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    How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    How much coffee are you guys going through on the average month.. coffee shop usage vs. traditional restaurant usage if at all possible.

    Thanks for the help!
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    150 lbs a month. Full service gourmet coffee shop.
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    750# a month with two retail stores. This includes drip, espresso, and whole bean.

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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    No offense Tophie but I've never seen a shop that was able to stay afloat with less than 300 pounds per month. How do you do it?

    EDIT: Oooops, one exception... a COE only type shop, but they average around $24 per pound and $5 per beverage...

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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    Im not a roaster, if that is any consession. I have very expensive drinks. But at this point your right, it is challenging to say the least. A pot of coffee cost $1, I sell it for $10. So that is pretty much 40$ a pound. The money is in espresso, and that my friend is the ONLY thing that keeps this thing going. If people knew what I paid for it they would die.
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    We sold less than 35# per month for the first eighteen months (2005-2007) we were roasting with a small shop roaster, did ~ $20K in Capital improvements, and traveled to Japan three times during that time period (we close the shop when we go) and still made a profit. ... Oh, and our rent at the time was 16% of our income. And this is from business revenue only.

    I know a shop close to us that was doing more than five times the (total) business we were and losing money. It's all in how you manage everything.
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    Ok I'll bite John, what do you pay for rent?
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    It depends on what percent coffee is your business and profit margin for each category. In my case tea is about 20% of my revenues, I was told an average coffee shop does about 5% in tea but am not sure where that number is from; tea is higher margin thus making how many pounds of coffee per month not very relevant. From a wholesale roaster perspective, which I think the original question is driving at, I'd think the smallest customer should be 200 pounds a month.

    Tohpie, I am thinking you are using quite a bit of coffee if your daily intake is less than $400, what is your brewing weight vs water per batch? Do you dump the pot after 30 minutes?
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    We are a low volume, niche market shop with an extremely loyal base. My wife is Taiwanese, so we have a balanced Tea/Coffee approach. Every drink is made by the cup. Most "coffee" drinks are espresso based. No drip coffee. No blended anything. Coffee is by the cup SO small farm and micro-lot siphon coffee, black and to stay only. Tea accounts for about 35-40% of total sales. Outside of Rishi, who has some remarkable teas, we source direct from Taiwan and Japan. We don't have employees, but we each work about six hours a day. We close the shop to travel a few times a year... for conventions, competitions, and Japan or Taiwan for (cough) business. Our rent was about $1850 at the time.

    We working on a restaurant, and we WILL have employees there.
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    Re: How many pounds of coffee are you going through..

    Ok now that makes sense. I wish my rent was 1850. Tell me about it Pug, I use .25 pound per 16 cup T-TEK glass lined airpot, Hell no I don't dump after 30min, They don't last that long anyway LOL!
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