This article is part of our Cafe Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your cafe business!
Is coffee your passion? Have you wondered what it might take to open a drive-through kiosk, or your personalized version of a Starbuck’s cafe? Where do you begin? By reading and researching what others like you have done to turn their business idea into reality.
We’ve grouped the following resources together as a starting point for your research into what it would take to start your own coffee shop or cafe business. In addition to the free content (such as sample coffee shop business plans that you can read in full online), you will also find links for additional tools and products to help you move from the “Where do I begin?” research step to the “How do I get started?” step—when you’re ready.
Looking for inspiration? Check out our coffee house and internet cafe sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online.
Coffeehouse Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
This sample business plan describes how Dark Roast Java attracted a diverse clientele with its Mediterranean art glass decor.
Internet Cafe Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The JavaNet Internet Cafe was a true visionary business sample plan when it was written, and the number of cafes with this similar idea confirms it was an idea ahead of its time. Get inspired.
Religious Coffeeshop Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The Inspirational Grounds sample business plan describes how the religious coffee shop combined selling specialty coffee drinks, food, religious books and music to promote non-denominational Christian fellowship in a welcoming atmosphere.
Cafe Bistro Coffeehouse Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The Watertower Cafe sample business plan describes how the cafe will establish itself as a “destination” of choice to the many residents of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, as well as numerous out-of-town visitors by providing affordable high-quality food, coffee-based products, and entertainment.
“Marketing will play a vital role in the success of JavaNet. JavaNet must build a brand around the services it offers by heavily promoting itself through local television, radio, and print advertising. Marketing efforts are just beginning by the time a potential customer enters JavaNet for the first time. A strong emphasis will be put on keeping customers and building brand loyalty through programs focused on staffing, experience, and customer satisfaction.”
Looking for more resources to help you start your coffee house or cafe? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more.
Additional Sample Business Plans
These additional Coffee Shop sample business plans are available in LivePlan.
Coffee Shop Business Plan
In this sample business plan, find out how the Java Culture coffee bar capitalized on its proximity to the University campus to build a core group of repeat customers.
Executive summary (excerpt)
Java Culture coffee bar is determined to become a daily necessity for local coffee addicts, a place to dream of as you try to escape the daily stresses of life and just a comfortable place to meet your friends or to read a book, all in one. With the growing demand for high-quality gourmet coffee and great service Java Culture will offer its customers the best prepared coffee in the area that will be complemented with pastries.
Bakery and Coffee Business Plan
A bakery preparing fresh pastries and other baked goods complements the specialty coffee drinks in the Jolly’s Java and Bakery sample business plan.
Executive summary (excerpt)
Jolly’s Java and Bakery (JJB) is a start-up coffee and bakery retail establishment located in southwest Washington. JJB expects to catch the interest of a regular loyal customer base with its broad variety of coffee and pastry products. The company plans to build a strong market position in the town, due to the partners’ industry experience and mild competitive climate in the area.
This informative business binder provides the essential knowledge you need to plan and start a restaurant, cafe, bakery, or other food business. It covers such basics of the food service business as location considerations, facility requirements, personnel needs, legal requirements, finance, marketing, operations, and more. Also included in this start-up kit is a copy of LivePlan software, the world’s bestselling business planning software.
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