in place. Coffee Cart Biz, Inc. and Advanced-Fabrication offer all the same services of a franchise, but we offer our services a’ la carte so we HAVE to earn your business along the way. We will help you develop your business from concept to grand opening and everything in between – and best of all – there are NO FRANCHISE FEES OR ROYALTIES to pay! Here are some of the products and services that we offer:

  • Location Selection Assistance and Lease Negotiation
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Branding Your Concept (Marketing)
  • Project Management
  • Barista Training
  • Equipment
  • Product
  • Delivery and Installation
  • Grand Opening Consulting

For more information, visit our websites at www.coffeecartbiz.com or www.advanced-fabrication.com

3 Compartment Sink Meeting

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

By Jim Juliano 4/15/08

On April 9, 2008, a California state senate subcommittee meeting was held at the offices of the Orange County Department of Environmental Health. The subject being discussed at this meeting was the 3 compartment sink, or “warewashing” sink as it is referred to in the California Retail Food Code, and its requirement with regards to mobile food facilities. The subcommittee was going to take the findings from this meeting and present them at a Coalition meeting in Sacramento the following day to possibly amend the CFRC. There were representatives from County health departments from all over the state, current and potential cart business owners, and representatives of manufacturing companies that specialize in cart construction in attendance.

Some of the key points that were touched on at the meeting:

  • When is a 3 compartment sink required?
  • Where does it have to be?
  • Number of sinks required for multi-unit configurations.
  • When are enclosures required?
  • Possible amendments to the CFRC

A good amount of time was dedicated to proposing the addition of some clarifying language to the code that is more specific to the operation of coffee/espresso carts. While the health department officials lobbied on one side of the room to keep the code vague and non-descript, the people being affected by this law voiced their request for more specific classification. Whether the health department people want to look at it this way or not, coffee carts are included in the same classification as catering trucks, ice cream trucks, hot dog and popcorn carts. These are all “Mobile Food Facilities” and since they are just that (mobile), they are permitted to operate anywhere within the jurisdiction of their county.

The findings of the committee were that anytime Milk is used in the preparation of coffee/espresso drinks, whether hot or iced/blended, there is a “Potentially Hazardous Food” present, so a 3 compartment sink is required to sterilize the utensils that come in contact with the milk. Those utensils can be the frothing pitcher, the whisk, or the blender. It was the intention of the committee to introduce a new subdivision to the CFRC that specifically stated when brewed espresso, tea, or coffee were served, no 3 compartment sink was necessary.

There is another subcommittee meeting scheduled for later this year, to pick up where this meeting left off on this subject. A particularly intriguing topic that was discussed at the end of this meeting that will receive further attention at the next meeting was the notion of drafting a section specific to beverage based cart businesses. Either way, any changes or amendments that the Sacramento Coalition agrees on wouldn’t be put into law until January 1, 2009. So until then, the 3 compartment sinks are here to stay in California.

Coffee Cart Biz Inc offers Barista Training

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

By: Jim Juliano

There are many aspects to a new coffee business that will determine your success or failure. One of the key aspects is the knowledge and experience of your barista. But what do you do if you have all the elements in place to run a successful coffee business, except the Master Barista?

Coffee Cart Biz Inc. has created a comprehensive training course to develop each business owner into a master barista. This course is perfect for the individual whose knowledge of coffee stops at what kind they like to drink.The Master Barista Package consists of three eight- hour training days going over a variety of disciplines in drink preparation and system building. The Master Barista Package is a hands-on training course with an informational packet focusing on the key points listed below for the business owner or employee of the coffee business. The majority of material will be provided hands on with the assistance of training material.

Menu:

  • Competition pricing evaluation
  • Price breaks with reference to profit per drink
  • Product variety
  • Variety in product sizes
  • Special promotions
  • Torani Syrup variety
  • Pastry goods suppliers

Drink Preparation:

  • Consistency in drink preparation
  • Quality control
  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing

System Building:

  • Employee training
  • Par ordering system
  • Daily cash systems
  • Drop box systems

Roasting:

  • Origin of the coffee bean
  • Different regions with reference to taste
  • Mild and dark roast comparisons
  • Roasting
  • Quality in storage and transportation
  • Product wasting procedures
  • Consistent bean storage systems

Espresso Grinder:

  • Grinder adjustments, functions and settings
  • Espresso shot with reference to humidity, dosing, timing and temperature
  • Maintenance and cleaning

Espresso Machine:

  • Setting adjustments
  • Proper espresso extraction techniques
  • The shot with reference to heart, body and crema
  • Maintenance and cleaning

Location Selection!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

By: Jonathan Harp

A bump in the road– “I don’t have a location for my new business!”

You’ve heard it before, over and over, “Location-Location-Location!” An important thing to remember is you don’t necessarily need a permanent location to get started. Many new business owners start off by serving at fairs and events, familiarizing themselves with the industry and setting up for success. For many entrepreneurs, this can be a very promising route. So if you don’t land that location you’ve been eyeballing, don’t worry! You can still get the ball rolling on your new business; there are many other avenues you can take.

The site selection process usually takes time, and it requires a strategic, professional approach. Someone just stepping into the field may face more difficulties than someone already familiarized with the process. Coffee Cart Biz has proved, with our clients, that working as a team on such a heavy project is so much better than working it out alone. That is a major difference between Coffee Cart Biz and other manufacturers. Their experienced Location Selection Consultants work with you on the process, sharing their knowledge and expertise along the way, making sure you have all the tools you’ll need to land a location you could only dream of.

There is so much involved with site selection that need serious consideration.  That’s why it’s important to get an outline and knowledge base before speaking with property management and losing locations. You must take your time and be prepared by utilizing Coffee Cart Biz Inc’s consulting services. They’ll even provide a physical evaluation of the location when you are approaching your close.

So maybe you have been having trouble getting that location you’ve been working towards. Don’t give up! Help is only a phone call away! Together we can do it. Think of it this way- it took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to make light from a light bulb. Imagine if he gave up at 9,999.