tonysi Senior Member Joined: 27 Aug 2012 Posts: 3 Location: vancouver Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 1:54pm Subject: Coffee Packaging Question
First I would like to apologize if I post my question in the wrong place. I am new to this site and I hope everyone can help me and give me some suggestion. Little bit about my background, I was born in Indonesia and came to Canada in 2002. My father was born in the small island located in east Timor in Indonesia. Since I was a kid, I always see my father drinks coffee from his small village, and I like the smell and the taste of the coffee from his village. To make story short, I would like to import this coffee to Canada and since I am in Vancouver, I am trying to bring this coffee to BC first and will try to expand to Canada. My father has good relationship with coffee farmers in his village and this would be our opportunity to introduce this unique coffee to Canada and share the unique taste of this coffee to all coffee lovers in Canada. I also would like give this opportunity to all coffee shops, manufactures, or people who are interested to do business together or become the distributor of our coffee in Canada. My plan was to bring small amount of coffee to Vancouver first and try to find local packaging company who can help me to pack my coffee into small bags. You can make 2 to 3 cups of coffee from this small bags. The reason that I am doing this is because I would like to give this small bags of coffee to hopefully to all coffee shops in BC for free to introduce this unique taste of this coffee. My Questions are:
Does anyone in here knows where or which company I can do this small packaging?
Would this be a good idea to introduce this new coffee?
I am going to cover all the cost to bring small amount of this new coffee to Canada for sample, and I willing to work together with anyone or local business who is interested to do business with me. Please don't hesitate to give me any suggestion and ask me any question about this new coffee. I will try to answer any question as possible as I can. I also have small sample of this new coffee and I am willing to bring to anyone who is interested to try it. Thank you for your time.
I assume you want to provide small, roasted samples of this coffee to prospective clients. I also assume (although I may be wrong here) that you don't have a coffee roaster. Are you thinking about importing the coffee roasted? There are a number of issues here, not the least of which is freshness.
Personally, I would look into toll-roasting. It's a way to get into the coffee wholesale business without having to invest in a roasting facility. Do your research and and find a company that's willing to work with you (and that does a good job roasting). They should have the capability to bag the coffee as you'd like. However, you're probably going to have to provide the bags. Make sure they can warehouse your product & bags, roast the coffee as you need, and take care of shipping for you. Of course, you'll need to pay for all of this, but it will free you up to focus on marketing & sales. You can also take care of the shipping yourself.
I'm in the states, so I can't suggest a roaster or packaging supply company. We use Pack Plus Converting - www.packplus.com.
I would also see if there are any coffee marketing experts who can give you some guidance. Here in the states, we have an organization call SCORE, which is made up of retired professionals looking to give back to young entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your respond. The coffee is already roasted and grounded. The coffee that I am going to bring is already grounded; however, customers can also have the options to buy the coffee bean. The reason that I am trying to find packaging company because I don't want to invest to build packaging company in Indonesia unless I know how many people or companies in Canada will be interested to have this coffee. Once I know that how many people or companies in Canada are interested to have this coffee, I will try to build packaging company in Indonesia. I would be appreciate if anyone here would be able to give me suggestion where to find packaging company in Vancouver, BC.
If your interest is in getting knowledgeable coffee consumers to purchase your coffee, I would seriously reconsider your plan to roast and grind in Indonesia then ship across the Pacific. Your coffee will be stale before it gets on the boat in Indonesia and undrinkable for those who look for quality coffee well before it gets to Vancouver. Especially if you're not packaging it until it hits North America.
GVDdub is exactly correct. If the coffee is already roasted when it ships across the ocean, it will be stale by the time it reaches your port. If you're serious about providing quality coffee, you should find a local roaster who will roast it on demand for you. That will be the easy part. There are plenty of small roasters with heat sealers who will be glad for the additional income.
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