How to Open a Coffee Shop in Rhode Island

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Are you interested in learning how to open a coffee shop in Rhode Island but don’t know where to start? We can help! You don’t have to go through the startup process alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees.

Instead, learn how to open and run a successful coffee shop in Rhode Island through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? First, we’ve helped over 300 entrepreneurs like you set up independent coffee shops. Second, we have over 30 years of experience in sourcing and roasting award-winning coffee. Finally, we’re a small business that is passionate about helping other small business owners succeed in the competitive world of specialty coffee.

Our experienced coffee shop startup consultants are experts in turning coffee newbies into coffee pros.

Using the 7 Steps process, they can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Rhode Island community.

If you’re an independent coffee shop owner, Crimson Cup is the ultimate one-stop shop for all your coffee shop needs! Our complete package of services that will help you:

  • Find a fantastic location
  • Design and lay out your shop for optimum efficiency
  • Hire and train baristas
  • Promote your business to attract customers
  • And much more

You’ll also gain access to high-quality coffee and coffee shop products that will win 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!

Rhode Island is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Providence Rhode IslandWith its vibrant communities, thriving coffee culture, and diverse economy, Rhode Island offers a prime location to set up a new independent coffee shop.

The Ocean State ranks eighth in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 3,541 Rhode Island residents for every coffee shop in The Ocean State.

And, with only 10 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, there’s probably a lot of thirsty Rhode Islanders looking for a new favorite coffee shop.

Did you know that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day? 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 50 percent since 2015, driven by strong popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

It’s safe to say there’s plenty of room in Rhode Island for coffee shops to serve residents and the millions of annual visitors from other states and countries. Read on to learn how to start your Rhode Island coffee shop.

Small Rhode Island Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

Considering that many areas of Rhode Island are underserved by major coffee chains, it may be worth opening a coffee shop outside of major cities like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket.

Many cities and towns in Rhode Island‘s five 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?

Rhode Island is open for Small Business

Ranked 4th in the USA for access to Small Business Administration start-up funding, Rhode Island is a great place to open a coffee shop!

Home to more than 98,000 small businesses accounting for more than 99% of all businesses in the state, the state government of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island government website. This website assists small and medium-sized Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?

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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