Starting a Specialty Coffee Shop

Barista handing a cappuccino to a customer.

So you’ve decided to take your love of coffee out into the business world, but where do you begin?

Written by coffee professionals, our guides will help you navigate the necessary steps to make your dream cafe a reality -- from sourcing beans to hiring baristas, and everything in between.

Sourcing Beans

Learn how to source different types of coffee beans.

Navigating the ins and outs of coffee sourcing can feel like an overwhelming and complicated process.

Our sourcing guides summarize what’s involved — and what to look for — when buying coffee beans from an importer so you can make an informed decision for your roastery.

Espresso Machine Reviews

Learn about the different types of espresso machines.

Because every specialty coffee shop is different, selecting the right espresso machine for your business depends largely on the particulars of your brand and commercial space.

To help you more easily evaluate espresso machine options for your cafe, our manufacturer guides cover pricing and features, pros and cons, and recommended commercial machines of the top brands on the market.