6 min 36 sec

Boring Desk Job Leads to $14,000/month Coffee Pod Biz

When a British man wonders why he can’t find Nespresso pods in other flavors, his curiosity leads to a pod-tacular side hustle that earns a full-time income.
Coffee Food International Product Reselling

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What It's About

A unique spin on coffee pods leads to six-figure side hustle.

Business Model
Skills Required
Research & Resourcefulness
Profit Potential

Words of Wisdom

With a few Google searches, Jack and Mike learned that a company in Australia was making Nespresso-compatible pods in a variety of flavors, and offering them for sale at a much lower price than the official ones. Jack requested samples, and when they arrived, they fit the machines perfectly—and they also tasted good.

Research, research, research! And ask for multiple samples so that you get a feel for the quality of the product. It's always better to research and test before putting in an order with a manufacturer.

Fun Fact

In addition to basic coffee pods in various flavors, you can also get decaffeinated hot chocolate mint, hot chocolate hazelnut, hot chocolate caramel, and the list goes on. And yes, there’s even a milkshake flavor.

Notes from Chris

Episode 280

In 2015, Jack Bramhall was living in Greater Manchester, England, working in an office in a job he described as “not worth talking about it because it was boring.” Like many of his colleagues, every day he’d visit the coffee machine, which at his office was a Nespresso machine—one of the kinds that required little pods to make coffee. He knew that his office manager sometimes had a hard time ordering the pods since the manufacturer required a very large minimum order to get wholesale pricing.

In addition to that annoyance, Jack also wondered why you could only make coffee from the pods. Why couldn’t you make hot chocolate or even something like a milkshake?

He’d always wanted to have a business. He left school at age 16 to work full-time and had tried several different ideas before, but none had taken off. Maybe this idea would stick.

Exactly two years in, mugpods is generating multiple six-figures in annual income and were recently featured as the Business of the Week by their local paper in Manchester, England. The partners have reinvested in the business to make sure it can continue to be successful, but Mike now works on the business full-time. Jack focuses his time on automating more parts of the business so they can grow, but both founders still continue to pack pods every day.


  • mugpods: Interested in how you can make milkshakes with a coffee pod machine? Head on over to Jack and Mike's website!

Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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"I'm proud of what we have been able to achieve in such a small space of time. When a customer hears our story they are always impressed—thinking we are a huge corporation with millions of pounds behind us! The truth is we are small business of coffee and hot chocolate lovers."
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