Company Name: Java Momma
Do I Recommend Java Momma?
Most people would be able to make money with Java Momma, a little bit of it at least. The company has decent enough products and a style that could work for the right audience. It’s best defined as a low-risk and low-reward MLM. So, it’s easy enough to get involved in but the potential for income isn’t that high either. If you want a higher or more sustainable income, you could think about affiliate marketing or something similar instead.
What Products Does Java Momma Sell?
As you can probably guess, Java Momma mostly sells coffee. This includes different roasts and flavors, along with some tea and related products. There is a decent selection of these on offer. In fact, I counted more than 70 different products and more than half of them were coffee.
The coffee is also Fair Trade and USDA Organic certified. This should make it better quality and would make the products more widely appealing. The prices are also reasonable, especially when you take those aspects into account.
The first thing to mention should be obvious from the image – Java Momma isn’t a high powered or extremely large company. Instead, it is a small operation and feels like the type of product that you’d buy at a local market or even on Etsy. This style has advantages and disadvantages. It is also very noticeable.
There aren’t many objective reviews of the coffee online, so it’s not clear whether the blends are any good. Most of the reviews on the site are positive but many will come from distributors, so there is some bias there.
One encouraging thing is that reviews do vary on the site. For example, the Chocolate Maple Bacon flavor had the following distribution:
This might not seem like a good thing – as it suggests some flavors are hit or miss. But, that’s the same with any company. To me, this shows that people on the site are willing to be honest. As a result, reviews distributions like the one below (for Sea Salt Caramel Mocha) are likely to be fairly accurate.
That brings me to one other point, the flavors. There are some very interesting and unusual flavors on offer. You might find some of them through other companies but not all. This would help make the brand more interesting, especially to anyone who enjoys flavored coffee.
Java Momma also releases some limited edition and seasonal flavors. This is an appealing style as well and helps keep customers interested.
Even though the overall quality isn’t entirely clear, the products are likely to be popular enough. Many people are simply happy with coffee that tastes good. It doesn’t need to be the best possible brand or have the best possible pricing. That aspect may work in your favor.
There is also a subscription box, which is pretty cool. This provides three bags of coffee each month, along with a gift. Customers get to choose the type of coffee and whether they want decaf or regular. The rest is a surprise.
Monthly boxes are always fun. They make great gifts and they’re a good way to try out new products and flavors, including ones that you wouldn’t normally consider.
In this case, box details are provided ahead of time and you can just order one box at a time if you want to. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the box monthly and get a 10% discount.
The Good And The Bad
Honestly, it’s hard to know what to think about Java Momma. Coffee is a huge market and there is certainly demand. That’s obvious just by all the business opportunities in the field, including coffee affiliate programs.
I also love the focus on quality coffee. This is so much better than companies like Javita and Valentus Slim who basically just add herbs to instant coffee. For that matter, the coffee is more appealing than most other coffee-based MLMs. There are also enough other products to keep people interested.
Java Momma is also small-scale and has much more personality than larger companies. This aspect is likely to get more people interested and could easily promote loyalty.
Coffee could work quite well in direct marketing too. After all, you can actually have people try the coffee at events or even just when you have them around. The prices aren’t unreasonable either and there are some interesting flavors. All of these areas suggest that you can sell the coffee and the related products.
Even so, the brand isn’t extremely competitive. The packaging does also feel small scale and there are already hundreds of coffee brands out there, with the same general products. Many of the people you know will already have brand loyalty as well or will prefer buying products from a physical store.
Recruitment could be difficult for similar reasons. Nothing about the company feels particularly high-quality or professional, even if the style is appealing. This could make some people hesitant.
After all, being successful in an MLM requires you to invest significant time and energy. That’s a risk. And honestly, a small company is much more likely to fold than a large one.
Where does that leave you?
The products are interesting enough that you could make sales. But, it’s worth thinking about your goals. You’d need to make consistent sales to make a good income with the company. That might be achievable if you know many people who love coffee and would be willing to buy Java Momma products regularly. If not, your sales options would be more limited.
Is Java Momma A Good Business Opportunity?
Java Momma is promoted as being different. In particular, it is meant to be a direct sales coffee company created for customers and for consultants. And honestly, the company does give off that vibe. As I mentioned before, it’s clearly small scale and there is no sign of a large corporation being involved.
The small-scale aspect applies to the compensation plan as well. For example, to sign up, you need to purchase one of two starter kits.
These seem to be good value for money but they’re certainly not amazing kits. Instead, they look fairly average and some of the products are ones you’d buy at a local store.
The base commission for Java Momma is 20% of any sales. You don’t need to buy and then resell either. Instead, customers can order through you. You also get 20% discount on your own purchases. The discount means you could buy and resell if you wanted to – although any of those sales wouldn’t count towards any bonuses or your sales totals.
20% is also on the low end for an MLM. Many will offer at least 25% commission, often with the chance to increase as you go along. But, it’s still not a bad figure. After all, you didn’t have to create the product and you’re not paying ongoing costs. Instead, you’re just promoting it.
Because the coffee isn’t expensive, the amount per sale isn’t high either. Still, it could add up, especially if you’re targeting coffee lovers.
Beyond this, you earn from your team.
Java Momma doesn’t offer much information about this at all. However, the company does use a three-tiered structure. In this type of structure, the people you recruit form the first tier, the people they recruit are the second tier and their recruits are the third tier.
The style is much shorter than other companies, creating a lower potential for income as well. There also don’t seem to be any significant bonuses for sales or for growing your team. However, the specifics aren’t clear, so the income potential could be higher than it first seems.
Without a detailed compensation plan, I can’t say for certain how much you could earn through Java Momma. But, it’s clear that the total amount would be lower than many other MLMs. Of course, most MLM members never get up to the high tiers anyway, so perhaps the difference doesn’t really matter.
One other aspect is ongoing requirements. Staying active just involves making one personal purchase every three months. This is extremely good. In fact, you’d probably be ordering more than that if you liked the coffee.
So, low income or not, Java Momma doesn’t come with many risks or requirements. This could make it a great way to get started with MLMs and to figure out whether the style is right for you.
To make money, you use a replicated website from the company. With this style, each distributor gets the same basic website, with a few minor changes.
Selling from a website is always powerful. This means you’re not limited to a local audience. Instead, you can promote the products to anyone that you know – simply directing them to your website to make the sales.
The style is also convenient for customers. They can buy online, rather than making purchases in person. However, you need to be sure that they’re going to the right place each time, so that you get a commission for their orders.
The site from Java Momma is also free. That’s incredibly rare. Most MLMs charge members a website maintenance fee. This is often around $10 a month and can sometimes be more.
Making sales online can work extremely well. But, Java Momma is unlikely to teach you how to take full advantage of this. So, you won’t learn how to develop your own website and get extra traffic that way, or how to promote traffic through social media.
There is one other limitation that I want to mention – competition. Java Momma sells coffee, tea, a little cocoa and some related products. All of these are competitive and there are countless companies promoting them.
If this weren’t enough, you’re also competing against the site itself. Customers can easily order directly from the Java Momma site. The site just uses a Shopify interface and visitors don’t need to do anything complicated to be able to purchase.
This means that once you’ve got people interested in Java Momma, they may just make orders themselves. Sure, they might still order from your first, whenever possible. But, many of us tend to go for the easiest option whenever we can. This could mean you lose out on commissions because people are trying to save time or even because they forget to visit your version of the site.
Can You Make Money?
The potential for income from Java Momma does certainly exist. There are even some advantages, including the free website and the low ongoing requirements. The style of the company might also work in your favor, especially for anyone that distrusts large companies.
This all makes Java Momma a fairly low-risk choice for an MLM. But, it’s also low in rewards. The compensation plan is much smaller than most other companies, only allowing you to earn from three generations. There is little information about other income or bonuses – but I wouldn’t expect there to be very many.
This style would make Java Momma interesting as a side business, especially if you just wanted to focus on sales. But, there doesn’t seem to be enough power to create a decent long-term income.
Is that a problem? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for.
I can imagine Java Momma being a bad fit for many people and an interesting choice for others. If nothing else, it’s nice to see a company that focuses on customers and products, rather than excessive hype and outrageous claims.
Java Momma would work better for some people than for others. Still, it doesn’t offer amazing income potential and may not be successful in the long-term.
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