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Wholesale coffee pricing

Budan Beans can offer cafe owners a full range of coffees for their business.

Quality coffee need not be expensive

Whether it's a gourmet blend or unique single origin beans to pique the interest of your more discerning or adventurous customers. Our aim is to bring some of the world's best gourmet coffees to you. Some of our favourites, and those of our customers, include beans from India, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia.

Quality does not have to be expensive.
Most Australian wholesale coffee suppliers for cafes charge between $17 and $30 a kilogram, with a national average of $25 a kilogram. Depending on your volume, our pricing is about the national average, in some cases less.

With other suppliers, the usual differences in price depend on the volume the cafe is ordering, whether the beans are 100 per cent arabica (or whether they include cheaper robusta beans to bulk out the blend), and whether the cafe owner is tied into a contract.

Make sure you know what you're gettingA contract may require a fixed volume of sales, a fixed period, or purchases of other supplies including cups, sugars and coffee add-ins such as flavoured syrups. All of these you may be required to buy from your coffee supplier, in order to receive their product cheaper, or at all.

Remember also, that a $1 'saving' per kilogram is a difference of about 1c a cup in a double shot, 12oz coffee. If you're buying one of the cheapest beans, is it worth it for the small difference in price?

One of the key issues to consider with a supplier requiring a contract is 'free on loan' equipment.
In short, - nothing is for free.

An article in Cafe Culture - Nothing is for free (October 2010), compared the current wholesale coffee industry to other industries. Would you expect a free car if you bought your petrol from the same service station? Or would you expect it to be built into the price?

"The cafe owner thinks they are winning in this deal, but often they don't realise they are bound by a serious contract and can be sued if they break the deal before the term of the agreement.
"Cafe owners who think they are saving money by getting free on loan equipment are thinking very short term.
"The kilo price goes from the national average cost of around $25 a kilo to $30.
"My suggestion is when you start or buy a cafe, don't sign any contracts . . . Look at what the coffee supplier is offering, and the first considerations are a good supply of fresh roasted coffee, system support like machine service, processes and barista training. Training is the most important key factor a cafe should be offered by a coffee company. It's a no brainer, if you think about it. If the coffee supplier trains your staff to the highest level possible, then you will sell lots more of the product - and everybody is happy."
- Sean Edwards, Cafe Culture - Issue 23, 2010. (www.cafebiz.net)

In short, that's our philosophy too.
We sacrifice selling to everyone, instead choosing to partner with cafe owners and managers who share our beliefs in quality and customer service.

We could charge our customers more, or force them to buy add-ons through us. Instead we work with them to ensure they are serving a superior product. Their customers love them, and everybody is happy.

Contact us or call 0421 705 141.