Starting a Coffee Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Coffee shops serve a wide range of freshly prepared coffees, including espressos, lattes, mochas and cappuccinos, which are prepared by trained baristas using coffee beans ground on the premises. They also serve filter coffee prepared using pre-ground beans, tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee and other chilled and soft drinks, along with a selection of biscuits, cakes, muffins, savoury snacks and hot and cold sandwiches.

The majority of coffee shops provide a seating area, as well as drinks to take out. They usually operate an at-counter service, although food is sometimes delivered to tables, particularly hot food and larger orders.

The UK coffee shop market, which has become increasingly competitive, is dominated by brands such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffè Nero. The number of coffee shops in the UK was estimated at around 20,730 in 2015 and is expected to exceed 30,000 by 2025.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a coffee shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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