5 Coffee Roasting Business Success Stories [2023]

5 Coffee Roasting Business Success Stories [2023]
Start A Coffee Roasting Business

A coffee roasting business roasts green coffee beans to various roast levels. Recent market research has shown that the global coffee roaster market is increasing at a CAGR of 4.24% for the next six years.
Therefore, launching your coffee roasting business in 2023 can be profitable. Coffee roasters use large machinery, including a roaster and grinder, to turn the beans into a finished product. To start a coffee roasting business, research the market and find who else is roasting in your target area.

Then, find out where coffee sellers in your area are getting their supplies. You also need to know how many coffee shops are in your area.

Then, decide if you want to sell the coffee to individuals or to a coffee shop. Alternatively, you can sell the coffee in your coffee shop or deliver it to elite lodging establishments and restaurants.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a coffee roasting business:

1. Kalve Coffee Roasters ($1.8M/year)

Raimonds Selga and Gatis Zēmanis (from Riga) started Kalve Coffee Roasters about 6 years ago.

$150K / month
3 founders / 35 employees

Case Study

My name is Raimonds Zadvornovs, and, along with my partner Gatis Zēmanis, we run Kalve Coffee Roasters - a coffee roasting company based in Riga, Latvia. Our main operation is simple - we buy high-quality green coffee, then skilfully roast it, and afterward sell it, but obviously, the business involves a lot more than that.

This is why these days we call ourselves a coffee service company - our main task has not changed, but we’re continuously expanding our work and growing along with the company. Our big public launch was in February 2019 with just the two of us and roasting at 5% of our production capacity. As of this day, we’re a team of 13 people and roasting at 70% of our maximum production capacity.


2. Firebean Coffee Roasters ($90K/year)

Michael Russo (from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada) started Firebean Coffee Roasters about 8 years ago.

$7.5K / month
2 founders / 1 employees
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Case Study

Hey!, My name is Michael Russo and I’m a Coffee Pedaler. My family and I run a pedal-powered coffee roastery in Canada’s beautiful Yukon Territory.

The business is paying for itself and provides a small take home to contribute to our family. We have seen steady growth month after month and we see no reason why we can’t continue to grow.


Learn more about starting a coffee roasting business:

Where to start?

-> How to start a coffee roasting business?
-> How much does it cost to start a coffee roasting business?
-> Pros and cons of a coffee roasting business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established coffee roasting business
-> Marketing ideas for a coffee roasting business
-> Coffee roasting business names

Other resources

-> Coffee roasting business tips

4. Rwanda Bean Coffee ($1.08M/year)

Mike Mwenedata (from South Portland, Maine, USA) started Rwanda Bean Coffee about 9 years ago.

$90K / month
1 founders / 20 employees
South Portland, Maine, USA

Case Study

My name is Mike Mwenedata. I immigrated to America 6 years ago from Rwanda. I’m the co-founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee Company. We source single origin coffee from Rwanda and roast the beans to perfection here in South Portland, Maine

By expanding to include our own retail locations we have been able to increase revenue from under $3000 per month to over $45k per month in less than 1 year.


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