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Coffee extraction and serve size for maximum profit

Serve size - what we recommend!

We are often asked - how many cups should we extract from a kilo of coffee? How many serves from a kilo of chai powder? How much cappuccino chocolate should we use in a hot chocolate? etc, etc.

It's easy with a tea bag or a sugar stick you can exactly work out your serving size and portion cost but the bevvy of modern day coffee options, sizes, milks and add-ons can make it a bit confusing.

So here's a snapshot of approximate costs per serving for La Casa's Coffees and other popular cafe products.

One thing to keep in mind is that different coffees will require different grinds and serving sizes.  For instance, a light roast or single origin may require a double shot size to perfect the coffee taste for the consumer - we have based our tests on our Tropicana Blend and we have allowed for some spillage/waste.

Our traditional blends, Italian, French, Tazza D’oro, Colombian and Tropicana yield approx 80 cups out of a double 20g basket (2 x10g serves) - you’ll get less if making a single 14 gram basket like you would for a short black or 12oz cup.


La Casa del Caffe Coffees Kg Price (inc GST) Cups per kg Unit Cost Sell Price eg. Profit per 8oz cup Profit per kg Kgs Per week Profit per year
Traditional Blends based on 20g Double basket $30.00 90 $0.33 $4.00 $3.67 $330.00 6 $102,960.00
Single origins based on 14g Single basket $30.00 70 $0.43 $4.00 $3.57 $250.00 6 $78,000.00
Decaf $30.00 60 $0.50 $4.00 $3.50 $210.00 1 $10,920.00


What else affects the cost of a cup of coffee?

Other direct costs that need to be considered in delivering a coffee beverage include:

GST at 10% = 40 cents
Takeaway cup & lid = 18 cents
Milk = 35 cents
Sugar & stirrer = 1 cent
Indirect costs of business need to be paid out of the remaining. The indirect costs include rent, wages, bank charges and eftpos fees, telephones, websites, business loans, tables, chairs, aprons etc. 

Other Cafe Products Pack Price (inc GST) Servings per Pack Unit Cost Sell Price eg. Profit per Serve Profit per Pack Packs Per week Profit per year
Hot Chocs $21.00 100 $0.21 $3.50 $3.29 $329.00 2 $34,216.00
Tea Bags 250 $30.00 250 $0.12 $2.50 $2.38 $595.00 2 $61,880.00
Syrups $20.00 33 $0.61 $1.00 $0.39 $13.00 2 $1,352.00
Chai Latte $40.00 100 $0.40 $4.00 $3.60 $360.00 1 $18,720.00

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