July 11, 2011 Leave a comment
Yes, we know, we’ve kept quiet, and it’s been a while since our last post. So, what has kept us busy with what seems absolutely no time for posting?
making coffee (people say, we’re serving the best coffee in town) food shopping (meeting minimum orders has been our biggest challenge) deciding on our daily lunch specials (to offer quick journeys to different countries during lunch time breaks) making tea cleaning (lots of cleaning!) preparing ingredients for lunch and snacks (chopping onions, cutting carrots…) baking strudels and muffins (overcoming a little baking crisis every now and again) inviting kids of a local school to paint chairs for our outdoor seating area (a real eye-catcher!) choosing and ordering fairtrade items (from over 30 wholesellers!) designing ads for local newspapers expanding our drinks and food menu (it now has a total of 24 pages!) paying the bills keeping track of what we make of the ingredients that we buy (to keep the food hygiene and tax offices happy) chatting with customers organizing events (so far we’ve had interesting travel picture evenings, delicious wine tastings, fun board game nights and great coffee brewing and cooking classes) accounting and bookkeeping checking expiry dates on chocolates and cookies writing newspaper articles (to share our knowledge about the exciting world of coffee) face-lifting the ARTiSAN website trying to figure out how to acquire new customers meeting lovely and interesting people calculating cost and benefit (you got to know and watch your numbers) posting on our Facebook page regularly tasting our own coffee and adjusting settings on the grinders and coffee machine (this is our main asset – it’d better be good!) checking fridge and freezer temperatures (daily!) researching the fairtrade and coffee business re-arranging our little café (serveral times already!) to make the most of little space sipping a lovely cup of coffee outside of our shop creating new drinks (refreshing smoothies and our very own buttermilk-logan berry cocktail!) trying to get enough sleep every now and again tasting our way through new chocolates
Needless to say, our little café and shop is keeping us busy and engaged for countless hours a day but also offers us the most enjoyable and comfortable working environment we can imagine.