Coffee’s popularity is clear, as the average person in the United States consumes 3 cups per day of this frothy, delicious liquid. Are you interested in joining this industry? Do you have an immense amount of passion for it? Great! You’ll need a name first. Names are the first step to making a good first impression.
For the highest quality coffee shop name generators, you should try Brandon Gaille, Business Name Generator, and How To Start An LLC’s generator. These provide the best names with minimal effort.
It appears to be a blog, but upon realizing it was specific to small business and marketing, that increased its credibility. This list of coffee shop names contains more than 1,000 quality names that don’t appear to be randomly strung together.
Each name has some relation to coffee, with an adjective attached to it. Despite this being a list of generator results, the names are actually quite good, and could be used for a legitimate coffee shop. They sound natural, and that’s what you should aim for in your own name.
While these aren’t as coherent as the ones provided on Brandon’s list, they still provide names that aren’t completely nonsensical. If you were to enter, let’s say, “cat”, you’d receive a decent amount of options that could fit a general business name, such as Catnetic, and then options more suited for coffee, like Cuppa Cat.
Keep in mind, you can always use these options as a starting point and then edit them as you see fit. Most likely, you won’t find the perfect name on your first idea, so give it time. Your perfect idea will come as you brainstorm and eliminate options.
This list is unique, as it shows categories of each name type, like ones that have emotions, puns, word combinations, alliteration, and brevity. It doesn’t just list names that are similar in type or length.
The generator that accompanies their list is different from the others, as you can enter 3 fields unique to your business: Industry, a keyword, and location. The options it shows you are specific to names that do not have .com domains registered under them, which is a clever idea, because one of the most important things you could need when starting a business is an online presence.
Names like “California Cats” or “Arkansas Artillery” are catchy and memorable because they use the same first letter, and they provide the state where the company primarily operates or was founded.
Options To Avoid If You Want A Straight Forward, High Quality Generator
This is near the end of the list, because it’s not the best. You could potentially salvage a few words from what they’ve generated and use them to form your own name, but the options you’re given are fairly low quality if you’re looking for a professional name that stands out.
If your business name doesn’t sound natural, your potential customers are going to be left confused, and the worst thing you can experience is your customer asking what your name means while standing in line to order, or before they even get in the door.
This is the lowest ranking, because the names sound the least natural. “Incredible Baker Coffee”? How about “Incredible Cup Coffee”? By using existing words from this lower tier generator and creating your own, you can create something memorable. On its own, this generator doesn’t create catchy, memorable business names.
It may be a starting point, but unlike the first three, it won’t give you high quality names you can actually use without additional effort on your part. Why is your business so important anyway? Read on to find out!
Importance Of A Good Business Name
A good business name needs to be memorable, brief, and catchy. If it’s too long or has too many syllables, it’s not as easy for your customers to remember. Your business name is part of your first impression when meeting potential customers, so it has to resonate with them. Having a business name that’s offensive would hurt your sales and income, so make sure it’s professional and work-appropriate.
Your name can create a certain image or evoke a certain emotion within the one that reads it. “Hooters” has a certain reputation and expectation because of their name, but it’s not always good, while Black Angus Steakhouse has a good reputation, and a name that doesn’t have the potential to offend or cause harm. When choosing what you want, remember: Names are as powerful as the CEO’s that create them. They create a first impression and lasting impact you can’t afford to take lightly.
Logos can evolve over time (like Apple or IBM, with their complete redesigns looking very different from the original concept), but names usually remain the same. That’s why it’s so important to create a name that reflects your company’s mission: What do you want to provide your customers? What need does your audience have, and how can your business fulfill that need? You made your company to serve a need of your customers: Figure out what need you fill, and reflect that in your name.
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Examples Of Good Business Names
Brevity is key when choosing a good quality business name. “Apple” is one of the most recognized brands, in name and logo. With the logo being the same as the name, it’s nearly impossible to forget. That’s what you should aim for when creating your brand: Simple, yet impactful. That’s the goal.
Another memorable business name is “Facebook”. It combines the idea of a social network and the interaction involved (face), with the idea of scrolling through multiple pages of content, like a book. As long as you can imply what your company name means with the rest of your content or products, you’ll create the potential for something great.
Consider your syllables. If you come up with a name that’s too long and wouldn’t be memorable as an acronym, find ways to shorten it. An example of a long name that has a successful acronym attached to it is LRA, or Live Richer Academy. You might get tired of saying the full name in conversation, so the acronym lets you keep things short and sweet.
AT&T is also a memorable name, and you could use acronyms to your advantage. Although it’s not apparent at first, AT&T stands for American Telephone And Telegraph. It’s a relevant name, because they offer phone and internet services. They’re all about communication, and it shows! So think about your business name: What mood or emotion do you want to put on display? Better make it count!
What Makes A Good Coffee Shop Business Name
Consider your price point: Are you high end, or more affordable? “Romano’s Macaroni Grill” or “Black Angus Steakhouse” gives a more formal sounding name than “Olive Garden” or “Carino’s”. The length of the name and the specific words you include can have an impact on whether people view it as high end or not. Starbucks is an informal coffee shop, and it has a name that sounds casual. “Rich Delights Cafe” sounds more formal.
For something more formal, make your name a bit longer, and use formal sounding language. Instead of “Corner Cafe”, which has a very informal sounding name, you could try “Flo’s Fine Coffee Brew”. Using words that make it sound high end, like foreign words, “rich”, or “fine” help customers establish almost immediately whether they can afford it.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should use something related to your industry, or the name. Options are endless when it comes to logos, but you could use a coffee bean, or a cup of coffee. Once you have a basic idea of what you want, make it unique so it’s not too similar to another company. If a name or logo design already exists, you’ll need to make yours noticeably different to avoid legal issues.
Make your color scheme and fonts fit your company logo and atmosphere. Ensure your menu items are easy to read, and that the text is large enough to avoid eye strain. If you highlight certain specials with a box or border, you’ll draw attention to them and make them more interesting.
If your cafe is more formal, use darker colors, straight sections, and more exact lines. For informality, you can use brighter colors and uniquely placed sections that aren’t precise.
Most websites that have job postings allow you to hire employees, so use that to your advantage and sign up for an employer account. Create a list of interview questions to send off to potential candidates, just as you would in an in-person interview, and once you’ve narrowed your choices down, make the hire!
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Please note: This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult a legal expert to address your specific needs.
Hi! I’m Shawn Chun
My adventure in coffee began when I first launched my first coffee shop back in the early 2000s. I had to figure out so many things on my own and to make it worse within 2 years of opening two large corporate coffee chains moved in just blocks away from me!
As I saw smaller and even some larger coffee shops in the neighborhood slowly lose customers to these giant coffee chains and slowly close up shop, I knew that I had to start getting creative…or go out of business.
I (like you may be) knew the coffee industry well. I could make the best latte art around and the foam on my caps was the fluffiest you have ever seen. I even had the best state-of-the-art 2 group digital Nuova Simonelli machine money could buy. But I knew that these things alone would not be enough to lure customers away from the name brand established coffee shops.
Eventually, through lots of trial and error as well as perseverance and creativity I did find a way to not only survive but also thrive in the coffee/espresso industry even while those corporate coffee chains stayed put. During those years I learned to adapt and always faced new challenges. It was not always easy, however, in the end, I was the sole survivor independent coffee shop within a 10-mile radius of my location. Just two corporate coffee chains and I were left after that year. All told the corporate coffee chains took down over 15 small independent coffee shops and kiosks and I was the last one standing and thriving.
Along the years I meet others with the same passion for coffee and I quickly learned that it is not only “how good a barista is” that makes a coffee shop successful, but the business side of coffee as well.
Hence why I started this website you are on now. To provide the tools and resources for up and coming coffee shop owners to gain that vital insight and knowledge on how to start a coffee shop successfully.
Stick around, browse through my helpful blog and resources and enjoy your stay! With lots of LATTE LOVE!