How to Open a Coffee Shop in Hawaii

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Are you an aspiring coffee entrepreneur seeking the best advice on how to open a coffee shop in Hawaii? If so, 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 Hawaii through our proven 7 Steps to  Success consulting program.

Why listen to our advice? Our 7 Steps coffee consultants have helped over 300 other entrepreneurs start coffee shops in 30 states. Many of these shops are still thriving five, 10 or 20 years later, and some entrepreneurs have opened several coffee shops.

Started as a small business in 1991, our award-winning coffee company combines three decades of specialty coffee expertise with over two decades of coffee shop startup experience. 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 experienced coffee business consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Hawaii 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!

Hawaii is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

a coffee plantation by the sea in HawaiiAre you dreaming of opening your own coffee shop in beautiful Hawaii? The Hawaiian Islands are a popular tourist destination, and a coffee shop can be a profitable and fulfilling business venture.

Hawaii is one of only two U.S. states that grow coffee commercially. Coffee trees were first introduced to The Aloha State in 1813, when missionaries brought coffee seedlings from Brazil. Over time, coffee became an important crop for the islands and helped shape Aloha State’s culture.

Today, Hawaiian coffee is some of the most sought-after in the world. From Kona to Ka’u to Waialua Estate, coffee lovers come to Hawaii for their favorite beans and blends. As a result, your coffee shop will have plenty of customers who appreciate high-quality brews!

Hawaii has 49 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community. According to a study by Zoma Sleep, Hawaii ranks first in coffee shops per capita. The study counted 2,559 Hawaii residents for every coffee shop in The Aloha State and found that Honolulu ranks third in the nation in coffee consumption.

Did you know that 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 Hawaii 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 has increased by 50 percent since 2015, driven partly by strong popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

Small Hawaii Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

Major coffee chains underserve parts of Hawaii. So, you might consider starting a coffee shop outside of Honolulu. Quite a few cities and towns in Hawaii ‘s five counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee.

women laughing in local Hawaii coffee shopDoes your Hawaii community need a local coffee shop? Independent coffee shops provide the perfect environment for people to come together, relax and enjoy their favorite Cup of Joe or espresso drink.

These social interactions can help build stronger communities. A local independent coffee shop also helps bring money into the local economy and creates jobs. This is especially important in rural areas with fewer employment options.

An independent coffee shop would be an incredible addition to any Hawaii community! Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in your town.

Hawaii is Open for Small Business

small businesses in hawaiiHawaii’s economy, favorable climate, and easy access to startup capital make it an excellent place for opening a coffee shop. The state’s 4.1 million small businesses account for nearly half of all jobs in the state.

From tax breaks and small business grants to resources for entrepreneurs, the State of Hawaii offers a wide range of support for small business owners.

You can access helpful resources for small and medium-sized Hawaii businesses on the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs website, which assists 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 Hawaii 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 baristaAs a coffee roaster and business consultant, Crimson Cup firmly believes that our company only thrives when our customers do. Therefore, we provide unwavering support to coffee shop owners at every stage of their journey, from the initial idea to the opening day and beyond. We have been assisting coffee shops for over 20 years, including those that have been in business for two decades or more.

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 7 Steps consulting 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii?

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