Hard Bean Coffee

We are coffee business specialists with, collectively, over 150 years of experience in the food/drink service industry who want to use our experience to help you open your own coffee caf?. We offer a complete turn-key package so that you can take your vision combined with our experience and industry knowledge to open a caf? that is truly YOURS, owned by you, and completely flexible to add or subtract what is necessary for you to succeed in your environment. Having built over 100 independently owned and operated coffee businesses and caf?s around the country, Hard Bean is uniquely qualified to help you design and build yours.

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Hard Bean Coffee


Hard Bean Coffee Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Hard Bean Coffee offers a complete, turnkey package to help you launch your own coffee café. We have built over 100 independently owned and operated coffee shops across America over the past 20 years. We are not a franchise. There are no up-front franchise fees or royalties, just a one-time fee to help you start your café business.

We love good coffee and the security of owning our own business. We see the marriage of the two as an opportunity to help potential owners build a low-stress, lifestyle business that allows them to put their ideas and energy to work for themselves in their own community. Make friends and offer great products and services while serving world- class coffee, tea and good conversation!

Hard Bean Cafés offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical café size is 1,200 to 1,600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Our cafés include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc., and quickly become the local gathering place in their community.

Company Details

Established: 1992  Owners design their own theme, menu items ...Flexibility is key

Support and Training Offered By Hard Bean Coffee

Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes

  • Franchisor support: initial training, on-going 180 day support, help lines, field support, advertising, central purchasing etc.

When your candidate commits to opening a Hard Bean Cafe, we work with them through every phase to ensure a smooth opening. Pre-opening services include:

  • Site selection assistance
  • Cafe design and layout
  • Third-party financing - attractive lease package in place w/national firm
  • Ordering and coordinating shipment of all furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • On-site assembly of Cafe
  • Training on espresso/coffee equipment
  • Training for staff scheduling and re-ordering of product
  • Customer loyalty program training
  • Introduction to payroll vendor

Once opened, they have the option to participate in the Buying Co-Op, which provides on-going operational support such as:

  • Access to proprietary roasters for specialty coffees and teas
  • Access to preferred vendors
  • On-line sales to Hard Bean customers for coffee/collectibles
  • Store blog site
  • On-line library to access re-order forms, etc.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Hard Bean Coffee Franchise.

What does a Hard Bean Coffee Franchise Cost?

Hard Bean Coffee franchise fees for 2024:

Cash Investment: $80,000 liquid and ability to borrow or obtain needed funding
Total Investment: $169,500 +buildout and working capital (approximately $250,000-$300,000 out of pocket investment)    No Royalties
Minimum Net Worth: $250,000
Average Number of Employees:    7-10 /PT
Passive Ownership: Yes 10-15hrs. wkly 1st 6 mo.
Home Based: No
B2B:Catering possibilites, Curbside Pickup,some deliver
Master Franchise Opportunities: No


Build on your land or ,land lease pad...

Is Hard Bean Coffee a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Hard Bean Coffee is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Hard Bean Coffee a Home Based franchise?

No. Hard Bean Coffee is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Hard Bean Coffee Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. Hard Bean Coffee does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Is Hard Bean Coffee a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Hard Bean Coffee is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Hard Bean Coffee Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Hard Bean Coffee franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Hard Bean Coffee Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

Yes. Hard Bean Coffee franchise does work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Hard Bean Coffee Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Hard Bean Coffee franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Hard Bean Coffee Looking for International franchisees?

No. Hard Bean Coffee franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Hard Bean Coffee's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Click here to connect with a Franchise Consultant who can help you obtain a copy quickly and for free. They can also guide you through the essential franchise questions to ask, ensuring you make a well-informed decision about your investment.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Coffee, Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$50,000 - $100,000

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Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Hard Bean Coffee Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Hard Bean Coffee franchises for sale. We may have Hard Bean Coffee franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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