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javagurl
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Joined: 15 Oct 2005
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Location: Idaho
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Posted Sat Oct 15, 2005, 10:13pm
Subject: Did you start little or big ? Whats your story?
 

I have a question for everyone.. Just curious....

-How did you start up? With a little shop? Or buy a business out right for thousands?

-How did you do so far? profit right away? Or lost profit?


- Any suggestions for a novice (sp)?, secrets of the trade?

We all know business isnt a easy game to play. Tell us your warrior stories!!!
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LiftOff
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Joined: 3 Nov 2004
Posts: 251
Location: Arizona
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Synesso Cyncra
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Roaster: Hottop
Posted Mon Oct 17, 2005, 7:10am
Subject: Re: Did you start little or big ? Whats your story?
 

I started little. I bought a beat up and used hard espresso cart that had a sink and fridge. My biggest purchase was the new La Marzocco Linea 2 group. Put the whole thing in a supermarket. A year later I bought another cart and did the same thing. Got tired of being in 2 places at once and sold the carts and opened a coffeeshop.

My biggest problem was finding good coffee locally. There was none. I was having fresh coffee shipped to me from a couple of well known roasters. It was a bit of a hassle at times, delayed shipments, no local support, not to mention expensive.

Long story short....
I decided to sell the coffeeshop and start a coffee roastery.

Now you can find good coffee here.


Larry
"do what ever you want to, just don't whine about it"
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earthena
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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013, 3:54pm
Subject: Re: Did you start little or big ? Whats your story?
 

Love the question - and wish for more answers :)

Larry I like your path.
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 8:25am
Subject: Re: Did you start little or big ? Whats your story?
 

We have had a few of these threads over the years in slightly different forms but asking the same questions ;D

Your title does not state business but the flavor of your post does so you get what you get!

Short version.
Steam toy, pre ground
consumer pump, pre ground
consumer pump, whirly blade
high end consumer FFX5, whirly blade
FFx5, fair grinder, not espresso
Oscar, SJ (biggest improvement in quality by leaps and bounds)
Oscar, several SJs
ECM, several SJs
ECM, current auto dosing grinder, several SJs
ECM, current auto dosing grinder, several SJs Major
ECM, current auto dosing grinder, one SJ, several Majors

not to mention other machines at the same time such as the Sylvia, then adding a new boiler and a PID and a NS, MDX for work and other machines to play with, such as a 2 gp commercial machine and still others. Lets not get into drip coffee and their grinders!

Advice to someone starting from square one. Bite the bullet, save your money, start with HX level machine and a quality grinder even if it means not buying a second car because the money is on your coffee bar.

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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Iluvdabean
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Joined: 7 Mar 2005
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Location: Kentucky
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 6:25pm
Subject: Re: Did you start little or big ? Whats your story?
 

I first bought a Breville 800 ESXL and it was bad. It would not make real espresso. I took it back and came here to read.
People here suggested Gaggia Classic or Silvia. I went Gaggia Classic and MDF. I made espresso almost everyday for five years.
I drank all kinds of great coffee's from Vivace,Klatch and Intelligentsia. Now I had always thought of upgrading but was happy.What
motivated me to recently upgrade were two things happening simultaneously and almost just by happenstance really. I was getting to the place where
temperature surfing and steam power were getting old.Plus I felt there was more of the bean and experience that I was missing. The second
big thing was that killer deal at 1stLine for the La Nuova Era Cuadra E-61 HX machine .So I am now the proud owner of the La Nuova Era Cuadra.
So I may not have had that many machines but the ones I have I tend to really use.
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