According to Espresso101.com, the average cost of opening a sit-down coffee shop that measures about 1,200 square feet is approximately $200,000 to $375,000 as of 2015. "Coffee shop" no longer connotes a sit-down café exclusively and can also refer to a cart, kiosk and a drive-thru.
Crimson Cup, an Ohio-based company that sells coffee nationally and advises coffee shop entrepreneurs, reports that the cost of opening a sit-down coffee shop can easily balloon to $500,000. The company suggests and even favors smaller, more independent alternatives, such as carts and kiosks.
Espresso101.com states that the startup costs of opening carts or kiosks are about $20,000 to $25,000 and $25,000 to $75,000, respectively.