How to Open a Coffee Shop in Oklahoma

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Are you an aspiring coffee entrepreneur seeking the best advice on how to open a coffee shop in the state of Oklahoma? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Starting a coffee shop requires planning and hard work. But, with the proper guidance, your coffee shop can become a rewarding and profitable venture. 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 Oklahoma through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? Our coffee shop startup consultants have helped over 300 other entrepreneurs start coffee shops in 30 states. Many 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 consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Oklahoma 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. Plus, you’ll gain access to award-winning coffee and quality coffee shop products that will attract new customers and keep them coming back!

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

Oklahoma is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Oklahoma City skylineOklahoma is a great state for entrepreneurs, especially for independent coffee shop owners. Oklahoma’s diverse population and vibrant culture is ideal for launching a successful coffee shop.

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

Oklahoma ranks 36th in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 6,918 Oklahoma residents for every coffee shop in The Sooner State.

Over 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 Oklahoma.

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 partly by strong popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

Small Oklahoma Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

small businesses in creek county oklahomaWith many parts of Oklahoma underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside the largest cities such as Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.

Many cities and towns in Oklahoma’s 77 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee.

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.

Having 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 Oklahoma community! Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in your town.

Oklahoma is open for Small Business.

street in Cleveland County, OklahomaWith its favorable business climate, low cost of living, and supportive community, the state of Oklahoma is a great place to open an independent coffee shop.

Oklahoma boasts the fourth-lowest cost of living in the country and the sixth-lowest tax burden in the U.S.

Home to over 4.1 million small businesses accounting for nearly half of all jobs in the state, Oklahoma focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs can prosper.

You can find resources covering business formation and operation on the State of Oklahoma government website. This website assists small and medium-sized Oklahoma 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).
  • Obtaining licenses required, including a business license and local health department licenses for food establishments.

The Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma?

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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