Best Wholesale Coffee Retailers Need to Sell

Best wholesale coffee retailers need to sell

Most consumers consider coffee to be a necessity. They need it to even get out of bed in the morning and it’s a cornerstone of social life and interaction in this country. That means that there’s lots of demand for online coffee, so it’s a solid product choice for any e-commerce store. If you’re a reseller looking for the right wholesale coffee, then it’s important you know that there’s more than one way that you can sell coffee online.

How To Sell Coffee Online

Wholesale coffee to sell online

If you’ve decided to sell coffee online, then you have a few options as to how you can do that. Let’s go over each quickly:

1. Using dropshipping to sell coffee

Dropshipping is a popular e-commerce retail model in which the reseller does not handle the actual inventory. Instead, the dropshipping supplier is responsible for these logistics and order fulfillment. Essentially, you usually pay them, usually a membership fee, and they store, pack, and ship the products to the end customer.

For example, the online shopper visits your online coffee store and they make a purchase. Then, you order the coffee products from your dropshipping supplier based on the selection that they have. The supplier then pulls the item from storage (usually a warehouse), packs the products, and ships it off on your behalf.

There are some definite advantages to dropshipping coffee, including:

  1. You don’t have to deal with the headache of storing the products. Although coffee, especially when it’s whole beans, has a long shelf life, it’s still a food product and can become stale.
  2. Your supplier is responsible for the expiration dates and freshness of the coffee products.
  3. This is a lower risk business model.
  4. The startup and operational costs are much lower than other retail models.

2. Buying bulk coffee

Bulk wholesale coffee from a wholesaler

Working with a dropshipping supplier is one option. On the other hand, you could also decide to work with a wholesaler and buy in bulk. Usually, when you order a high volume of coffee then you might get a better wholesale price. It’s also possible to buy coffee beans in large quantities and then repackage them as a private-label retail model.

Buying inventory in bulk usually results in the best wholesale price. That being said, if you decide to go this route then you will be responsible for storing the coffee. In other words, you’ll have to pay for the storage or warehouse space. When it comes to coffee, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Whole-bean coffee keeps for a very long time, especially if it’s vacuum-packed bags or containers. However, it still has a shelf-life, so you’ll have to be aware of that.
  2. If you’re storing wholesale coffee, just know that ground coffee goes stale much faster than whole-bean coffee. Pay close attention to the “Best By” dates that the manufacturer provides.
  3. Some online coffee stores sell pre-mixed coffee drinks that may have cream or non-dairy milk already added. In these cases, they usually need to be stored in a facility with climate-control. Additionally, if these products are in glass bottles, they must be stored away from direct light and are harder to pack and ship.

This model can definitely pay off if you sell a high volume of a certain product. Because you’re buying the coffee in bulk and storing it, you accept the risk of having an unsold surplus.

3. Using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

Amazon FBA and wholesale coffee

You can also use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). With this e-commerce retail model, you’re buying coffee products from a coffee supplier or wholesaler and keeping them at an Amazon fulfillment center. If a customer buys a product, Amazon pulls, packs, and ships the item on your behalf. The major advantages of FBA are:

  1. Amazon’s amazing customer service
  2. Consumers trust and recognition in the Amazon brand

That being said, it’s always important to remember that coffee is still a food product. So, if you’re using FBA, then you’ll have to adhere to Amazon’s strict policies on storage, expiration dates, and food safety.

4. Choose a supplier that offers wholesale coffee and dropshipping

There are suppliers out there which are wholesalers and offer dropshipping services. For instance, GreenDropShip has an extensive inventory of coffee products at wholesale prices. By becoming a member, you can buy in bulk from us or take advantage of our dropshipping program. Additionally, we also offer FBA prep services to our members at no extra charge. That means that our shipping centers are able to pack your orders so that they follow Amazon’s strict policies.

So what’s the benefit of choosing a supplier with both? If you use a hybrid bulk/dropshipping method, you can:

  1. Test a new coffee product out with dropshipping. That means you don’t take on any of the risks of it not being popular with online shoppers. Plus, you won’t have to worry about additional storage or warehouse costs.
  2. If the coffee product sells well, then you can contact us and work out an arrangement to buy in bulk. Of course, you’ll be responsible for storing the coffee.

That being said, coffee is considerably easier and less labor-intensive to store than other, more perishable food products. Just keep it out of direct sunlight and extreme heat!

How to Find Wholesale Coffee Suppliers

Here are some easy tips for finding the best wholesale coffee suppliers for your online store, both for a dropshipping store or if you want to buy in bulk from a wholesaler:

1) Use a directory

Directories offer pre-screened lists of wholesalers and suppliers. They can cover all sorts of product categories, for everything from jewelry to electronics, but if you’re specifically looking for wholesale coffee suppliers, then be sure to check out the following options:

Cafe Market

500+ Coffee Bean Pictures | Download Free Images on Unsplash

This is the premier directory of coffee distributors and wholesalers for regular, organic, or decaf coffee products and beans. It’s easy to join and create a listing. Cafe Market is subdivided into various smaller directories, including:

  1. Distributor Directory
  2. Wholesaler Directory
  3. Reseller Directory

Price: It’s totally free!

Wholesale Grocers Directory 

Wholesale Grocers | Food Service Distributors

This is the largest directory of wholesale grocers in the USA. In addition to 2,000 wholesale grocers and 2,500 food service distributors, there are more than  18,000 buyers plus all relevant contact information. Updated every six months, it’s available as an Excel spreadsheet. Of course, it lists all wholesale grocery providers, so it has more than just wholesale coffee suppliers.

Price: A one-time payment of $599.00 for life-time membership or a print version for $595.00.

Wholesale2B

Wholesale2B was designed specifically for dropshipping stores, including food and beverage product categories. It’s easy to automatically import orders and sync up inventory with an eBay, Amazon, BigCommerce, Shopify, Ecwid, Weebly, or WooCommerce online store. You can also create a sleek, professional-looking store and start selling food products right away.

Price: Wholesale2B has various different pricing plans. These include a free plan or a basic Dropship Website for $39.99 a month. You could also choose the Amazon Dropship plan for $37.99 a month as well as Shopify, WooCommerce, or BigCommerce Apps for $29.99 a month.

2) Contact the manufacturer

You can also try a different strategy. If you’ve done some product research and have identified which brands you’d like to sell, then you can always reach out to the manufacturers. They’ll likely have a list of approved suppliers or wholesalers.

Some of the most widely known coffee manufacturers include:

  1. Illy Caffe (or Illy Coffee in the United States)
  2. Cafe Bustelo
  3. Bulletproof Coffee
  4. Cafe Vergnano
  5. Lavazza Coffee
  6. Don Francisco
  7. Kicking Horse Coffee
  8. Jim’s Organic Coffee
  9. Organic Coffee Company
  10. Juan Valdez Coffee

3) Choose a supplier with organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee

Find a supplier with Fair Trade Certified wholesale coffee

Consumers take their coffee very seriously. In fact, there’s significant market demand in organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee. For instance, let’s take a look at some search data using a tool known as SEMRush. This tracks the number of monthly searches on Google:

As you can see, Organic Coffee has over 9,000 monthly searches and Fair Trade Coffee has nearly 4,500. In general, natural and organic food and beverages are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. But coffee products are especially in demand when it comes to these characteristics.

Additionally, Fair Trade certification refers to the business practices of the coffee manufacturer. Essentially, Fair Trade coffee means that it was responsibly sourced and sustainably harvested while the coffee farmers were paid a fair price. That’s because coffee is predominantly grown in regions of the globe that are at a lower socioeconomic level. As a result, consumers are especially keen on buying coffee that is Fair Trade Certified.

Here at GreenDropShip, we carry natural and organic products including gourmet and Fair Trade certified coffee products. We offer these items at competitive wholesale prices for our members as part of our dropshipping program or to buy in bulk.

Top Wholesale Coffee Brands to Sell Online

Let’s take a look at some of the best wholesale coffee products that GreenDropShip offers:

1) Illy Caffe (Illy Coffee)

ILLYCAFFE: Coffee Ground Normale Fine, 8.8 oz

Illy Caffe is an Italian gourmet coffee brand that is synonymous with quality, taste, and tradition. They’re especially known for their espresso and are a virtual institution all across Italy, the birthplace of modern coffee culture.

Let’s take a look at the product details:

  1. Certified Sustainable and founded in Italy in 1933
  2. Airtight cans to keep fresh during storage
  3. Nearly 1,500 reviews on Amazon
  4. Average rating of 4.6 stars
  5. Certified Amazon’s Choice
  6. GreenDropShip wholesale price: $10.16 for 8.8 oz of Ground Normale Fine (pictured)
  7. Average retail price: $14.99

We offer a lot of different Illy Caffe products, including Decaffeinated Espresso, Dark Roast, Arabica Whole Bean Ethiopia Coffee, Arabica Brazil, and even different types of Keurig Pods. All of these are highly-rated and best-selling items on Amazon and other retail sites.

Last but certainly not least, let’s look at the search volume:

As you can see, people are using the Americanized version of the brand name: Illy Coffee. With this keyphrase, we can see that there are over 18,000 monthly Google searches. If we look at the original Italian brand name, that’s almost 600 more. That’s a great deal of search interest, especially since coffee is one of the best products to buy in bulk.

2) Kicking Horse Organic Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee

KICKING HORSE: Organic Smart Ass Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 10 oz

Kicking Horse is an up and coming coffee brand with a loyal customer base. In other words, there’s a lot of buzz around this brand while a cup of Kicking Horse gives you nice buzz in the morning. This is a bright, chocolaty concoction for the smart-thinking, deep-drinking, good-at-their-game-in-the-morning crowd!

This product is also:

  1. Fair Trade Certified
  2. USDA Certified Organic
  3. Certified Organic in Canada
  4. Kosher
  5. Whole Bean (so it has a longer shelf life)
  6. Average rating of 4.4 stars on Amazon
  7. Certified Amazon’s Choice
  8. GreenDropShip wholesale price: $7.92
  9. Average retail price on Amazon: $10.01

Let’s also take a look at the monthly Google searches:

As you can see from the SEMRush data, there are 4,400 monthly searches.

3) Bulletproof Whole Bean Coffee

BULLETPROOF: Coffee Whole Bean Mentalist, 12 oz

Bulletproof Coffee is an up and coming hot brand. Beloved amongst coffee enthusiasts, it’s already gained a loyal following of fans. The beans are single-origin, certified clean, and grown at high altitudes in the greatest coffee regions of the world.

Let’s look at the product details:

  1. Rainforest Alliance Certified
  2. Guaranteed fresh since whole beans keep for longer during storage
  3. Almost 800 reviews on Amazon
  4. Average rating of 4.6 stars
  5. Certified Amazon’s Choice
  6. GreenDropShip wholesale price: $9.99 for 12 oz
  7. Average retail price: $14.99

There’s also a lot of search interest for this brand and its products:

The monthly Google searches for Bulletproof Coffee are an impressive 135,000. That means that there is a lot of consumer interest in the product.

4) Death Wish Coffee – Ground Coffee Beans

DEATH WISH COFFEE: Ground Coffee Beans, 1 lb

Yes, we know, the name is a little intense: Death Wish Coffee. But rest assured, this is the ideal coffee for that hardcore enthusiast who’s looking for a little more kick from their cup of joe. In 2012, Death Wish Coffee Co. started in a small coffee shop in Saratoga Springs, NY. Founder Mike Brown saw a need for coffee that was both strong and delicious to serve his groggy morning customers. Today, thousands of people trust Death Wish Coffee to wake them up and keep them going every day.

Let’s take a closer look at the product:

  1. Known as the “World’s Strongest Coffee”
  2. Made with a unique roasting technique developed by Death Wish Coffee
  3. Nearly 24,000 reviews on Amazon!
  4. Average rating of 4.7 stars
  5. Certified Amazon’s Choice
  6. GreenDropShip wholesale price: $16.14
  7. Average Amazon retail price: $19.96

This is an exceptionally popular product. For instance, let’s take a look at the monthly Google searches:

As you can see, there’s a tremendous amount of search interest: over 90,000 monthly searches!

5) Tim Hortons Ground Coffee

TIM HORTON: Coffee Ground, 100% Arabica, 12 oz

Tim Hortons is a popular chain that first opened its doors in 1964. Since that day, their gourmet blend coffee has been served only one way – fresh. Our special blend is made with 100% Arabica beans from several of the world’s most renowned coffee growing regions. Brew your own fresh pot and enjoy the great taste of Tim Hortons coffee at home.

Let’s take a look at the product details:

  1. Always serve within 20 minutes of brewing
  2. Ideal for automatic coffee makers
  3. Bring the beloved taste of Tim Hortons coffee home
  4. Over 2,500 reviews on Amazon
  5. Near perfect rating of 4.8 stars
  6. Certified Amazon’s Choice
  7. GreenDropShip wholesale price: $6.66
  8. Average Amazon retail price: $11.93

Finally, let’s take a look at the search data:

That’s over 8,000 monthly Google searches.

If you’re looking for these gourmet wholesale coffee products, then become a GreenDropShip member and start selling today. We also have over 20,000 other natural and organic products to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcin Ossowski
Marcin Ossowski is a writer based in Los Angeles, California. Over the past decade, he has worked as a writer and researcher for several public relations firms where he specialized in public policy and political consulting. During that time, he created content that focused on public health, community development, and California agriculture. He has also taught business English in Poland and ghostwritten two books. He's a UCLA, graduate with a major in linguistics with an emphasis on cognitive science. In his downtime Marcin spends a lot of time outdoors and is actively pursuing his passion for writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and satire