Coffee Franchise Opportunities- Does Starbucks Franchise-...and Other Coffee Business Franchises by iupon13

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									?Does the aroma of brewing coffee transport you to a sensory paradise? Is a steaming
latte your idea of comfort food? Do you consider coffee its own separate food group?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then a coffee franchise may be for
you! When someone says "coffee shop," the name that most often comes to mind is
Starbucks. So it's only natural that coffee connoisseurs and entrepreneurs will
immediately want to know if this wildly successful java chain offers the opportunity
to buy Starbucks franchises.

Despite its seemingly ubiquitous presence the Starbucks brand does not franchise or
sub-franchise its operations. Rather, the company operates most North American
Starbucks stores. The exception to this is situations in which Starbucks will enter into
an agreement with companies that may provide physical locations that might
otherwise not be available to Starbucks, such as space in airports, grocery chains,
hospitals, and on college and university campuses. In addition, in certain areas,
Starbucks may enter into an agreement with a group of individuals or a company in
which the company or group is permitted to manage and operate Starbucks outlets
within a certain region.

The unavailability of Starbucks franchises, however, should in no way dissuade the
coffee lover from pursuing a coffee franchise business opportunity. There are
numerous coffee companies that do, indeed, franchise their operations, and many even
venture beyond the traditional coffee bean to provide gourmet coffees, food options,
and even catering services.

The following represents a partial listing of the many coffee franchise opportunities
available to java lovers everywhere.

Caffino

With its "60-second guarantee," Caffino is a drive-through coffee bar that first opened
its company doors in 1993 in Napa, California. Franchising since 2003, Caffino
currently has 27 locations in 3 states, and it is actively expanding. Caffino prides itself
on roasting its coffee on-site using only the world's best coffee beans, Arabica Grade 1.
The startup cost for a Caffino franchise ranges from $212,900 to $373,000.

Beaner's Coffee

Founded in 1994 and franchising since 1999, Beaner's Coffee offers a variety of the
coffee beverages made from flavored, decaf, signature, organic, and fair trade beans.
In addition, Beaner's goes beyond coffee service and ventures into the world of
sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Beaner's carries a startup cost of $240,000 to
$300,000 and offers the option of express or kiosk franchises. Beaner's is currently
seeking franchisees nationwide, and for its franchise owners, exclusive territories are
available.
Woody's Chicago Style

Coffee and hot dogs? Not your typical combination, but Woody's Chicago Style has
no problem combining the two. Begun in Honolulu, Hawaii, Woody's Chicago Style is
a hot dog, beverage, and coffee cart business that has been franchising its operations
since 1991. While franchises are not currently available in every state, Woody's is
seeking franchisees in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri,
Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Washington, and Wyoming.
And with a price tag ranging from $54,100 to $464,000, Woody's just may be the right
option for your pocketbook!

Scooter's Coffeehouse

With franchise opportunities existing both in the United States and worldwide,
Scooter's Coffeehouse ranked #26 in Entrepreneur.com's 2007 listing of the top new
franchises. In business since 1998 and franchising since 2002, Scooter's is a specialty
coffee franchise that also serves up brewed coffees, espressos, flavored coffees
including sugar-free options, teas, and a wide selection of smoothies. Startup cost
ranges from $60,000 to $410,000, and, in addition to training, Scooter's offers
significant ongoing and marketing support, including regional advertising, national
media, field operations/evaluations, purchasing cooperatives, newsletter, meetings,
and a grand opening.

Dunkin Donuts

Who doesn't recognize this household name in the coffee and donut industry?
Established in 1950 and franchising since 1955, Dunkin Donuts now boasts more than
7,000 stores worldwide, including 1900 locations in 30 countries. In the United States,
more than 5,200 Dunkin Donuts locations dot the landscape in 36 states. Based on
years of operation and experience, Dunkin Donuts has a 5-phase franchising process,
which begins with an application, credit check, and criminal background check,
among other things, proceeds through several steps including an interview, business
plan development, application approval, training, site location, and financing, and
ends with restaurant construction and crew training. To ease financing costs, Dunkin
Donuts has partnered with preferred lenders who offer franchisees flexible financing
options, including Small Business Administration (SBA)-backed loans for certain
transactions.

In addition to the five coffee franchise opportunities briefly profiled above, no fewer
than twenty franchise opportunities exist for entrepreneurs seeking to turn their coffee
passion into a profession.

From Café Ala Carte cappuccino catering service and Grabbajabba gourmet coffee
and European sandwiches to It's a Grind Coffee House and Maui Wowi Hawaiian
Coffee and Smoothies, numerous coffee franchises ranging from low-cost to high
investment are available for serving up that morning cup of Joe, mid-day sandwich on
the run, or afternoon tea or smoothie.

So next time you walk into your neighborhood coffee shop to fill your latte craving,
imagine providing that same satisfaction to other coffee lovers like you…and even
better yet, making a living at it!

								
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