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Written by Elma Steven | Updated on January, 2024

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In recent years, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee has become synonymous with a bustling urban lifestyle. The rise of coffee culture has given birth to a surge in coffee shop businesses across the globe. From artisanal cafes nestled on quaint corners to large chains that dominate city landscapes, the coffee shop industry is thriving. But with the dreamy aesthetics and cozy ambience often associated with these establishments, one question looms large: Is the coffee shop business truly profitable? In this article, we delve into the revenue streams, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses that define the profitability of a coffee shop business.


Here’s a table outlining revenue items or sources, unit prices, number of sales, and total revenue for a coffee shop business:

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Cost of Goods Sold

Here’s a table outlining cost of goods sold (COGS) items, unit costs, number of units used, and total COGS for a coffee shop business:

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Again, please note that the unit costs and number of units used mentioned in the table are fictional and are provided for illustrative purposes. Actual costs and quantities would vary based on supplier agreements, portion sizes, menu offerings, and other factors. The “Total COGS (Daily)” is the sum of all the individual COGS items, representing the potential cost of goods sold for a coffee shop on a daily basis.

Operating Expenses

Here’s a table outlining operating expenses, their amounts, and total operating expenses for a coffee shop business:

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To calculate the net profit or loss, we need to subtract the total cost of goods sold (COGS) and total operating expenses from the total revenue. Using the values provided earlier:

Total Revenue (Daily): $5,915.00 Total COGS (Daily): $874.00 Total Operating Expenses (Monthly): $5,100.00 (Divided by 30 for daily expenses: $170.00)

Net Profit or Loss = Total Revenue – (Total COGS + Total Operating Expenses) Net Profit or Loss = $5,915.00 – ($874.00 + $170.00) Net Profit or Loss = $5,915.00 – $1,044.00 Net Profit or Loss = $4,871.00

In this scenario, the calculated net profit is $4,871.00. This means that the coffee shop is generating a net profit after deducting both the cost of goods sold and operating expenses. It’s important to note that this is a simplified calculation, and actual profits can vary due to factors such as fluctuations in sales, seasonality, unexpected expenses, and other variables.