Making and Selling your own Cold Brewed Coffee
I think I love coffee as much as the next guy. However, there is a new trend in town that I hadn't heard of before!
This trend is cold brewed coffee.
Cold brewed coffee is just like it sounds. It's coffee made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for quite a long time, usually from 12 to 24 hours. It has a different taste from hot brewed coffee, as different compounds are released from the coffee beans.
There's a woman in North Carolina who's been making her own cold brewed coffee. As well as brewing it, she also hand bottles it and makes the labels by hand too.
She sells her bottles of cold brewed coffee at the local Whole Foods store, as well as through various independent stores in the region.
I haven't seen cold brewed coffee in my area. Maybe there's a gap in the market in your area too?
This is a full time business or side business that anybody could do, either part-time, or full-time.
As well as selling through local stores, it's also product you can sell at local markets.
If you want to find out more about this business, or more about how to cold brew your own coffee, check out the following links...
Slingshot Coffee Company: One-woman business energizes Raleigh
DIY: Cold Brew Coffee
How to cold-brew coffee at home
Any other examples of a boutique food/beverage biz.
Distribution is always a sticking point in these types of businesses.
Gordon Any ideas on how to set up distributors?
You're probably right - distribution is probably the key to success here...
You're probably right, distribution is probably the hardest part of this kind of business...
But is it still doable?
I got the impression from the article that the lady making the cold-brewed coffee organizes her own distribution to various stores in her region.
Here's another example...
I know some people local to me who run a 100% organic dairy farm. This means their cows graze on grass without pesticides, and they don't pump their cows full of hormones or antibiotics. They have some "boutique" products they make from the milk, like their own organic yogurt.
I know that they distribute these products themselves to various stores around town.
In this case, it's a family business, and various family members take on different tasks in running the farm. So they just do it themselves...!
Is it the most efficient way? Probably not! But... it's one way.
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