Skip to main content


Hi Everyone,

Sorry I have not posted in a while but I had to do some thinking in order to gather my thoughts on this blog. I have also been batting around the idea of changing this blog title, and I will let you know if I do because I believe it is not conducive to the theme. It was a rash decision to name it per se, and I may be changing it shortly, but for now status quo.
I would like to welcome some new follower's and urge you to comment on anything you feel is appropriate. Thank you for signing in and hopefully you will enjoy this in the upcoming posts!!
So here we go!!

Ten Things You Need to Ask Yourself As a Business Owner!!
1. Outside insight is always a healthy thing as long as it is relevant and laser targeted. Do you agree or disagree?

2. Do you have an advisory board presently?

3. Do you have outside support and advice that doesn't benefit or not benefit from their suggestions or insights?

4. How valuable would that be on a scale of 1-10?

5. What do you see as your major challenge as a business over the next three years?

6. What do you believe positions yourself to give your company a competitive edge over other businesses in your niche?

7. Do you have a 1, 3 and 5 year plan in place, and in writing, for all of your employees to see?
  7a. Do you update the progress or the pitfalls, and do you make adjustments when necessary?

8. How important would you say branding is to your business?

9. What do you do better than anyone else in your business segment, and do you emphasize and prove it?

10. How much value do you put on employees that may be "good soldiers" as opposed to employees who don't always agree with the company's strategies but are self-motivated?

Give it a thought............ If you own or are thinking of starting a business you better start thinking along these lines. This is just a small fraction of the advice I will give. So thanks again to everyone and hopefully you will share this rather new tenor with other people!! Joe

Popular posts from this blog

How To Roast Your Own Coffee At Home!

How To Roast Your Own Coffee At Home!How to roast your own coffee at home! This is a question I have been asked by many people, especially lately. I haven't been actively updating the blog lately because this is one area of my return to the coffee business that I have really been working on.
First of all, coming from a commercial coffee roasting plant, with over 25 years of experience, this question was one I really had to think about. I was thinking, is it even possible to roast a quality cup of coffee at home and secondly, is it worth your time, effort and expense?
Well the answer is a resounding, ABSOLUTELY! Now, with Black Friday right around the corner, I thought this would be a fantastic time to talk a little about the process, the equipment required and some of the nuances you must eventually master to experience the Freshest cup of coffee you will EVER drink!
Now for me, I was lucky enough to pick whatever coffee or blend from my plant on a daily basis, throw a pound in my 1…

Has The Coffee Roasting Business In The U.S. Taken Its Last J.A.B.?#coffee#coffeebusinessnews

Has The Coffee Roasting Business In The U.S. Taken Its Last J.A.B.?
Unless you have been hiding in an unmarked oil well over the past few months, you already must have realized there has been a significant change in the coffee roasting industry. The $40 billion U.S. market has another bully on the block and watch out Nestle, these gentleman are playing for all the marbles.#entrepreneurship

Coffee beans, which is the second largest traded commodity in the world is apparently a target of one of the richest families in Europe. The Reimann family has not so quietly, been actively targeting U.S roasters and using a “price is not an issue" formula!

The cash is there, and they are clearly not afraid to be buying based on future earnings projections. This isn't a strange occurrence for J.A.B., they purchased D.E. Master Blenders, Douwe Egbert for a cool $10 billion. Many analysts refer to this transaction as, "a pure play coffee company".

Their coffee portfolio no…

The Future of The Coffee Roasting Business In The U.S.#coffeefacts#businessopinions#entrepreneurs

The Future Of The Coffee Business in The U.S.

So where do you think the coffee business is going in the U.S.? As I have written in previous posts, there has been major consolidation within this industry over the past few years. Long overdue by any industry standard.

Let's take a look at the factors, roadblocks, and issues this business has, moving forward in the U.S. marketplace. It is far from unique as many industries are in the same boat. But where is the next big breakthrough? Will there be another Keurig? Well no one has a crystal ball, but there are things happening, and most of them, like the 1 cup k cup machines are not on a lot of people's radar yet. But, for someone like me, who has spent more than half of their lives in this industry, I have to believe that will come along.

Again, that next big thing in my mind is still only half the equation! Consolidation of this industry is still in the really early stages, as far as I'm concerned. But, as I sit here an…