Bring Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee to your area
Join the Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee (LTH) community by opening a cafe that makes a difference. You’ll become part of a global community that invests in coffee farming villages in Rwanda to provide living wages, education, healthcare and clean water, all while crafting specialty coffee, from bean to cup.
You also will have an entire team behind you to help get started.
Mixed use retail
Starting at $115K
starting at $350K
Inquire at the bottom of this page to learn more.
Interested in opening a Land of a Thousand Hills franchise?
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Your relationship manager will email our brochure to you. It will give you an idea of our current shops and franchises as well as basic information.
An initial conversation with a relationship manager allows us to get to know who you are, better understand your vision for your cafe and answer any questions you may have. This same relationship manager will work with you through your entire franchising journey.
The “About Me” questionnaire is a set of questions aimed to help us get to know you and your goals, while stimulating thought about your vision for your cafe.
This step means we have solidified your goals for franchising. You, our founder Jonathan D. Golden, and your relationship manager will meet in person or over Zoom.
The Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD, is a comprehensive, confidential document that details everything there is to know about franchising with LTH, from provided training and equipment to rules and regulations. We ask that you review this for a minimum of 14 days before signing and submitting it to LTH.
LTH will submit a background check on the proposed franchisee(s).
This is it — you have the final document in hand!
This is the final step before we get to work on bringing your vision for your cafe to life. When you’re ready to be a franchise partner of Land of Thousand Hills Coffee, sign and submit. The full franchise fee is due at the time of signing.
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
Based on your location, we may be able to offer suggestions or our realty contacts, but we do not offer comprehensive location services.
Your franchise agreement will specify a protected territory, which will usually be a two- to four-mile radius around the location of your business. We determine the radius of your protected territory so that it encompasses a population of at least 100,000 people. LTH reviews proposed locations. The factors considered in approving sites are: general location and neighborhood, competition, trade area demographics, traffic patterns, parking, size, physical characteristics of existing buildings, and lease terms.
The franchise royalty is 5% of the franchise’s gross sales annually.
LTH recommends having $200-$500k to start a cafe, including the franchise fee and equipment package. A more detailed breakdown of anticipated costs is provided in the Franchise Disclosure Document.
We do not offer financing for franchise fees. The equipment package can be paid for separately if you are signing the Franchise Agreement more than one year before opening, but the $40k franchise fee is due at signing.
Typically a franchise takes 9-18 months to open from inquiry to launch.
The initial steps to becoming a coffee entrepreneur are:
We also invite you to visit our coffee roastery and four local cafes in the greater Atlanta area as well as join our team on a trip to Rwanda to meet the farmers.
LTH legally can not assist a franchisee with finding a loan or refer them to a bank.
Franchise partners have complete liberty with their hours of operation. LTH can advise hours if requested.
We provide training for franchise partners and their general manager in coffee history and preparation, shop management, equipment cleaning, bar design, operations and management at our headquarters. We also provide training, set up and grand opening support at your location. All franchise partners receive the LTH training manual and operations manual. A detailed breakdown of training hours and locations is included in the Franchise Disclosure Document.
All proprietary coffee products and merchandise must be purchased from LTH Coffee. Core coffees and drinks must be prepared per the instruction of LTH trainers. The addition of drink and product offerings must be reviewed by LTH. Specific information regarding product offerings and decor are detailed in the Franchise Disclosure document.
LTH recommends 1,500-2,000 square feet of cafe space. It is worth noting that some store concepts require less or more footage. LTH can advise a franchise partner regarding footage upon request.
LTH recommends the addition of a nitro cold brew system. We have added them to all of our corporately owned locations. Nitro cold brew is currently a popular offering in specialty shops around the world.
The full $40k franchise fee is due in full upon signing the Franchise Agreement. The $35k-$45k equipment fee is also due upon signing unless the location will not be opening for more than a year after signing.
Current franchise owners all have each other’s contact information. New franchise owners will be provided the contacts of existing franchisees upon signing.
LTH does not currently inspect franchises or hold regular meetings. However, our door is always open for meetings or calls and all franchise partners will have the founder’s direct contact information.
Franchise partners are encouraged to participate in projects through DGI but not required. Some current franchise partners do involve their communities in LTH’s philanthropic projects.