Breaking New Grounds: ACP Coffee

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 fourth edition of Breaking New Grounds. Located in the heart of Harlem, ACP Coffee gets its name from the boulevard on which it’s located—in turn named after civil rights icon Adam Clayton Powell. (Powell was the … Continue reading Breaking New Grounds: ACP Coffee

Breaking New Grounds: Cup of Brooklyn

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 third edition of Breaking New Grounds.  Cofounders of Cup of Brooklyn, John and Agnes, both got their starts in the jewelry industry. “We were both such social people,” said John. “Yet we were just stuck in … Continue reading Breaking New Grounds: Cup of Brooklyn

SHOULD YOU GET SQUARE’S NEW POS SYSTEM?

Short answer is NO. But let’s see why: Last week, Square announced the launch of Square Register—the company’s first fully integrated POS system, built completely in-house and tailored for retailers looking for a more robust and “professional-looking” register. The new register seems to be checking off all the boxes: it’s elegant, clean, packed with ports, has a second customer-facing screen and yes‚ offline mode! It’s … Continue reading SHOULD YOU GET SQUARE’S NEW POS SYSTEM?

Breaking New Grounds: Featuring Project Cozy

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 second edition of Breaking New Grounds. Coffee shops never go undiscovered for long in New York City. Even so, the urbane coffee and juice bar Project Cozy has seen remarkable success since its inception in July. … Continue reading Breaking New Grounds: Featuring Project Cozy

Breaking New Grounds: Featuring Pourt!

Welcome to Breaking New Grounds. 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. We’re excited to begin a series that profiles coffee shops on our 6 AM blog! Complete with tips, tricks, and interviews, we’ll be delving into the concept behind every shop. While everyone over at … Continue reading Breaking New Grounds: Featuring Pourt!

Barista, Nice to Meet Ya: CUPS Advice for Baristas on the Job Hunt

Everyone knows you have to bring a cover letter and a resume. What else do you need to bring to the table? Read more for professional advice you’ll only find here, straight from the source. Find a coffee shop that matches your style. When you become a barista at a coffee shop, you become an integral part of the establishment. Your personality and your daily … Continue reading Barista, Nice to Meet Ya: CUPS Advice for Baristas on the Job Hunt

Brew-d Awakening: Why Tea Isn’t Just for Sleepytime

Is tea not really your cup of tea? Why tea should be included in your coffee shop’s lineup. Here at CUPS, we drink a ton of coffee. (Like, a TON. Can you blame us?) We know coffee shops love coffee, too. So why might you offer teas if coffee-drinkers are the primary clientele? Many coffee-drinkers down the stuff to get through a long day. But … Continue reading Brew-d Awakening: Why Tea Isn’t Just for Sleepytime

Meet the Suppliers 06: Oatly

Oatly is just one of the many great suppliers whose goods are available through the CUPS Supply Store – a single platform where you can purchase everything your coffee shop needs, at affordable prices, on one unified invoice. More details here. Think of the ideal latte. It’s thick, rich and creamy—qualities sometimes difficult to maintain when using non-dairy milks. So when it comes to building a high-quality non-dairy … Continue reading Meet the Suppliers 06: Oatly

Finding permanent staff is challenging, but we have a solution

Independent coffee shops uphold the mission of quality over all. Quality of the ingredient, of the product, and of the service—it’s what sets them apart from larger chains. A variety of resources are available to help coffee shops source the highest-quality beans and roasters to get the perfect brew. However, few resources exist to help them find the perfect barista. Finding an exceptional long-term barista … Continue reading Finding permanent staff is challenging, but we have a solution

Secrets to Success: 4 Tips all Successful Coffee Shops Should Use

Owning a shop has its challenges. With many shops closing due to inability to turn a profit, we looked into a few different ways that all successful shops have implemented or should adapt. Point of Purchase Having a nice promotion or display at the register has proven effective in increasing impulse buy. Point of Purchase promotions always encourages the customer to grab that extra item … Continue reading Secrets to Success: 4 Tips all Successful Coffee Shops Should Use