I am gaining converts. I am currently roasting about 11 pounds of coffee (seven varieties) for a friend and his office up in Fargo. He knows about my mania and enjoys the occasional roasted coffee I bring when we launch rockets up that way. Told him about the toys I bought and he's spreading the word. I have "orders" for several more pounds of various varieties in the neighborhood. A neighbors' relative that lives in Alabama says he will continue to order from me. My CPA and his office want coffee. Even the guy down the street that goes for his hazlenut drek wants my coffee. Except for the Fargo group, all the others have actually tasted what I roasted. And all of these people are willing to pay money! Wow. Bob
Good job Bob! Les On 8/31/06, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> What sort of a markup are you charging?
David B. Westebbe wrote: <Snip> About double what I paid for the beans. No one is squawking and I'm coming in lower than the coffee shops. Did a clandestine survey a week ago. Bob
I am already taking orders for 1/4 pound at $3.50 on the ship once we are out to sea and the sailors are clamoring for it already.... seemed like a fair price all things considered.... Dennis Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> What sort of roaster do you have? Can you roast several pounds at once? Do you make enough for it to be an enjoyable second income?
David B. Westebbe wrote: <Snip> Hot Top. 1/2 pound at a time. It's good enough for a sample roaster. I would have to upgrade to something that would do max of 5 pounds for what I have planned. I do not see myself going into business until several things happen. 1. I get real good at roasting. 2. I come up with a real business plan and really scope out the market. I plan to go high end. 3. Research, research and more research. I am encouraged that people are willing to try different coffees. The dark roast/charbucks crowd of friends can be won over. I would really like to set up something like the neighborhood roastery. My supplier has done a very good job getting me beans and information (Did I say thanks Tom?). I have always dreamed of opening a coffee establishment. I want to do it right. Bob