Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

Sweetwaters specializes in hand crafted artisanal drinks and a limited food menu, creating a caf? model that is highly profitable and scalable for its franchise owners.

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Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


High margin beverages - Coffee & Tea growing at 7% and 10% per year vs. restaurants 2% per year.

83% of Americans drink Coffee daily avg. 3 cups per day-universal appeal.
Outside of Starbucks fragmented category-2 out of 3 consumers will go somewhere else.
Better products-More natural products with less ingredients, superior taste, locally sourced, delivered daily for freshness.
The connection to our communities-Cafes are individually designed to reflect the community, special activities in the cafes, fundraising events & Scholar Joe program.
Simple & Easy Business Model-Reduced complexity, no expensive kitchen & restaurant equipment, beverage centric profitable business model.

Company Details

Established: 1992
First Unit Franchised: 2004
Franchised Units: 8
Company Owned Units: 3
States Registered In: All EXCEPT:  CA,HI,MD,NY, ND,SD,VA,WA

Canada Franchises: No
International Franchises: No

Support and Training Offered By Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: Yes
Co-Operative Advertising: No
Training: 3 weeks for owner and 2 others. Cost $5K if all attend same time. On line,Classroom and on the job training modules. Ann Arbor,MI. 

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Franchise.

What does a Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Franchise Cost?

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchise fees for 2024:

Cash Investment: $150,000
Total Investment: $264,000-$630,000
Minimum Net Worth: $500,000 ($150,000 liquid)
Franchise Fee: $49,500 (1) ,$69,500 (2),$99,500 (3)
Royalty: 6% net sales weekly
Ad: Local 1% net sales monthly
Average Number of Employees: 3-4
Item 19: Yes
Visa Candidates: No
Passive Ownership: no
Home Based: No
B2B: Yes
Master Franchise Opportunities: No
Veteran Discount: Yes, VetFran $2500 off single unit franchise fee. $10K off multi-unit packs.

Is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea a Home Based franchise?

No. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchisees make. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Looking for International franchisees?

No. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Coffee, Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

Master Franchise


Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Franchises for Sale

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