How to Open a Coffee Shop in Colorado

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If you’re interested in starting a coffee shop in Colorado, you’ve come to the right place! The hospitality industry in Colorado is booming, and opening a coffee shop can be a great way to capitalize on this trend.

Launching a successful coffee shop requires careful planning and execution. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone or pay high fees for franchise or coffee school assistance. Instead, you can learn how to open and run a successful coffee shop in Colorado through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? Since we started roasting coffee in 1991, we’ve become one of the country’s top coffee roasters and coffee business consultants. We’ve won major awards, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year and multiple Good Food Awards.

Our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs across the U.S. – most with little or no coffee shop experience – open over 300 coffee shops in 30 states.

We also operate a growing number of our own Crimson Cup Coffee Shops. When it launched in 2020, Roast magazine recognized our CRIMSON retail flagship store as one of the best new coffee shops in the Midwest.

Using the 7 Steps process, our experienced consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs for your Colorado 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 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!

Colorado is a Terrific Place to Open a Coffee Shop!

small businesses in Telluride, ColoradoIf you’re considering opening a coffee shop, Colorado has much to offer, including a thriving economy, a growing population, natural beauty and a passion for quality coffee.

And, with just 29 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Colorado, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

Colorado ranks 14th overall in coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 4,471 Colorado residents for every coffee shop in The Centennial State. That leaves a lot of Coloradans without a local coffee shop! And it suggests an opportunity for more coffee shops to cater to residents and the millions of tourists visiting the state yearly. 

According to a study by the National Coffee Association, 63 percent of Americans drink coffee daily. The study also noted that people are increasingly interested in espresso-based drinks made with high-quality beans. Sales of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas have risen by 50 percent since 2015, driven partly by their popularity among people aged 25 to 39.

Small Colorado Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

Historic storefronts in Aspen, Colorado.Many cities and towns in Colorado’s 64 counties lack a place where locals can meet over coffee. Since the larger coffee chains have more locations in big cities like Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Denver, you might want to consider starting a coffee shop in a smaller community.

Opening an independent coffee shop can be a terrific addition to any Colorado community. These local businesses offer a welcoming atmosphere for people to gather, unwind and enjoy their favorite coffee or espresso beverages together. They help foster stronger communities, generate revenue for the local economy and create employment opportunities. 

Sound interesting? Keep reading to learn more about starting a coffee shop in your area.

Colorado is open for Small Business

Small businesses line a Colorado streetOne of the most important factors to consider when choosing a location for your business is the strength of the local economy. After all, a thriving economy means more people with disposable income looking for places to spend it.

That’s exactly what you’ll find in Colorado. With the second-strongest economic climate in the U.S., Colorado is a promising place to open a coffee shop!

Home to over 650,000 small businesses accounting for nearly half of all jobs, Colorado 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 Colorado government website. This website assists small and medium-sized Colorado 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 Colorado 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 Colorado 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 Colorado?

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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