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Dark Roast Java

Executive Summary

Opportunity

Problem

Every day, millions of Americans stop for an espresso-based coffee drink. People who would not have dreamed of spending more than 50 cents for a cup of coffee a few years ago now gladly pay $3 to $5 for their cappuccino, mocha latte or vanilla ice blended drink.

The specialty-coffee business is growing at a healthy pace. During the past 20 years, there has not been a single year, despite war and recession, in which specialty coffee sales have not grown. In many years the increase has been in double digits. In addition, no coffeehouse chains have failed during this time, although the list of casualties in other industries is quite long.

Solution

A niche exists that has yet to be filled for a high-volume, upscale, quality-driven coffeehouse with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Dark Roast Java meets this need and fills this niche. We offer high-quality products in an upscale environment. Furthermore, our high-profile location in Pleasantville provides a mixed customer base that will maintain high levels of business in every season, at all times of the day, every day of the week.

Market

Despite economic downturns in recent years the specialty coffee business has been a bright spot. While literally hundreds of businesses in many categories are facing poor sales, negative balance sheets and even bankruptcy, coffee chains continue to show strong growth.

It’s clear that America’s love for good coffee continues during good times and bad.

Pleasantville:  The Perfect Launch Market
By launching Dark Roast Java in the Pleasantville market we maximize our potential for success due to several factors:

  • The highly affluent local population
  • Year-round tourist activity
  • Ever-changing upscale student population
  • Excellent auto and pedestrian traffic by our location
  • Low media costs
  • High number of local special events
  • Prime site location

Dark Roast Java is located at what is arguably one of the best locations for a coffeehouse in Pleasantville—in the heart of the tourist and business district, adjacent to fine dining and shopping, next to the historic Egyptian Theatre and just steps from the busiest intersection in town.

Dark Roast Java Coffee has all the ingredients necessary for immediate success.

Competition

The specialty retail coffee business as we know it today began in 1982 after Howard Schultz purchased the Starbucks name and began the expansion of the modern Starbucks chain. Prior to his transformation of the business, Starbucks sold only whole bean coffee.

Coffeehouses in America have existed since the 1600’s, and the coffeehouse concept is more than 400 years old. In the United States, even as recently as the 1970’s, coffeehouses have been primarily independent businesses, typically with an eclectic Bohemian style.

Why Us?

Our goal is to be the coffeehouse of choice for the local Pleasantville community, downtown business workers, tourists who visit the city, and students, by providing a higher quality experience than any competitor. As a result, we intend to create coffeehouses that quickly achieve profitability and sustain an attractive rate of return (20% or more annually) for our investors.

We also want to make our contribution to the welfare of the local community by supporting charitable and civic activities. We will support the farmers who grow our coffee by using Fair Trade, Sustainable Production and Organic products whenever possible.

Dark Roast Java also awards its business to as many local suppliers as possible, keeping the business in the community or, at the least, in the state.

Expectations

Forecast

The company anticipates rapid acceptance of the Dark Roast Java concept in Pleasantville, with revenues of $750,000+ in the first fiscal year, rising to more than $1,000,000+ in year three. We will be able to start giving investors dividends by year 4

Financial Highlights by Year

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Financing Needed

We will get investors to put in $250,000 to get us up and  running. 

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