Boston Coffee Shops You Can’t Miss During the SCA Expo

Heading to Beantown for the biggest industry event of the year? The CUPS team is attending this year’s Specialty Coffee Association expo, and you can be sure we won’t miss an opportunity to visit some of Boston’s best coffee shops. Here’s where to catch us throughout the weekend when we’re not hitting the conference floor, and where you should absolutely stop if you’re looking for … Continue reading Boston Coffee Shops You Can’t Miss During the SCA Expo

The Daily Oat: Your Up-to-Date Overview of the Oat Milk Market

We know keeping top-notch non-dairy milks in stock is a top priority to cafe owners and your dairy-avoidant customers. As we navigate the great Oat Milk Crisis of 2018, check back here for an up-to-date overview of oat milk availability. All milks below can be ordered or pre-ordered through your Supply Store. Oatly – Currently on severe backorder. ETA of order fulfillment March 2019. For faster fulfillment, … Continue reading The Daily Oat: Your Up-to-Date Overview of the Oat Milk Market

The Faces Behind Each Cup

As a young girl in Sontule, Nicaragua, Doña Lucia spent her days picking coffee from the mountainside. Upon returning home, she would help her mother care for her ten younger brothers and sisters. Finally, when she lay down to sleep at each day’s end, she dreamt.  Lucia dreamt of a better life for her family, of access to education and medicine for her community. Instead, … Continue reading The Faces Behind Each Cup

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!

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

Introducing The Job Board

So you’ve worked with us for a while now. You’ve booked a barista. You’ve covered that shift. From the moment your barista walks through the door to the last espresso shot they pull, you’ve had nothing but positive experiences. What if we told you that could happen every day—at every shift? Ready for the real thing? Welcome to the new Cover That Shift. Coffee shops, … Continue reading Introducing The Job Board

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