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Is Organo Gold a Scam? Organo Gold Coffee Review 2017 (with Video)!

You’d probably agree that one of the top “addictions" people have worldwide is the addiction to coffee. Some people can’t live without it. According to Wikipedia “it is the top agricultural export for numerous countries and is among the world’s largest legal agricultural exports". Organo Gold is an multilevel marketing opportunity revolving around coffee that claims incredible health benefits. Is Organo Gold a scam?

Many people have issues with MLMs (multilevel marketing) and their business structure labeling them all “pyramid schemes“. But would a multilevel marketing business with coffee as it’s main product be profitable? Or is the market already oversaturated?

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This Organo Gold coffee review (with video)  will outline the Organo Gold compensation plan and detail the main Organo Gold coffee ingredients, Organo Gold health benefits, any Organo Gold coffee side effects, and answer the main question, “Is Organo Gold a scam?"

Is Organo Gold a Scam? Organo Gold Coffee Review 2017

What is Organo Gold?

Organo Gold is a global network marketing company revolving around coffee with independent distributors in over 50 countries. It began in 2008 in Canada, with Bernie Chua heading this idea to infuse the Ganoderma mushroom into coffee and offer beverages, neutraceuticals, and personal care products. After a few hiccups early on with not being able to distribute their product fast enough to keep up with growth, Chua brought on board Holton Buggs who was already very successful in network marketing in the past. Organo Gold relaunched in 2010 with better results. They are now a multi-billion dollar company.

The key ingredient in their products is the Ganoderma mushroom. It is called “King of the Herbs", and is used for many benefits in the Asian culture. It can be found in supplements, skin care and a host of other products around the world.

In essence, Organo Gold is a Ganoderma company using coffee as its vehicle. Coffee is the main seller, but they offer soaps, lotions, and even toothpaste, all with their key ingredient of Ganoderma.

Is Organo Gold a Scam? What are the Health Benefits and/or Side Effects of the Ganoderma Mushroom? 

Dr. Shi-Jean Lee, a doctor of the Ming Dynasty, wrote that “long-term taking of Ganoderma will build a strong, healthy body and assure a long life.”

The Ganoderma mushroom has been linked to health benefits such as immune system support, cardiovascular health, antioxidant benefits, liver protection, antibacterial and antiviral benefits, lower cholesterol, and urinary tract support.

Some potential side effects from prolonged use of ganoderma (3-6 months) include upset stomach, nosebleeds, dry mouth, dizziness, and itching. Additionally, it is recommended to consult your doctor before taking ganoderma if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Is Organo Gold a Scam? How Does the Organo Gold Compensation Plan Work?

An Organo Gold coffee review wouldn’t be complete without a detailed look at the compensation plan. Organo Gold uses a binary compensation plan that many MLMs use. You recruit, you sell, and you earn commissions not just on what you sell but on what your downline sells as well. The key is you have to stay active. This isn’t something you start and then put on auto pilot.

With a binary compensation plan you have two legs you grow, a right and a left, and you teach your recruits to do the same.

is organo gold a scam

The main setback with the binary compensation plan is you only get paid on your lesser leg. So if you recruit someone on your left leg and they explode, recruiting people left and right, unless your right leg explodes equally, which is very rare, you miss out on a good portion of all that growth and compensation.

You also have minimum requirements your recruits have to meet each and every month. As with most MLMs, you can end up having a number of “dead end" members of your downline who quit or move on or just don’t want to recruit anymore.

Organo Gold Starter Pack & Business Packs

You buy in with Organo Gold for $49 with their starter package.  This includes some samples and minimal marketing materials like a binder and pamphlets.  To take part in the compensation plan, you have to purchase a business pack and then help your recruits meet their minimum sales requirements.

Bronze Pack:

The Bronze Pack costs $150.00 and you’ll get about $150 worth of wholesale products. You must maintain an autoship of product costing $50/month. You are eligible to earn 10% in the compensation plan when your team meets specific requirements.

Silver Pack:

The Silver Pack costs $450 and you’ll get about $450 worth of wholesale products. You must maintain an autoship of $100/month and you are now eligible to earn 15% in the compensation plan when your team meets specific sales requirements.

Gold pack:

The Gold Pack is the most expensive costing $1300. You’ll get $1300 in wholesale products. Your autoship remains at $100/month, but you are now eligible to earn 20% in the compensation plan so long as your team meets specific sales requirements.

is organo gold a scam

The Dual Team compensation described above of recruiting two who recruit two and so on, each team selling products and earning commissions, is the main way to earn with Organo Gold.

The following might get just a little bit confusing, but there are other ways you can earn commissions. MLMs are notorious for having multiple ways to earn commissions that only a small percentage of distributors actually cash in on. Here’s a brief description of each.

Retail Profit:

The first way is a very straightforward way of simply buying product wholesale and selling at retail. You can earn profits up to 50%.

Fast Track Bonus:

Earn $20-$120 on each Organo Gold Promotional Product Pack sold. (Paid Weekly)

Unilevel Bonus:

Receive bonuses from product orders and re-orders generated in your group, up to nine levels deep. (Paid Monthly)

Unilevel Matching Bonus:

Qualify to earn a percentage of the Unilevel Bonus earned by your Personally Sponsored Distributors, up to 4 levels deep. (Paid Monthly)

Generational Bonus:

You can earn additional bonuses as deep as four generations of qualified Sapphires and Above. (Paid Monthly)

Global Bonus Pool:

You can qualify in sharing 3% of Total Worldwide Unilevel Commissionable Volume. (Earned Monthly, Paid Quarterly)

Is Organo Gold a Scam? How Much Can I Realistically Earn with Organo Gold?

Here’s your reality check for this Organo Gold coffee review.

Organo Gold is not a scam. These are real products you can sell and distribute for real profit. However, so many people look at MLMs as a way to escape the grind and have visions of lavish lifestyles working from home.

The fact is that very, very few actually make substantial profit with MLMs. The vast majority make a very limited amount of money. I’ve reviewed several MLMs looking at their opportunities and unfortunately this is the trend. Take a look at the income disclosure below.

is organo gold a scam

As you can see, over 86% of Organo Gold distributors make $0-$599 annually.

This amount wouldn’t cover the cost of business which for someone who joined for $49 and bought the least expensive Bronze Pack for $150, then spent $50/month on their autoship.

$600 in. $800 out. Not very good.

About 33% make anywhere from $600-1000, which would mean barely breaking even at Bronze, but still substantially in the hole at either the Silver or Gold Pack.

Only 2% reach the big money level of $30,000-$100,000, with 1% at $100,000+.

This is the common bell curve with MLMs. Is it possible to make money with them? Absolutely. Is it very, very rare to be a top earner. Absolutely.


Is Organo Gold a scam? Thankfully, no. As you’ve seen in this Organo Gold coffee review, Organo Gold does offer many products all infused with the Ganoderma mushroom with a variety of ways you can earn revenue. While most of those ways to earn are built around recruiting, you can earn money without recruiting and just sell the products for profit.

However, like most MLMs, it is hard to sustain a business built around a binary compensation plan and recruiting. You simply need too many things out of your control to go just right to hit those big bucks.

In my opinion, there’s a much easier, straightforward way to make consistent money online. It involves great training and mentorship and is the best training platform for online business I’ve found online. It was a huge eye opener for me personally and I’ve had nothing but positives from it. Create your free account, turn your passion into revenue, and don’t look back!


How long have you been looking for the answer to “Is Organo Gold a scam?" Did you find what you were looking for in this Organo Gold coffee review? Have you been successful in the past with MLMs? Are you looking for a better way to make money online without recruiting? Feel free to ask any and all questions and share your viewpoint in the comments below.


  • Nate says:

    The moment you mentioned coffee, I started to reach for my second cup of joe. It is my energy boost I need ever day. I’d love to try their coffee, though from what you’ve told me about their opportunity, I’m a little weary about. Can you get their coffee anywhere or do you need to buy it from a rep?

    • Eric Cantu says:

      You can actually buy the coffee on eBay from distributors who are looking to get rid of their inventory. That’s another reason some have lost their drive with this particular MLM because your customers are actually able to find it online and go around you. From what I’ve read, some love the coffee, and some didn’t. But that’s to be expected. I’m glad you enjoyed this review. There are better ways to make money online, but hey, maybe you’ll enjoy the coffee! 🙂 Thanks again!

  • Weston says:

    Great review! I had no idea there was a MLM that sells coffee. It always surprised me that coffee isn’t a product of more MLMs since it would most likely be a high selling product.

    It’s interesting that they use Ganoderma Mushrooms in their products. I’ve never heard of this mushroom or the health benefits before. Sounds helpful. Do you know if there have been tests to see how many people experience the side effects?

    Thank you for your honest review and making it clear that very few people make a lot of money from MLMs.


    • Eric Cantu says:

      Thanks for the comment, Weston. I think the listed side effects aren’t very common thankfully. Just about every product out there has it’s list of possible side effects, and these potential ones come from prolonged consumption. If you love coffee and would love to create a business out of it, I’d definitely suggest affiliate marketing over multilevel marketing. It’s a great industry and no need to recruit. 🙂 Thanks again!

  • Alejandra says:

    Hi Eric,
    I’d never heard about this organo Gold Coffee, thanks for sharing a good review about it here.
    I’m not a multilevel marketing person, so I’m intrigued by the recommendation you shared at the end of the video. Your site is very professionally made. Did you get your training from that training platform you recommend? Is it really free to start?

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Hi Alejandra 🙂 First, thank you for the comment and kind words. I’m very proud to say that I’ve built this site from the training I’ve received at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s no exaggeration when I say it’s the best mentorship and online training community I’ve found online. I highly recommend creating your free account and trying it out for yourself.

      And yes, it’s absolutely free to start 🙂

  • Ilias says:

    Hi Eric,

    I am cautious when I hear about MLM companies and I have heard before about many products who had benefits for our health like this mushroom.

    I know that most people do not earn much money from MLM for this reason I avoid them.

    I think there are better business opportunities out there.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      MLMs tend to have the focus be on recruiting and many people simply run out of steam at some point. Their sales fall and they stop growing. And when you’re seeing your team plateau like that, it naturally effects you too. It’s a difficult compensation plan to sustain for a long period of time and the income disclosure statements reflect that. Some do hit big money, don’t get me wrong, but there are much more straightforward ways to make money online without having to catch lightning in a bottle.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Marlana says:

    Hi Eric! Your Organo Gold Coffee review popped up on my Google search and I’m very glad I read this. My main concern was “ok, coffee is good and everybody drinks it but can I make money with this comp plan?” 

    The income disclosure really speaks volumes. Thank you! You have provided a ton of information. Thank you for giving such a thorough review on this topic! I’m actually going to look at your recommendation right now!

  • Hi Eric

    These days I’ve found that the more simple a business model is the better it will convert into customers and just like the other’s have said, I find it a little bit too much in terms of complication.


  • Ramandeep says:

    Hello Eric

    A very interesting article as I have heard a lot of these kind of schemes and I have seen people fallen into their trap as they have invested into the scheme and then trying to recover their money. But the margin is so mall that you can barely make any living out of it, 86% of organo distributors make only $0-599 thats pretty sad.I would not invest. Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading it.

    Best Regards

  • Ruben says:

    Only a handful of people can make real money with MLM, and this kind of work is definitely not for me. I just read a review of a costumer that bought a silver pack of Organo Gold and for personal reasons tried to get a return. This costumer went to their local office and the people there said to her that she had to call to a telephone number. After several tries she finally get an answer from the phone after several days, and the person that answered said that she had to wait for a week to get the refund. After a week nothing happened and she is still trying to get the refund. This is not the most trustful company to work for.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Thanks for the comment, Ruben! I hate hearing of people who have trouble getting what they were promised out of MLMs, but the truth is, just like you said, very few people make real money with multilevel marketing. The Organo Gold coffee reviews I’ve read have been for the most part positive with regards to the products, but the Organo Gold compensation plan really does revolve around recruiting. If that’s what you want to do and you love coffee, then have at it. For me though, I like a more straightforward approach to making money online.

      Thanks for the insight!

  • Interesting product and payout scheme for coffee. I like things simple, this to me does not look simple. I don’t think most coffee drinkers want to look at their coffee as an investment nor should they. You can buy coffee so cheap now at any grocery store or the die hard have Starbucks. This didn’t do out for me. It looks too complicated so I would have to pass. Well written and informative.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Thanks for the comment! I’ve heard both sides, where people say EVERYONE loves coffee so why not profit from it, and then the EVERYONE is selling coffee how can you make money with that…

      Personally, the bottom line for me is the Income Disclosure Statement. By and large, most people with MLMs just don’t make a solid profit. The numbers unfortunately don’t lie. For me, that’s why I go with a much more straightforward approach to making money online. I really appreciate the comment and I’m glad this Organo Gold Review helped 🙂

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