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Thread: Urgently in need of help please regarding cafe

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    Urgently in need of help please regarding cafe

    Long story short - I have been put in the position of running a newly established cafe that is at the tail end of refurbishment.

    I am a cake decorator. My son purchased a cake shop (without my knowledge) and decided to put a cafe in it as an additional source of income. Smart move as it is directly opposite a post office, local swimming centre, high school being built just up the road, main road location, street parking and no other cake shops in the immediate vicinity.

    Initially he wanted me to come in bake and decorate. Thats fine - I can do that. But a cafe?? I have no idea. I now believe that we will have to do lunches (at least sandwiches etc) and that part seems easy.

    Big question is: how do I find an awesome barista? Someone who knows what they are doing? Preferably that wont try and pull the wool over my eyes. What is the average wage for one in Melbourne? I am being advised to put staff on part time initially. Are barista's happy with that generally?

    Can anyone offer any advise please?
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    Where is the shop located ?
    I might be of some assistance with the shop side if things as my parents owned Susie Q for 25 years witch I also worked in and have now got into coffee in a bug way .
    You might find it easier to find someone who is good at the cake side of things and give them barista training . As it's harder to find a barista with cake experience
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    I shop at Susie Q - feel free to PM me hellgqpatrol.

    I have the cake side of things sorted I feel - it is the barista part that has me stumped. Are you still working at Susie Q? The shop is located in Richmond.
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    Not working there anymore as my parents sold it 5 yrs ago.
    I'll pm my number if you want to have a chat.
    There are lots of coffee shops in Richmond you will need a decent cup of coffee or you will blend into the rest of the average cafe's out there .
    This is my home setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakelady View Post
    Long story short - I have been put in the position of running a newly established cafe that is at the tail end of refurbishment.

    I am a cake decorator. My son purchased a cake shop (without my knowledge) and decided to put a cafe in it as an additional source of income. Smart move as it is directly opposite a post office, local swimming centre, high school being built just up the road, main road location, street parking and no other cake shops in the immediate vicinity.

    Initially he wanted me to come in bake and decorate. Thats fine - I can do that. But a cafe?? I have no idea. I now believe that we will have to do lunches (at least sandwiches etc) and that part seems easy.

    Big question is: how do I find an awesome barista? Someone who knows what they are doing? Preferably that wont try and pull the wool over my eyes. What is the average wage for one in Melbourne? I am being advised to put staff on part time initially. Are barista's happy with that generally?

    Can anyone offer any advise please?
    Hi Cake Lady,

    Probably you can advertise in your local newspaper. Give them a call and your add will be in the paper next week (if hellG cant make it of course), but you need someone like that who is both skilled and passionate. The passion is essential as they will continuously strive to improve, they will be happy doing it and customers can sense that.

    Mike K
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    PM sent cake lady
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