How to Open a Coffee Shop in North Dakota

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking for advice on how to open a coffee shop in the State of North Dakota? If so, you’ve landed on the right page!

You don’t have to go through the coffee business startup process alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees. Instead, learn how to start and run a successful coffeehouse in North Dakota through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? Our award-winning coffee-roasting company combines three decades of specialty coffee expertise with over two decades of coffee shop startup expertise. 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!

Our coffee shop startup consultants have helped over 300 other entrepreneurs start coffee shops across the U.S. Many are still thriving five, ten, or even 20 years later! 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 North Dakota community.

As a one-stop shop for independent coffee business 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 quality coffee shop products that will win customers and keep them coming back!

Please keep reading to learn more, or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

North Dakota is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Skyline of Fargo, North Dakota at nightWith its low cost of living, excellent infrastructure, and friendly communities, North Dakota is an ideal location for a budding entrepreneur.

Because there are only 19 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in North Dakota, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

North Dakota ranks 27th in coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 6,179 North Dakota residents for every coffee shop in the Peace Garden State.

Over 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day. So it’s safe to say there’s room for many more coffee shops in North Dakota. And 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 grown by 50 percent since 2015, driven partly by solid popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

Small North Dakota Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

Small towns, cities, and counties in North Dakota are often overlooked, but they can be promising locations for setting up an independent coffee shop. With parts of North Dakota underserved by major coffee chains, you might start your coffeehouse outside the biggest cities, such as Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks.

Many cities and towns in North Dakota’s 53 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? You could bring significant benefits by opening one. Independent coffee shops are more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee. They can play a vital role in the health and well-being of local communities. Locally owned coffee shops provide a welcoming space for people to gather, socialize and connect. They also serve as a hub for local events, meetings, and activities.By creating jobs and a place for other entrepreneurs to network, coffee shops also can spark economic development in your local area.

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

North Dakota is Open for Small Businesses!

North Dakota capitol building in BismarckWith the highest startup early survival rate in the U.S., North Dakota is an excellent choice for coffee entrepreneurs!

According to CNBC’s annual rankings, North Dakota ranks as one of the best states for business.

It boasts a low cost of living, an incredibly low unemployment rate, and meager taxes — all things that make it easy to start your own business without breaking the bank.

Home to nearly 73,000 small businesses, the State of North Dakota focuses 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 North Dakota government website. This website assists small and medium North Dakota businesses with the following:

  • 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota Coffee Shop Journey?

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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 North Dakota?

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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