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We are a company that has built over 100 independently owned and operated coffee shops around the U.S. over the past 20 years.

We are not a franchise.
We don’t charge up-front franchise fees or royalties.
We don’t impose any restrictions on how you run your business.
We are people who love good coffee and the security of owning our own business. We see the marriage of the two as an opportunity to help potential new owners build a lifestyle business… that is also sound business.

“Our mission is simple: We want to help you get into your own independent coffee business at an affordable price”



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“Life is too short to drink bad coffee.” – Scott Bortz, CEO

Scott Bortz, the visionary founder and CEO of Hard Bean Coffee, tells the story this way:

“Ever since I was a kid, I liked coffee. I would look forward to going to the grocery store with my mother so that I could pick out the can of coffee for the family. I liked trying all the different kinds. My favorite back then was Savarin, a slightly darker coffee.

“Later my job sent me to Seattle where there were two predominant roasters: Stuart Brothers (now SBC) and you know who. I would go to one of the two every week to get a coffee that was fresh and interesting, something I couldn’t get back East.

“When my business in the Northwest was finished, I moved back to Pennsylvania and began opening coffee stands (which were also popular in Seattle by then). I opened nine in six months.

“People started asking me to help them build and open stands here and there; and that was 20-plus years ago. In 1992, I started the first Hard Bean Cafe with a friend, and the rest, as they say, is history. The name ‘Hard Bean’ is a term used by roasters to identify the harder and more flavorful beans, usually grown at higher altitudes around the world. Thus, the name of our company.

“We invite you to join the Hard Bean family and make our story your story too!”


Our coffee shop package is offered for $149,500!

See all that this includes on our Investment page.

If you have questions about how we can help you open and run your own coffee shop and meet your business ideas and plans, check out our FAQ page or send us a message and we’ll get back to you quickly.

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