On Thursday we travelled up to Limini Coffee in Bradford. The plan sounded simple; get some advice on opening our own shop and learn to brew up an amazing cup of coffee, but under the surface much more was at stake...
This was the first time we'd be sharing our plan with someone who wasn't a friend, someone with experience opening coffee shops and knew what worked and failed.
We'd been trying not to get too excited and keeping our plans to the worst case scenarios, but I have to admit I've been getting more and more exited and was seriously afraid they'd pour cold water on our dream.
I'm delighted to say that if anything they took us the other way.
The first part of the course was all about the business plan, organising our business and setting up the shop. We got some great tips and advice and our business plan, which we feel still needs a lot of work, but was described more complete than some that get presented to bank managers (so kudos to Jess for all her work on it).
Over the afternoon, buoyed by the morning's discussion we learnt how to measure and tamp shots of coffee, about flow rates, groupheads, ristretto, grinding coffee and the importance of a good crema. We also learnt how to steam milk properly and make gloriously rich cappuccinos, flat whites, macchiatos and hot chocolates... oh the hot chocolates.
The journey back flew by as we talked about the shop and our plans and growing all the time was my excitement to make this happen.