Learn How to Start a Coffee Shop in Kentucky from the Coffee Shop Startup Experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

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Learn how to open a coffee shop in Kentucky from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea! The award-winning coffee roaster, which has helped start over 300 independent coffee shops in 30 states, recently published an online coffee shop startup guide for Kentucky.

Interior of Bradley's Gourmet Coffees & More in Whitley City, Kentucky

Interior of Bradley's Gourmet Coffees & More in Whitley City, Kentucky

“If we have a concern, our Crimson Cup team is always quick to ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ We couldn’t have made it without Crimson Cup.” - Nina Bradley, Owner, Bradley's Gourmet Coffees & More

Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Kentucky? Get insider secrets on starting a profitable business in the Bluegrass State from the coffee shop startup experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.

Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year has taught over 300 entrepreneurs in 30 states how to open a coffee shop.

Now, the company’s 7 Steps coffee shop startup consulting team has added to its series of state-level coffee shop startup guides with, “How to Start a Coffee Shop in Kentucky.”

“Kentucky is a land of opportunity for many types of small businesses, and coffee shops are no exception,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert.

“In fact, Kentucky ranks 48th among the states in the number of coffee shops per capita, with fewer than one coffee shop for every 8,752 Kentucky residents. That leaves a lot of Kentucky residents without a local coffee shop.”

He noted Crimson Cup supports two independent coffee shops in Kentucky. These entrepreneurs learned how to open their shops through the company’s 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program.

The program is based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-sense Guide to Succeed to Specialty Coffee, which he wrote initially to help coffee shop customers 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 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.”

Since 2014, Bradley’s Gourmet Coffees & More has brought members of the local Whitley City, Kentucky community together for terrific coffee, conversation and baked goods.

“Our motto from the beginning has been, ‘Building our community, one cup at a time,’” said Owner Nina Bradley. “Our customers have learned – as we have – what an important role coffee plays in bringing our community together.”

Nestled in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Bradley’s is the only specialty coffee shop serving the 17,000 residents of McCreary County.

Nina Bradley and Manager Samantha Tapley learned how to open and run the coffee shop Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success program.

Bradley said Crimson Cup has been nothing short of amazing. “Owning a small coffee shop entails a lot more than most people realize, and Crimson Cup has always been on top of anything we need.”

“When we have a question or concern, they get back to us in no time,” she added. “If we have a concern, our Crimson Cup team is always quick to ask, ‘What can we do to help?’”

She said the best part of owning her own coffee shop has been watching it grow from 25 to 30 customers a day to 25 to 30 customers in less than an hour.

“The growth is something you don’t always notice until one day you look around and realize – Hey! We’re onto something here.”

After years of success, Bradley shared thoughts for entrepreneurs who are thinking about opening a coffee business in Kentucky or any other state.

“Just go for it!” Bradley said. “Owning a small, independent business has its challenges. But the success you will see shining in your community as a result of your being there is enough to pay everything off.”

“Hit the ground running, but expect it to take some time,” she added. “When you love what you do, people take notice, and they’ll start to love it, too.”

Besides the Kentucky guide, Crimson Cup recently published guides on How to Start a Coffee Shop in Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana.

About once a week for the next year, the roaster will post a state-level coffee shop startup guide on its website. Next up: a guide on how to start a coffee shop in New York.

“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 how much it costs to open a coffee shop.

Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 30 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also owns several Crimson Cup Coffee Shops and a new CRIMSON retail flagship store. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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