Don’t even think of starting a coffee shop without this!

Don't even think of starting a coffee shop without this!

Coffee Shop Business

Coffee Shop Licenses

A small coffee shop is still considered a restaurant and is usually smaller and more informal but this doesn’t mean that there are no licenses needed because there will be. As the owner of a coffee shop you will need licenses or permits in order to just conduct general business. Because a coffee shop is also considered to be a retailer you may also be required to have a resale permit and because food and beverages will be handled the health department will also be involved in licensing.

1# Business License

Usually, all businesses, even a small coffee shop, that are found within the city limits will have to apply for a general business license. This can usually be done at the city’s clerk office. If the coffee shop is located say in an unincorporated area of the county you may not need a business license. This you will have to make sure before you open up your coffee shop by contacting your county clerk’s office. Usually  there is a flat fee for a business license and it needs to be renewed on a yearly basis.

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2# Resale License

Most states will require that retailers charge customers sales tax for their products. So, if you live in one of the states that has a state sales tax, you will need to get in touch with the state in order to get a resale license or permit for your coffee shop. Usually states will not charge a fee for this license and instead of having to renew it each year you keep the license active by filing all the necessary tax returns and submit all the sales taxes that were collected from your customers, to the state itself. Your license or permit can be revoked if you don’t submit your tax returns on time. So, this is important one to pay attention to.

3# Health Permits

Health permits are usually issued by your county health department. These permits are to protect the public from restaurants that are found practicing unsafe food handling as well as storage procedures. Your coffee shop will be examined and questions will be asked by representatives of the health department before they will issue your coffee shop a health permit. Depending on where you live there might be a fee for your health permit. Your coffee shop then will have regular inspections made the health department to make sure that your coffee shop continues to follow health guidelines and if they find anything that might pose as a threat to public safety they can revoke your health permit. A lot of health departments will require that the employees need to have a food handler’s card. This means they must take and pass a food handling class that shows they understand how to safely handle food.

4# Liquor License

Being a coffee shop you more than likely won’t be selling any kind of liquor, but in case you should ever consider it, you would need a special liquor license that is issued by the state’s liquor authority. As for licenses, this is probably the most difficult one to get and the most expensive one. Generally, if you are only going to sell beer and wine, then the license is cheaper and easier to get than a license for a full on bar. The rules for liquor licenses will vary from state to state. However, it will usually involve an application process and the state will investigate the person applying and talk to the neighbors of the coffee shop who have the opportunity to object to the shop getting a liquor license.

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Six Common Myths About Coffee Now Debunked!

Six Common Myths About Coffee Now Debunked!

Six Coffee Myths Debunked!

Well, coffee haters, your efforts to try and demonize coffee is coming to an end. As much as you love to try to find everything wrong about it, I’m here to tell you that coffee myths that have been around for years have now been debunked!

That’s right coffee lovers, you can now hold your heads high in knowing that those who have a vendetta against coffee for some reason, are totally wrong. Here are six common myths coffee haters love throwing in our faces that have now been overwhelmingly debunked!

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Myth # 1 – Coffee Causes Dehydration (DEBUNKED!)

Well, coffee haters, read it and weep. There is no truth behind that claim. If you drink a moderate amount of your favorite java does not cause dehydration. In fact, the water in it adds to your daily fluid intake.

Myth #2 – Coffee Will Interfere With Your Workouts (DEBUNKED!)

Researchers have discovered that if a person drinks 3mg to 9mg of caffeine that’s found in coffee per two pounds of body weight an hour prior to exercising you performance endurance often increases because the caffeine in the coffee helps circulation. No matter what, research shows that overall, coffee won’t hurt your workout.

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Myth #3 – Coffee Simply Has No Health Benefits (DEBUNKED!)

Newsflash coffee drinkers, this too has been debunked. Researchers have found that those who drink coffee are less susceptible in developing dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 Diabetes and a few cancers, than those who don’t drink coffee.

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Myth #4 – Pregnant Women Can’t Drink Coffee (DEBUNKED!)

Some coffee haters would like for you to believe that if you are pregnant you have to give up your coffee. However, if you drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day it will not harm your child, you will not have a miscarriage, nor will your child be born premature.

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Myth #5 – Coffee is Addictive (DEBUNKED!)

This one is probably the most popular among coffee haters! Of course, addictive is a word that can be used a lot and is often overused. Coffee haters would want us to believe that the caffeine in the coffee can be addictive like drugs and alcohol. This is false. Sure there might be a mild dependence on it, it absolutely has no similarities to being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Myth #6 – Drinking Coffee During the Day Will Interfere With Your Sleep (DEBUNKED!)

This is yet another falsehood put out there for you to ponder by those darn coffee haters. You body takes about 4 to 5 hours to flush out the caffeine, so it should be all gone by bedtime. Unless you drink it all day or are extremely sensitive to caffeine, you should have no problems falling asleep at night. If you do, more than likely it’s not the coffee keeping you awake!

So, there you have it coffee lovers. Ignore the coffee haters and feel free to drink your coffee whenever and wherever you want without having to worry about people pointing their fingers at you and telling you that “You know coffee is a bad habit and is not good for right?” Just look them straight in the eyes, sip your coffee and smile knowing that they are wrong. If you know any common myths about coffee that we did not list here, please let us know in the comment section below. We will make sure to include it in our next list. If you enjoyed this article please support us by liking, following and sharing this blog.

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Checklist for Opening Your Coffee Cafe

Checklist for Opening Your Coffee Cafe

Coffee Cafe


A coffee cafe would be a little bit different than the typical coffee shop or coffee house. Often these will serve breakfast and lunch and make for a great little meeting spot for people in both urban and suburban areas. These little cafes often will attract a variety of different customers that can range anywhere from students to white collar executives. Their menus often offer a variety of lighter meal options that might include sandwiches, bagels, salads, muffins, cookies, and different beverages especially coffee. In order to open up your own coffee cafe there are quite a few steps you will have to take beginning with a business plan all the way through processing the grand opening. Here is just a sample checklist of start-up requirements that give you an idea of the work involved with starting up your own coffee cafe.

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All Equipment Needed

Coffee cafes and coffee shops all need a wide variety of equipment in order to prepare and serve their customers a variety of different products. Some of the things you may need are:

  • Coffee machines
  • Cappuccino machines
  • Espresso machines
  • Refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases for a variety of different foods
  • Tea brewers
  • Coffee grinder
  • Blender
  • Various kitchen tools
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Cash register
  • Ability to handle credit cards
  • Furniture
  • Supplies from napkins to paper cups and lids and coffee, other beverages and a variety of foods

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Do Market Research

Before opening up your coffee cafe it’s important that you understand the local market where you are thinking of opening up your cafe. If you know the market which includes existing competitors and potential customers then you will find it easier to cater to those people and get them to come visit your cafe. You should pay close attention to how well other similar businesses do in the area to give you and idea of how good you might do. Always check the Bureau of Labor Statistics for population info in the area so you can estimate what the income might potentially be in your target market.

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Don’t Forget Licenses & Permits

All businesses such as a coffee cafe require they have both food and beverage licenses at local and state levels. You will need to get local permits as well. So make sure that you find out all the different licenses and permits you will need and tackle those as soon as you can.

Market Your Business

Once you have everything in place then it’s important that you find a way to lure customers to your new cafe. You should do a variety of different marketing activities before you open your doors. You should include some if not all of the following:

  • Come up with a loyalty program
  • Place grand opening advertisements in local newspapers and magazines, radio and TV
  • Send out discount coupons all through the community
  • Create attractive grand opening signage
  • Advertise on social media
  • Give away free gifts during your grand opening

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