I attend my fair share of festivals – as a Williamsburg local, I’m at Smorgasburg’s street food extravaganza on a weekly basis – but there’s a completely different experience that comes with attending a festival associated with your work industry. This past weekend, the cups team attended the New York Coffee Festival on Industry Day, and it was my first time representing this company at … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of New York Coffee Festival
More and more coffee shops are opening their doors again; a sight for sore eyes for the coffee drinking community, where a visit to a local coffee shop was only a little about a caffeine habit and almost entirely about routine and daily ritual. This is a small step back to some kind of normalcy that each one of us is craving. Continue reading Change is Brewing: Grand Reopening
We can’t ignore that our community is being hit hard. The coffee community is enduring some of the toughest times in the hospitality business while healthcare systems across the country are experiencing unprecedented strain due to COVID-19. In these times, many of us feel helpless to support the coffee professionals, healthcare workers and the sick. But every one of us can help in our own … Continue reading Announcing Coffee for Care
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Square, a popular credit card processing system, announced last week that it is updating its processing fees from 2.75% to 2.6% + 10c per transaction. While this increase doesn’t sound significant, it has a very significant adverse effect on coffee shops—whose average transaction size is generally smaller but whose total transaction count is generally high. Take, for example, a coffee shop making $40K a month … Continue reading What Coffee Shops Should Know about Square’s New Pricing
Over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a steady increase in the amount of bright, colorful cafe drinks you see on the street and all over your Instagram, and it’s not just matcha green that’s taking over. With its bright green hue, matcha splashed on the cafe scene a few years ago around 2015 and is now a staple for many cafes. Lucky us, … Continue reading Taste the Rainbow: The Superfood Latte Rundown
To celebrate the beginning of spring, I wanted to put a twist on my all-time favorite sunny day beverage – the matcha lemonade. Sweet, slightly tart, and earthy, it’s the perfect balance of flavors and caffeine to enjoy while strolling around the neighborhood. While delicious on its own, let’s elevate the traditional matcha lemonade recipe in a way that’s adaptable to your specialty drink menu. … Continue reading March Recipe – Lavender Sparkling Matcha Lemonade
With warmer days and spring right around the corner, it’s time to prep your coffee shop menu with new specialty drinks that are ready for when your customers decide to make the switch from hot to iced coffee. For our February recipe, we wanted to shine a spotlight on a black-owned business with ethical products that you can easily incorporate into your menu. Everyday People … Continue reading February Recipe – Iced Coffee with Brown Sugar Sweet Cream Cold Foam
With the holidays wrapped up, the real world has finally caught up to us again, including a run-down immune system. The new year is filled with new ambitions, such as workout plans, more time with friends, and reduced screen time, but these plans can quickly come to a halt if your immune system can’t keep up with your latest personal goals. Offering immune-boosting drinks in … Continue reading January Recipe – Lemon Ginger Tea
alternative OATS is just one of the many great suppliers whose goods are available through cups – a single platform where you can purchase everything your coffee shop needs, at affordable prices, on one unified invoice. More details here. Oatmeal has always been a classic way to start the day, packed with vitamins, minerals, and health benefits. While instant oatmeal has catered to the larger population, it’s also … Continue reading Meet The Suppliers: alternative OATS
Around the holidays, customers are seeking the gift of nostalgic flavors that bring them comfort through the months of giving. All throughout New York coffee shops, the signage is filled with seasonal specials – peppermint mochas, gingerbread lattes, and their twist on the classic hot chocolate. Recently, I’ve been getting overwhelmed with the sweetness that comes with the holiday season, which is something my young … Continue reading December Recipe – Cinnamon Maple Latte
Every coffee shop is different, and no one knows that better than you—the coffee shop owners who build a unique story and brand with every cup. Welcome to our latest edition of Breaking New Grounds. We’re all about the little victories working with businesses in the coffee industry, and we enjoy celebrating the news of an independent coffee shop we love signing up for our … Continue reading Breaking New Grounds: Principles GI Coffee House
Commercial Disinfection is a service built for businesses like yours. You and your customers will have peace of mind knowing that your cafe is safe from viruses like COVID-19. Continue reading Introducing a new service added just for you.
Pre-coronavirus, we were concerned with cleaning, maybe even tossing around the phrase “deep clean” now and again. We were thinking about cleaning in the sense of improving or maintaining the appearance of our shops. While this is still important, there is now an added layer to our “cleaning” regimen; disinfection. Continue reading Change is Brewing: Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
Some states are requiring that each business have a written out and formalized copy of their safety plan on site. For coffee shops, this safety plan could be requested during your routine health inspection or site visit for anything reported. Continue reading Change is Brewing: Distancing and Screening and Cleaning, Oh My!