Starting a Coffee House Business

There is definitely a wide market for coffee houses because millions of people love to drink coffee.

Starting a coffee house business is something that most people would want to be a part of.

Over the last two decade coffee houses has increased its number. Thanks to the world famous Starbucks and Seattle’s Best, etc. Many people love to drink coffee, it perks up their every waking hours. Before going to their offices many people would drop by coffee houses for a cup of hot brewed espresso.

If you are thinking of starting your own coffee house here are some basic information’s you might need before you can operate one.

  • Plan. It is the best way to start any business venture. Brainstorm with your partners if you are starting the business via partnership. There are ready templates available in the market. This will be easier for you and your partners rather than starting from scratch. If solely investing in the business it is best that you hire a professional to help you come up with a sound business plan.
  • Create a mission and a vision for your coffee house business and stick to your mission and vision.
  • Know how much start-up capital you will need to invest in the business. If you have do not have the need capital you can opt to apply for a loan. There are banks that offer no-collateral loans to small and medium enterprise. You will just have to sign some papers and present your business plan to them.
  • Scout for a good location to start your coffee house business
  • Prerequisite to a business are the licenses and permits required to run a business.
  • Equipments and supplies are a foremost consideration. Must equipments are: espresso machines, grinders, airpot/thermal brewers, decanter brewers, tea brewers, coffee decanters, Panini grills, airpots, vita mix blenders, paper/water filters, microwave ovens etc. Scout for the best manufacturers of equipments needed in your coffee house. Where do you get your supplies of coffee beans? Look for suppliers that have different kinds of coffee beans and choose which of them offers the best deals.
  • Plan your food and menu. Offer different kinds of pastries to go with your different kinds of coffees such as lattes, brewed, iced etc.
  • Develop good customer rapport. Distribute “frequent customer” cards. Use customer feedback as a gauge on what to improve in your coffee house.
  • Hiring of employees. This is another foremost in any kind of business venture. Hire employees that are educated and trained to do this kind of job. Treat your employees as family to avoid theft and dishonesty.
  • Finally, make a weekly inventory for easier monthly inventory. This will also be easier when doing your yearly accounting and auditing procedure.


  • Atul Tabib said on July 27, 2010
    Would like to start a lounge.. where in i would be serving all types of mocktails, icecreams, sandwichs, pizzas etc.. place:- belgaum, karnataka, kindly let me know any such opportunities in terms of franchise or private are available.
  • GAENSH BABU said on January 23, 2011
    Dear Sir, I am 53 yrs and planning to retire and shift to goa and start my coffee shop preferably Black tea something like the IRANIAN CHAI KHANEY. Where in GOA would it be ideal and how much should I invest as I am also looking for a place that I build my house along with my coffee shop in the ground floor. thanking you With regards, GANESH BABU
  • Nilesh said on February 20, 2011
    Hi, I am interested in doing coffee manufacturing business at the initial stage. What are essential things that I have to keep in mind? How much is the capital investment? Which climate is the nest for coffee beans production? Where are the best markets available in India? Is there any loan scheme for such business? Which are the major players in the market? Please provide me the information on my mail ID.
  • B,A,RAGHAVENDRA RAO said on January 3, 2012
    how much investment will be needed for small coffee hotel at bangalore, karnataka, india
  • Smt.Rajeshwari Shastry said on January 17, 2012
    Hi, I am interested in doing coffee manufacturing business at the initial stage. How much is the capital investment? Is there any loan scheme for such business? From where can i get machine for roasting cum grinding coffee bean? What will be the estimated value of this machine?


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