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Success Story: Branded Coffee & More Opens in Peralta, New Mexico

June 20, 2024 (Published: June 19, 2024)

We’re excited to introduce Branded Coffee & More, which opened recently at 3556 Highway 47 in Peralta, New Mexico. This innovative new concept, blending specialty coffee and locally sourced Angus beef, opened through our 7 Steps to Success consulting program. The vision behind the new shop originates from Owner Brittney Jones’ and her family’s aspiration […]

Success Story: Virgil’s Coffee House & Creamery Launches in Louisville, Ohio

May 16, 2024 (Published: May 15, 2024)

Louisville, Ohio, buzzed with excitement on April 23 as Virgil’s Coffee House & Creamery celebrated its grand opening at 523 E Main Street. The family learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Success program. The event drew a crowd of visitors keen to sample its delightful mix of specialty coffee […]

A Coffee Shop Owner’s Guide to Thriving Through Summer

May 13, 2024 (Published: May 9, 2024)

Running a coffee shop during the summer, especially from May to August, presents unique challenges and opportunities for the owners. That’s why we’re kicking off a series of blog posts with effective strategies for surviving – and thriving – during the season’s long, sweltering days. Starting this month through August, our 7 Steps to Success […]

Success Story: Trek Coffee Company Opens in Bowling Green, KY

May 8, 2024 (Published: May 8, 2024)

Attention coffee lovers! We have a heartwarming story to share from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that’s sure to brighten up your day – and perhaps even inspire your journey to opening a coffee shop! Meet Trek Coffee Company, the newest addition to Bowling Green’s coffee scene. Life’s a Trip, Fuel Up! Located at 6558 Nashville Road […]

An Intro to Social Media Marketing for Your Coffee Shop

April 4, 2024 (Published: April 2, 2024)

Social media marketing offers an effective and affordable way for coffee shops to connect with potential customers and build a fan base. Since almost everyone owns a computer or smartphone, social media can help your coffee shop get noticed, communicate with customers and build a strong brand identity. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how […]

Success Story: The Office Coffee & Wine Bar Celebrates 7th Anniversary

March 4, 2024 (Published: March 4, 2024)

Seven years ago, The Office Coffee & Wine Bar opened its doors in Southport, North Carolina, beginning a journey filled with espresso, wine, and community gatherings. Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone alongside owner Rob Warner and his dedicated team. It’s been a remarkable journey of growth, community, and exceptional coffee. When Rob decided […]

Success Story: Lyric Coffee House Wins Best Coffee Award

February 29, 2024 (Published: January 28, 2024)

We’re excited to announce that longtime customer Lyric Coffee House won the 2023 Best Coffee in Clayton, New York! Based on votes by area residents, the 1,000 Islands Clayton Chamber of Commerce recognized The Lyric as the best in a field of seven local coffee shops. “It has been such an honor to serve the […]

Success Story: 5 Bean Coffee Celebrates 15 Years of Coffee and Community

February 25, 2024 (Published: January 14, 2024)

Over a decade and a half, 5 Bean Coffee has become a local favorite in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, known for rapid and friendly service, diverse syrups, cold drinks and locally sourced baked goods. As the shop celebrated its 15th anniversary, Owner Tracy Heitmeyer reflected on running her thriving independent coffee shop through economic busts, booms and […]

We Helped Fifteen Independent Coffee Shops in Nine States Open in 2023

February 29, 2024 (Published: January 7, 2024)

In 2023, we were proud to help 15 entrepreneurs in nine states achieve their dreams of owning independent coffee shops! The new and expanded businesses joined hundreds of coffee shops in 30 states that receive award-winning coffee, industry-leading coffee shop supplies, hands-on training and ongoing business support through our 7 Steps to Success consulting program. […]

Success Story: Jitters Coffee House Celebrates 11th Anniversary

February 29, 2024 (Published: October 23, 2023)

Congratulations to Jitter’s Coffee House in Millersburg, Ohio for 11 years of serving exceptional coffee and delicious food to the Holmes County community! Owner Judy Mann and her late husband Martin Mann opened their coffee business at 1545 S Washington Street on September 6, 2012. The original owners learned how to open a coffee shop […]

Success Story: Edelweiss Coffee Marks 19 Years of Success

October 17, 2023 (Published: September 30, 2023)

Coffee entrepreneurs Jenni and Tom Wender recently celebrated 19 years of success as owners of Edelweiss Coffee in Iron Mountain, Michigan. This independent coffee shop is renowned for its distinct drive-thru-only setup and coffee that always satisfies. “We are thrilled to celebrate Edelweiss Coffee’s 19th anniversary and the incredible journey they have had,” said Crimson […]

Success Story: Calabria Coffee in New Hartford, New York

August 27, 2023 (Published: August 9, 2023)

Congratulations to Bryce and Erika Lamberto! Their Calabria Coffee at 52 Genesee Street in New Hartford, New York, recently celebrated two years of serving the finest coffee and pastries in Oneida County. The couple learned how to start a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success program. Our team of coffee shop […]

On 2023 Honduras Trip, Coffee Shop Owners and Baristas Built a Home

October 30, 2023 (Published: July 9, 2023)

Owners and baristas from coffee shops across the U.S. recently traveled with Crimson Cup to Siguatepeque, Honduras. The service trip was an inspiring and life-changing experience about making a difference in the world through coffee and community. The group supported Serve Hope International, which provides safe homes, clean water, schools and other benefits to the […]

Success Story: Kat’s Coffeehouse Launches in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

August 25, 2023 (Published: June 10, 2023)

Something exciting is brewing in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania! Kat’s Coffeehouse has opened at 617 Warrendale Road, Suite E. Owners Kathy and Todd Williams learned how to start a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Success program. April 25 Grand Opening Allegheny County coffee lovers gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Gibsonia’s newest independent coffee […]

Success Story: Coffee Amici Celebrates 20 Years of Coffee and Community

May 25, 2023 (Published: May 20, 2023)

Congratulations to coffee entrepreneurs Lynne and John Calvelage! The couple recently marked 20 years of success as the owners of Coffee Amici, an independent coffee shop in downtown Findlay, Ohio. “We’ve been thrilled to help John and Lynne build their business for over two decades,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. “A big […]

Learn How to Open a Coffee Shop in Your State in 2023

May 10, 2023 (Published: May 1, 2023)

Looking for information on how to open a coffee shop? Get the inside scoop on how to start a thriving business in your state from our coffee shop startup experts. Through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, Crimson Cup has helped set up over 300 independent coffee shops in 30 states. In […]

Success Story: Neon Bean Coffee Opens in Cedar Creek, Texas

May 10, 2023 (Published: April 22, 2023)

Neon Bean Coffee has arrived at 1634 SH 71 in Cedar Creek, Texas! “We had a wonderful time at our grand opening on March 14!” said Owner Sydni M. Smith. “Special thanks to the Bastrop County Chamber of Commerce, our partners at Crimson Cup, our barista staff and especially our customers – for your warm […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Walnut Street Coffee and Deli

March 8, 2023 (Published: February 11, 2023)

Oskaloosa, Kansas, has a new gathering place for locals to gather over terrific coffee and delicious eats! Walnut Street Coffee and Deli Company opened in January 2023 at 409 Walnut Street. Owned by Lynwood and Laramie “Bill” Yoder, the new coffee shop serves espresso drinks crafted by baristas trained in the art of specialty coffee. […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Sandstone Coffee Shop in Amherst, Ohio

February 24, 2023 (Published: February 4, 2023)

The heart of downtown Amherst, Ohio, has a new hot spot for locals to get together over amazing coffee and delicious eats! Sandstone Coffee House at 254 Park Avenue invites guests to enjoy a cozy, home-like atmosphere, award-winning coffee and a growing menu of breakfast and lunch food options. Meet Owners Sean and Stephanie Miller […]

We Helped 22 New Coffee Shops Open in 11 States in 2022

February 15, 2023 (Published: January 28, 2023)

In 2022, Crimson Cup helped 22 entrepreneurs in 11 states achieve their dreams of opening new coffee shops. These entrepreneurs – most with little or no coffee experience – learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Success program. Hundreds of Existing Coffee Houses Thrive Through the 7 Steps to Success […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Gateway Coffee Co. in Creve Coeur, MO

February 6, 2023 (Published: January 25, 2023)

On December 6, 2022, lines of excited coffee lovers stretched around Gateway Coffee Company at 12806 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, Missouri, for the grand opening of the city’s newest independent coffee shop. To celebrate, Owner Greg Conrad offered medium espresso-based drinks, teas and smoothies for just $1. Festivities also included free giveaways and a […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Spire Coffeehouse

March 27, 2023 (Published: January 20, 2023)

Something new is brewing in Toms River! Area resident Bob Opitz is thrilled to announce the opening of Spire Coffeehouse at 1922 Hooper Avenue. He developed the coastal-inspired coffee and tea shop through our 7 Steps to Coffee Startup Success program. A play on “inspire,” the shop’s name also alludes to the New Jersey Shore lighthouses and […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: The Vault Coffee and Pour House Opens

May 25, 2023 (Published: December 27, 2022)

Congratulations to Owners Jeff Hogan and Jenn Taylor on the opening of The Vault Coffee and Pour House! The couple learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program. The newest addition to the beverage scene in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, The Vault opened its doors on […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Smoke-N-Beans Coffee Bar Grand Opening

March 27, 2023 (Published: December 17, 2022)

“Congratulations to John and Connie McGree on a successful grand opening of their new Smoke-N-Beans Coffee Bar! The McArthur, Ohio, entrepreneurs learned how to open a coffee shop in Ohio through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program. For the grand opening on November 15, 2022, lines of excited local coffee lovers stretched […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: The Sanity Mug Coffee & Tea Opens

February 24, 2023 (Published: October 9, 2022)

We’re excited to announce the opening of another independent coffee shop in Texas! The Sanity Mug Coffee & Tea opened September 30, 2022, at 146 TX-35 North in Port Lavaca. The new shop invites guests into a unique experience based on connecting with one another over coffee, tea, smoothies and locally baked treats. Entrepreneurs Had […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Coffee Chaos Celebrates 18 Years

January 11, 2023 (Published: September 14, 2022)

Coffee entrepreneurs Kim and Denise Krantz recently celebrated 18 successful years as owners of Coffee Chaos, a specialty coffee shop in Midland, Michigan. The couple said our 7 Steps to Success program has been essential to the ongoing success of their coffee shop. Partnering for Long-term Success “From the start, Crimson Cup has been my […]

Crimson Cup Innovation Lab Hosts Coffee ColLab 2022

June 1, 2024 (Published: September 2, 2022)

We were thrilled to bring Columbus coffee lovers and coffee pros together for the third Columbus Coffee ColLab at our Crimson Cup Innovation Lab. Columbus Coffee Festival presented the event, which was sponsored by Crimson Cup and our flagship CRIMSON coffeehouse. The educational and entertaining evening featured: Coffee education sessions, Samples of CRIMSON’s fall menu, […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: The Rex Café Opens in Pensacola, Florida

December 21, 2023 (Published: August 27, 2022)

A big Crimson Cup welcome to The Rex Café! From sip to soul, this quaint new coffee shop is nourishing the heart of downtown Pensacola. Inspired by old Hollywood movies and the cafes of Europe, The Rex Café provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for sipping classic espresso beverages inside a restored Pensacola theater. The […]

We Took Home Five Medals at Golden Bean 2022

October 30, 2023 (Published: August 22, 2022)

With five gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2022 Golden Bean North America roasting competition, we’ve once again won a place among the continent’s top coffee roasters. As a result, Crimson Cup won second place in the Chain Store/Franchise Championship. “We’re proud that our coffee consistently ranks among the best in North America,” said […]

Party! 2022 Golden Bean Welcome Event

August 22, 2022 (Published: August 20, 2022)

We were thrilled to host The Golden Bean Welcome event at our Crimson Cup Innovation Lab! Over 75 coffee roasters from across North America came to celebrate at our SCA-certified Premier Training Campus. We served up fun, music, finger foods and libations to get the party started. The festivities kicked off the world’s largest coffee […]

New Crop of Our Award-winning Natural Gesha Coffee from Oxapampa, Peru

June 1, 2024 (Published: August 1, 2022)

We’re excited to announce a new crop of our award-winning Natural Gesha coffee, which grows in the high jungle of Oxapampa, Peru. “One of our favorite coffees, this fruit-dried Natural Gesha is nothing short of amazing,” said Crimson Cup Sustainability Director Brandon Bir. “With notes of white grapes, lilac and guava, it’s no wonder this […]

How Drive-Thrus and Ordering Apps Increase Coffee Shop Sales

February 15, 2023 (Published: July 22, 2022)

Building a new coffee shop? Want to increase sales at your existing coffee shop? Then consider adding a drive-thru or using a digital ordering app. The most efficient shops use both, said Scott Fullerton, a coffee shop startup expert from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. “Drive-Thrus and ordering apps can offer a big competitive advantage,” […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Winston’s Coffee & Waffles Expands

February 15, 2023 (Published: July 14, 2022)

Winston’s Coffee & Waffles now has two locations in Columbus, Ohio! Adding to its popular food truck in Clintonville, Winston’s has opened a restaurant in the new East Market in the Old Towne East neighborhood. The new restaurant opened with support from our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program. Entrepreneurs Achieve their Dream […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Coffee Cravings Opens

February 15, 2023 (Published: July 7, 2022)

The Stevenson family of Yorktown, Indiana, runs on coffee. And now, they run Coffee Cravings, an independent coffee shop serving their local community. The new shop opened July 5, 2022, at 8919 West Adaline Street through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program. For years, coffee has kept the busy family on track. […]

Ignite the Bite with our New Piranha Bite Energy Drinks

June 28, 2022 (Published: June 29, 2022)

It’s time to Ignite the Bite with our new Piranha Bite energy drinks at Crimson Cup Coffee Shops in Clintonville and Tallmadge, Ohio! On Wednesday, June 29, customers can enjoy a delightful new Strawberry or Blue Raspberry Piranha Bite energy drink for just $1. Developed by the Crimson Cup Innovation Team, Piranha Bite energy drinks […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Cadence Coffee House & Creperie Opens

February 24, 2023 (Published: June 23, 2022)

We’re excited to welcome Cadence Coffee House & Creperie in Niles, Ohio! Now open at 31 North Main Street, the nonprofit breakfast and brunch restaurant entices guests with exceptional coffee, teas, crepes, sandwiches, salads and more in a relaxing atmosphere. Their purchases also fund programs provided by Cadence Care Network, a nonprofit organization providing behavioral […]

Barista Block Training is Back at the Innovation Lab!

March 24, 2023 (Published: June 11, 2022)

Our Barista Block Training is back! Offering two days of hands-on training for coffee shop owners, managers, and baristas, Barista Block covers general coffee knowledge, brew bar techniques, customer service, espresso and milk techniques.  Barista Block is offered monthly at our Crimson Cup Innovation Lab, an SCA Premier Training Campus in Columbus. “We are inviting […]

Introducing CRIMSON Espresso Blend

December 19, 2023 (Published: June 4, 2022)

Our new CRIMSON Espresso Blend combines two rare and exceptional coffees to produce a nuanced cup with tasting notes of lime, cocoa nibs and vanilla pudding. The blend marries cherry dried Natural Gesha coffee grown by Hector Portocarerro in Oxapampa, Peru, with fully washed Kinini AA craft coffee grown by members of the Kinini AA […]

Now Roasting: New Crop of Ethiopia Biftu Gudina Craft Coffee

June 8, 2022 (Published: May 21, 2022)

We’re proud to introduce a new crop of Ethiopia Biftu Gudina craft coffee from the Biftu Gudina Cooperative in Agaro! Biftu Gudina sits in a densely forested area of Western Ethiopia. Heirloom coffees, with some scattered native varieties, grow about 5,900 to 7,000 feet above sea level. “The microclimate in this area is really special, […]

New: Get Free Recorded Updates with Our 7 Steps to Success Coffee Shop Startup Guide

November 29, 2022 (Published: May 7, 2022)

Want to learn how to open a coffee shop? Then discover the book and proven system that have launched over 300 independent coffee shops in 30 states. And now, your book purchase includes a series of free recorded updates from author Greg Ubert, founder and president of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Greg initially wrote […]

Introducing Kinini AA Craft Coffee from Rwanda

December 19, 2023 (Published: April 26, 2022)

We are proud to introduce our latest craft coffee: Kinini AA from Rwanda. Grown at 1,800 to 2,200 meters above sea level in the Rolando District of Rwanda, this fully washed Bourbon coffee has tasting notes of blackberry, dragon fruit and marshmallow. ““Kinini” means, literally, ‘this big thing right here,’” said Sustainability Director Brandon Bir. […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Lock No. 4 Coffee Celebrates Anniversary

February 24, 2023 (Published: April 22, 2022)

As Lock No. 4 Coffee in Beverly, Ohio, prepares to celebrate its first anniversary on April 30, Owners Destiny and Matthew Schaad reflected on their independent coffee shop’s growth over the past year, its role in the small town of Beverly, Ohio, and how our coffee shop startup consulting team has helped it grow. “We […]

PENZONE Salon + Spa Gahanna/New Albany Wows Guests with Elevated Beverage Service

October 30, 2023 (Published: April 9, 2022)

When PENZONE Salons + Spas planned the rebirth of its iconic beauty brand in the new PENZONE Salon + Spa Gahanna/New Albany, it partnered with Crimson Cup to wow guests with unique coffee bar drinks. The central area of the new salon at 5751 N. Hamilton Road features a social room with a café and […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: The Broken Mug Celebrates 5th Anniversary

January 11, 2023 (Published: April 8, 2022)

As The Broken Mug coffee shop prepared to celebrate its fifth anniversary, Owner Mandy Tuls reflected on the independent coffee shop’s growth, its role in the small community of Columbus, Nebraska, and its relationship with Crimson Cup. Mandy and her husband Todd Tuls learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to […]

Drying Beds to Support Peruvian Gesha Coffee Harvest

October 30, 2023 (Published: April 2, 2022)

In 2021, coffee farmer Hector Portocarerro lost half his crop of rare Peruvian Gesha coffee to uneven drying and processing defects. This year, he is installing new drying beds with our support. “Hector’s cherry-dried Peruvian Gesha is one of my favorite coffees, and we would like to buy more of it,” said Sustainability Director Brandon […]

Free Audio Introduction to Our Coffee Shop Startup Guide

January 21, 2024 (Published: March 3, 2022)

Want to learn how to open a coffee shop? Then discover the coffee shop startup guide and proven system that have launched over 300 independent coffee shops in 30 states! To get started, you can listen to a free audio introduction to Seven Steps to Success: A Common-sense Guide to Succeed to Specialty Coffee, recorded by […]

Coffee Shop Success Story: Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee

February 7, 2023 (Published: February 15, 2022)

At the new Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee in Nokesville, Virginia, guests sip exceptional coffee and tea and browse an eclectic collection of handmade gifts by local artisans. When the shop opened February 4, it fulfilled years of planning by owners Paula and Tom Millar and their family of shareholders, including daughters Becca Ferguson and […]

CRIMSON Introduces SIDE BAR Immersive Coffee Education

December 14, 2022 (Published: February 11, 2022)

Want to up your coffee game? Learn about the countries and farmers behind your favorite beans? Then head over to CRIMSON at Easton Town Center in Columbus for its new SIDE BAR immersive coffee education experience. Follow Coffee from Farm to Cup “We developed SIDE BAR to highlight our exclusive coffee offerings, inspire new coffee […]

Introducing Our Exclusive Pink Bourbon EF2 Micro Lot

February 10, 2022 (Published: February 3, 2022)

For a limited time, we’re roasting an exclusive micro lot of Colombia Pink Bourbon EF2 coffee grown by Sebastian Gómez at Finca La Divisa and processed by Cofinet. Only 25 boxes of the limited coffee are available. Exposed to a dry anaerobic fermentation process, the fruit-dried, light-roast coffee shows tasting notes of spice, brown sugar […]

Award-winning Ethiopia Kossa Kebena Coffee is Back!

December 21, 2023 (Published: January 21, 2022)

Now roasting: a new crop of our multi-award-winning Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee! This exceptional craft coffee won 2020 and 2017 Good Food Awards and has taken home several medals at Golden Bean North America, the world’s biggest coffee roasting competition. Kossa Kebena exemplifies our Focus on Good “Pouring a cup of coffee is about more […]

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop in West Chester Holds Grand Opening

October 16, 2022 (Published: January 13, 2022)

On Tuesday, January 18, Butler County coffee lovers can enjoy award-winning coffee drinks for just $1 at the grand opening of Crimson Cup Coffee Shop West Chester. “We are excited to bring our award-winning coffee and focus on good to the Cincinnati metro area,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “To thank the West Chester […]

Our Focus on Good Drives Growth in 2021

October 30, 2023 (Published: January 8, 2022)

“Pouring a cup of coffee is about more than just enjoying a delicious drink,” says Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. “It’s about focusing on the good the coffee can create.” This Focus on Good led Crimson Cup to an outstanding 2021. In our 30th anniversary year, we grew by sourcing exceptional coffees, serving […]

We Welcomed 20 New Independent Coffee Shops in 2021

November 29, 2022 (Published: January 3, 2022)

Twenty new independent coffee shops opened in 2021 through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program! “Kudos to the entrepreneurs who are now living the dream of owning independent coffee shops serving their local communities,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “We look forward to helping them build their businesses in the years […]

Brandon Bir is a 2021 Columbus Monthly Tastemaker

December 21, 2023 (Published: December 24, 2021)

Kudos to Brandon Bir! Columbus Monthly magazine named our Director of Sustainability to its 2021 Tastemakers class of the capital city’s rising culinary stars. The Tastemakers feature in the magazine’s December 2021 issue highlighted the contributions of 10 rising culinary stars to the Columbus food scene. “I feel honored to be part of such an […]

Loose Goose Coffee Company Opens in Terre Haute, Indiana

November 10, 2022 (Published: December 16, 2021)

Love of coffee and dogs inspired Owners Rachel and Richard Targett to open Loose Goose Coffee Company in Terre Haute, Indiana. Having worked as a barista and retail manager, Rachel wanted to open her own shop to gain control over quality and customer service. “I wanted barista to be my forever job,” she said. “I […]

Cattlemen’s Coffee House Opens in Franklinton, Louisiana

November 29, 2022 (Published: December 10, 2021)

We were excited to welcome Cattlemen’s Coffee House in Franklinton, Louisiana, on December 10, 2021! In developing their independent coffee shop at 1809 Main Street, Owners Schantell and Lane Russell sought to bring their local community together over terrific coffee. The shop also pays tribute to generations of cattlemen in Washington Parish. “Coffee makes people happy […]

Voted the Best Local Coffee Shops in Columbus, Ohio

March 29, 2023 (Published: December 9, 2021)

For the third year in a row, central Ohioans voted Crimson Cup the best local coffee shops in Columbus! “We’re thrilled that so many Columbus coffee enthusiasts showed their love for Crimson Cup,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Our coffee shops serve exceptional coffees that showcase the hard work of local coffee farmers.” 2021 […]

Welcome to Lazy Labrador Coffee House

December 19, 2023 (Published: December 7, 2021)

Lazy Labrador Coffee House opened November 19, 2021, in Kennesaw, Georgia, after the owners learned how to open a coffee shop in Georgia through our 7 Steps to Coffee Startup Success franchise alternative program. But the story of this independent coffee shop began 30 years ago, when owners Bob and Susan Milani met cute on the […]

Kahvi Coffee + Café in Eau Clair, Wisc. Celebrates First Anniversary

November 7, 2022 (Published: November 18, 2021)

Since its October 2020 opening, Kahvi Coffee House + Café has brewed a unique blend of coffee, Scandinavian mindfulness and Fika at 3830 Talmadge Road in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “Kahvi is Finnish for coffee,” said Co-owner and Manager April Becker. “It’s easy to be mindful while drinking a smooth cup of coffee!” New Anniversary, New […]

Crimson Cup West Chester Opens Inside Telhio’s Beckett Ridge Branch

October 16, 2022 (Published: November 15, 2021)

Crimson Cup is expanding into Southwest Ohio through a unique partnership with Telhio Credit Union. Crimson Cup Coffee Shop West Chester opened Monday, November 15 inside Telhio’s new Beckett Ridge Branch, 8249 Market Place Drive in West Chester, Ohio. Coffee, Community and Credit: A Winning Combination “We are excited to bring our award-winning coffee and […]

Greg Ubert Talks Coffee + Community on Driving the CBUS Podcast

December 21, 2023 (Published: November 3, 2021)

Heartland Bank CEO Scott McComb and co-host Kailyn Buckley recently interviewed our Founder and President Greg Ubert for their Driving the CBUS podcast. The team talked about Greg’s 30-year history in specialty coffee, his passion for entrepreneurship and his love of Columbus. They also touched on Crimson Cup’s focus on good and our drive to […]

For National Author’s Day, Greg Ubert Shares the 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success

September 14, 2023 (Published: November 1, 2021)

For National Authors Day on November 1, Founder and President Greg Ubert, shared the passion and commitment that led him to write Seven Steps to Success: a Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee. “I wrote this book because I found entrepreneurs needed a proven process for opening and running a coffeehouse in their local […]

Cup O’ Joy Coffee Barn Opens in Edgerton, Ohio

December 21, 2023 (Published: October 15, 2021)

With the opening of Cup O’ Joy Coffee Barn, Stephanie Walkup realized a dream that had been brewing in her heart for six years. “I was a nurse, then a stay-at-home mom with our four children,” Stephanie said. “Our youngest just entered kindergarten, opening up time for me to pursue my dream.” Although she loves […]

Brandon Bir Participates in Coffee Equity Panel

December 21, 2023 (Published: October 9, 2021)

On October 21, Director of Sustainability Brandon Bir will take part in a panel discussion presented by the Coffee Equity Lab at The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s innovation center. The panel will discuss “Information and Education Access as a Consumer-Side Change Agent,” at 12 p.m. CDT. Register at this link for the free online series. Other panelists include […]

Humble Texan Coffee Opens in Vernon, Texas

June 1, 2024 (Published: October 1, 2021)

“Don’t use Crimson Cup … if you want to fail!” said Doug Jeffrey, a serial entrepreneur, pilot and co-owner of the new Humble Texan Coffee in Vernon, Texas. He and wife Molly Jeffrey learned how to open a coffee shop in Texas through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program. Humble Texan Coffee […]

Welcome to George’s Coffee @121 in Melissa, Texas

May 10, 2022 (Published: September 25, 2021)

When Joff and Gail Bentley built a strip mall in Melissa, Texas, as an investment, they had no plans to open George’s Coffee @121. Joff works as an electrical engineer at Texas Instruments, and Gail as a radiologist, so they had no desire to quit their day jobs. Still, they wanted an anchor store to […]

Savor the Seasonal Vibes of our Fall Menu

September 23, 2021 (Published: September 23, 2021)

The seasonal drink menu at our Crimson Cup Coffee Houses captures the essence of fall in a cup, with a series of fleeting sensations available for a limited time. “The first day of fall is the perfect time to introduce our seasonal menu,” said Regional Coffee House Manager Amber Raffeld. “We invite coffee lovers in […]

In New Video, Greg Ubert Reveals Seven Steps to Coffee Shop Success

May 10, 2022 (Published: September 3, 2021)

Thinking about opening a coffee shop? Then get to know our Founder and President Greg Ubert. In a new video, the author of Seven Steps to Success: a Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee, reveals secrets from the book, which has become a roadmap to success for hundreds of coffee entrepreneurs. “I wrote this […]

Coffee Shop Consultant Steve Bayless Helps Open over 140 Coffee Businesses

September 14, 2023 (Published: August 29, 2021)

Dreaming about opening a coffee shop? Then consider calling in Steve Bayless and the rest of our 7 Steps to Success consulting team. “Starting a coffee business is equal parts exciting and terrifying,” Steve said. “Having us there to provide guidance and reassurance eases the minds of new owners and managers.” Proven Experience in Every […]

Third Coffee Jerks Location Opens in Yukon, Oklahoma

December 26, 2022 (Published: August 19, 2021)

A growing chain of local, independent coffee shops is bringing “good coffee without the fuss” to coffee lovers in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Yukon, Oklahoma. In November 2018, Partners Kenny Wooldridge and Preston Moon opened the first Coffee Jerks in Oklahoma City. They learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to […]

Calabria Coffee in New Hartford, New York Follows Our 7 Steps to Success

September 14, 2023 (Published: August 12, 2021)

The July 20 Grand Opening of Calabria Coffee in the heart of the Village of New Hartford, New York realized a six-year dream for Owners Bryce and Erika Lamberto. “After several years working in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, building our own coffee shop was a big passion project for us!” Erika said. A […]

Couple Opens Second Independent Coffee Shop in Millersport, Ohio

November 7, 2022 (Published: August 6, 2021)

You could say Jenn Koenig grew up in the coffee business. Her first coffee job was at Scioto Valley Coffee, her mother’s independent coffee house in Circleville, Ohio. Now, she and husband Tim Koenig own two independent coffee shops: Scioto Valley Coffee and the new Millersport Coffee in Millersport, Ohio. “We’ve been residents of Buckeye […]

We Welcome 10 New Coffee Shop Startups in the First Half of 2021

June 1, 2024 (Published: July 29, 2021)

We were excited to welcome 10 new independent coffee shop startups in the first half of 2021! “Kudos to these entrepreneurs who are now living their dream of owning independent coffee shops serving their local communities,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “We look forward to helping them build their businesses in the years to […]

Can Coffee Protect Against Covid-19 and Other Health Conditions?

July 26, 2021 (Published: July 26, 2021)

Can drinking coffee cut your risks of contracting COVID-19? That’s what a 2021 study published in the journal Nutrients suggests! Researchers at Northwestern University associated drinking two to three Cups of Joe each day with a 10 percent drop in rates of COVID-19 infection – similar to the impact of eating vegetables. “This is yet […]

Get Summer-Ready with Nonalcoholic Coffee and Tea Cocktails

July 22, 2021 (Published: July 22, 2021)

 We’re celebrating summer by sharing tips and recipes for nonalcoholic coffee and tea cocktails. “Nothing’s more satisfying on a hot, sunny day than a cooling, booze-free beverage,” said Sustainability Director Brandon Bir. “Enjoy these refreshing drinks on your patio, while out walking your dog, gathering with friends or even just driving around in your car. […]

OSU Student Team Coached by Brandon Bir Wins Sustainability Award

July 22, 2021 (Published: July 22, 2021)

A team of four students sponsored by Crimson Cup recently won the Fischer Pathways in Supply Chain Sustainability Competition at The Ohio State University. Made possible by a generous gift from the Central Ohio chapter of the Institute for Supply Management, 19 students on 6 teams worked on sustainability projects with six sponsor companies. Each […]

Welcome to Cornerstone Coffee House – Norris City

December 21, 2023 (Published: July 21, 2021)

Connecting friends, family, and community, one cup at a time – that’s the goal of Cornerstone Coffee House – Norris City. The independent coffee house opened July 15 in Norris City, Illinois after learning how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success franchise alternative program. “We’re excited to welcome […]

Cold Creek Coffee Company Opens in Castalia, Ohio

October 15, 2022 (Published: July 13, 2021)

With the July 1 opening of their Cold Creek Coffee Company in Castalia, Ohio, Owners Shannon and Brad Wilson have created a place for friends and neighbors to gather. “We wanted to host a spot where folks could communicate over coffee,” said Brad Wilson. “There’s really no other place in town for that.” Learning to […]

Welcome to The Branch Gathering Place + Coffee House

December 21, 2023 (Published: July 6, 2021)

Changing lives in the community … one cup and one heart at a time. That’s the mission of The Branch Gathering Place + Coffee House in Greensburg, Indiana which opened June 25 in the heart of downtown Greensburg. “The Branch is a place to come together, connect with others, and share friendships,” said Alex Sefton, […]

Introducing Crimson Cup Triple Ripple Nonalcoholic Coffee Stout

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 25, 2021)

We’ve partnered with BrewDog to launch a tasty new brew: Crimson Cup Triple Ripple nonalcoholic coffee stout! Triple Ripple debuts in the June box of BrewDog & Friends, the world’s most sustainable nonalcoholic beer club. “We’re excited to partner with BrewDog in this first-of-its-kind beer club, which delivers delicious nonalcoholic beers with a low carbon […]

The Ripple Effect: How We Impact Communities Around the Globe

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 23, 2021)

How can a coffee roaster centered in a city of less than a million people impact lives from the Americas to Africa? We call it The Ripple Effect. For over 30 years, Crimson Cup has set our stamp on the specialty coffee industry through a culture of responsibility, sustainability and innovation. We calculate every action […]

“This is Crimson Cup” Video Explores Our Focus on Good

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 20, 2021)

In our new video, “This Is Crimson Cup,” we explore what what it means to Focus on Good in relationships with coffee farmers, independent coffee shop customers and coffee consumers. “Our emphasis starts with an exceptional cup of coffee from bean to brew, but it’s so much more,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “By […]

Podcast: Greg Ubert Talks 30 Years of Coffee+Community with Business First

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 16, 2021)

It’s been over 30 years since a recent Harvard graduate named Greg Ubert fell in love with specialty coffee. In May 1991, the lure of emerging cafe culture inspired Greg to leave a promising career in computer software. Instead, he struck out as a solo coffee roaster, with a tiny roasting machine in a one-room […]

Brandon Bir Named East Regional Coordinator for the SCA USA Chapter Committee

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 11, 2021)

Kudos to Director of Sustainability Brandon Bir! He’s a new East Regional Coordinator for the Specialty Coffee Association USA Chapter Committee. Elected to a two-year term, Brandon is one of 12 new members of the 20-member committee. “Brandon is one of the most highly qualified coffee professionals in the country,” said Founder and President Greg […]

Visit Hope House at Crimson Coffeehouse

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 10, 2021)

Drink coffee, do good at Crimson coffeehouse. With your next cup of coffee, you could help give Honduran coffee workers new homes, clean drinking water, better education and stronger communities. Just visit Crimson at 4066 Worth Avenue in Easton Town Center’s newest district. Through June 30, Crimson coffeehouse will donate $1 of your purchase toward […]

New Video: The Journey of Coffee from Cherry to Cup

December 21, 2023 (Published: June 6, 2021)

As Director of Sustainability for Crimson Cup, Brandon Bir is amazed by the number of people who work to produce each cup of coffee. A licensed Assistant Q Instructor, Brandon has collaborated with farmers and processors in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. He travels as many as 100,000 miles each year to forge […]

5 More Years of Success for The Coffee Attic & Book Cellar

November 6, 2022 (Published: May 28, 2021)

Since purchasing The Coffee Attic & Book Cellar in May 2016, Owners Kat and Pat Bissell have perfected a unique blend of coffee and culture in downtown Iowa Falls, Iowa. “We provide a cultural hub in which people can come to socialize, appreciate local art, have a bite to eat, enjoy a great cup of […]

New Video: The 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success

November 10, 2022 (Published: May 14, 2021)

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we put together a new video! “The 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success” offers a quick and easy introduction to the tools and benefits of our 7 Steps to Success program:      “With 30-plus years of specialty coffee experience and award-winning coffee to open a coffee shop, we support […]

Sweet Aroma Coffeehouse & Bakery Brings Our Award-winning Specialty Coffee to Colchester, CT

May 10, 2022 (Published: May 13, 2021)

At Sweet Aroma Coffeehouse & Bakery, Owners Kim and Mark Sementa are bringing friends and neighbors in Colchester, Connecticut, together with terrific espresso-based coffee drinks and fantastic homemade baked goods. “Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the need for a family-friendly gathering place for our community,” Kim said. “We wanted to share our love […]

Bringing Back the 90s with Our 30th Anniversary Brew Bar Menu

May 6, 2021 (Published: May 6, 2021)

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re bringing back the 90s in a big way! In May, our Crimson Cup Coffee Houses are featuring a limited edition 1991 Blend Coffee and four retro coffee drinks. “Combining our coffee experience with pop culture favorites from our first decade, our new menu is Da Bomb!” said Founder and […]

Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary with a New 1991 Blend, Coffee Shop Specials and Giveaways

May 1, 2021 (Published: May 1, 2021)

In May 1991, The Fresh Prince was fresh, R.E.M.’s “Shiny, Happy People” ruled the airwaves, the Internet went commercial, and Greg Ubert roasted his first coffee beans. For May 2021, our Founder and President kicked off 30thth anniversary celebrations by introducing a new, limited-edition coffee: 1991 Blend. He also teased a series of nostalgic brew […]

7 Questions to Ask a Coffee Business Consultant

December 21, 2023 (Published: April 15, 2021)

Whether you want to learn how to open a coffee shop or are trying to grow an established coffee business, you’re smart to explore ways for your cafe to reach its full potential. A great option is to seek a coffee business consultant. An experienced coffee professional can help make your shop more profitable – […]

Bradley’s Gourmet Coffees and More in Whitley City, Kentucky Celebrates 7 Years of Success

November 10, 2022 (Published: March 30, 2021)

For seven years, Bradley’s Gourmet Coffees and More has brought members of the local Whitley City, Kentucky community together for terrific coffee, conversation and sweet treats. “Our motto from the beginning has been, ‘Building our community, one cup at a time,’” said Owner Nina Bradley. “Our customers have learned – as we have – what […]

The Coffee Potter in Long Valley, New Jersey Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with New Coffee Subscription Benefiting Local Charities

September 9, 2022 (Published: March 26, 2021)

For the past four years, The Coffee Potter has served as a sanctuary for people in Long Valley, New Jersey to enjoy terrific coffee, food and the company of their neighbors. That was the goal of Owners Geralyn and David Hickey when they opened their new coffee house on March 16, 2017. The couple learned […]

Top 5 Reasons to Open an Independent Coffee Shop in 2021

May 10, 2022 (Published: March 25, 2021)

Dreaming of opening a coffee shop? This could be the year to make your dream come true! The 2020 global pandemic created many obstacles for small business owners. Yet, against all odds, Crimson Cup helped 19 new independent coffee shops in eight states open their doors in 2020.   Based on our reading of several […]

Congratulations to our 2020 Class of Independent Coffee Shops

March 29, 2023 (Published: March 8, 2021)

Is there anything more exciting than starting a new coffee shop? We don’t think so – and neither do the owners of our 2020 class of independent coffee shops. These entrepreneurs beat heavy odds to open successful new ventures in 2020. Kudos to them for refusing to let the pandemic stop them from opening their […]

Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery in Sandwich, Illinois Adds Our Award-winning Specialty Coffee

November 29, 2022 (Published: March 3, 2021)

At Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery, owner Angie Davis aims to serve the best donuts, cakes, muffins, cookies and other baked goods in Sandwich, Illinois. And now, the best coffee. “I always wanted to do a coffee shop like Central Perk from Friends that would bring our local community together over coffee,” she said. “There’s nothing […]

Our Natural Gesha is a 2021 Good Food Award Finalist

February 23, 2021 (Published: February 23, 2021)

For those who haven’t heard, we’ve got exciting beans to spill. Our Natural Gesha craft coffee was named a finalist in the 2021 Good Food Awards! One of the top honors in the food industry, the Good Food Awards recognize the country’s best-tasting and most responsibly sourced coffees. “It was an incredible honor to once […]

Award-winning Crimson Cup Coffee Now Available 24/7 on Amazon

December 21, 2023 (Published: February 17, 2021)

Our award-winning specialty coffee is now available on Amazon for order 24/7 – with free shipping for home or office delivery. Founder and President Greg Ubert said a strong demand for home coffee delivery presented an opportunity to amplify the impact of our farmer relationships. “We believe coffee connects us to a brighter and more […]

Crimson Named One of 20 New Central U.S. Coffee Shops for 2021 by Roast Daily Coffee News

December 21, 2023 (Published: January 14, 2021)

Roast Daily Coffee News named our new retail flagship, Crimson, one of 20 New Coffee Shops in the Central U.S.

How to Wow! Your Business Banker

December 27, 2022 (Published: October 17, 2013)

As an entrepreneur, cultivating a relationship with a business banker is essential to your long-term success. Bank loans are often a key component of opening or expanding your coffee business. Bankers can also become trusted advisors and connect you to other members of the community who can help your business grow. So how do you […]

How to Optimize Your Coffee Shop’s Summer Labor Budget

June 20, 2024 (Published: June 19, 2024)

Attention coffee shop owners and managers: This month, optimize your summer labor budget for customer traffic and staffing fluctuations! Some coffee shops observe a noticeable downturn in customer traffic, while others notice a significant uptick in visitors. Regardless of your situation, optimizing labor costs to ensure profitability while maintaining the service quality that keeps customers […]