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Date: 25 Jan 2007 16:34:27
From: Brewer Bob
Subject: Theoretical question about buying wholesale green coffee
Greetings Alties,

I was just wondering if I wanted to open a Cafe and purchase ~ 150-250
lbs of assorted varietal coffees from a wholesaler where would I find
such a place that would give me a wholesale bulk discount? I currently
buy my beans for home roasting in multiple varietal 20 lb increments
for anywhere from ~ 4.60 - 6.00 a pound. Any info would be appreciated.


Brewer Bob




 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 21:40:25
From: The Other Funk
Subject: Re: Theoretical question about buying wholesale green coffee
Finding the keyboard operational
Brewer Bob entered:

> Greetings Alties,
>
> I was just wondering if I wanted to open a Cafe and purchase ~ 150-250
> lbs of assorted varietal coffees from a wholesaler where would I find
> such a place that would give me a wholesale bulk discount? I currently
> buy my beans for home roasting in multiple varietal 20 lb increments
> for anywhere from ~ 4.60 - 6.00 a pound. Any info would be
> appreciated.
>
> Brewer Bob

One of the 2 importers we deal with will let me pick up a bag or two from
their warehouse otherwise sales are by the pallet. One company has a 6 bag
minimum and the other is 8. These are 70 Kilo bags BTW. Sometimes, very
rarely, we can pickup a broken bag but we can't maintain an inventory that
way.
Delivery is to the curb so have a way to move bags. Our first delivery was
at 9 PM in Feb. and it was raining.
One other thing. The delivery & fuel surcharges are just about equaling
another bag of beans. Both warehouses are less then 20 miles away.
My advice is to get in touch with every importer or wholesaler you can. Get
their minimums and delivery fees before you look at the prices for beans.
Bob
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Date: 25 Jan 2007 19:58:28
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: Theoretical question about buying wholesale green coffee
On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:34:27 GMT, Brewer Bob
<bob-girolamo@nospam.sbcglobal.net > wrote:

>I was just wondering if I wanted to open a Cafe and purchase ~ 150-250
>lbs of assorted varietal coffees from a wholesaler where would I find
>such a place that would give me a wholesale bulk discount? I currently
>buy my beans for home roasting in multiple varietal 20 lb increments
>for anywhere from ~ 4.60 - 6.00 a pound. Any info would be appreciated.

Cafe Imports breaks bags (at least the last time i checked).
otherwise, expect a one-bag minimum per coffee from other green
brokers.



  
Date: 25 Jan 2007 17:02:12
From: Steve Ackman
Subject: Re: Theoretical question about buying wholesale green coffee
In <it2ir253577cif0t1kp6jbupvh9g08f9lp@4ax.com >, on Thu, 25 Jan 2007
19:58:28 GMT, Barry Jarrett wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:34:27 GMT, Brewer Bob
><bob-girolamo@nospam.sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> >I was just wondering if I wanted to open a Cafe and purchase ~ 150-250
> >lbs of assorted varietal coffees from a wholesaler where would I find
> >such a place that would give me a wholesale bulk discount? I currently
> >buy my beans for home roasting in multiple varietal 20 lb increments
> >for anywhere from ~ 4.60 - 6.00 a pound. Any info would be appreciated.
>
> Cafe Imports breaks bags (at least the last time i checked).
> otherwise, expect a one-bag minimum per coffee from other green
> brokers.

Last I knew they still did too... at a pretty stiff
kup compared to full bag rate, IIRC on the order of
80 to a dollar a lb.

Excellent Coffee in RI does 25 lb. boxes and they
charge a flat $5 boxing fee on top of their regular
full bag rate (so 20 cents a lb. to break the bag).
Anyway, that was the case a while back.

RoyalNY will break bags/barrels on Kona and JBM, but
nothing else. I don't recall what they charge to do it
though.