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- 02-08-2013 01:01 PM #11
- 02-08-2013 01:01 PM # ADS
- 02-08-2013 01:05 PM #12
just saw 1kg machine for sale on the thread.... check it out... Not bad price at 2500 dollars.... and shipping should be under 200 dollars
- 02-08-2013 08:30 PM #13
Keep this in mind........
A 1 kg machine will yield approx. 1.87 lbs of roasted beans per load. If you roast for eight hours straight you could produce a maximum of 4 batches per hour X 8 hours or roughly 60 lbs of beans for sale. (Prolly more like 45 lbs., imo.) If you roast 50 lbs per day for five days, you can produce 250 lbs of beans. But if you are roasting full time, someone else has to be bagging, selling and delivering the product.
With a 5 kg machine, you can roast that same 250 lbs in eight hours. Then you have the rest of the week to do the other tasks necessary to make a business work.
- 02-09-2013 06:15 AM #14
Eldub is absolutely right but my point is to start the business with low budget and when you get busy, (like selling 200 pound of coffee a week) you can get a new roaster and you won't have hard time selling smaller roaster to someone else without losing too much money on it..... but if you have enough cash available, I would get 10kg machine....
- 02-25-2013 09:01 AM #15
I second the idea that trying to import beans yourself is biting off a too much at one time. Cafe Imports or Royal Coffee NY is a good option. However, even that may be too much investment. It depends on your volume. You can also work out a bulk purchase price (if they don't already have it posted) with smaller companies like Sweet Marias, Coffee Bean Corral, The Captain's Coffee (that's me, full disclosure...), and several others.
I know of several small roasters locally that don't sell enough coffee yet to justify a full pallet of green coffee so they do this to save on their shipping. Depending on where you live, there just might be someone local enough to make it worth a drive to pick up your own green coffee. This way, you can purchase enough to last only a couple months so that you can stay current with harvest seasons as well as mitigate your risk with having a lot of inventory on hand. There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to buy a coffee you really want because you have to move the old stuff you still have on hand.
- 03-07-2013 10:48 PM #16
I started with a bread maker conversion (google it!) Anyway, now we're up to a 3k roaster in the Diedrich Ir-3 and it's worked out great! I do maybe 40 lbs / wk or so ad it's the perfect size. I only roast once a week so it works well for my needs.
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