So you are starting a coffee shop. Before you sign any lease, be sure you read it. You will be amazed how ‘boiler plate’ most commercial leases are. Try to do everything you can to get what you want in your lease. That is, things that will benefit you and your business first. Most leases usually benefit the landlord, not the tenant. However, if you do not feel that you can negotiate your own lease consider a commercial real estate attorney or an experienced commercial realtor.
Coffee club memberships are another hot item that is growing in popularity in the coffee world and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Usually available in 3, 6, or 12 month increments, club memberships are a wonderful way to give a variety of gifts all at one time.
Soggy peanuts and peanuts in packages marked out of date by five to six years were dumped on the production line and used with other unsanitary conditions claimed ex-employee of the Peanut Corporation of America, Jonathan Prather. “A dry roaster oven review at the plant was halted only one day a month for cleaning” shared Prather. Michael Doyle, head of the food safety center at the University of Georgia added that cleaning and sanitizing should be done once a week.
Use coffee beans that are between three and ten days old. if you use those that are not fully matured, your coffee will not have a flavor that is very robust. If you wait too long to use them, you may end up with a cup of coffee that tastes stale.
I realized most people would put this at the top of their lists, but the two I have in front I find to be just slightly funnier. However, this might be the most famous Seinfeld episode, with most people at least knowing of the ‘soup nazi’, even if they had never seen the show. Of course seeing Jerry choose soup over a woman is amazing, and the little segment of Newman running home to get a big pot for the remainder of the Soup Nazi’s soup (after Elaine puts him out of business) is great.
Last but not least, is a carving set. To carve a turkey, it’s best to use a long thin knife with a bit of flexibility in the blade. A good set can start at $100 or more; cheaper yet, buy an electric carving knife from Hamilton Beach for about $25. For families who carve up Thanksgiving turkeys in the kitchen before serving, an electric knife really simplifies the job.
Just remember, there are always going to be kitchen disasters, failures and mistakes. But that’s ok. The only way good cooks learn is by experimenting to find out what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to step out there and experiment with different herbs and spices. You might surprise yourself by some of the truly unique dishes you create!