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

History Of Coffee, Part 2: The Coffeehouse

The traditional Middle Eastern coffeehouse was pictured as follows– a section designated for various businessmen involved, a space for the middle class who were generally engaged in reading or discourse on literature, and lastly, a section for the lower class, who were generally more  involved in crass crowd games. Much like the importance of music in coffee shops today, all this happened whilst a band … Continue reading History Of Coffee, Part 2: The Coffeehouse

Don’t Udder Another Word: Special Milks Debunked

All milks profiled are available through the CUPS Supply Store – a single platform where you can purchase everything your coffee shop needs, at the lowest prices, on one unified invoice. More details here. As non-dairy alternatives to milk have become a norm in coffee shops we have taken the time to look into a few different options for your shop. There are new forms of milk … Continue reading Don’t Udder Another Word: Special Milks Debunked

A Bug’s Life: Seek Food

Seek Food 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 the lowest prices, on one unified invoice. More details here. The American diet is classically defined as burgers, pizza, hot dogs, fried chicken, and… crickets? Well, at least that’s part of the goal at … Continue reading A Bug’s Life: Seek Food

Your Coffee Cups vs. The Environment

We are very excited to announce that CUPS now has a solution for custom coffee cups that are made in America! Our local partners have low minimums and quick turnaround, and we can handle design and storage in-house. Even better, we can reduce your environmental impact. Reach out for more information. We need to talk about your coffee cups and their impact on the environment. Coffee, … Continue reading Your Coffee Cups vs. The Environment

History Of Coffee, Part 1: Roots in Ethiopia & Yemen

Have you ever wondered about how coffee went from a bean growing in the wild to a beverage that plays an integral role in society all around the world? This is the first in a series of posts examining its roots and how it has shaped cultures around the world over the last several centuries. Coffee has a history that predates modern record-keeping, so a lot … Continue reading History Of Coffee, Part 1: Roots in Ethiopia & Yemen

Meet The Baristas: New York, Part 1

This is the first in a series of features on the Baristas of Cover That Shift–an on-demand service where you can book experienced baristas for next-day availability. These are just a few of the talented baristas that we work with in New York City. For more details about Cover That Shift, or to book a shift, head here. Ralph Pring Ludlow Coffee Supply What was your … Continue reading Meet The Baristas: New York, Part 1

Introducing The CUPS Supply Store

We’ve spent a couple of years now working with specialty coffee shop owners, and one of the most universal problems that we’ve noticed our partners face is that of dealing with multiple suppliers. You guys all know the pain of relying on 6 or 7 different companies–each with their own payment terms, credit checks and ordering methods–to get everything you need for your shop. Keeping … Continue reading Introducing The CUPS Supply Store

7 Things We Learned At This Year’s CoffeeChamps Qualifier in Knoxville

Now that CUPS is live in and around Nashville and Chattanooga, we couldn’t resist sending a dispatch to the SCAA’s US Coffee Championships qualifier event in nearby Knoxville over the weekend. Competition was extremely fierce among the baristas, many of whom have been training for years leading up to this moment. Since many other publications will surely cover the competitors and results in detail, we … Continue reading 7 Things We Learned At This Year’s CoffeeChamps Qualifier in Knoxville

8 Practical Tips To Build Up Your Coffee Shop’s Online Presence

Why do coffee shop owners need to be active online? We’re so glad you asked. Let us hit you with some numbers: According to Hubspot, 72% of consumers who do a local search go on to visit a store within five miles, and the numbers for urban areas are even stronger. Hosting Facts tells us that in 2015, 64% of all in-store sales worldwide were … Continue reading 8 Practical Tips To Build Up Your Coffee Shop’s Online Presence