This is not your average seminar!  We'll educate you on what you need to know to get started with opening your very own coffee or tea shop with no previous experience necessary! Come away with a step-by-step plan of action to launch and grow your own independent coffee shop business.  We bring in industry experts in the fields of commercial real estate, commercial lending, funding for new small businesses, general contracting and specialty coffee/tea equipment and vendors to explain the process and to answer all of your questions.  We'll touch on specialty coffee specific business plans, projecting start-up costs, equipment needs, to menu planning, to managing operations.  All attendees will receive a link to rewatch the seminar if unavailable during the live airing.  Zoom link will be sent out 72 hours prior to class date.

Cancellation Policy:

Please Read Before Registering By submitting payment and/or by attending any BaristaSource LLC class (virtual or in-person workshop, you are agreeing that you (a) have fully read and completely agree to the BaristaSource LLC. Terms & Conditions, (b) have reviewed the course description and refund policy within our Terms & Conditions more than 14 days prior to the course start date, (c) you understand that BaristaSource LLC. does not offer refunds if you do not attend or unable to attend your class, you may only reschedule* and (d) BaristaSource LLC. is not a career school or vocational school as defined by the Georgia Education Code.

Allergen Alert (For In- Person only)
In compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, please note that the Cooking School facilities may contain milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy, which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contact may occur among food products and take appropriate safety


Guest Conduct (For in-person only)
As a condition of participating in BaristaSource LLC workshops/classes, and to protect the health and safety of our guests and others, our guests are required to agree to the following conditions: Each guest must agree that he/she/they will (a) follow all rules of conduct related to the use of the Barista class facilities during his/her/they class(es); (b) not attend his /her or they Barista class(es) if he/she/they has, or has been exposed to, any communicable diseases including cold, flu, etc.; (c) release BaristaSource LLC. and Black Coffee Company from all claims, damages, and causes of action or liabilities that may arise as a result of participation in a Barista class, except if solely due to the gross negligence of BaristaSource LLC.
Virtual Zoom Online Room
Date & Time
5/7/23 7pm-8pm
Seminar Schedule

1. Seminar Introduction
2. Is Coffee the right fit for you?
3. Mobile Cart, Coffee Food Truck, Brick & Mortar or Pop Up? Which busness is        right for you?
4. Commercial Real Estate Requirements
5. Build Outs & General Contracting
6. Funding specifically for Specialty Coffee
7. Equipment Needs
8. Operational cost and needs
9. HR Needs
10. Wrap Up

Meet your Host
Kelley Smith
CEO & founder
"The Coffee Sensei"
About Me
Kelley Smith is CEO and Founder of BaristaSource LLC, the Southeast's only fully accredited Barista Training Facility and Barista Talent Acquisition firm. With over 25years of leading diverse teams in the retail, Food and Beverage, and Speciality coffee industries, Kelley was ready to venture out on her own. She created BaristaSource LLC because after working for Specialty Coffee in various positions she personally witnessed the lack of promotional opportunities for Minorities as well as reoccurring issues with staffing and training within Speciality Coffee that continue to cause heartburn for the industry to this day.
To build BaristaSource, she brought together a core team of growth minded Veterans and up and coming Leaders to provide critical analysis and strategic planning on how to effectively solve the problem at hand in such a way that it can be replicated easily for quick scalability and at the same time, could underserved communities.
Kelley supports a diverse portfolio of 501c3 organizations that specifically support underserved communities, at-risk youth, and job placement programs for re-entry candidates.
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