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Posted Sun Sep 18, 2005, 9:17am
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Why is Bob congratulating George?  George  - Are you really open?  Bob - Did you just find this thread?
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Posted Sun Sep 18, 2005, 9:40am
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EditorBob Said:

Should you find yourself in Charlotte please stop by!

Posted September 17, 2005 link

Bob, looking at your post history, all but one is a direct or indirect promotion of your business. Although Mark has no official policy on the matter that I can cite, historically speaking, regional event notifications are tolerated even if they have some commercial overtone. However, I would encourage you to contribute to the site in ways that aren't related to your business. You'll gain more recognition and respect than thinly veiled pretexts for link dropping (should you wish to discuss this point further or hear about advertising opportunities on CG, please contact the site owner: mark@coffeegeek.com).

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Posted Fri Nov 4, 2005, 10:15am
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Hi all,

I haven't been on the boards lately...too busy trying to get our shop open.   Phew!  People weren't lying when they said that restaurants never open up on time or within the budget.  We now hope to be open by November 28th, a date that could easily slide if any of our subcontractors run over their work or the building inspections take more time then anticipated.

Bob, wish I had seen your post earlier, my wife and I were up in Charlotte several weeks ago for a training sessionwith the good folks at Counter Culture. We'll stop in next time we go up, though god knows when that might be once we open our doors.  I'll post some pics of our shop in a few weeks.

Take Care,

George
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Posted Sat Dec 17, 2005, 4:07pm
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hope things are going well with opening your new coffee house.  As I read some of the postings, The best way is to shop around for a good coffee roaster, there are plenty of them, we have found that a local roaster in your area who delivers is your best bet (hopefully they have great coffee) they also should carry all the other products that you will neeed to run your store. If they are good they should come in and do all your training for you and your staff.

Good espresso beans generallly run around $4 - $5 per pound.  look out for cheaper.  Also if you find a local roaster you should take a tour of where they roast there coffee and become familiar with the process.

We have been using the same roaster since we opened our first store 5 years ago, we now privat label there coffee and we have developed a great relationship, they even have developed a blend just for us.

As a fellow coffee house owner if I can answer any questions let me know.

Jim
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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2005, 2:25pm
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We finally opened our doors this past Friday (Dec. 16th), only 6 weeks later than our most pessimistic forecast! ';)  Haven't had time (nor does it look like I will for the near future) to peruse the forums lately, but thanks for the advice.  We ended up deciding to work with Counter Culture our of NC.  They are a great outfit, not the cheapest beans out there by any means, but they have a great product, excellent service and a dedicated and engaging staff who are a pleasure to work with.

We're located at 1739 Maybank Highway in Charleston, SC 29412 if anyone is in the area.  We're still working the kinks of our operation and will all be continually training to refine our barista skills (guess we all do).


Regards,

George
Muddy Waters Coffee bar
James Island, SC (Charleston area)
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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2005, 3:11pm
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Congratulations on finally opening - I hope that everything is as fun and interesting as you hoped it would be =)
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Posted Wed Dec 28, 2005, 12:51pm
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Once you shop around and find a good roaster if they are good they should help you get up and running correctly as well as providing other products for your store, so take the time and shop around.  I do think it is best to find a roaster who delivers direct to your area via there own delivery trucks.
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