United Baristas Audio Articles

Thought-provoking ideas & actionable information for coffee people

  • How to have a fight 🤜 🤛

    When workplace disagreements arise, it's tempting to smooth things over or rush to compromise. But strong opinions – when harnessed – can lead to better decision-making. Plus, disagreements are a sign that people care.This audio article is from our latest Managing People & Building Teams newsletter, especially for coffee people who manage other coffee people. Subscribe and get a tip every other month at unitedbaristas.com/newsletters/managing-people-building-teams.
  • Culture Counts: don't outsource your company culture

    In the first managing people and building teams for 2023, we explore how company culture is a practical tool that explains what gets prioritised, how things get done and what the rewards and penalties are.Many owners and managers have attempted to delegate the creation and maintenance of their company culture to shop managers or HR. We explain why this approach isn't working – and what you can do about it.Subscribers get more information and resources to help them build their company culture in 2023. Subscribe at https://unitedbaristas.com/newsletters/managing-people-building-teams/
  • Offsetting is for wimps

    You can offset a tonne of carbon dioxide more easily than buying a bag of coffee. Offsetting websites are online shops, it costs just £9 to offset a tonne of CO2e. In this episode we explore why offsetting is fraught with challenge and absolutely not a substitute for carbon reduction.You can read the original article, and view the relevant references, at unitedbaristas.com/articles/think-pieces/offsetting-is-for-wimps
  • Coffee is Opportunity: How can we make specialty coffee more sustainable?

    We start a new series by explaining how coffee’s scale, reach and connections enable us to play an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The new series explores how we can make specialty coffee more sustainable.You can read the original article on United Baristas https://unitedbaristas.com/articles/insights/how-can-we-make-specialty-coffee-more-sustainable/and if you would like to view the video of Hans Rosling explaining the correlation between human health and income click here.What’s your experience of sustainability? Let United Baristas know, we’re on all the usual channels. And if you found this information useful, make sure you share it with someone else who will benefit too.You can find more resources for baristas and coffee businesses on unitedbaristas.com.
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for coffee after Brexit?

    The Brexit debate was hotter than a steam boiler. Now, six years after the referendum, the conversation has cooled. And, like when cupping coffee, that makes it easier to grade. United Baristas explores what Brexit has served up to the coffee community.We’ve spoken with dozens of people including importers, business owners, baristas and brokers. There was a range of political opinion, but when it comes to the impacts and repercussions there was much in common.You can read the full article at https://unitedbaristas.com/articles/insights/opportunities-and-challenges-for-coffee-after-brexit/ and do let us know your experience of Brexit.And if you found this information useful, make sure you share it with someone else who will benefit too.You can find more resources for baristas and coffee businesses at https://unitedbaristas.com.
  • Increasing coffee prices makes sense

    United Baristas explores why increasing coffee cup prices is necessary with current rising costs. And explains how to successfully implement a price rise in your coffee shop.We refer to several previous articles in this audio article. You can read them on United Baristas:One Size Doesn’t Fit All - on segmenting coffee businesses by size and focusInsights from the Iron Triangle - exploring why coffee shops can only pick two of fast, quality and cheapUnited Baristas also explained to baristas earlier in the year that they should support price increases. You can read the article here and find the original audio article in our feed.There are more articles on pricing as part of our Coffee Shop Viability series.
  • Here's how coffee businesses can tackle climate change

    United Baristas starts a new series exploring the carbon footprint of coffee businesses. We want to equip the industry to reduce its impacts and build a more sustainable future.Many of the coffee businesses in our community are retail coffee businesses, such as coffee shops, coffee bars and cafés. You can read more about how we define and segment these businesses in our recent article One Size Doesn’t Fit All.We need to work these things out if we’re going to play our role in tackling climate change, protecting the future of the coffee industry and building viable and sustainable businesses. This series is to help the industry get started. Join us to follow the journey to learn what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, and please do share your ideas, research and progress with us. We’ll help disseminate information to a broader audience. Individually we might be small, but United Baristas believes together we can achieve great things.You read the original version of this article at Here's how coffee businesses can tackle climate change.Plus sign up to our newsletter at Coffee’s Carbon Footprint newsletter.
  • We’re bringing the coffee community together in 2022

    We’ve introduced a completely new version of the Coffee Events Calendar to United Baristas. It’s now easier to find the events you want to attend, more straightforward to add your coffee event and much better looking. Here’s the upcoming events.Basic event listings on the Coffee Events Calendar are free thanks to the support of Midnight Oil. You can discover a variety of drink recipes or create your own.There are so many great events happing across the coffee community and the team at United Baristas is enjoying seeing so many of you face-to-face again. We hope to meet you at events this year. You can find events you want to attend on the Coffee Events Calendar.
  • Introducing the Trustshare escrow service to United Baristas Market

    We have updated the payment escrow service on United Baristas Market to Trustshare.You can learn more about Trustshare on their website and learn more about buying and selling safely on United Baristas Market.We are delighted that so many coffee people and businesses find United Baristas Market useful and want to thank you for being a part of our journey.Make sure you update your existing listings to make the most of these new functions. And we look forward to helping more people buy and sell anything, coffee related.View the latest items for sale.