Learn how to start a coffee shop in North Carolina from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea! The award-winning coffee roaster, which has helped open over 400 independent coffee shops across the U.S., recently updated its online coffee shop startup guide with more tips and success stories for The Tar Heel State.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 27, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in North Carolina? Get tips on starting a profitable business in The Tar Heel State from coffee shop startup experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.
Through its 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Success program, Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year has taught 11 North Carolina entrepreneurs how to open their own independent coffee shops. Nationwide, over 400 shops in more than 30 states have opened through the 7 Steps program.
In 2022, Crimson Cup published a series of startup guides to help entrepreneurs in each state achieve their dreams of opening their own coffee shops.
For 2023, the company's 7 Steps coffee shop startup consulting team has updated its "How to Start a Coffee Shop in North Carolina" guide with even more tips and resources.
"North Carolina is a terrific place to start a coffee shop!" said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert.
"In fact, North Carolina ranks 40th among the states in the number of coffee shops per capita, with fewer than one coffee shop for every 7,307 residents. That leaves many North Carolinians without a local coffee shop, especially in the smaller cities and towns."
The program is based on Ubert's book, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee, which he wrote to help coffee shop owners develop profitable businesses by mastering all aspects of successful coffee shop operations.
"We help entrepreneurs with little or no coffee experience become owners of thriving coffee shops serving their local communities," he said.
"From choosing a terrific location and writing a strong coffee shop business plan to buying and laying out equipment, hiring and training staff and more, our team is here to guide you."
To hear about the book in Ubert's own words, download a free recorded introduction on Soundcloud.
Crimson Cup Customers Jeff Hogan and Jenn Taylor are passionate entrepreneurs who started The Vault Coffee and Pour House with a mission: bring quality coffee to Carolina Beach, North Carolina.
Working with Crimson Cup's coffee shop startup team, they opened the doors of their new venture in December 2022.
"Now Carolina Beach coffee lovers can enjoy great-tasting brews without ever having to leave town!" Hogan said.
Before the shop's opening, the closest drive-thru coffee house was eight miles away.
Serial entrepreneurs, Hogan and Taylor own several other local businesses, including Celtic Creamery Ice Cream, Hang Ten Grill, a tax service, three AT&T stores, two soccer stores and 30 rental properties.
"We saw an opportunity to bring terrific coffee to Carolina Beach," Taylor said. "We loved the property and thought Carolina Beach needed both better coffee and a drive-thru."
They forged ahead despite a lack of coffee industry experience. "I get a thrill from going into new businesses," Jeff said. "It keeps my mind fresh!"
They discovered Crimson Cup while searching for a coffee partner and coffee business consultant.
7 Steps Trainer and Project Manager Steve Bayless helped the couple design The Vault, then traveled to Carolina Beach the week before its soft opening.
There, he taught Hogan, Taylor and their baristas to prepare drinks and run the coffee house, staying through the opening day to ensure everything ran well.
"The training has been very thorough," Hogan said. "We had no idea how involved it was to learn how to make great drinks. In fact, the training reinforced why it was so important we selected Crimson Cup as our coffee partner."
"Opening The Vault wouldn't have been possible without Steve Bayless," he added. "We could have watched a million YouTubes and it wouldn't have been right."
Bayless returned March 21, 2023, to ensure that the shop's Grand Opening celebration was a success.
The company's Customer Growth team continues to help Hogan and Taylor solve problems and brainstorm opportunities for The Vault.
To help other aspiring entrepreneurs learn about opening coffee shops, Crimson Cup will continue to post an updated state-level guide each week in 2023 until all 50 states are covered.
"Although the fundamentals of coffee shop operation remain the same from state to state, the economic opportunities, business formation and licensing requirements vary widely," Ubert said. "We're excited to share information and resources to help entrepreneurs expedite their startup journey."
He invited anyone who is thinking of opening a coffee shop in any state to call Crimson Cup for guidance.
"If you run into any roadblocks or just want to discuss your vision with a coffee expert, you can reach our startup team by calling 1-888-800-9224."
About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Founded in 1991, Crimson Cup is at the forefront of the coffee industry. Its attentive roasting, startup support and global partnerships are consciously designed for the greater good of communities around the world. Among other national recognitions, the company has earned 2020 and 2017 Good Food Awards, the 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster and Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.
Crimson Cup travels the world searching for the perfect cup – driven by meaningful relationships, honesty and a shared vision for the future. Its Friend2Farmer initiatives foster respect and decency through mutually beneficial collaboration across local and global communities.
Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, the company teaches entrepreneurs how to open and run independent coffee houses in their local communities. By developing a coffee shop business plan, entrepreneurs gain insight into coffee shop startup costs.
Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 400 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across more than 30 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also owns several Crimson Cup Coffee Shops and its CRIMSON café and retail store in Easton Town Center. To learn more, visit crimsoncup
Cheryl Claypoole, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, 614-361-5023, [email protected]
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