Cafe Licensing

Join The Argo Family of Cafes

Since opening our first cafe in Chicago in 2003, Argo Tea has grown into an international multi-channel beverage brand. Our cafes and kiosks bring consumers a first-hand experience of our ever-expanding menu of flavors including signature beverages and healthy snacks that make everyday more flavorful.

The Tea Opportunity

With the overall market for tea at $8.7 billion and continuing to grow, operators can capitalize on consumer interest in healthful drinking while expanding their presence in the foodservice industry. Consumers are highly interested in beverages that provide relaxation and stress relief, and millennials, in particular, are drawn to new innovative tea drinks

SOURCE: Data from Mintel Report – Tea and RTDs, US August 2019

Why Argo Fits

Tea With a Purpose

Consumers are increasingly looking for foods and drinks that provide functional benefits, such as energy boosting, anti-inflammatory, relaxing or antioxidant. Functional teas are the ideal beverage for those looking for a better-for-you beverage, particularly among iGen consumers.

Meeting the Demands of Generation Z—Convenience, Choice, Customization

At Argo Tea, customers can select one of our recommended Signature Drinks or create a beverage customized to meet their caffeine, sweetness level, and flavor preferences. We also offer tasty alternatives for customers with allergies and other dietary needs.

A Menu Fit For Now—Global Diversity, Authenticity, Transparency

Argo Tea sources tea from some of the best growers in the world. Our tea and food are all-natural and made of real ingredients. Our food is prepared on-site daily, with fresh baking throughout the day. We have transparent pricing, with no hidden up-charges.

Where Argo Works

With over 40 locations globally, we continue to experience successful growth in colleges and universities, hospitals, malls and airports. 

Airports

All airport customers appreciate the readily portable to-go packaging of Argo Tea’s food and bottled teas, which provides them with the option for a healthy and delicious meal they can enjoy at their gate or in-flight. 

Campus Food Halls

Our brand is uniquely positioned to cater to the growing female and international student population in higher education institutions. Over the last few years, we have emerged as a leading food and beverage partner for world-class colleges and universities across the country.

Care-Giving Facilities

Our delicious health-conscious menu appeals to care giving families, patients and hospital staff seeking dietary diversity of balanced calories, low-sodium, low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan and all natural options. With over a decade of partnerships with top-ranked hospitals we have developed a deep appreciation and experience of healthcare environments; our teams are trained in infection control, nutritional and allergy knowledge, compassion training and mentoring programs.

Three Turn-Key Buildouts

We provide operating partners with multiple turn-key build out options, each designed for rapid implementation and streamlined operations.

the teaosk

Signature Teaosk

The Signature Teaosk brings the full drink menu to locations with restricted floor space or utilities. A “drinks-only” format with limited food offering, it is often appropriate as a second location in a building or on a campus already containing a full café or standard Teaosk.

  • Size: 100 square feet
  • Average Unit Volume: $350K–$800K
  • Ave. Sales/SqFt of $3,500–$8,000
the signature teaosk

The Teaosk

Our Teaosks offer the full menu of Argo Tea beverages and SpecialTea food in airports, hospitals, office buildings, and universities—bringing the Argo experience closer to where people study, work, and travel. Signature Teaosk designs are flexible to fit a variety of space and location requirements

  • Size: 200–400 square feet
  • Average Unit Volume: $350K–$1.2m
  • Ave. Sales/SqFt of $1,000–$3,000
  • Ave. Ticket: $5.50–$6.00
  • Licensee Gross Margin: ~70%
  • Average Capital Outlay: $150K–$250K
the cafe

The Café

Our cafés are designed to take customers on a journey from leaf to cup which culminates with a spotlight on our team mixologists. Our interiors are fun, approachable, and sophisticated, with flexible spaces for planned and unexpected activities. 

  • Size: 800–1200 square feet
  • Average Unit Volume: $500K–$1.2m
  • Ave. Sales/SqFt of $500–$600
  • Ave. Ticket: $5.50–$6.00
  • Licensee Gross Margin: ~70%
  • Average Capital Outlay: $350K–$450K

For more information, please contact us at licensing@argotea.com.