How to Open a Coffee Shop in Maryland

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Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Maryland? You’ve landed on the right page!

If you’re a coffee lover looking to start your own business, you don’t have to do it alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees.

Instead, learn how to open and run a successful coffee shop in Maryland 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 U.S. open more than 300 coffee shops in 30 states.

Using the 7 Steps process, our consultants can help you develop a successful coffee shop business plan and get a handle on coffee shop startup costs in your Maryland 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!

Maryland is a Terrific Place to Open a Coffee Shop!

If you’re considering opening a coffee shop, you should definitely give Maryland a look! The state has a lot to offer entrepreneurs in the coffee business, with locations from vibrant city centers to beautiful suburban neighborhoods. And of course, there’s no shortage of caffeine-loving customers!

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

Maryland ranks 26th in coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 6,172 Maryland residents for every coffee shop in the Old Line State. That leaves a lot of Marylanders without a local coffee shop.

Considering that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day, it’s safe to say there’s room for many more coffee shops in Maryland to serve both residents and the millions of annual visitors.

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 Maryland Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

With many parts of Maryland underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside of the biggest cities and counties such as Baltimore and Prince George’s county.

Many cities and towns in Maryland’s 23 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee. Does your city or town need an independent coffee shop?

Maryland is Open for Small Business!

small businesses in MarylandIf you’re thinking of starting a coffee shop in the Old Line State, we have some good news: Maryland is open for small business!

From its convenient location on the East Coast to its favorable tax climate, Maryland has a lot to offer startup businesses. In fact, the state ranks seventh in the U.S. for startup early survival rate.

Home to over 604,000 small businesses, Maryland focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs like you can prosper.

Maryland also puts its entrepreneurial spirit to work with numerous tax credits, grants, and loans for qualified businesses.

You can find an array of resources covering business formation and operation on the State of Maryland government website. This website assists small and medium Maryland 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 Maryland 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.

Ready to Start Your Maryland Coffee Shop Journey?

7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup guide

Begin by reading the book that put hundreds of other coffee shop owners 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 creating a thriving business 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 Maryland?

We can help. Call 888-800-9224 to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team 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.