How to Open a Coffee Shop in Idaho

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If you want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Idaho, you’re in 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 Idaho through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process. Why listen to our advice? Since our founder started roasting coffee in 1991, we’ve risen to the forefront of the coffee industry. Our attentive roasting, startup support and global partnerships contribute to the greater good of communities around the world. Among other honors, we’ve earned 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. Plus, 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. Using the 7 Steps process, our consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Idaho community. As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup also can 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!

Idaho is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Idaho cityWith its strong and diverse economy, low cost of living and picturesque landscape, Idaho is a promising location for your coffee shop. Whether you want to open a cozy cafe in town or a hip hangout in the countryside, chances are that you’ll find an ideal spot here.

And, with its diverse landscape and wide range of recreational activities, Idaho attracts a steady flow of customers looking for unique experiences that your local coffee shop can provide.

With just 15 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Idaho, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community. Idaho ranks 16th in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 4,941 Idaho residents for every coffee shop in The Gem 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 Idaho 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 Idaho Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

small businesses line street in Iowa townIt’s no secret that independent coffee shops are on the rise in small towns across Iowa. From rural towns to urban centers, these independently owned shops are a popular option for those looking to enjoy a cup of Joe away from the corporate chains. With many parts of Idaho underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside the largest cities of Boise, Meridian, and Nampa. Many cities and towns in Idaho’s in 44 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee. Cafés often act as a “third place” — a spot removed from work or home where people can gather and socialize with one another over a cup of hot java or tea. If you live in a smaller community, you might not have realized how important it is to have 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. Does your Idaho community need an independent coffee shop? Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in your city or town.

Idaho is Open for Small Business

small businesses in Idaho townRated first in the U.S. for new entrepreneurs and second for economic growth prospects, Idaho is a great place to open a coffee shop! Home to over 176,000 small businesses accounting for more than half of all jobs, the State of Idaho focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs can prosper. The mission of the Idaho Department of Commerce is to help create jobs, attract capital investments, expand exports, and enhance the quality of life in the Gem State. The agency provides support and resources for small businesses, including grants and loans, research tools, workforce development training programs and more. To register your coffee shop business or get help with licensing, visit This site includes information from agencies that license, regulate or tax small businesses in Idaho. Some topics covered include:

  • Starting a business in Idaho
  • 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 Idaho 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. 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 you need to run a profitable coffee shop:

  • 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 program has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 30 states open and run successful independent coffee shops. We love small businesses. We believe 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 Idaho 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.




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