Posts Tagged "personal"


The pace starts to change at this point when there’s less planning and more doing. We’ve signed our lease, got our permits from the city to start build out, and now are getting those projects in line. After our last trip to Northern Europe, we weren’t expecting to go anywhere for the next couple years because of the shop. Yet a year later and approaching build-out, we’re finding ourselves getting tired— and we haven’t even...

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Starting a coffee shop, or most businesses, is not for the fainthearted. In fact, it was just yesterday where a stressful whirlwind was occurring of things that needed to get done all. at. once. Even Ernest remarked, “I can see how this is not for everyone.” And he’s the level-headed entrepreneur out of us. And maybe it’s just that starting a coffee shop can be so easily romanticized. After all, you’re...

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Well friends, it’s been a very eventful year. Let’s see, after we decided we wanted to open up a coffee shop, we hit the ground running on our business plan, getting into the coffee industry, and even took a trip to Northern Europe to gather inspiration from some of speciality coffee’s most influential shops. There have been a lot of ups, but also downs as we moved from our home to focus on this venture, almost...

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The Power of the Process The purpose of time in starting a coffee shop  There are some business ventures and entrepreneurs that are able to jump into given opportunities, where for whatever reason time doesn’t have to be a lengthly variable. Even we had the chance to own a coffee shop where if we said yes, it would’ve been ours in a week! But one thing I’m learning is that in our story, time is a necessity and over...

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The weird overlap between lists and life. A point-in-process reflection (aka. word vomit on this coffee shop journey): One year ago, we had no idea what we were getting into. Among other things, we wanted to bring speciality coffee into a suburb community and thus set out to start our own coffee shop. I started Dream|a|Latte for a few reasons, and one was to document this process. There are countless coffee shops out there,...

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