I am planning a small artisan coffee roasting/coffeehouse. I should be open within a couple of months. I plan to start with purchasing beans from Bodhi Leaf in California. They seem to have the best cost and shipping. I do not plan to continue to use them for an extended period and was hoping to get some info on how to setup accounts with brokers/farmers/importers or what options are available? I have not found any information on how to get started with a steady supply of beans. I would like to purchase beans on a biweekly/monthly type of schedule but am open to suggestions. I would not be able to buy big lots for say a year or 6 mo supply as this is a small business with not enough cash on hand to purchase large quantities.
I plan to use around 100 lbs a week starting out. So purchasing just a sack at a time would work although its hard to find singles at a good price. Please give me some good feedback. Thanks
Posted Mon Aug 12, 2013, 7:12pm Subject: Re: Acquiring beans for startup coffeehouse
You can use Coffee Shrub for high quality specialty offerings. It's the commercial arm of Sweet Maria's and the two share beans. Per pound pricing is usually in the $4.50-$6.00 range and depending on the coffee you can purchase 10lb, 20lb or 50lb boxes. I use them regularly and roast less than you, although I'm now finally planning on growing. I've also used Atlas in the past for full bags. Shipping will add to your product costs, but they'll send as little as one bag.
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