How to Open a Coffee Shop in Utah

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Want to learn how to open a coffee shop  in Utah? This guide will help you get started! 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 Utah through Crimson Cup’s proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? Since Crimson Cup started roasting coffee in 1991, we’ve become a leader in the coffee industry. Over the past three decades, we’ve won major awards, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year and multiple Good Food Awards. Plus, our experienced 7 Steps Success consulting team has helped over 300 entrepreneurs open coffee businesses in 30 states.

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 Utah 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 attract new customers and keep them coming back!

If you’re ready to become a Utah coffee entrepreneur, keep reading. Or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

Utah is a Terrific Place to Open a Coffee Shop!

Downtown Provo UtahIf you’ve been thinking about opening a coffee shop, Utah is a great place to do it. The state has a growing population and economy, and there are lots of coffee-loving customers to support your business.

With only 16 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Utah, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

Utah ranks 18th in coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 5,595 Utah residents for every coffee shop in the Beehive State.

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 Utah 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. Sales of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas have increased by  50 percent since 2015, driven partly by their strong popularity among 25- to 39-year-olds.

Small Utah Cities and Towns Benefit from Coffee Shops

Park City Utah If you’re reading this, chances are good that you live in or near a Utah community that could benefit from having an independent coffee shop.

Independent coffee shops provide more than just a place to buy a cup of Joe. They can be a meeting place for entrepreneurs and small business owners, a venue for local musicians, and a hub for community events.

With many parts of Utah underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting your coffee shop outside of the biggest cities, such as Provo and Salt Lake City. Many cities and towns in Utah’s 29 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over coffee.

So if you’re considering opening a coffee shop, remember that you could be doing more than just selling cups of coffee. You could be helping to build your community.

Utah is Open for Small Business!

small businesses in UtahIf you’re considering opening a coffee shop, check out Utah. The state has much to offer entrepreneurs, from a supportive business community to plenty of growth opportunities.

Utah is a great choice for entrepreneurs. It is Ranked Number One in Small Business Administration start-up funding and is among the fastest-growing states in the U.S.

Home to over 604,000 small businesses, Utah 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 Utah government website. This website assists small and medium Utah businesses with:

  • Starting a business
  • Taxes
  • Workforce
  • Determining the cost to start a coffee shop
  • Choosing a legal business structure. Many coffee shops are 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 Utah 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.

To learn more about how members of our community became successful in their communities, check out our testimonials.

Ready to Start Your Utah Coffee Shop Journey?

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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 Utah?

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 can fill out this form and expect a response within one business day.

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