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Bean Business Basics 3rd Edition Paperback – 2006

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re you considering opening a specialty coffee business? Do you already own an existing operation? Are you realizing the level of success you had hoped for? Bean Business Basics is the definitive how-to manual for opening and operating a retail specialty coffee business. The third edition, with a publication date of January 2006, has been thoroughly updated and expanded to meet the needs of today's specialty coffee entrepreneur. Thousands of copies of the first and second editions have been sold since the book's original publication in 1997. Highlights of the new edition include four new chapters, thorough updates of existing material and a CD-ROM of the book's operational forms, previously only available as an appendix. Financial data contained within the book has been reassessed, making this book a true operational manual. Bean Business Basics was written by the professionals who have consulted and trained thousands of gourmet coffee bar employees across the country and around the world. Buying this book is like purchasing tens of thousands of dollars of consulting services. Some of the book's 44 chapters include: * Coffee Trends * Proper Brewing Principles * Basic Espresso Bar Beverages * Selecting the Right Coffee & Roaster * Ordering, Handling and Storing Coffee * Your Financial Resources * Finding a Great Location * Codes, Permits and Red Tape * Negotiating a Lease * Design and Construction of your Coffee Bar * Planning your Coffee Bar Menu * Choosing and Buying Equipment * Operational Systems * Hiring and Managing Employees * Marketing your Coffee Business * Record Keeping * Budget and Cost Controls * How to Achieve Profitability

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Bellissimo Coffee InfoGrouup; 3rd edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893344169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893344167
  • ASIN: B001A5HVWY
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Friend on October 27, 2005
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This book is much bigger than it needed to be. The print is large, many of the paragraphs are single sentences, and there is much redundancy. There is also a lot of vague information, such as "be sure to talk to your health department before making your decisions on equipment." Talk to them about what, exactly? How should this information determine which equipment I should get? There is plenty of this "advice" without specific direction. There is no discussion of specific brands of equipment, which can range thousands of dollars in cost. And there are many shameless attempts to sell Bellissimo's consulting services throughout the book. This perhaps accounts for why the information often remains vague. In a 668 page, $200, 8.5"x11" book, there could be a whole lot more practical information.

That being said, there is also a lot of very useful information in this book. Perhaps the most helpful part is the sense that the book is comprehensive: if you consider everything the book addresses, you probably won't be overlooking too much. Some sections do a better job of addressing specific issues than others, but everything you will need to know at least gets raised somewhere in the book (you may need to look elsewhere to get good answers, though).

All said, if the book were 1/2 of the size and 1/2 of the cost, I would say it was a very worthwhile and efficient investment. Still, it may be the best thing available.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne Klimenko on January 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Before you pay a consultant, or even begin to get serious about opening your business, read this book. It will save you ten times the purchase price in fees and lessons learned the hard way (i.e. mistakes). This book is extremely thorough, very detailed, and as far as I can see, leaves very little out. It will give you a good jump start on what you need to know, what you need to look for, and what to stay away from.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Blanchard on November 18, 2008
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Bean Business Basics 3rd EditionThis book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in entering the coffee business. It is a COMPLETE guide for how to operate a coffee business; start-up, equipment, floor plan setup, and operations. It has great illustrations and worksheets to help with starting and operating the business. You should not think about entering the coffee industry without this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Jahncke Jr. on January 8, 2010
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I am currently opening a coffee shop and this book has been, by far, the best book for information. The book is a comprehensive book and covers just about every area. It would even be helpful for existing businesses. Not only is it a good book to read through from beginning to end, but also as a reference. I find myself constantly pulling it out again and again. The more I learn about this business, the more I have come to appreciate this book.

I have gotten to know Bruce Milletto at his coffee school and found him to be very knowledgable in this field and he is extremely well respected by his peers. You will not be disappointed with this book even though it is pricey.
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