Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Publishes Guide on How to Start a Coffee Shop in Ohio

Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Ohio? Get insights on starting a thriving coffee shop in the Buckeye state from experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Crimson Cup has supported the opening of 40 independent coffee shops in Ohio.

“Ohio 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, Ohio ranks 33rd among the states in the number of coffee shops per capita, with fewer than one coffee shop for every 6,582 Ohio residents.” It’s safe to say there’s room for many more coffee shops in Ohio.

With the second-lowest cost of living among all states and the third-best access to funding in the U.S., Ohio offers a solid opportunity for opening a coffee shop. Owners of shops in Ohio cities and towns – including Athens, Berlin, Circleville, Delaware, Englewood, Findlay, Greenville, Hilliard, Johnstown, Lima, Marietta, Newark, Piketon, Reynoldsburg, Springfield, Urbana, Valley City, Wheelersburg, and Yellow Springs – have learned how to open a coffee shop through our 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program.

Tracy Heitmeyer opened 5 Bean Coffee in Reynoldsburg, Ohio in November 2008 at the very beginning of the Great Recession. “Without Crimson Cup’s help, I would never have been able to set up my shop as efficiently,” she said. “Frankly, I am not sure if I would have stayed in business.” She said Crimson Cup taught her to focus on efficient drink making, costing things out, staff training and customer service. “The staff training is priceless. My people know what they are doing and do it well,” she said.

After 14 years of success, Tracy now works only a single weekly shift. “I enjoy the freedom from the daily grind and have a glorious life.”

“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.”

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Founded in 1991, award-winning coffee roaster Crimson Cup is at the forefront of the coffee industry. Crimson Cup travels the world searching for the perfect cup – driven by meaningful local relationships, honesty, and a shared vision for the future.

Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, the company teaches entrepreneurs how to open a coffee shop. 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.

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