Paris on the Platte’s Sidewalk Sandwich Sign in LoDo, Denver
I had a long conversation yesterday with a coffeehouse owner about the business of owning a coffeehouse … you know, the challenges associated with keeping it going on a daily basis. “The margin in coffee is just so low”, he said.
His coffeehouse has been in Denver for over 20 years and also has experience in fine dining. He has chosen to diversify his offerings to include alcohol and live music in the evenings. The location of the coffeehouse used to be a popular destination, but now sits on a very busy neighborhood street and feels it is lost in the shuffle.
He indicated these as his biggest challenges:
- Keeping overhead low; especially getting reasonable pricing on dry goods and condiments from suppliers
- Attracting and keeping knowledgeable, involved baristas
- Staying abreast of the growing, changing coffee culture both locally and globally in the midst of a 7-day work week
- Finding that niche again: offering unique products, services that keep customers returning
This is where I’d love to help by creating a community of coffeehouse owners to support each other, where they can build camaraderie and brainstorm ideas. Where I could assist them in building a co-op to purchase products and services that help their bottomline while maintaining a thriving local economy. Let’s just do it!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more about my vision.
Luvin’ Local, Lisa
I’m not on the road right now, just home in Denver enjoying the hourly weather changes hoping it’s nice & sunny when I go to the Colorado Rockies v. Arizona Diamondbacks day game on Wednesday.
Alice’s Philosophy Espresso, Lincoln City, OR
However, I have friends that are travelling and will occasionally send me a photo of a coffeehouse they meet. Each one is special and expresses a bit of the owner’s personality. This one is from Doug. He goes to the Oregon Coast once a year to breath in some of the best air on the planet (lucky man).
I visited their Facebook page and discovered the owner is 24 year-old Allie. She opened the doors in 2011 and loves philosophy so much that she “created an espresso business to implement a main marketing concept of developing exciting and interactive philosophical thought and conversation.”
Thanks for being uniquely you, Allie!! My next journey on Highway 101 will include a stophere.
Allie’s Philosophy Espresso
5998 SE Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Allie’sPhilosphy Espresso Facebook Page
Java Moose in Fairplay, CO
Java Moose Coffee House & Deli
730 Main Street
Fairplay, CO 80440
Highway 9 offers a viable option when avoiding I-70 “slow and go” traffic back to Denver. As I descended Hoosier Pass driving south out of Breckenridge, CO this afternoon I was drawn to stop at the Java Moose Coffee House & Deli.
The barista was too busy to chat, but I met a kind man sitting at the end of the counter. He is a truck driver who lives in South Park. He stops in for a coffee and a doughnut whenever he’s home …. “love the community that meets here”, he said.
According to their website they have art hanging on the walls from the students in Ms. Husher’s class at the local middle school.
How does it get any better than this?
Freshly harvested peaches, a family reunion, and an indie coffeehouse!
The Western Slope of Colorado gives the country delicious fruit! This time of year fruit stands dot the roadways and hand painted signs indicate the bounty of fruits they sell. There are peaches, pears, plums, apples, cherries, and cantaloupe; peppers, squash, honey and jams.
Bikki Family Farms, Palisade Colorado
Most of the farms are family owned and operated. And when it’s time to harvest the community comes together to pick, sort and pack the produce for market. This is what I love about community coffeehouses across the world, too. They gather people together and give us the chance to get to know our neighbors.
@ the counter
Take Moca Joe’s Espresso on Main Street in Delta … they have delicious roast from a local roaster and serve an Americano (my fav) that is rich and aromatic. The owners put their energy into this one shop and it shows 🙂
When traveling to a wine tasting in Palisade or to ski in Aspen, just stop in. They are on Highway 50 in downtown Delta, Colorado. Tell them we sent you.
Moca Joe’s Espresso
352 Main Street
Delta, CO 81416