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Barista – The button pusher, right?

When recruiting a new staff member, I always ask one simple question: why did you choose to be a barista? The answers are very often like this: they like to chat with customers, they like coffee, they just need an easy job to pay the rent. Very few people talk about their passion for coffee […]


The Menu

The Menu By Michael Ryan O’Riordan Confusion. Vexation. Consternation. Rage. These are the feelings coursing through every customer as they enter yet another speciality coffee shop that has it’s very own interpretation of cup sizes, milk densities and coffee to milk ratios. Not to mention the fact that every one of these menus consists (usually) […]

The Artisan Journey


Building on up!

So right now we find ourselves in another building site planning out the third Artisan in Ealing; it has brought back so many feelings of excitement and nerves all at the same time. We have thought long and hard on how we can improve on the first two shops and what we are good at. […]


Setting yourself up for the next challenge

Extracting ourselves from the second shop is a difficult but important step. When we first launched Artisan Putney, we pretty much lived there day and night working the coffee machine and the shop floor, getting to know our customers and in many ways living their coffee shop dream. While we enjoyed this early part of […]