Coffee Prices

A common request we get is simple asking for a coffee price, which is a bit like asking how much a car costs. The answer is obviously, it depends on what you need. If you're trying to hit a specific dollar target please make that clear up front so that we don't waste our time quoting the wrong coffees. If you want a good trade-off between quality and price, our existing inventory is your best option.

You want coffee for $2.00 per pound? No problem. We can help you with that. Here's what you get:

  • You'll be ordering a minimum 10,000 lbs
  • You'll pre-pay in cash
  • You'll be paying shipping and brokerage fees on top, and will need to have a loading dock
  • Once we've been paid, we'll source it - this can take 4-8 weeks
  • You don't have the choice of what type of coffee it will be
  • You don't have a guarantee of freshness - actually, it will probably be a couple years old - a lot of companies dump old coffee back on the market at below-market rates to get rid of it
  • It will not be pre-processed - you'll be filtering insect parts, inorganic and other organic parts
  • You'll be signing a waiver absolving us of any liability and gagging you from ever revealing us as the source, because we don't want to be associated with it

Every step along the way of sourcing a quality coffee comes with an associated cost. Among the things that get factored into coffee prices:

  • Financing of the pre-purchase of 45,000-lbs of coffee from the coffee market from 1 to 6 months prior to it arriving in our warehouse, and subsequently sitting around in various quantities for 2-3 months while being sold
  • Hedging against changes in USD/CAD exchange rate and coffee market fluctuations - while coffee needs to be prepaid, prices can fluctuate over 50% within a 2-3 month period
  • Sourcing and labour to sort through the 25-million coffee farms worldwide to find a reliable, quality supplier
  • Shipping costs, broker and import fees
  • Labour involved in unloading and breaking down containers of 70-kg bags into 1-lb or 5-lb quantities
  • Warehousing and proper inventory rotation to ensure first-in-first-out cycling of coffees
  • Equipment properly maintained for consistency between batches of roasts and constant up-time
  • Experience roasting thousands of batches of coffee to determine the proper temperature, time and roast level to bring out the unique distinctive characteristics of each origin
  • Packaging costs of each individual 4-oz, 8-oz, 12-oz, 16-oz, 2-lb, 1-kg, 5-lb or bulk bag
  • Quality control and labour involved in inspecting coffee that is received - removing unwanted debris (insects, sticks, rocks, etc) and rejecting unacceptable coffees (mould, rot)
  • Traceability and paperwork for programs such as Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade-Grown, Women's Coffee Alliance, and CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

When requesting a price, we'll need at minimum:

  1. Coffee origin chosen from here
  2. Quantity and package size required
  3. Roast level (green/unroasted, medium, dark, or espresso)
  4. Time frame (immediate, ongoing, or date in future)
  5. Shipping address (identifying commercial or residential) or FOB our Windsor facility

Please note that custom quotes will always exclude shipping costs. Custom quotes available for orders greater than 20-lbs per month or 40-lbs in a single purchase.


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