How to Open a Coffee Shop in Arizona

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If you want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Arizona, you’ve landed on the right page! You don’t have to go through the coffee shop startup process alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees. Instead, learn how to open and run a successful coffee shop in Arizona through our proven 7 Steps to Success consulting program. 

Why listen to our advice? Since we started roasting coffee in 1991, we’ve risen to the forefront of the coffee industry. Our attentive roasting, startup support and global partnerships are consciously designed for the greater good of communities worldwide.

Among other national recognitions, our company has earned 2024, 2020 and 2017 Good Food Awards, the 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster and Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

Our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs across the U.S. – most with little or no experience – open over 300 coffee shops in 30 states. Using the 7 Steps process, our consultants can help you create a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Arizona community.

As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup can also help you find a terrific location, lay out your shop, hire and train staff, market your shop, and more. You’ll also gain access to award-winning coffee and quality coffee shop products that will satisfy customers and keep them coming back!

Keep reading to learn more or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

Arizona is a Great Place to Open a Coffee Shop!

small businesses on arizona main streetArizona is a terrific place if you’re considering starting a coffee shop. Not only is the weather perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee year-round, but there’s also a growing appetite for specialty coffee drinks in the state. Arizona’s coffee shops have increased by 15 percent over the past five years.

According to a study by Zoma Sleep, Arizona ranks 31st in coffee shops per capita overall. The study counted 6,398 Arizona residents for every coffee shop in The Grand Canyon State.

Yet, with just 16 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, Arizona still offers plenty of opportunity for you to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your community.

Did you know that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups daily? It’s safe to say there’s room for more coffee shops in Arizona to serve residents and the millions of annual visitors from other states and countries.

According to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers are flocking to espresso-based beverages brewed from high-quality beans. Sales of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas have increased by 50 percent since 2015, driven partly by strong popularity among 25-—to 39-year-olds.

Arizona Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

small businesses in ArizonaWhether you’re looking at a large population center, a wealthy suburb or a small town, there’s no shortage of great places to open a coffee shop in Arizona.

Yet, with many parts of Arizona underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside of the largest cities such as Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson.

Many cities and towns in Arizona’s 15 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over coffee.

If you live in a smaller community, you might not have realized the importance of having a local coffee shop. Not only do coffee shops provide a great place to gather and socialize, but they also contribute to the local economy and can be a tremendous asset to businesses in the area. When you buy from a locally owned business, more of your money stays in the community. That’s good news for everyone!

Buying from local businesses supports local entrepreneurs, creates jobs, and generates tax revenue that can improve your community.

Does your Arizona community need an independent coffee shop? Keep reading to learn how to start a coffee shop in the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona is Open for Small Business!

small businesses on an Arizona main streetForbes rated Arizona as one of the top five states for the best economic growth prospects, making it a great place to open a coffee shop!

The state’s tax climate is relatively low, and plenty of resources are available to help small businesses get started and grow.

Arizona has worked to streamline the business formation process so entrepreneurs can start strong. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all businesses in the state of Arizona.

The state government focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs can prosper. The State of Arizona government website provides a wealth of resources covering business formation and operation. This website assists small and medium-sized Arizona 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 Arizona 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.

Get a Head Start with Our Coffee Shop Startup Consultants

Training a barista As a coffee roaster and business consultant, Crimson Cup believes our company only succeeds when our customers do. We support coffee shop owners at every step, from concept to opening day to many succeeding anniversaries.

Crimson Cup is a one-stop shop for independent coffee shops, supplying 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 covers everything business owners need to 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 over 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 independent business ownership. To learn more about how members of our community became successful in their communities, check out our testimonials.

Ready to Start Your Arizona 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 community. 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 Arizona?

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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