How to Open a Coffee Shop in Alaska

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Are you an aspiring coffee entrepreneur seeking the best advice on how to open a coffee shop in Alaska? If so, you’ve landed on the right page! You don’t have to go through the startup process alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees. Instead, learn how to open and run a successful coffee business in Alaska through Crimson Cup’s proven 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup process. Why listen to our advice? Our coffee shop startup consultants have helped over 300 other entrepreneurs start coffee shops in 30 states – and many are still thriving five, 10 or 20 years later! Started as a small business by Founder and President Greg Ubert in 1991, our award-winning roaster combines three decades of specialty coffee expertise with over two decades of coffee shop startup expertise. As proud winners of Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster Of The Year Award and multiple Good Food Awards, we are ready to help fuel your success today! Using the 7 Steps process, our consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Alaska community. As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup also can help you find a terrific coffee shop location, lay out your shop, hire and train staff, market your shop, and more. You’ll also gain access to award-winning coffee and coffee shop products that will keep your customers coming back! Keep reading to learn more or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

Alaska is a Terrific Place to Open a Coffee Shop!

small businesses in alaskaDo you love coffee? Do you love the great outdoors? If you answered yes to both questions, then Alaska might be the perfect state for you to open a coffee shop. Alaska is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and with so many tourists visiting the state each year, there’s a steady stream of customers looking for a great cup of coffee. And, with just 13 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Alaska, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community. Alaska ranks second in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 2,701 Alaska residents for every coffee shop in The Last Frontier. Over percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day. So it’s safe to say there’s room for more coffee shops in Alaska to serve both residents and the millions of annual visitors from other states and countries. And, according to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers are flocking to espresso-based beverages brewed from high-quality beans. Consumption of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas has increased by a staggering 50 percent since 2015, driven in part by strong popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

Small Alaska Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

With many parts of Alaska underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside the largest cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. Many cities and towns in Alaska lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee. Does your Alaska community need an independent coffee shop? With careful planning and execution, opening a coffee shop in Alaska can be an incredibly rewarding experience – both professionally and personally. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Alaskan coffee adventure today!

Alaska is open for Small Business

small businesses in AlaskaDid you know Alaska is one of the most business-friendly states in the country? Whether you’re looking to start a small business or you’re already running a successful enterprise, Alaska has a lot to offer entrepreneurs. From tax breaks to regulations that favor businesses, there are plenty of reasons why Alaska should be on your radar. With the lowest tax burden and the fourth-fastest rate of startup growth in the U.S., Alaska is a great place to open a coffee shop! Home to over 73,000 small businesses accounting for more than half of all jobs, Alaska focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs can prosper. You can find a wealth of resources covering business formation and operation on the State of Alaska official business portal. This website assists small and medium-sized Alaska businesses with:
  • Starting a business
  • Taxes
  • Workforce
  • Choosing a legal business structure. Many coffee shops operate as sole proprietorships or limited liability corporations (LLCs).
  • Getting a business license and various other licenses and permits, including local health department licenses for food establishments.
The Alaska Small Business Development Center also assists entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business. Experienced business professionals offer management advice, financial analysis, marketing support, and more. Besides these resources, there are several other organizations in Alaska that help small businesses. For example, The Small Business Assistance Center provides direction for entrepreneurs, startups, and existing businesses.

Get a Head Start with Our Coffee Shop Startup Consultants

Training a barista As a coffee roaster and coffee business consultant, Crimson Cup believes our company only succeeds when our customers do. As a result, we support coffee shop owners at every step, from concept through opening day and beyond. A one-stop shop for independent coffee shops, Crimson Cup supplies award-winning coffee and industry-leading coffee shop equipment and supplies. Based on the book, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee by Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert, our program helps business owners run profitable coffee shops:
  • Writing a sound business plan
  • Choosing a terrific location
  • Calculating startup and operating costs
  • Designing an efficient shop layout
  • Choosing an espresso machine and other coffee shop equipment
  • Training your baristas
  • Marketing your shop to attract customers
  • And much more.
Backed by over 30 years of specialty coffee know-how, our 7 Steps to Success program has taught hundreds of entrepreneurs in 30 states how to open and run successful independent coffee shops. We love small businesses. We believe that small businesses build communities in ways that big businesses can’t. And that being part of a community can be the most rewarding part of owning a business. To learn more about how members of our community became successful in their communities, check out our testimonials.

Ready to Start Your Alaska Coffee Shop Journey?

7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup guide Begin by reading the book that put hundreds of other coffee shop owners across the USA on the road to success! Backed by a risk-free guarantee, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee lays out a map for opening and running a thriving coffee shop serving your local communit Inside the book, you’ll find a proven template for creating a solid coffee shop business plan, plus guidance on everything you need to get up and running.

Questions About Opening a Coffee Shop in Alaska?

We can help. Call 888-800-9224 to connect with our coffee shop startup consultants during regular business hours (Eastern time). Nights and weekends, you’re welcome to fill out this form and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

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