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5 business lessons from Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez

The high-impact entrepreneur shares the importance of carving out a niche and transforming yourself

In an industry filled with large international franchises, Bo’s Coffee stands out by serving locally crafted brews. For the past 20 years, founder Steve Benitez has built his brand up from a coffee cart in Cebu to a network of 100 stores ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | December 14, 2016 10:00:00
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Bo’s Coffee: Ready for Hypergrowth

Leading Philippine specialty coffee shop chain eyes opening 25 branches a year up to 2020 compared to just 5 a year in past 2 decades

Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez is preparing his company for a rapid expansionLike a young adult on a wild caffeine boost, Bo's Coffee's expansion drive -- the picture of sure and steady all these years -- is about to go hyper.Steve Benitez, ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | December 12, 2016 01:00:00
Startup Tips

10 things to consider when putting up a coffee shop

A chef and coffee bar owner shares his personal essentials to brewing business success.

That lovely feeling you have when you’re enjoying a good cup o’ joe at a cozy coffee shop? It’s actually built upon an intricate foundation revolving around a well-developed concept.1. ConceptChef Anthony Yupangco, owner of coffee bar Tutto Domani in Makati, can’t ...

by Stephanie F. Esguerra  | June 25, 2013 09:00:00

New franchise opportunity: Coffeebreak

Check out this homegrown gourmet cafe brand.

Franchising has undoubtedly been a popular and profitable way to make the shift from employee to entrepreneur. There are approximately 125,000 franchised outlets in the country as of May 2012. But what determines franchise success? The support of the franchisor is crucial ...

September 10, 2012 05:00:00
Business Ideas

Program teaches communities the brew for success

 The Pinagdanlayan Farmers Association Inc. (PFAI) in Dolores, Quezon uses almost half a hectare of land to grow vegetables and crops since. But it’s their coffee trees—almost 1,000 of them—which shows most promise to rake in profit for the cooperative and its ...

July 17, 2012 06:00:00
Startup Tips

How to open a coffee shop

Planning well will help you succeed.

While it is tempting to open a coffee shop—or any retail business, for that matter—by just finding a space and putting in some comfy furniture in it, the benefits of having a well-planned store design and layout outweigh the presumed ease of ...

February 20, 2012 07:00:00
Startup Tips

Planning your coffee shop space

Read this before you design the space for your coffee shop.

Not all coffee shops are created equal—some opt for a fast-food, utilitarian vibe, while others choose to provide an ambience that invites patrons to stay for long periods of time. Before tackling space concerns, determine your café’s character and menu. An equally ...

February 08, 2012 02:00:00
Business Ideas

2 ways to maintain your coffee farm

Keeping your farm young will give you more produce.

In maintaining a coffee plantation, you have to prune and rejuvenate your coffee plants every once in a while. asked the experts from the Nestle Demo and Experimental Farm for some tips on how to keep your coffee trees in tip ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | January 06, 2012 06:00:00
Startup Tips

Starting a coffee farm? Here 5 tips to remember

Tips to boost your yield.

Coffee farming is actually big in the countryside, with vast acres of properties solely dedicated to coffee farming alone. Last month, visited the Nestle Experimental and Demo Farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.Coffee growing in the country experiences a setback ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | December 16, 2011 08:00:00
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3 ways to get into the coffee processing business

Planting coffee is not the only coffee business

Coffee is making a big comeback in the Philippines as the demand for the basic commodity continues to increase while supplies continue to dwindle. Big companies like Nestle Philippines are pulling all the stops to make the country self sufficient in its ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | December 07, 2011 04:00:00
Business Ideas

Buying stations make it easier to get into the coffee business

Coffee is now bought at world market prices, regardless of volume.

Now, just about anyone with a parcel of land can become a supplier of coffee beans to supply the country\\\'s growing demand. One no longer needs a warehouse full of coffee beans to directly trade with the \\\'big guys.\\\'More than 25 years ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | December 02, 2011 06:00:00
Business Ideas

How a local brand competed with the big boys

Competing with a global brand made it better

“Starbucks was the best thing that ever happened to us,” says Steve Benitez, president and CEO of Coffee Centrale Inc., the company behind Bo’s Coffee. Instead of bending over when the global giant entered the Philippine market in 1997, Bo’s Coffee improved ...

October 27, 2011 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Celebrate the annual coffee festival this October

October is officially coffee month

Are you a coffee lover? Then October is your month to remember. The annual coffee festival happens every October since 1997 when President Fidel V. Ramos declared it as Coffee Month. The Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) has published the activities that coffee ...

September 15, 2011 11:00:00