Maintaining a regular blog can be difficult (especially when you are also trying to run a coffeeshop, go to medical school, practice law, and raise three kids). Still, we know we haven't been doing a great blogging job in recent months and we want that to change.
Ideally, we want this page to not simply chronicle events at Coffee to the People, but also provide a space where we can conduct a running dialogue with you, our customers, about how best to run our shop. Starting next week, we plan to post weekly commentaries on topics relevant to management of our coffeehouse. We hope that you will read these brief essays and respond with questions, thoughts, and advice of your own.
So, why might you want to take time out of your busy life to contribute to these discussions? Three reasons:
1. You want to improve the Coffee to the People experience for your own enjoyment. This is your coffeeshop and no one knows more than you about how to make it better.
2. You want to make sure Coffee to the People stays in business. People are always surprised to hear this, but despite the popularity of our shop, we still are not quite covering our costs from month to month. Your input will help us make the changes we need to make to keep our business afloat.
3. You want to open a coffeeshop of your own one day. Since we opened CTTP a surprising number of people have confessed to us a secret desire to open an independent shop of their own one day. We think that is great. The world needs more community coffeehouses. If you are one of those people, reading and contributing to this blog is a great way to begin cultivating your coffeeshop ownership and management skills.
Before we opened CTTP we did a lot of research about the coffee business. Nonetheless, with every day that passes we encounter a new problem or challenge that we didn't forsee. Often these problems are peculiar to life in the Haight, such as handling mentally ill, homeless, and drug intoxicated patrons. Other times, however, they are problems that are just a part of doing business, such as coping with unreliable suppliers, absentee employees, and freeloading patrons. We look forward to hearing your suggestions for dealing with these and other challenges over the coming months.