The company

Gloria Jean’s Coffees is an award winning specialist coffee company based in Australia. The company has not only cemented its reputation as one of Australia’s leading coffee specialists, but has also signed 38 Master Franchise agreements across 37 countries, ensuring that its brand presence stretches worldwide.

Keen to spread its passion for quality coffee, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has played a major role in the development and growth of the retail coffee market in Australia. It has opened 489 coffee houses since entering the Australia market in 1996 and now operates in every state and territory in the country.

In 2008-09 Gloria Jean’s Coffees opened nine new international markets and is the only franchise to have established operations in India and China within just 18 months.

Furthermore, Gloria Jean’s Coffees is one of only seven Australian franchises to have made Business Review Weekly’s Fastest Growing Franchise list for seven consecutive years and is also listed as one of Australia’s Top 1,000 companies and Top 500 Private Companies*.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees has also been recognised for its achievements over the last few years winning multiple awards. This has included the ‘2009 International Franchisor of the Year’, ‘2009 Australian Export Hero’, awarded to Nabi Saleh, ‘2009 Award of Excellence for Professionalism and Quality Romanian Franchise Association’, the ‘2008 Innovation Award for the Australian MYOB Excellence in Franchising Awards’ and the ‘2006 International Franchisor of the Year’ awarded by the Franchising and Licence Association, Singapore.

Quality coffee

Gloria Jean’s Coffees aims to serve a superior cup of coffee every time at every one of its locations. The company only purchases quality Arabica beans, which are hand picked to ensure only the best beans are selected. Beans are then meticulously roasted at the company’s own state-of-the-art roasting facility in Sydney, Australia to produce its 60 exclusive blends that suit the different tastes of their guests at different occasions during the day. All of the coffee is then packed within hours of roasting to ensure freshness.

Additionally, Gloria Jean’s Coffees runs its very own Coffee University where all of its franchise partners are trained for six weeks in the art of making quality coffee and running a business. They also run a Barista Diamond programme designed to take baristas from introductory skills to master baristas. This means that in every coffee house, they have expertly-trained and accredited baristas who handcraft each drink to perfection.

Gloria Jean’s coffee houses serve and sell a range of handcrafted espresso coffee drinks, signature cold drinks, blended and estate whole bean coffees and speciality teas along with a great food and merchandise offering.


The Gloria Jean’s Coffees story began in 1979 in a small town just north of Chicago, USA where the company’s namesake, Gloria Jean Kvetko and her husband Ed saw the opportunity to offer speciality gourmet coffees in a warm and friendly atmosphere. With appreciation for quality coffee growing, the concept became a success and Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlets opened around the USA.

In 1993 Gloria Jean and Ed sold the franchise and the company began its expansion offshore – a journey that would later take a remarkable turn to make the company an Australian success story.

In 1995, Nabi Saleh, an Australian businessman internationally regarded for his coffee knowledge and expertise, visited the USA to experience the Gloria Jean’s Coffees brand first hand. Nabi and his business partner Peter Irvine subsequently bought the Master Franchise for Australia and the first Australian Gloria Jean’s Coffees store was opened in Miranda, Sydney in 1996.

By 2004 Gloria Jean’s Coffees had opened more than 200 coffee houses across Australia and became a national brand with coffee houses present in every Australian state and territory. With success accomplished at home, Nabi and Peter set their sights on achieving their vision to make Gloria Jean’s Coffees the most loved and respected coffee house in the world.

At the end of 2004, Nabi and Peter had purchased the international branding and roasting rights for all countries outside of the US making Gloria Jean’s and Australian owned global brand overnight.

In early 2009 Gloria Jean’s Coffees International affiliate company, Praise International North America Inc, completed negotiations to buy Gloria Jean’s Coffees US retail and franchise operations from its current US owner comprising of 102 coffee houses in 24 states.

Now a major force in franchising

Gloria Jean’s Coffees is now a proven and successful franchise system, which has been recognised as one of the world’s best – evident in its partnerships with such global brands as Dash Brands and City Max.

To continue its strong position in the franchise industry, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has made a huge investment in new resources, systems and tools that will take their franchise model to the next level globally. It has a highly experienced global management team to lead each core function of the franchise owner’s business. The team has put in place leading-edge platforms, systems and tools that have strengthened their business and created a robust model that can be implemented successfully and consistently across the overseas markets.

*Source: BRW 2008