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I know lots of businesses are struggling right now and every bit of custom helps. Seeing that I've got beans coming out of my ears at the moment ("NO MORE BEANS!" my partner shouts at me daily), I wanted to spend a bit of money in other ways in order to support these businesses. Any ideas? What do they make most margin on (aside from beans)?

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16 minutes ago, tripleshot said:

I know lots of businesses are struggling right now and every bit of custom helps. Seeing that I've got beans coming out of my ears at the moment ("NO MORE BEANS!" my partner shouts at me daily), I wanted to spend a bit of money in other ways in order to support these businesses. Any ideas? What do they make most margin on (aside from beans)?

Beans as Christmas presents for friends. Cheap grinders and pour over funnels with papers + beans for friends. The problem with beans is that unlike filter papers etc.., they are a perishable product and hence need to be sold.

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What I've done this year and has gone down well albeit only been selling since December zs a gift set similar to what I've seen elsewhere. A Christmas gift set of AeroPress, my own branded mug, and 250g of beans (either pre-ground or whole). I was hoping to offer V60 set as well, but stock has been delayed.

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Subscription doesn't really hit the bit of needing to shift the beans now in bigger volume, it does give a guaranteed minimum of future sales volume, but not the instant hit of cash in and perishable products out.

So a good pressie but not as good for the retailer as the @Dartmoor Coffee approach.  Also, the recipients still need the equipment so become equipment plus subscription.

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Margin-wise equipment isn’t great at the lower-priced end. However, it does create a gateway to repeat purchase of beans.

Gift cards probably have the very best margin, even beyond subscriptions. Why? Because usually subs have a built-in discount to encourage that repeat spend. I think a first-time customer is likely to spend a tenner gift card on a couple of different beans rather than put it towards a sub in the first instance.

The downside? No instant gratification as with opening a box and finding a really nice looking bag or some gear.

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I have found I am now a walking advertisement for most independent businesses in Leeds. When I have bought beans I have usually chucked a tshirt or mug in too.

The North Star crew jumper is my favourite.

https://www.northstarroast.com/product/north-star-sweatshirt/

I also have a zillion tote bags now, the Laynes one is very nice quality actually.

https://www.laynesespresso.co.uk/online-shop/laynes-tote-bag

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9 hours ago, tripleshot said:

What cheap grinder would make a good gift for someone (who currently drinks cafetiere and considering Aeropress)?

Sorry I don't have the experience of small handheld grinders. I've only had electric ones. My domestic one was Cuisinart DBM-8, which I had for years before moving to my existing commercial ones. One of the wholesalers was mentioning it was a good idea for a gift, but with no experience I didn't want to take the risk. Also as the gift set I thought if people have a grinder they will want it whole bean and if not provide they would want pre-ground for AeroPress.

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