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


Want to learn how to open a coffee shop in Illinois? Get insights on starting a thriving coffee shop in the Land of Lincoln from the experts at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup program, Crimson Cup supports six independent coffee shops in Illinois.

“Illinois is a land of opportunity for small businesses, especially for coffee shops,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Illinois ranks 24th among the states in the number of coffee shops per capita, with fewer than one coffee shop for every 5,800 Illinois residents. That leaves a lot of Illinois coffee lovers without a local coffee shop.” With the 5th-largest economy in the USA, Illinois is a great place to open a coffee shop.

At Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery in Sandwich, Illinois, owner Angie Davis aims to serve the best donuts, cakes, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. And, of course, the best coffee.

“I always wanted to do a coffee shop like Central Perk from Friends that would bring our local community together over coffee,” she said. “I needed a coffee partner who would hold my hands and walk me through the process.”

A referral led her to Crimson Cup. “Carol Laube, my morning baker, connected me to her cousin Penny James, who owns Penny’s Perks Coffee House in Dowell, Illinois. Penny highly recommended Crimson Cup,” she said.

She said working with an established company with a proven system has made growing her coffee business much easier. Asked what advice she has for those who are considering opening a coffee shop – or adding coffee to their existing bakery or café – Angie said, “Definitely go with Crimson Cup. Go Big or Go Home!”

“There are many cities and towns in Illinois that lack a good coffee shop,” Ubert said. “We’re here to help anyone who wants to open a coffee shop.” 7 Steps Sales Leader Scott Fullerton, the first contact for all new coffee shop owners, said “If you’ve ever dreamed about opening a coffee shop, I’d love to help you get started.”

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 coffee shop startup costs.

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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Source: Coffee Talk

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