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What I Know About Running Coffee Shops - Colin Harmon

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What I Know About Running Coffee Shops is written not only for people who want to run their own coffee shops, but also for those who already do. It’s a lonely place running a business and the author, Colin Harmon, knows from experience that the hardest time to ask for advice is often the time you need it most. 

Despite all this Colin Harmon is a four-time Irish Barista Champion and owner of 3fe Coffee, a progressive specialty coffee shops in Dublin. His work in coffee has extended to roasting, training and consultancy work, as well as developing coffee equipment for the specialty market and beyond.

What I Know About Running Coffee Shops is drawn from his personal experiences. Having built 3fe from the very beginning of a one-man coffee cart in a small nightclub lobby to the renowned business it is today. The lessons, stories and guidelines in this richly illustrated book offer the raw and honest insight into the day-to-day realities of what many people see as their dream job.

What I Know About Running Coffee Shops FEATURES

Industry Insights  – Having immersed himself within the Hospitality Industry, Colin Harmon draws on years of experience with objective standards balanced with subjective opinions.   

Coffee Education – From Equipment, to procedures,  workflow and the intricacies often overlooked in the personal morning beverage.

Personal Experiences – Sharing the evidence of real experience through the nitty gritty of all associated costs; wages, break-evens, leases e.t.c to anecdotes of the more erudite practice of human relations. 

A prospective of starting at the beginning – The trials and tribulations of opening 3 cafes in 3 years.