7 Tips For Starting A Successful Coffee Roasting Business

Want to start your own coffee roasting business? Here are 7 tips you should know.

We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a coffee roasting business:

#1: Michael Russo, founder of Firebean Coffee Roasters:

We chatted with with Michael, founder of Firebean Coffee Roasters ($7.5K/month). In our interview, Michael says:

Talk to a small group of peeps that are not being served in a certain way and provide that small group a really awesome experience.

Additionally:

Mimic others. I am always looking at what Peets, Stumptown, Starbucks is up to. I say this because those big players don’t roll stuff out without a bit of research and knowledge of who they are serving.

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#2: Mike Mwenedata, founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee:

We chatted with with Mike, founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee ($90K/month). In our interview, Mike says:

Know your numbers and work on coming up with realistic projections. Money will run out quick, and it is much better to expect and be prepared for the worst and than be really happy if any better happens.

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#3: Mike Mwenedata, founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee:

We chatted with with Mike, founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee ($90K/month). In our interview, Mike says:

Do what you are passionate about because passion leads to success.

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#4: Raimonds Zadvornovs and Gatis Zēmanis, founder of Kalve Coffee Roasters:

We chatted with with Raimonds, founder of Kalve Coffee Roasters ($80K/month). In our interview, Raimonds says:

Our coffee shop was supposed to be a sort of a “business card” and ended being much more than that, generating around 1,000-1,500 EUR in nothing more than 40 square meters, selling coffee and pastries.

Additionally:

Our main marketing has always been word of mouth - do our job well, stand by our values, and proper aftersales.

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#5: Michael Russo, founder of Firebean Coffee Roasters:

We chatted with with Michael, founder of Firebean Coffee Roasters ($7.5K/month). In our interview, Michael says:

Act as if the results you seek are already with you, and if it needs to be adjusted then adjust things as you move along. DON'T WAIT FOR CONDITIONS TO BE PERFECT. Things take time too, so put things on a long time-line.

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