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As another dimension, I see a few trends that you might wish to consider. Green beans. More people are getting into home roasting, and green (processed but un-roasted) beans are the vehicle. Also, green beans store better for longer time (e.g., freezing) so you can capture a particularly good "year" or crop of beans for a longer period of time. Even whole, ...


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The answer is going to depend a lot on what you already have and what you are trying to do, and it is hard to give a solid answer without knowing the specifics. Are you a coffee producer? Are you planning to broker the coffee buying it from producers? Do you have an empty field where you intend to grow coffee, or a warehouse full of green beans? Are ...


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You may want to consider if you niche will be roasting your own beans, instead of just buying certain varieties. I'm a home roaster, and have a legion of people (who I assume would still be my friends, even if I did not supply them with home-roasted beans) who are crazy for the stuff. Unroasted green beans have a considerably longer shelf life, and the ...


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Ah, I was going to make the same point as Travelling Particle - work in a coffee shop - but then you mention that you are in Japan. First, you will need to find a roaster where you can get fresh roast daily or as needed - hopefully with a business discount. Get a decent grinder and I would go this route for brewing a cup: It's doesn't get much simpler then ...


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I have never heard of a site specifically for that, but definitely hit up Sprudge if you never have. It is certainly the leading site for all coffee information - and it's very easy to scroll through and find new coffee companies that are all doing great things. http://sprudge.com/


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I'd recommend firstly mapping your local market in order to identify your local competitors and focus on for example: What they have to offer? What makes them unique? What products they sell? Who are their suppliers and their clients? With that in mind you'll need to think about what products you wish to sell? Anything and everything? Or specialise on a ...


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The toddy equipment is a bucket with a spigot. If you are looking to save money, by a large 5-gallon bucket with a lid from home depot instead of the toddy bucket. However, I would recommend buying the filter paper from Toddy, as this is a great way to manage all the grinds. There're many coffees which mimic chocolate. I would recommend going out and trying ...


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I mainly used Toddy and other full immersion techniques. In the place I work we just use the Toddy. For big batches it is in my opinion the best alternative. We have a drip stand (Hario or some other fancy wooden thing) as well, but it's just not as good, because the water is dripping on the same spot of coffee grounds constantly. You can mitigate that by ...


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With any business it requires an objective and end goal. Where are you now in terms of your passion, knowledge and desire to provide coffee to customers, and where you want to be are good places to start. Identify any potential barriers with the business, financially and operationally. You should come up with a menu, and find a way to add value to your ...


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