Top 8 Business Books on Coffee

You should never start a business without doing some research first. There are numerous books on starting a business, but only a few that are geared specifically for those starting a coffee shop, cafe or tea house. Most of the coffee shop information would be helpful for anyone in the tea business too.
  • How to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

    How to Open a Financially Successful Coffee, Espresso & Tea Shop

    Elizabeth Godsmark has written a detailed business book that even includes sample business plans, floor plans and a wealth of budgeting and accounting information. It comes with a CDROM of bonus documents that you can actually use.

  • Start a Coffee Bar

    Start and Run a Coffee Bar

    Part of the Self Counsel series, and written by two coffee bar entrepreneurs. This book covers every aspect of running a coffee business in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It

    Pour Your Heart Into It

    "How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time". Reading up on how one company became a success might give you some ideas for your own coffee shop.
  • Espresso


    "Starting and Running Your Own Specialty Coffee Business". This book contains a good foundation to get you started, including a collection of forms, worksheets, recipes and sample menus.

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  • Restaurant Business Start-Up Guide

    The Restaurant Business Start-up Guide

    By Paul Daniels. Not specifically about running a coffee business, but still packed with lots of information that would suit any food or drink business.
  • Professional Espresso Techniques

    Espresso Coffee: Professional Techniques

    By David Schomer. The author is the owner of Vivace Roasteria in Seattle, and this handy book will teach you what you need to know to be a professional barista. There's more to making good espresso than learning how to pull a basic shot.
  • Wake up & Smell the Profit

    By John Richardson and Hugh Gilmartin,'The Coffee Boys'. Two of the UK's most famous coffee business gurus got together to write this book, which covers "52 Guaranteed Ways to Make More Money in Your Coffee Business."

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Coffeebar

    By Linda Formichelli, W. Eric Martin and Susan Gilbert. This highly rated book from the "Idiot Guides" series has a balance of information about the business and coffee sides of running a coffee business. It was co-written by the successful founder of a chain of five coffeebars.

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