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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 14: A conversation about the challanges that comes with starting a Coffee Business with Francois Lafontaine founder of Café Capitale in Brussels

Francois Lafontaine, owner, and founder of Café Capital
We have known Francois for many years now, and according to us, Café Capital has been the brightest shining start in terms of Coffee Quality in Belgium ever since. 
This conversation came out of a three-day visit to Brussel which resulted in a  Coffee Tour around Belgium (Antwerpen, Gent & Brussel). 
We met up with Francois is his newly opened Roastery just outside of the city center, and had a conversation about his decision to scale down his Coffee Business to fewer Coffee Shop in order to focus on what really matters for him, Coffee Quality. 
It is an inspiring story and something we can all learn from. We hope you enjoy this Episode.  
In this Episode, we talk about: 
- How it is to run a Coffee Business 
- Why he decided to scale down the size of his business, closing 50% of his coffee shops
- How it was to transition from running coffee shops to also roasting 
- Challenges and opportunities that come with starting your own company 
- Coffee Roasting 
- Coffee Education 
- Staff Challenges in a Coffee Shop 
- The future of coffee 
Links, learn more about Francois:
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