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Espresso

When prepared correctly, espresso can be a revelation. It is one of the purest expressions of the prepared coffee bean.

When ordering espresso, don’t be surprised when you also get a small cup of mineral water as well. Drink that first as it will prepare your palette for the flavor notes that you’ll want to taste in the espresso.

If you have never had a raw espresso, the potency might be a shock to you. Some ask me, “how do I know if it’s good espresso?” I remark “You’ll know.” In short. If it contains sweetness, you will detect it before the end of the cup (Which is a short 2 ounces). If the beverage does contain sweetness, it was prepared correctly.

Espresso arrives in the cup in layers of sour, sweet, syrup, and oil. A good espresso will be balanced throughout the layers.

Milk

The milk we use comes from a local dairy named “Hildebrand Farms Dairy.”

For our milk drinks we only use whole milks. Several people have asked for skim milk, and in the words of Ron Swanson: “The only thing I hate more than a liar is skim milk, because it’s water lying about being milk.”

For our Mocha, in place of chocolate syrup and whole milk, we skip the mixing step, and use straight chocolate milk. Hildebrands version of chocolate milk is considered by many to be the gold standard in it’s class.

Customer Care

We strive above all things to strive for, to be honest and transparent with our customers. If you have been here, We hope you have noticed the level of interest that we invest into our customers.

If you have any issue at all with your care or your product, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can either call me on the shop phone, or email me using the contact form here on the website. The email goes directly into my inbox, so I will see it straight away.

-Jon

Tipping

In the US, Tipping is customary in the service industry, and here is the reason. Many service industry personnel make minimum wage or below, work long hours, are forced to suppress fatigue, and remember intimate details from customers.

Small business owners that own and operate their business, work for little to no pay, for very long hours. For us that is the case. We rely on tips to make ends meet in our personal life, as well as they soften the blow of working double full time hours for months on end.

Reviewing

Tips on reviewing a small business:

1: Small businesses rely heavily on word of mouth/online reviews.

2: When you go into a small business and receive less than perfect care, it hurts, and sometimes it can feel personal. If that happens to you, you should immediately notify either the manager in charge, or in our case, the owner (me). I promise that I will make it right for you. I take great pride in making every customer happy.

3: When you go into a small business a receive less than perfect care, and then immediately write a bad review about them, in short: It hurts the business for months to come, damaging the local economy, and really it helps no one.

4: As a local it is up to all of us to take care of local businesses. 70% of all monies spent at a local business go directly back into the local economy as opposed to 30% at a corporate contemporary. When you spend money at a local business, you enhance the local economy by 40%, you help employ local talent, and you help decrease local unemployment. As a local myself, I make it a point to shop local. I like local business, and if I get less than perfect service, I let them know so they can better serve me next time. I refuse to leave a negative comment about a local business without first trying to remedy the failure with the ownership.

Shopping Local

Shopping Local vs. Shopping Locally

 

Do you make a point of shopping locally? What about shopping local? While they might sound same, there’s an important distinction — at least in my mind. When I say “shop locally,” I’m referring to the practice of buying from stores in your community. But when I say “shop local,” I’m talking about buying from locally-owned small businesses.

While many people take great pride in shopping locally (vs. buying online from Amazon or some other e-tailer), they miss the point by hitting up Wal-Mart or another big box retailer. Sure, these places employ local citizens and collect local sales taxes, but a significant portion of there revenue goes elsewhere.

This reality was underscored in a study from Maine that I recently ran across. The study, which focuses on a particular section of Midcoast Maine, compares the economic impact of shopping at locally-owned businesses vs. major chains. Yes, it dates back to 2003, but the findings are still quite interesting.

In short, the study’s authors found that for every dollar spent at a locally-owned establishment, nearly 45% of that revenue stayed in the local community with another 9% being spent elsewhere in the state. These expenditures included employee wages/benefits, inventory, supplies, and services from other local local businesses, profits accrued to the local owners, state and local taxes, and charitable contributions.

In contrast, for every dollar spent at a chain store, only 14% of the revenue stayed in the local community, mostly in the form of payroll. The balance of that money flows to out-of-state suppliers, or back to the parent corporation.

Based on these numbers, three times as much money stays in your community when shopping at a locally-owned business vs. shopping at a chain store.

Sadly, in many places, you just don’t have that many options when it comes to patronizing locally-owned businesses. Around here, it’s easy to find a locally-owned restaurant or coffee shop, but for groceries, electronics, etc. most local retailers have been pushed out by their big box brethren.

I still make a point of buying from our local hardware store whenever possible, and I frequent a few of the local businesses in our downtown shopping area, but it’s tough to “buy local” when there are just so few options left.

And when it comes to shopping at a big box vs. shopping online? I let prices and convenience dictate my choices. Yes, there’s a marginal local benefit to shopping at Best Buy vs. Amazon, but it’s not enough to offset the better prices and vastly broader selection.

What about you? Do you make a point of shopping local when you can?

The original article can be found at FiveCentNickel.com:

Shopping Local vs. Shopping Locally