How to Open a Coffee Shop in Washington

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Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Washington State? You’ve come to the right place!

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 Washington through our proven 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup process.

Why listen to our advice? As coffee entrepreneurs, we’re dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs start their own profitable coffee shops. We offer all the benefits of a coffee shop franchise, without costly franchise fees or royalties.

Since Founder and President Greg Ubert started roasting coffee in 1991, Crimson Cup has risen to the forefront of the coffee industry. Among other honors, we’ve won major awards for coffee quality, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year and multiple Good Food Awards.

Plus, our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs across the country – most with little or no coffee shop experience – open over 300 coffee shops in 30 states.

Using the 7 Steps process and our consultants, we can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs tailored to your unique businesses in your Washington 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. 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!

Washington State is a Great State to Open a Coffee Shop!

With its strong coffee culture, diverse locations, thriving economy and supportive business community, Washington is a terrific place to open a coffee shop.

Washington ranks fourth in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 3,000 Washington residents for every coffee shop in The Evergreen State.

Although the Evergreen State has 25 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, there’s still plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

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

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 Washington State Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

businesses in small town in Washington stateWith many parts of Washington State underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside of major cities such as Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver.

The state of Washington is home to many small towns and cities that offer perfect settings for opening up your dream java joint. From quaint mountain villages full of charm and culture to coastal towns bustling with activity, there’s something for everyone in this diverse landscape.

Many cities and towns in Washingto State‘s 14 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee.

Does your Washington State community need an independent coffee shop? Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in Washington.

Washington is Open for Small Business

Ranked first for overall quality of life in the U.S. and fifth for access to startup capital, Washington is a great place to open a coffee shop!

Home to more than 647,000 small businesses accounting for nearly half of all jobs in the state, the state of Washington focuses on creating a business-friendly environment where entrepreneurs can prosper. From funding opportunities to networking events and business education, the Evergreen State is committed to fostering a vibrant and thriving small business community.

You can find a wealth of resources covering business formation and operation on the Washington State Department of Revenue website, which assists small and medium-sized Washington businesses with:

  • Starting a business
  • Sales 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.

Another key resource for Evergreen State small businesses is the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC offers a range of services to help small businesses grow and succeed, including business advising, market research, and training workshops. The SBDC also offers grants and loans to help businesses with financing, as well as access to networking events and business education programs.

The Washington State Department of Commerce and its Small Business Training & Education Center offer programs and services to help businesses grow and thrive, including access to funding, business development resources, and support for international trade.

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 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 Washington Coffee Shop Journey?

7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup guide

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 Washington State?

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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