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  • Take Advantage of our Free Coffee Shop Business Consulting

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015  
    (Updated: April 25, 2019)
    Thinking of opening a coffee shop? We’re here to help! Through the Power of the Cup, we’ve helped open hundreds of coffee houses, cafes and bakeries over the past 24 years. One of the secrets to their growth is our 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. It all starts […] Read More
  • Choosing Equipment for Opening a Coffee Shop

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014  
    (Updated: January 24, 2019)
    Opening a coffee shop business can be a fun and exciting venture. Assuming that you have already taken care of the preliminary steps, including finding a great location and lining up funding, the next major step is purchasing coffee shop equipment. Coffee-shop equipment offers the highest return on any investment […] Read More
  • So You’ve Opened a Coffee Shop. Now What?

    Friday, January 31, 2014  
    (Updated: April 25, 2019)
    Greg Ubert, founder and president, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea If you’ve recently opened a coffee shop, you might be wondering what to do next. With the hustle and bustle of the opening behind you, it’s easy to be lulled into a period of relative inactivity. As Greg observes in […] Read More
  • Business Plan Basics: Determining Your Breakeven Point

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013  
    (Updated: December 16, 2013)
    Greg Ubert, founder and president, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Dreaming about opening a coffee shop? Then it’s in your best interest to master business fundamentals such as writing a business plan and calculating your breakeven point. As Greg observes in a recent issue of CoffeeTalk magazine: “Most coffee shop […] Read More
  • How to Wow! Your Banker

    Thursday, October 17, 2013  
    (Updated: July 29, 2020)
      Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea As an entrepreneur, cultivating a relationship with a business banker is essential to your long-term success. Bank loans are often a key component of opening or expanding your coffee business. Bankers can also become trusted advisors and connect you to other members […] Read More
  • Coffee Trends: Adding a Brew Bar to Your Coffee Shop

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012  
    (Updated: December 13, 2013)
    Pour-over coffee brewing methods are becoming increasingly popular among coffee enthusiasts – both home-brewers and coffee-shop baristas.  Also known as “hand pour coffee,” this brewing craze took Japan by storm before migrating to the U.S., where it gained momentum after The New York Times investigated its origins in “Coffee’s Slow […] Read More
  • Here’s to Independence: Why We Believe in Independent Coffee Shops

    Thursday, November 1, 2012  
    (Updated: November 16, 2018)
    We’re often asked why Crimson Cup doesn’t license a string of coffee franchises. After all, we offer everything a franchise does – and more – but without charging franchise fees or royalties. We’d be more profitable, some say, as a franchise. The answer is simple: we love helping independent spirits […] Read More