December Recipe – Cinnamon Maple Latte

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

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How to Get the Most Out of New York Coffee Festival

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

Breaking New Grounds: Principles GI Coffee House

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

Change is Brewing: Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

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

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Change is Brewing: Grand Reopening

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

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Announcing Coffee for Care

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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What Coffee Shops Should Know about Square’s New Pricing

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