Learn how to start a coffee shop in Alabama from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea! The award-winning coffee roaster, which has helped open over 300 independent coffee shops in more than 30 states, recently updated its online coffee shop startup guide with more tips and success stories for The Yellowhammer State.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Alabama? Get tips on starting a profitable business in The Yellowhammer State from coffee shop startup experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.
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.
"Alabama offers fertile ground for many types of small businesses, and coffee shops are no exception," said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. ""In fact, Alabama ranks 30th among the states in the number of coffee shops per capita, with fewer than one coffee shop for every 6,371 residents. That leaves a lot of Alabamans without a local coffee shop!"
Crimson Cup supports independent coffee shops in Dothan, Jasper, Prattville and Saraland. Their owners learned how to open the shops through the company's 7 Steps program.
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 master 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 calculating coffee shop startup costs, 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.
"As a coffee roaster and coffee business consultant, Crimson Cup believes our company only succeeds when our customers do," Ubert said. "As a result, we support coffee shop owners at every step, from concept through opening day and beyond."
At 144 North Foster Street in Dothan, Alabama, Bird & Bean Coffee House has crafted the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a cup of coffee with friends or a favorite book.
Original Owner Christy Keyton opened the shop with a goal of being the 'Cheers' of coffee in Dothan.
The cozy coffeehouse sits next door to Keyton's Naomi & Olive home decor and gift shop in beautiful downtown Dothan.
"I already owned a thriving retail business in a historic building, and I love coffee," Keyton said. "When we bought another historic building next door, opening a coffee shop seemed like a terrific opportunity."
"We put an arched entrance between the buildings, and the two businesses complement each other perfectly."
The serial entrepreneur knew a lot about home decor and gifts, but not about the coffee business.
Keyton turned to Crimson Cup's 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program to learn how to open and run her new venture.
"I believe Crimson Cup is like nothing else in the coffee industry," she said. "They make sure that you know what you are doing and that you are successful. You never feel alone!"
"I don't know where we would be without the incredible work, planning, training, and support that Crimson Cup has given us," she added. "Someone is always available to answer questions and help us work through issues that come up."
Just before the shop's sixth anniversary in July 2023, Keyton sold the shop to former employee Daniel Hogg. He was hired as Assistant Manager when the shop opened in 2017, then worked his way up to General Manager. After moving away for a few years, he returned and bought Bird & Bean.
Since then, he has continued to work with Crimson Cup's 7 Steps consulting team.
"I'm really excited about the future," he said. "I really want to focus on the quality of the coffee and where it's coming from."
Hogg invited everyone in Dothan, and Dale, Henry, and Houston counties to visit Bird & Bean. The shop is open Monday through Saturday at 144 N Foster Street in Dothan.
"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 significant recognitions, the company has earned 2023 Double Gold awards at the Aurora International Taste Challenge, 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.
Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 300 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 the CRIMSON coffeehouse and retail store in Easton Town Center. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com,.
SOURCE Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea