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    starting a cafe

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    Hi all,

    Im planning to start up a new cafe in Asia, offering good coffee (compared to anything else we have over here). I was considering importing beans from Campos / Tobys Estate. Tobys estate has suggested supplying the beans every 2 weeks to ensure freshness. Ive read some threads previously and reckon that there are some who firmly believe that imports = crap. Given that Asia is not that faraway from Sydney, and that the beans would be supplied every 2 weeks, would it make a huge difference? Also I would need recommendations of a commercial coffee machine & grinder, as well as training for myself which I will be flying down under for. I was considering Tobys because it seems to be one of the most established 1-stop shop around (might be wrong but that was my impression). Are there any recommendations as to who else I should speak to regarding this? I do not want to end up with a supplier who is just trying to sell his beans & machines while I do not end up with what my customers are looking for.

    Would really appreciate some advice. Thanks!

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    Re: starting a cafe

    Might be quicker and easier getting stuff shipped from WA or Darwin? See if thats an option. Have considered doing something like this myself, and I may still do it. Youre not setting up on Batu Ferringhi are you? >:( ;)

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    Re: starting a cafe

    For your roasted beans
    I would see if you can strike a deal with one or more supply agreements from our very fine roaster sponsors @ a good CS & commercial $$ rate

    Generically speaking
    For machines go for respected workhorses as service for temperamental machines will be a long way from base

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    Re: starting a cafe

    by the way, "Asia" is a really big place. Can you narrow it down? Country and city would be good. snobs do travel and may know somewhere closer for you to source your stuff...

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    Re: starting a cafe

    Im actually planning to set one up in Singapore. (No, not Batu Ferringhi - I actually had to google that one).

    Ive read up on some other threads and found that Highlanders do supply pretty decent coffee, will be making a trip down soon. However, when I was studying in Sydney, Campos was the One. So wondering if Highlanders would match up?

    Also, Toby recommended some coffee machines & grinders e.g. Wega, Mirage, Vibiemme.. are there any other recommendations? Ill check out the courses at Highlanders as well and hopefully still make a trip down to Syd for another course.

    Thanks for all the responses!

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    Re: starting a cafe

    If you enquire and purchase your equipment from a sponsor they will probably train you for free

    Send a one off email to all the sponsors with your requirements but be specific
    e.g. Roasted beans, Commercial Machines, Training
    Address is on left panel <<<<<<<<<< or

    The ones that can help with your enquiry will respond in due time

    KK



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