A 2001 survey by National Coffee Association indicated that over 100 million people drink coffee on a daily basis and that nearly 60 million more occasionally consume coffee. Based on average drinking habits, daily coffee drinker will consume multiple cups per day - totalling hundreds of millions cups of coffee being consumed every 24 hours.
Such enormous consumer demand coupled with growing trend toward gourmet coffee presents an opportunity for enterprising coffee lovers to take their double shots at generating income while working in an industry which makes their coffee passions percolate.
Coffee-loving entrepreneurs can choose from a wide range of opportunities available to find ones that best matches their tastes. Interested in starting small? Start with a couple machines and a cart. More grande ambitions? Consider a coffee shop franchise.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America's "Market Report" forecasts that number of coffeehouses in U.S. will grow to 15,000 by year 2006. Will one of those coffeehouses be yours?
You can take a couple different paths can to starting your own coffee themed business. One option is to buy equipment and supplies yourself, building your own identity and business systems. The other option is to purchase a franchise and benefit from their proven image, proven systems, and established supply chains. Let's look at some examples of coffee related businesses that you could start for yourself.
If you choose independent route you can use a wholesaler such as Mr. Churro's to help get you started. Mr. Churro's is Miami-based wholesaler of professional grade machines for making espresso, coffee, and hot chocolate. Beyond acquiring equipment from Mr. Churro's you would need to work out other details of your business details on your own. For example, you would need to find a coffee bean supplier, find a suitable business location, and also learn how to run a coffee business.