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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
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