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A unique spin on coffee pods leads to six-figure side hustle.
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.
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
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.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- mugpods: Interested in how you can make milkshakes with a coffee pod machine? Head on over to Jack and Mike's website!
- How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Product Idea: Learn more about how you can find a manufacturer for your product
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