seattle_heather Senior Member Joined: 19 Sep 2009 Posts: 2 Location: London Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Sep 19, 2009, 7:46am Subject: Cities that need coffee shops
I'm planning on opening a high-end coffee shop, based on a similar model to Zoka in Seattle or Flat White and Milk Bar in London.
However, I'm not sure where to do it. I want to be in a decently big city in either the US or Australia, but those are my only criteria. I'm from Washington state and live in London now, but I'm tired of it and planning to leave.
In your opinion, what cities are right for nice coffee shops that just don't have any (or don't have enough)? Have you been somewhere lately that just seems like the kind of city that would have great coffee, and you just couldn't find any? Places with a lot of universities often have a good coffee culture.
Seriously, though - Milwaukee is a maybe, as is Madison. The trouble with Madison is trying to appeal to the dozen or so Madisonians who want good coffee in a cafe, rather than getting the 20,000 students who want a stylish cafe where they can "study" (read: socialize, but not really) all afternoon for the price of a muffin and a cup (hint: NOT STATE STREET). Milwaukee... well, you'd have to assess for yourself if you want to go head to head with Alterra.
I freely admit that I am biased and would like to be able to get a really good coffee on my way to work (at somewhere other than Bradbury's - which is great, but not always what I'm in the mood for).
Peruse the Regional Threads. Those with the fewest responses will be your target audiences. As far as I'm concerned, though, anywhere in Florida. There are many great little cafes, with excellent and very pretty kit, but not a soul that's willing to make the effort to learn how to use it. You could rule the world in Orlando, Tampa, Coral Gables, Miami, Key West, Tallahassee, etc.
Although, you may want to go check out which of those cities you'd be willing to live in. Remember, in Florida, the further north you go, the further south you get.
ChineseJia Senior Member Joined: 30 Mar 2007 Posts: 16 Location: china Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Tue Sep 22, 2009, 10:43am Subject: Re: Cities that need coffee shops
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