Welcome back to the Amava Post. The intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed beans from some exotic place (fair trade of course), are wafting through our “world headquarters.” As we enjoy the slight buzz from our first cup of joe, we are contemplating all of the amazing flexible jobs and unique opportunities available in the world of coffee.
Today, we are focused on the coffeehouse. For centuries, coffeehouses have been associated with artists, writers and political or intellectual foment of one kind or another. They have been a center of social discourse, a “quiet” spot to read (or write) a book, a safe haven from unfriendly weather, a place to find some alone time without feeling truly alone.
“I love going to coffee shops and just sitting and listening.” – Julia Roberts
Nowadays, it might be just a little bit more about free internet (just saying), but all across the world the allure of the coffeehouse gets people out in their cities and towns, seeing other people and connecting with what’s going on in their communities. Oh, and that magic elixir done just how you like it, the way they know your name and sometimes even spell it correctly? Hey, even if you’re into tea, admit it, like Hugh Jackman, you show up for that smell.
Coffee, Coffee Everywhere (Coffee By the Numbers)
“To me the smell of coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” – Hugh Jackman
So, what’s really going on in the world of coffee? Other than a Starbucks nearly everywhere you look?
For starters, coffee’s not going anywhere.
- More than 64% of Americans had a cup of joe yesterday.
- On average, Americans spend more than $1,100 per year on their java.
- Millennials are choosing their lattes over retirement plans.
Learn more about the latest coffee innovations and how to get into the coffee biz including numbers and interesting resources.
Flexible Job Spotlight: To Barista or Not to Barista
Is it really possible? Free coffee and a chance to make everyone’s day a little brighter (or at least a little more “woke”)? Absolutely.
Coffee shops are integral to almost every town. The landmark, the meeting place, the hub. So, if you’re looking for a flexible job that gets you out there meeting people in your community while making a few extra beans, being a barista just might be the path for you.
Interview: Local Coffeehouse Owner Kathleen Daly
We spoke with Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park, California. Kathleen shares lessons learned in transitioning from medical device sales to owning her own cafe, including a list of 6 things everyone should consider when running their own show.
“I’ve realized that selling something you know people want makes it less about the selling and more about the engagement with people. Coffee is the best way to bring people together. It’s a magnet—a reason for community.”
Let us know if you would like to share your story.
New and Interesting
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In the meantime, in case you missed it, check out Millie and Boo! for some cross-generation banter between Boomers and Millennials.
On the way out:
“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion of being awake.” – Lewis Black