I am roasting some beans for a church car boot sale next weekend - Im trying to figure out prices for roasted beans for friends - rather than roasted beans for profit (although some profit would be nice as I could put it towards a new grinder).
Whats a fair price for a 200g bag?
If I have friends who insist on giving me money for roasted coffee, I work on a rough price of what the beans cost + 15%.
That covers what you lose during roasting and the bag.
So if I paid $10 kilo for a bean, I give a figure of around $3 to $4 for a 250g bag. Those who insist on paying, usually give me $5 and want to pay more (mad fools).
If your friends like the coffee, and they like it as much or more than purchased coffee, you could make the case that its worth $35 to $40 a kilo, but then you would need to be following certain protocols for food handling etc. too I would think.
The other thing a friend did once was pay for a 5kg lot of beans on beanbay. Then he knew he had contributed to the stash where the roasts came from.
I was thinking around $7.00 - $8.00. Depends on how youre packing them, what beans, what you would pay for them ;) (as in do you think your roasts are sellable haha, thats what I always think anyway).
Depends on how much of a profit youre going after I guess, or you just want to provide some cheap, fresh coffee for people.
I guess as long as you are covering your costs....
$8 / 200g
Green Bean cost
Time & effort
People are willing to pay that price.
They know what the alternatives are.
I would be using commercial pricing as a guide.
Today i saw a roasted blend go for $38/KG and organic decaf for $44/kg
An average SO blend wouldn not be unreasonable at $6.00 or $6.50 per 200g especially when you consider what people pay in the supermarkets for stale preground coffee.
My initial thought - $5 sounds good; small but fair profit, good value for buyers, nice round figure that would minimise the need to give change.
My further thought - although intended as a one-off car boot sale, what if it proves very popular and leads to a lot of ongoing requests? It depends on your friends, so only you can answer that. If so, it could grow into a regular chore if youre like me and find it hard to say no to friends, in which case a higher profit would be reasonable.
Yeah this is one of my ongoing dilemmas. I dont want to make a profit, itd make things too complicated, but I do need to cover costs!
So youve got the bean cost, postage (works out around $3/kg with Express Post), valved bags, plus costs such ekeltricity and the like. I usually tell friends $5/250g ($20/kg).
My brother gives me $10 for every approximate 500g give him...
Who am i to argue about it? :D
I do it for the love of it and give it away.
Raphec, I think you have an ideal solution there, it covers the cost of materials and also the likes of power etc. while at the same time you are not being taken for granted so to speak.
Corretto, i do decaf for a mate, I charge him $15/kg of green, while not covering time, it just covers power bills and my mate goes way back in time so i dont consider it a chore. I guess it all depends on what one is trying to achieve.
I roast for my son and he gives me $12 for a kilo, which covers the cost of 1.2kg of green beans. I also roast for a friend and they give me $10 for 500g roasted which covers costs and delivery to their home, its a hobby and Im not out to make a $$ out of it and it helps keep Corretto in action a few times a week!!
I wonder if there are any CSers on here that work for the ATO :-)
"work for the ATO"
Is that a contradiction in terms?
work for the ATO=Oxymoron
I dont actually charge my brother... he just gives me the cash and was rather insistent about it the first time. I explained to him that he was making me a but of a profit there, and he said - covers time and labour and im saving money and getting more interesting flavours...
hence i dont argue...
Id be happy to supply him for free as he is the only other even vaguely coffeesnobbish person i am close with.
Mostly give it away, but I do have 2 clients (work clients) that insist on paying me $10 for 250gm. I have those glassine lined coffee bags to put them in.
The actual cost by the time I get them here in NZ is about $25 per kg green plus bag, power and labour, so if they want to give me $10 per bag thats cool. *:)
Do we not live in a capitalist society? How much do you think you could sting them for? Needs to be enough that they know it must be top quality, but not too much that they cant afford or dont want to come back.
I think $20/200g makes it seem really special.
Then you could get some background on the beans, tell them the trouble people took produce them, and how far they travelled etc. Throw in something about Faircrack for good measure. Then go into detail about the roast profile and difficulty of consistency. Maybe give your roasting company a zany name to catch peoples attention. Bright colours on the pack. All of this will help. And with the correct marketing you could probably charge $30/200g by this time next year. Maybe more (fuel cost, instability in the region, difficulty of supply etc).
Wow. I should do this. I could be rich.
Hehehehehehe.Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1220319200/0#13 date=1220359708
Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1220319200/0#13 date=1220359708
Mmmmm.... I WORKED in the ATO for many years (now retired)...... and just like there are some slack baristas..... there are some less than productive people there..... but that doesnt mean they all are!
Still have many friends at the ATO....... care to give me your TFN??? Maybe some there would like to demonstrate how hard they really work
;) ;D ;D ;D ;D
A school friend I see regularly and my brother-in-law are both employed by the ATO.
One definitely works harder than the other.
Whats a TFN?
Tax File Number (as used on income tax returns...... and AUDITS :o)Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1220319200/0#19 date=1220414542
Thanks For Nothing?Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1220319200/0#19 date=1220414542
another bloody TLA!Whats a TFN?
$3 dollars for all coffee. Is that an ok price?
;)Originally Posted by JavaB link=1220319200/20#20 date=1220414874
I worked in a bank for 20 years before going into Software Quality Auditing.