How to Open a Coffee Shop in Delaware

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Looking for guidance on how to open a coffee shop in Delaware? 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 shop through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process. Why listen to our advice? Our team brings over 30 years of coffee sourcing, roasting, café management and business consulting expertise. We’ve won major awards, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Our coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs like you open more than 300 coffee shops in 30 states. And we’re dedicated to helping your business thrive. Our consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Delaware community. As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup can help you find a terrific location, design 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! Please keep reading to learn more, or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our startup consulting team!

Delaware is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Riverwalk in Wilmington, Delaware at night.With its bustling economy, vibrant business scene and diverse culture, Delaware is a delightful place to launch your dream java joint. With just 13 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Delaware, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful coffeehouse in your local community. Delaware ranks 23rd in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 5,862 Delaware residents for every coffee shop in The First State, leaving a lot of Delawareans without a convenient place to gather over a Cup of Joe. Over 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day. So it’s safe to say there’s room for more coffee shops in Delaware. And according to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers are flocking to espressos, lattes, mochas and other beverages brewed from high-quality coffee beans. Consumption of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas has increased by 50 percent since 2015, driven by solid popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.



Small Delaware Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

View of downtown Lewes Delaware.Many parts of Delaware are underserved by major coffee chains. So you might consider starting a coffee shop outside the largest cities of Dover, Newark and Wilmington. Does your Delaware community need an independent coffee shop? Many cities and towns in Delaware lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a Cup of Joe. Consider that coffee shops are more than just places to get a caffeine fix. A coffeehouse provides a place for people to connect through casual conversation and organized events. When a coffee shop opens in a small town, it also can create jobs and bring in additional foot traffic to the area. This can help to support other local businesses and even bring new ones to the community.




Delaware is Open for Small Business

Small businesses in Bethany Beach, DelawareWith the second-lowest business costs in the U.S., Delaware offers many advantages for aspiring entrepreneurs! A New Jersey Business and Industry Association report found Delaware had the most competitive business climate in a seven-state region stretching from Maryland to Massachusetts. In Delaware, small business is big business.

The state’s 84,000 small businesses account for nearly half of all jobs. It’s no wonder Delaware focuses on creating a business environment where entrepreneurs can prosper! The Delaware Division of Small Business helps businesses start and grow. It can connect you to more than 300 programs offering support for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Through this site, you can get help with the following:


  • Starting a business
  • Handling taxes
  • Building your 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.

At the Delaware Small Business Development Center, experienced business professionals offer management advice, financial analysis, marketing support, and more to help you start and grow your business.

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. 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 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.

Ready to Start Your Delaware 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 Delaware?

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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