How to Open a Coffee Shop in Kansas

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Are you interested in learning how to open a coffee shop in Kansas but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help!
You don’t have to navigate the startup process alone or spend a lot of money on franchise or coffee school fees. Our proven 7 Steps to Success consulting program can guide you through the process of opening and running a profitable coffee business in Kansas.

Why trust our advice? Our team has over 30 years of experience in coffee roasting, café management, coffee business consulting and entrepreneurship. We have won major awards, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Plus, our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped over 300 entrepreneurs across the U.S. successfully open and grow their coffee businesses, even if they had no prior experience in the coffee industry. 

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 Kansas community. As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup can help you find a terrific coffee shop location, lay out your shop, hire and train staff, market your business and more. You’ll also gain access to award-winning coffee and coffee shop products that will win new customers and keep them coming back!

Ready to take the next step toward achieving your dream of opening a coffee shop? Keep reading to learn more. Or, call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

Kansas is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Wichita Kansas landscapeAre you considering opening up a coffee shop in Kansas? There’s a lot to love about the state, from its friendly people and amazing landscapes to its supportive entrepreneurial culture. And, with just seven major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, Kansas offers plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

Kansas ranks 29th in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 6,221 Kansas residents for every coffee shop in the Sunflower State. That leaves a lot of Kansans without a local coffee shop, especially in the smaller cities and towns.

About 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 Kansas.

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 have increased by a staggering 50 percent since 2015, driven in part by strong popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.  

Small Kansas Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

small businesses in KansasConsidering that many parts of Kansas lack big coffee shop chains, you might consider setting up shop outside the main cities of Wichita, Overland Park, Olathe, Topeka, and Kansas City. In fact, many cities and towns in Kansas‘ 105 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee.

Coffee shops are more than just a place to grab a caffeine fix. They’re also important community gathering spots where people can socialize, work, and unwind.

A coffee shop can create jobs and bring in more foot traffic to the area, which can support other local businesses. It can also serve as a cultural hub for your community by hosting events.

So ask yourself if your community needs an independent coffee shop!

Kansas is Open for Small Business

Kansas city skylineWith the ninth-lowest cost of living in the U.S. and a strong entrepreneurial culture, Kansas is a great place to open a coffee shop!

Over 250,000 small businesses call The Sunflower State home. They make up 99 percent of the state’s businesses. And the state government of Kansas offers a wide range of resources to help entrepreneurs start new ones.

The state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce, strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to grow and prosper. You can find a wealth of resources on opening and growing a business on the Kansas Business One Stop website. This site assists small and medium-sized Kansas businesses with:

  • Starting a business
  • Sales tax and other 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 Kansas 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 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 Kansas 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 Kansas?

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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