How to Open a Coffee Shop in Florida

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If you want to learn how to open a coffee shop in the state of Florida, you’ve come to the right place!

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 Florida through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? We have decades of coffee industry experience since our founder started roasting coffee in 1991. Over three decades, we’ve won major awards, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

Plus, our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs across the USA – most with little or no coffee shop experience – open more than 300 coffee shops in 30 states.

We’ve also helped entrepreneurs open their own coffee shops in Middleburg, Pensacola and Tampa, Florida.

Using the 7 Steps process and our consultants, we can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and provide insight into coffee shop startup costs in your Florida 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!

Florida is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

With just 17 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Florida, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

Florida ranks 32nd in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 6,248 Florida residents for every coffee shop in The Sunshine State.

Considering that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day, it’s safe to say there’s room for more coffee shops in Florida 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 Florida Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

With many parts of Florida underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside the largest cities of Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Tallahassee.

Many cities and towns in Florida‘s 67 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee. Does your Florida community need an independent coffee shop? Would you like to be the result that comes up when people in your part of Florida search for “coffee near me?” Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in Florida.

Florida is open for Small Business

Florida small businessesWith one of the lowest personal income tax rates in the USA and the second-lowest overall tax burden among all states, Florida is a great place to open a coffee shop!

Home to more than 3.4 million small businesses accounting for over 42% of all jobs in the state, Florida and its government focus 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 Florida government website. This website assists small and medium-sized Florida 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 Florida 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

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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 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.

Florida Coffee Shop Owners Grow with the 7 Steps to Success

Our coffee shop customers in Florida say they saved time and money and grew their coffee business faster by following our 7 Steps to Success. But don’t take our word for it. Hear how we’ve helped Florida customers grow and even sell their coffee shops.

Sips Coffee Bar, North Tampa, Florida – Founded in 2012

Sips Coffee Bar Drive-thruOriginal owners Caryn and Ken Reed opened Sips Specialty Coffee House at 6118 Gunn Highway in North Tampa, Florida, in August 2012.

As the couple told The Tampa Bay Times at the time, they were eager to escape the corporate grind.

“‘We decided we were sick and tired of corporations ruling our lives,” said Caryn.

They moved from Bay City, Michigan, to Tarpon Springs after Ken was laid off from a sales job where he had spent more than 20 years.

A former client owned his own coffee shop, and the couple thought it sounded like just the change of pace they needed.

“My youngest son used to play his guitar in coffeehouses in Michigan, and we’d go and listen,” said Caryn, who also worked in sales and had struggled her last few years.

Creating a Cozy Place for Customers to Regroup

That cozy feeling was what they wanted in their own place.

“We wanted a place where people could come, regroup, maybe network. Recharge their batteries and get back out there,” she said.

After searching for the right location and almost scrapping the idea, they finally found the place at Citrus Court at 6118 Gunn Highway, which was ideal because they could put in a drive-through window.

The couple in their mid-50s gambled their retirement fund on the ideal of homespun customer service.

“I want this to be very personal,” said Caryn. “It’s about the people … and so far we’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of the community.”

Terrific Coffee Draws Repeat Customers

With support from Crimson Cup customer growth specialists, The Reeds wooed repeat customers with terrific coffee and a unique space.

As Caryn told Tampa Tribune writer Kenneth Hall, the couple believes Crimson Cup played a central role in their success.

“It is the best coffee I’ve ever had,” Caryn Reed says. “When I first tasted it, I certainly didn’t know we’d be selling it one day. It’s a medium roast coffee, very smooth and not acidic. It’s really different from everything else I’ve had in Tampa.”

New Decade Brings New Owners

Jeremy and Jessica Buxton, Sips Coffee BarAfter a decade of owning Sips Specialty Coffee House, the Reeds sold their business to another Crimson Cup customer.

The new owners, Jeremy and Jessica Buxton, also own and operate a growing independent chain of coffee bars in Oklahoma and Texas.

They renamed the business Sips Coffee Bar to match their other coffee shops.

The Air Force Veteran family (thanks to Jeremy’s service for the last 17 years) aims to provide a big city experience with small-town values. 

They initially learned about Crimson Cup through a family member, who referred them to longtime customer Jerry Bevel of Cpl. Ray’s Coffee in Texas, who has opened three coffee shops in Midland, Odessa and Andrews, Texas.

After talking to Jerry, the Buxtons decided Crimson Cup was the right roasting and training partner to launch their first coffee shop in 2017.

With Crimson Cup’s support since then, they have opened several new coffee bars, with more on the way – including potential Florida locations.

Ready to Start Your Florida 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 Florida?

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.