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Published on September 30th, 2014 | by Burrito Recipes


The 3 Steps to Starting a Coffee Roasting Business

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If you want to get into the ever-growing coffee industry in your city but don’t want to own a coffee shop, you may want to consider roasting, instead of brewing, for your customers. Here are some steps to help you get into the coffee roasting business.

  1. Make a Plan

    All good businesses start with a business plan. You can get inspired by templates online, but you’ll need to do quite a bit of research on the industry in your area to have a reasonable belief that you can be profitable. This step is particularly important if you need to attract investors, who will want to see you have the skills to write business plans and proposals.

  2. Buy a Small Batch Coffee Roaster

    The upside of a coffee roasting business is that you don’t need very much to get started. There are numerous commercial coffee roaster machines, but a 5 lb coffee roaster or something in that range should be plenty at first. Once you have your roaster, you’ll be able to work out how to best roast the beans on that individual machine. Typically, each batch of coffee beans will take 9 to 13 minutes to roast.

  3. Build Your Client List

    Build relationships with local shops. Properly roasting coffee brings out its flavor, and the closer to the final customer the coffee is roasted, the better it will taste. This means that if you’re providing a good product, there’s a good chance you can get coffee shops in your area to buy directly from you instead of a larger supplier. You can also consider selling your coffee online. The good thing about using a small batch coffee roaster is that you can brand it as an artisanal coffee roaster—as long as the flavor of your coffee stands up to that title, you’ll probably find numerous potential customers.

Have you bought coffee from a small roasting business? Did you find the quality to be higher than store-bought coffee? Share in the comments. Read more:

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