Start A White Label Coffee Business - Business Ideas

Start A White Label Coffee Business - Business Ideas
Start A White Label Coffee Business

Would you like to start your coffee brand but lack the capital to purchase coffee roasting machines?

All hope is not lost yet!

The simplest and cheapest way to sell your branded coffee is through a white label agreement. To start, identify a reliable coffee roaster, subscribe to become their reseller, and instruct them how you would want your branded coffee.

Quite simple!

You can start selling your coffee brand to the target audience through your eCommerce website or a dropshipping solution.

The advantage of a white label coffee brand is that you do not need to take a huge loan to buy coffee roasting equipment, nor will you have to invest in branding or packaging, as some coffee roasting companies already provide the service.

Starting a white label coffee business requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell coffee, or selling coffee online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Key Stats

market size
$437B
starting costs
$13.7K
gross margin
40%
time to build
210 days

Startup Costs

Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Office Space Expenses $0 $7,000
Inventory Expenses $350 $14,750
Software Expenses $150 $2,794
Website Costs $13 $215
Advertising & Marketing Costs $0 $2,450
Total Startup Costs $513 $27,209

Successful Businesses

Business URL Rank
Buy Me a Coffee buymeacoffee.com #4,264
Coffee Forum coffeeforums.com #408,125
The Coffee Club · Where Will I Meet You? coffeeclub.com.au #681,824
NMPC nmpinoncoffee.com #771,461
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia coffeebean.com.my #1,503,159
The Office Coffee Company office-coffee.co.uk #1,598,289
Mystic Monk Coffee mysticmonkcoffee.com #1,826,557
Wholesale Coffee liminicoffee.co.uk #2,087,939
Lavazza Business Solutions lavazzabusinesssolutions.com.au #2,275,294
QCMS queenslandcoffee.com.au #2,831,252
Spring Valley Coffee springvalleycoffee.com #3,985,160

Pros & Cons

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Ability to start your business from home It's not necessary to have a physical storefront or office space to get your business started. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home, at least in the beginning!
Little startup costs required The cost to start a white label coffee business costs significantly less money than most businesses, ranging anywhere from 12 to 27,209.
Rewarding work Starting a white label coffee business can be really rewarding work. After all, you are solving an immediate issue for your customer and you're working on something you truly care about.
Scalable With businesses and processes changing daily, there will always be demand for new features, products and services for your business. Additionally, there are several different business models and pricing tiers you can implement that will allow you to reach all types of customers.
Traffic to your website A white label coffee business gives people a reason to visit your website and to keep coming back to you!
Cons Description
Crowded Space Competition is high when it comes to your white label coffee business, so it's important that you spend a good amount of time analyzing the market and understanding where the demand lies.
Finding The Right Supplier Most businesses in this space go the supplier/manufacturer route, which isn't a bad thing! However, finding the right supplier can take a lot of time, energy and trial/error. If done properly, this process can save you months (if not years) of time and energy. More on this below in the "finding a supplier" section.
Security Issues With any Saas business, data loss and security issues may arise throughout your process of building your product. It's critical that you understand exactly what you're responsible for and how to avoid potential issues down the road.
Lack of benefits With a white label coffee business, you are typically self-employed and responsible for finding your own insurance, which can be quite costly and time-consuming.
Isolation Often times, as a white label coffee business, you typically work alone and do not have much face-to-face interaction with other team members.
Taxes As a white label coffee business, you typically pay self-employment taxes which can be quite high. It's important to understand what you will be paying in taxes each year so you can determine if the work you're taking on is worth it.

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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