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Description: Build a low-stress, lifestyle business that allows you to put your ideas and energy to work for yourself in your community. Make friends and offer great products and services while serving world- class coffee and tea. Opportunities: Opportunities available in most states. Business Type: Business Opportunity. Minimum Cash Required: $50,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes.


Hard Bean Cafe Business Opportunity Video

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Qualified military veterans are offered a 50% reduction of the monthly fee for optional membership of the Coffee Buying Co-Op.

Interview with Scott Bortz: Founder and CEO of Hard Bean Café

Scott Bortz.jpgHard Bean Cafe has helped build over 100 independently owned and operated coffee shops across America over the past 20 years. The business got its start after founder and CEO Scott Bortz saw the success of roasters in Seattle. When he moved back to Pennsylvania, he began opening coffee stands in the area - he opened nine in six months. People took note of his success and came to Scott for advice. In 1992, Scott and a friend opened the first Hard Bean Cafe and have been helping people start their own coffee business ever since. 

In this Success Story Interview, we hear from the founder and CEO of Hard Bean Cafe, Scott Bortz. Read on to find out more about the coffee industry, the Hard Bean Cafe business opportunity, and the exclusive Hard Bean Cafe Buying Co-Op. 

Can you tell us a little about the history of Hard Bean Cafe and the part you play in the business?

I am the founder. I always liked coffee, since I was a kid, and ended up living in Seattle. I watched Starbucks go from a roaster, who didn't serve drinks, to who they have become.

What went into the decision to offer this as a business opportunity rather than a franchise?

The high entry fees and ongoing royalties in franchises are not warranted in the coffee business. With strong initial training and reasonable management skills, you don't need a lifelong business partner taking a big percentage off the top.

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Tell us about your Buying Co-Op membership and the benefits this provides business owners.

The buying co-op is driven by the members. Common things that are too expensive for a single shop to afford can be done more easily by a group.

Has the coffee industry changed since you started the business?

The consumer has gotten more sophisticated, which is good for us. Our focus is on quality.

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How competitive is the industry, and how does Hard Bean set itself apart?

Our program is considerably less expensive and offers more than the concepts that I am familiar with. We don't have all the corporate structure to support.

What does the training look like for the Hard Bean program?

The training is on-site and hands-on for the owners and their staff.

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How long does the start-up process typically take?

Once a site is chosen, typically less than 90 days to open.

What's next for Hard Bean Cafe in terms of expansion?

We are not trying to be the next Starbucks. We focus on one at a time – that being said, we are busy.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Take a look at our website.


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