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The Conversation Corner

The Conversation Corner

Sponsored by Odeko

Stop in, listen & brainstorm with other owner/operators. These topics are designed to take your business from surviving to thriving in 2022. Sessions are FREE and are just 30 minutes each. No need to register. Just stop by the Conversation Corner located on the exhibit floor at the end of Aisle 2400.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

The Benefits of Mobile Ordering
11:00 am - 11:30 am

This chat reviews the importance of reaching as many customers as possible. As much as we want to believe customers want to engage a friendly barista each day, most just want to get their coffee and go. Why limit options?   


Waste Not Want Not
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

We will discuss the importance of limiting waste whether it is your day-old pastries or your SPGs (spent coffee grinds). There are options galore whether it’s donating your pastries to a local food bank for a tax credit or composting your SPGs for energy renewal.  


Let AI Artificially Intellect
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

So many coffee shop managers are tasked with ordering and they’re simply guessing and spending hours trying to figure out something it would take AI nanoseconds to accomplish. Let you managers focus on what they do best, providing the highest level of service.  


The Core of Service
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We will be covering the essentials of customer service and what exactly it means. Most people think it has to do with just smiling and being nice but it extends so much further beyond this.


Coffee Fest 365 Member Meet up
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hosted by Coffee Fest, a place where business owners can connect face-to-face, network and meet up.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Self-Funding vs. Raising Money
11:00 am - 11:30 am

When starting a new coffee shop, funds and resources seem to be very limited. Many people go the self funding route strictly because that is the only option but it’s important to understand all the different ways in which money can be acquired. This class will break down a number of options for your venture. 


Matcha: Put Some Green on Your Menu  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

An introduction to Matcha, what it is and why the health halo surrounds it. What makes great Matcha? Leave this session with hot and cold menu ideas you can implement on your Spring and Summer Menus.


The Future of Alternative Milks
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If you walk into any coffee shop, you will most certainly find a variety of dairy alternative milks. From pistachio to oat based to a mix of coconut, hemp and oat, most bases are covered. Is this just a passing fad or are they here to stay? This class will go into depth as to why having a healthy variety of dairy alternatives is essential to any coffee shop operation.


The Core of Service
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We will be covering the essentials of customer service and what exactly it means. Most people think it has to do with just smiling and being nice but it extends so much further beyond this.


Coffee Fest 365 Info Session
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Find out what Coffee Fest 365 is and how it can help you & your business all-year long!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Self-Funding vs. Raising Money
11:00 am - 11:30 am

When starting a new coffee shop, funds and resources seem to be very limited. Many people go the self funding route strictly because that is the only option but it’s important to understand all the different ways in which money can be acquired. This class will break down a number of options for your venture. 


Matcha: Put Some Green on Your Menu  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

An introduction to Matcha, what it is and why the health halo surrounds it. What makes great Matcha? Leave this session with hot and cold menu ideas you can implement on your Spring and Summer Menus.


Location, Location, Location?
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Determining where to open up your new business can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming processes you’ll experience. In this class we will break down what you should be looking for when searching for a place to open your coffee shop. We will also discuss what you should be willing to pay to get a prime spot.


Waste Not Want Not
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We will discuss the importance of limiting waste whether it is your day-old pastries or your SPGs (spent coffee grinds). There are options galore whether it’s donating your pastries to a local food bank for a tax credit or composting your SPGs for energy renewal.