I thought this would be a good time to give a few updates on how this year has started off. I would say, in the realm of microscopic sized companies like myself, it has started off pretty strong.
The biggest update is that I was able to purchase my Behmor roaster with out incurring any debt. That is a huge win for me. This was one of my goals for this year. I'm also excited because this is going to allow me to roast 1 lb of green beans at a time (for comparison, 1 lb is 454g, I currently roast 100g per batch). Now I start figuring out how to use this thing.
Also, can I just point out that I got my logo in the reflection of the roaster. I'm very proud of my photography.
I have upgraded to selling 1 lb bags. This is a big cost savings. I see now why whole sale is how coffee shops make sustain their existence. I'm not sure that a Behmor is going to allow me to take on a big commercial account, but I might be able to get a little one at a mom and pop shop.
I did a quick update to my blog theme. I think it looks a lot nicer. I want to rethink my subjects so they all fit. I'm also considering changing my Beer section to a Beer and Wine. I'm not exactly a connoisseur, but I do want to serve beer and wine when grow up and have a coffee shop.
Lastly, I am starting to prepare for the purchase of my second bag of coffee. Depending on how sales go, I should be able to purchase another bag of coffee in Q3. I may have some of my Mexican left, which would leave me with 2 options. My next goal (probably for 2018) will be to offer 3 different types of coffee.
The next step will be to change my ordering process so I can sell more coffee. I'm not sure if I want to move to Roast-to-Order or just increase the number of times I roast per month. As I write this, my first thought is to figure out the Behmore and then increase my roasting to 2x/month instead of 1x/month. That way I can still plan my time accordingly. I don't want the quality of my coffee to suffer because I'm rushing.
Well, that's the update for now. Keep an eye out and look forward to the new roast profile.