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Buying or starting a coffee route for sale



A quick guide on How to start a coffee distribution company:


Step 1. Find a coffee wholesaler that will sell to you wholesale.

Step 2. Figure out how much you will markup after your cost, see what competitors are selling for and if you can match or compete.

Step 2. Find a name for your coffee distribution business. 

Step 3. Check to see if the name is available on GoDaddy.

Step 4. Open an LLC

Step 5. Once you register, get all the licenses needed plus insurance. 

Step 6. Browse cargo vans 

Step 7. Create your website 

Step 8. Create a zoning plan, starting the county at a time… stretching yourself out all over a state will cost you time and money.

Step 9. Create Social media accounts and have customers tag your business for a discount on their next order.

Step 10. Create a referral program, Each new customer = %5 off the next order 

Step 11. Get organized with billing a routing software.



Benefits of buying an established coffee route for sale


The Smell of coffee aroma in the morning, while you might start your day with a cup of joy, someone is getting paid for his or her first case of packaged coffee beans delivered to the same coffee shop you just had it at. With the average coffee shop selling hundreds of cups of coffee a day the industry is not slowing down anytime soon.

How would you like to be a part of this industry selling coffee to businesses? 

Buying a coffee distribution business for sale will come with a set of customers a vehicle and the coffee wholesaler that will you buy from, Some rather start coffee distribution companies from the ground up while others rather buy one established…..Let’s dive in and see the benefits of buying a coffee route for sale.


What trucks are used for coffee delivery? 

One of them is using vehicles for distribution. The question is - what vehicle to use? Many factors need to be taken into account when selecting a vehicle, such as the size and weight of the product, budget, and logistics, here are some ideas:

No. 1 choice: Cargo vans

No. 2 choice: Small-sized boxed trucks

No. 3 choice: sprinters 


Finding coffee customers:


It is not easy to find customers for your business. If you are running a coffee distribution business, you will need to find customers who will switch to your brand, But when buying a coffee route for sale you won't need to worry about that at first because your route will come with a variety of customers like these here:

-Gas stations

-Coffee shops




 -Supermarkets and more.


What is the work involved for coffee distribution companies? 


Taking customers' orders and delivering the products. loading and unloading from the truck, and installing coffee machines and cappuccino machines if required, you can also hire a professional to do this for you.


How do coffee distributors get paid?


Customers usually pay for the order when delivered which is considered (C.O.D cash on delivery).

How much does a coffee distributor make?

After buying the coffee at wholesale price you then mark up by adding your profit…When marking up you should consider the following:

-Gas prices




How to expand a coffee distribution business:


After successfully purchasing a coffee distribution business for sale, you should start by focusing on the customers that came with the route, Get better at it and see what your current customers liked and disliked from the previous owner.

Once you are ready to expand a second coffee route, you can start marketing and use that info to get new customers.


Can I run a coffee delivery business from home?



Buying a coffee distribution doesn’t require you to do the day-to-day work, you can hire a driver and you can focus on the other stuff like Answering calls, taking orders, GPS tracking drivers, handling billing, fixing machines that are not functioning properly, and changing equipment.


Driver skill required? 


Usually relies on truck size if a CDL is required, other endorsements may be required, check with your local state agencies.


Are there Coffee routes available for sale? 


YES, you can find coffee routes for sale


Conclusion: Buy or start a coffee route business for sale


The decision to start your own business or buy an existing one is not an easy one, if you are already in a food-based distribution business and looking to expand then buying a coffee route may be better, if you don't have the budget to buy one starting one will still run you a cool $10K-$15k.


To the best of our knowledge, the information provided on this website is not intended to be taken as professional financial advice. Consult a professional financial, business broker, or tax expert if you require this advice. 



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