Congratulations to our 2020 Class of Independent Coffee Shops

March 29, 2023 (Published: March 8, 2021)
Exterior view of Kahvi Coffee House + Cafe in Eau Claire Wisconsin
Ryan, Adam and Tammy Salmons, owners of Adam's Flying Pig Coffee House
“After looking at various partners and online schools, I chose Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. They have award-winning coffee and a proven system for success.” – Tammy Salmons, Owner of Adam’s Flying Pig Coffee House (Pictured with husband Ryan and son Adam.)

Is there anything more exciting than starting a new coffee shop? We don’t think so – and neither do the owners of our 2020 class of independent coffee shops.

These entrepreneurs beat heavy odds to open successful new ventures in 2020.

Kudos to them for refusing to let the pandemic stop them from opening their businesses!

Six of the new coffee shops were the second or third location for their owners.

“Owners who opened their second or third location during the pandemic show that specialty coffee shops can remain profitable and grow even during a recession,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert.

Meet the 2020 Class of Independent Coffee Shops

Follow the links below to learn more about these unique coffee businesses and their owners.

Adam’s Flying Pig Coffee House in Wheelersburg, Ohio

Coffee Jerks Deer Creek in Deer Creek, Oklahoma

Coffee Jerks Uptown in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Common Ground Coffee Bar in Oxford, Mississipi

Orange Couch Coffee House
“After reading the 7 Steps book and touring the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab in Columbus, I felt I had a good chance of succeeding with their guidance,” – Maggie Schamber, Owner of Orange Couch Coffee House

Cups of Joy in Wilson, North Carolina

Germania Brew Haus in Godfrey, Illinois

The Hawthorn Tree in Carlinville, Illinois

Higher Groundz (Zion Lutheran) in Maryland Heights, Missouri

Ivory Bean Coffee House in Shelby, Ohio

Kahvi Coffee House + Café in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Matter More Coffee in Hampstead, North Carolina

Orange Couch Coffee House in Eureka, Missouri

Oxford Gourmet & Gifts in Oxford, Mississippi

Rare Bird Emporium in Murphy, North Carolina

Rise & Dine in Crescent, Oklahoma

Sweeten Creek Coffee in Ashville, North Carolina

Winston’s Coffee & Waffles, a food truck in the Columbus suburb of Clintonville, Ohio

Following the 7 Steps to Success

Kate and Pav Templeton in front of Rare Bird Emporium
“I’d advise other owners to work with Crimson Cup from the very beginning. We didn’t end up saving money doing it ourselves, because we had to go back and redo a lot of things. There were mishaps we could have avoided by having their guidance from day one.” – Kate and Pav Templeton, Owners of Rare Bird Emporium.

These entrepreneurs began learning how to open a coffee shop by reading Greg’s book, 7  Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry.

From there, our 7 Steps Trainers helped them every step of the way, from finding a winning location and writing a compelling coffee shop business plan, to choosing equipment, training staff and more.

While the 2020 coffee shop owners are busy making a go of their new ventures, Crimson Cup is helping another group of entrepreneurs open independent coffee shops.

Want to learn how this could be your year to achieve your dream of running your own business? We’re here to help!

Call 1.888.800.9224, ask a question using this form, or get a head start by buying the 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success.

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