DON't take our
word for it!
Learn from the mistakes and successes of others
Thank you Oksana!
You're the best! Thank you Oksana for such
thorough information! I'll keep you posted as I progress! Or, if I have more questions!
I received the business plan guideline and suggested
verbiage for lender/developer purposes! That will be so valuable and simplifies
the plan from what I've been trying to pur together! Thank you !!! I enjoyed
my day with you so much and have been reading the materials you sent home with
me. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and then proceeding with obtaining
projected costs and finalizing a business plan! Sleep well and I'll see you in
the morning! Thank you again for a productive and enjoyable day!!! Oh... And
some delicious coffee!! :). BW -- Oregon
ANOTHER JANUARY 2014 BARISTA CLASS!
Oksana , it is I that should be thanking you . I'm so appreciative of the
time A. and I were able to share with you . I told A. just this morning
that for me , I felt a certain kinship with you and honestly enjoyed every
I came back to .... with a lot to think of and consider . However
without you're consult I would never have had the opportunity to experience the
actual process and for that I feel very fortunate .
Thank you for the kind words and optimism you shared . I hope to eventually
make you proud . God bless and take care -- DB from TX
It's Darin in South East Asia. Can you believe that's it's already been two
years since I went to your school ? WOW.
I did the coffee shop thing
and it's in my newsletter. I also sell some tea on my online store as
Just thought I'd send you my newsletter that's got a blurb on
the coffee shop. It also tells what I'm doing here in South East
Thanks again for the Barista trainging. I really enjoyed it.
Most of all, I appreciate the info and "How much MONEY" you saved me. I could
have lost a lot of money if I didn't go and visit you. Stay in Touch.......Darin W.
I owe such a debt to Alex. I am
excited to see that we are still on your website for testimonials: we just
celebrated our 9th year in the same location that Alex was a bit cautious about
(over the phone - so were we) our sales have continued to rise and we are about
to open our 4th store and we roast coffee for over 50 clients in the small area
of PA and the surrounding communities. We still reference the book
and use the knowledge we gained from it daily. Thanks guys! Thomas JF
"I purchased your book in January 2003. I cannot
thank you enough for the help this book gave me. I worked for 10 years in coffee
bars (even in management at Caribou Coffee, Charlotte, NC), but your book went
so beyond the experience that I had in order to open my own espresso bar!! I
purchased the book because I had the opportunity to open an espresso bar—which I
did (we just celebrated our third anniversary). Thomas
"…Four years in, our coffee shop is still going strong. We won "Best Espresso Drinks in the Triangle"
from the independent food critics… Superior product and superior training does win out in the end." Mike, North Carolina
"When I first met Alex, I had no idea about the espresso business. He guided me through all the stages of designing and
opening the business. Then he stayed with me for the first few opening days, teaching me and my employees all about the espresso business,
from how to build customers, to preparing the drinks and serving customers fast. Now I have two busy stores." Pat
"I have owned and operated a gourmet coffee store & espresso bar for three years. After taking the Espresso Business
Seminar I realized just how ignorant I was about this business. This is the best money that I have ever invested!" Jackie W.
Hi to you both!
Well I wanted to pass on a compliment I received the other day. A couple came in from Seattle and ordered a "real" cappuccino; I made
them in the glass cups and served them. They took a drink and just raved about the taste, I told them about you guys and they had heard
of Alex. They told me I had been trained well…so thanks for everything you have done! GW from CO (Graduating Class)
Your espresso expertise is truly appreciated. You have given us insight to the true meaning of superb coffee
taste and service. We are grateful to have found you prior to our Atrium Cafe opening.
Your design of the bar and equipment lay-out was masterful, and we would have certainly missed some health code
requirements without your assistance. The design is wonderful, we love having such a spacious work place with the equipment placed
perfectly. We also appreciate your suggestions on the equipment and where to get it. You were able to get us quality equipment at the best price.
The time you spent with us training our crew was truly important and enjoyable. We appreciate your subsequent calls
checking to see how things are going, as well. Again, thank you for your outstanding service. Sincerely, Suzanne M, WA
"I just got your book and video. I wish that I'd had them before I opened my coffee shop, I would have done many
things differently. I hope that it is not too late for me to save my business." Cathy
"The menu that you set up for me is very easy for the ..customer to understand & certainly "espresso
friendly"… I raised my prices by 15 cents, & nobody even noticed. We maintain consistently our espresso sales at 80% or better
of our total sales by following the techniques that you taught us." Erich
"...I didn't know I was attending a school that has so
much history & firsthand experience with espresso. This was the most valuable part of the school, to hear the experiences,
background, struggles & victories from Alex's passion & dreams to share his love for the perfect espresso." Teresa S.
"Just dropping a line to let you know that C. Coffee is heading into its second year this November. It has
been growing steadily. Thanks for your initial start up advice."Martin H.
"...We get nothing but compliments from our customers at how well our drinks taste. You really saved us a
lot of time, money, and hardship." Thanks again! James & Andrea
"Just to let you know that we did over $900 of business yesterday! In this small town of 18,000, and only two
weeks after we opened!"
Thank you for all your help. DeWayne & Pamela
"...Our store opened 2 weeks ago, and has been an instant success! We found ourselves overwhelmed by the customer responses.
Your book was the basis for how we set up our store."
Thank you, Brian
I would just like to thank you for your help and information you gave us. We get nothing but compliments from
our customers at how well our drinks taste. You really saved us a lot of time, money and hardship. Although we have only been open
for a couple of weeks we are getting a very good response.
Again, thanks. James & Andrea
Superior product and superior training does win out in the end. Thanks for all you've done for my business." Winner of 'Best Espresso Drinks in the Triangle NC
We had a record day of $2,000! We did the sales from 9am to 6:30pm. We were rocking! Everything continues to pick
up as time passes. Thanks again for your help. Our employees still talk about you. Our second location opens May 13.
Thanks again. Thomas
We had a $1,300 day on Saturday. We never could have done it without you. And only six weeks after opening! Thanks so much!
Sincerely, April and Steve
"I just returned from the barista school and wanted to thank you for preventing me from making an extremely costly mistake
by opening a coffee business without the information you provided in the school.
I am so grateful that I took the class. I now see the great opportunity that THE RIGHT coffee business can be in THE RIGHT
location and I learned in the class different ways of finding the right location with the right business model (i.e. walk- in,
drive-thru or a walk-in coffee shop with a drive-thru).
The class was so much more that a school teaching one how to make perfect coffee, although I learned that too. I learned more
than I could have imagined about the business of finding the right location and running a successful espresso business, right
down to what cash register to buy and how to handle the daily receipts. If I am not successful in the business, it won't be
because you didn't provide me with the right tools.
It was a long weekend of hard work, packed with valuable information, but you are kind and caring guy and a great presenter and
the time just flew by. I can't thank you and your wife, Oksana, enough." Sincerely, John William Lovell Arizona
...You provided us with everything needed to succeed, from start to opening. We highly recommend to anyone interested, starting with
your book "Espresso Business" this alone inspired us and provided us with all the essential tools and instruction to begin the
process. We would not have felt so confident had we not had your support. Your step by step process is an awesome tool to anyone interested
in starting their own "Espresso Based" business.
On a personal note, we truly had an awesome time attending "Barista School". It's hard to explain just how much we learned in
such a short period of time and had a lot of fun and laughs with you both. We thank you for all your personal time and attention given to
Bluegrass Java's future success, your comments and suggestions are very important to us and all input means so much at this point. Personally
the hands on instruction and daily routine information was one of the best training sessions I have been through in my life since I've been
working, and trust me I have spent a lot of my time "in training".
I want to thank you both for a wonderful and truly informative 3 days of training. You both were wonderful hosts and excellent teachers.
Debbie and I feel much more confident with being a successful drive thru specialty coffee business. Dave & Debbie Kentucky
Dear Oksana and Michael,
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and tools of the trade. The hands on experience was a great way to ensure that our
drive-thru coffee, tea and smoothie business will be a great success. It's given us the assurance that we will offer the best espresso
based products around. Again, thank you. Karen P, Wisconsin May 2008 class
Dear Oksana & Mike,
I just want to say muchas gracias!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Mike you did great with the practical part
of the training, excellent team!!
After this barista training I feel more confident & sure that I am in right business. Thanks for providing all the supplies &
equipment list that will save me a lot of money! The layout you gave us will help me a lot too I am a designer but with no clue of working
behind the counter. I can't wait to open my coffee bar I'll send some pictures!! Hasta la vista!!
God bless you! Mercedes in Florida
Thanks to you both. Your class was extremely impressive for my needs. There was so much incredibly useful information. I had no
idea some things I was about to make so complex were actually so easy. The next day I opened up my grinder and sure enough, the
blades were too close and there was a lot of old coffee inside jamming it up. It now works like a champ.
Again, thank you for your instruction and knowledge. I am now armed with all the information I need to run a successful coffee business.
Take care and much success to you both. MAC, from Las Vegas, Nevada
I did get back safe and sound. I'm glad I invested the time to attend the 1-day Barista Training Class with you and at
the end of the day I finally have a better grasp of what's in store for me and for my new venture. There's still lots to do, but I feel
better knowing that I have you by my side. Thanks and best regards! T.T. from San Francisco, CA
Two years ago we purchased your "Espresso Business Success Program" book & video. We are now in the process of opening our third shop!
There is no way that we could have achieved the success that we have without you!"Thank You! Brian W
Here we are 15 Months into the business and I was just delivered the certificate for "2009 The best of Gaston Award" for Best Coffee." Todd NC
"Our shop is quite a success now. Over the weekend we had a $900 day, a $750 day, and a $600 day. We've also discovered that,
instead of the more established competition down the street, WE are now known as 'The Coffee Shop' in town. That is a major
accomplishment for so short a time period." Mike